Center of Excellence


AIIMS has always been the pioneer in research and front runner in providing skill-based training to the health care workers. Continuing the same endeavor, we are collaborating with the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE) through Punjab Skill Development Mission (PSDM) to start the Center of Excellence (CoE) at AIIMS campus for providing skill-based technical training to the health care workers.

The first skill development project to be started in this CoE is named as Respiratory Therapist which will be the joint collaboration of AIIMS Bathinda (Training and Certification), PSDM (Candidate mobilization, Financial support and general coordination) and PGRKAM (Punjab Ghar Ghar Rojgar and Karobar Mission) which will be responsible for the placements of the certified candidates. The MoU for the same has already been signed on 24th July 2021.

Respiratory Therapist Course is a 03 months short term skill upgradation course. Which is meant for the career enhancement of the Candidates.

After the 03 month fully residential free of cost training completion at AIIMS Bathinda, the PGRKAM (Punjab Ghar Ghar Rozgar & Karobar Mission) would be responsible for placement of trained candidates within 03 months of their completion on monthly salary above minimum wages of the state prevalent at the time for skilled category.Thus this Respiratory Therapist Skill training does not guarantee the candidate any Govt. Job.

In this first of its kind project in India, AIIMS will provide ventilator and basic ICU training to the staff nurses from all over the state of Punjab to enable them serve at different places lacking trained ICU manpower. This aims at developing the skilled manpower to help fight CoVID-19 pandemic.

This CoE will provide 3 months training to the BSC nursing candidates so that they can serve at frontline to provide Respiratory Support to the COVID 19 patients in various hospitals. This CoE will train 200 nurses (tentative numbers as numbers will be finalized with mutual consent of both parties) as Respiration Therapist which will work as a pool of 200 master trainers who will not only serve in hospitals but also provide training to the existing nurses of those hospitals. This CoE will work as a model centre for training of trainers in Health sector and can be utilized by Health Sector Skill Council or any other assessment bodies as and when required for Training of Trainers.


Currently in Covid crisis, it is observed on a regular basis that there is strong dearth of trained technical staff in ICU setting especially for management of patients on ventilator (Level 3). There is a paucity of trained technical staffs, who can support the clinicians in the ICU especially in this covid crisis. Not many of the staffs are able to solve the crisis of timely delivery of consumables, calibration and disinfection of equipment, when and where it is required. A trained health care professional specialized as respiratory therapist is expected to bridge the aforementioned gap in the technical areas of ICU on both short- and long-term basis.

Responsibilities of PSDM

  1. Providing funds for the training of 200 nurses including their boarding and lodging at Bathinda. Tentative Cost-INR 50,000 per candidate.
  2. PSDM will ensure support from district administration Bathinda, DPMU and DBEEs as and when required.
  3. Mobilization of nurses BSC nursing through Dept. of Medical Education & Research for the program. or GNM/ANM/PSDM’s trained candidates with minimum 2 years of experience.
  4. IEC and branding of the program.
  5. The Placements of the certified candidates in various public and private health care centers.

Roles of AIIMS Bathinda

  1. Training of 200 candidates as Respiration Therapists
  2. To prepare 3 months module for Respiratory Therapist.
  3. Procurement of necessary tools and equipment as per the demand of the module.
  4. Making initial level screening to check the knowledge base of candidates.
  5. Providing training and certification to candidates in AIIMS Bathinda.
  6. Deployment of infrastructure and trainers as per requirement of the job role.
  7. To prepare 16 master trainers from the trained batches who can further work for training of trainers of PSDM

Scope of Project

The ultimate goal of this program is to develop technical and equipment related skills of staff nurses to function competently in critical care settings in this covid 19 crisis when there is dearth of ventilator trained staff in presence of adequate number of ventilator apparatus. Upon successful completion of the program, the trainees will be awarded certificate by AIIMS.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of the in Respiratory Therapist project- the candidates are expected to:

  • Know the basic ICU care including bedding, care of tubing, RT feeding etc.
  • Know the basic fundamentals of oxygen therapy to improve the oxygenation of the patient.
  • Assemble, test, and deliver all Respiratory Care equipment, supplies, devices and consumables.
  • Provide technical training to the Clinical staff, regarding the operational aspects of various Respiratory care equipment and devices.
  • Continuously monitor the units for the timely delivery of equipment as and when needed.
  • Perform the disinfection and sterilization of all the equipment used, and to keep it ready for next use.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in the planning and delivery of patient care at all times.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal and psychomotor skills needed to deliver quality patient care.
  • Participate in professional development activities, including self-directed learning and continuing professional education.

