This will be a unique facility and best of its kind in north India, Sharma said, adding that only OPD section was inaugurated today.
Post-graduate medical courses (MD) will be offered at the institute and the first session is likely to begin next year, said institute director A K Bhat.
Former UP Chief Minister Mayawati had conceived the facility as a super-speciality hospital and spent over Rs 500 crore on it.
But the Samajwadi Party government decided to turn it to a dedicated child facility. Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav has inaugurated 340-bed private super-speciality hospital at Sector 110 of Noida.