Facilities in the Department
- E/M National Facility: Sophisticated Instrumentation Facility Funded by DST for Transmission and Scanning Electronmicroscopy. Two structured training courses are conducted yearly on state of art techniques and application of E/M in Biological Sciences for technicians and scientists respectively. Facility is used by Scientists from all over the country. Prof. Wadhwa or Dr. T. K. Das or Dr. T. C. Nag can be contacted for more information.
- Confocal Laser Microscopy: All the Departments at AIIMS and Universities in the national capital region have access to this Microscope (contact persons:Dr. T. S. Roy/Mr. Bhupinder.
- Computerized Image Analysis (Contact person: Dr. S. Wadhwa, Dr. R. Mehra; Dr. T. S. Roy; Dr. A. Shariff). Only AIIMS students/faculty can access.
- e Learning Facility (contact persons : Dr. A. Shariff) only AIIMS Students (UG/PG), Faculty & staff can access.
- Plastination (Dr. R. Dhingra)
- Embalming facility
The department provides embalming service for Indian and foreign nationals. Contact numbers: Department: 2659 3216 (during office hours); Duty officer: 2659 3308, 2658 9279; ORBO: 2659 3444, 2659 8360. How to approach: After death of a person, the close relatives of the deceased have to collect the death certificate or postmortem certificate from the hospital or police station. A no objection certificate from police authority is must for all deaths. For foreign nationals, in addition to the death and no objection certificate, a formal request for embalming is required from the head of the embassy. Even all the abovementioned are fulfilled, it is not guaranteed that the body will be accepted for embalming. At the time of embalming the fitness of the dead body is examined by a faculty member of the department. The body must be in useful condition (for teaching, research, transport) at the time of death. For example, if a body is badly putrefied, it will not be accepted for embalming. In addition, to safeguard the technical personnel against certain contagious diseases, like hepatitis B, AIDS, tetanus, gas gangrene that remain contagious during embalming or after death, embalming is not done. For these reasons, it is advisable that at the time of death, someone from family should contact the departmental faculty or ORBO. A checklist of questions will be asked about the cause of death and the condition of the body. When those questions are answered, and the faculty is satisfied the family is informed whether or not the body can be accepted
- Whole body Donation Facility
The anatomy department accepts dead bodies to be used for teaching and research. People interested in whole body donation need to discuss their wishes with their families, doctors, and other relevant persons. One can register for body donation program in the departmental office or ORBO. A donor card and “will” form is available from the departmental office. Be sure your family or relevant persons know that you want to be a whole body donor and understand the procedure for anatomical donation. That procedure is detailed below.
You have to download the “Body donation” form, and “Will Form”. After filling the form return it to the Department or ORBO. You will be issued a “Donor Card”. "After the death of the donor, it is the duty of the relatives of the deceased to inform the AIIMS about the death. The institute will arrange transport of the body from the residence/hospital."
Even if you are listed with the Program as someone interested in anatomical donation, we cannot guarantee that we will accept your body at the time of death. The body must be in useful condition at the time of death. For example, if a body is badly damaged in a car accident, it will not be a useful teaching specimen. In addition, we must safeguard our students and lab personnel against certain contagious diseases, like active TB or hepatitis B, AIDS, tetanus, gas gangrene that remain contagious during embalming or after death.
For these reasons, we ask that at the time of death someone contact the departmental faculty or ORBO. We have a checklist of questions that we will ask about the cause of death and the condition of the body. When those questions are answered, we can tell the family whether or not we can accept the body.
The body may be used immediately or held for a future class, perhaps for as long as a year. When the class is finished, the body is cremated (at no charge to the family).