Duration of the Program

Three Months

Mode of Study

In AIIMS Campus: ICU, Covid wards.

Entry Requirements

  • B.Sc. Nursing: from a recognised Nursing College with 60% Qualifying marks with first attempt.
  • GNM from a recognised nursing college with > 60% qualifying marks with 2 years’ work experience from preferably Government medical college/Hospital or Private Medical college or nursing home with ICU facility and minimum 50 beds capacity.

Training Centre

  • Boarding and Lodging will be provided at AIIMS Bathinda.
  • Each course will have maximum of 30 trainees per batch.
  • All Faculty members, Senior & Junior Residents, Staff Nurses along with other resource persons will be the mentors for the programme.

Certification Fees

  • This course certification will be free of cost for the candidates.

Log Book

All the candidates are expected to have a logbook, in which the cases seen, procedures assisted and calibrations performed shall be noted, and to be signed by the designated faculty assigned by the Head of the Department. Faculty should be the in-charge of monitoring and reviewing this logbook and provide continuous feedback to the trainee.

Attendance Requirements

90% attendance is compulsory for the trainees and there shall be genuine reason for rest of 10% absence.

Certification Coursework

  • Attendance requirement, as per the policy of department/ hospital.
  • Completion of Logbook, signed by the Head of the Department/ Assigned Faculty
  • Completion of competency checklist, countersigned by the Head of the Department/ Assigned Faculty (Mandatory).


Assessment: Two parts:
  1. Continuous Evaluation Process
    • Feedback from the assigned preceptor or faculty head this feedback should be obtained and documented every month and as needed.
    • Case study evaluation and Technical competency.
  2. Exit Exam
    • Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)

Accreditation of certification

  • Combined certification by the Skill development mission and AIIMS Bathinda.

Teaching Methodology

  • Classroom Lectures.
  • Practical ICU Training.
  • Laboratories (Skill Lab)
  • Computer assisted interactive instructional programs
  • Weekly reading assignments
  • Webinars
  • Presentations
  • Group discussion of case studies

Award of Certification

Upon the successful completion of certification coursework and final exit exam, the candidate will be announced to have cleared the "Respiratory Therapist”.



  1. The Result of the Respiratory therapist test had already been declared on the website of AIIMS, Bathinda.
  2. The first batch of students will consist of 30 candidates as per the merit list order.
  3. The subsequent batches of the candidates will be started over a period of time soon after the commencement of the first batch.
  4. Only the candidates with more than 45% marks in the screening entrance test will be considered for the current Respiratory project training.
  5. The First 30 candidates (as per the merit order) are required to report on 15th November 2021 at the Centre of Excellence in Health Sector (CoE) at AYUSH Building in AIIMS Bathinda campus on Dabwali Road at 9 AM.
  6. All these candidates have to bring following documents in support of their candidature (In Original and a set of photocopies as well)
    1. Government issued ID card (original; Aadhar Card/Voter ID Card/Driving license/Passport).
    2. Original and Self-attested photocopy of 10th class certificate.
    3. Original and Self-attested photocopy of Qualifying Exam Certificate (B.Sc. Nursing/GNM).
    4. Original and Self-attested photocopy of Nursing Council registration certificate.
    5. Original and Self-attested photocopy of Experience certificate (Only in case of GNM).
  7. In case the candidate not produce the above documents, in case He/she will not consider and the next candidate(s) will prefer in merit list order accordingly.
  8. This training is fully residential and candidate will have to stay in the accommodation provided within the AIIMS Bathinda Campus for 3 Months, thus kindly come prepared for the same.
  9. The Boarding and Lodging facility will be provided within the AIIMS campus.
  10. For further updates, kindly visit the AIIMS Bathinda website: regularly.

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Respiratory Therapist Result

  1. Result Batch 1
  2. Result Batch 2
  3. Result Batch 3