In a major development, the Government of India has appointed Lt Gen Anup Banerji (Retd.) as the first Executive Director of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) Awantipora.
On 7th November 2015, under Prime Minister’s Development Package (PMDP), two AIIMS were announced for Jammu and Kashmir. AIIMS in Jammu was to be constructed in Vijaypur, Samba, on 258 acres, and in Kashmir, AIIMS was to be built in Awantipora 221 acres. The cabinet approved the construction of AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir in January 2019.