Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research

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This article is about PGIMER at Chandigarh. For PGIMER at New Delhi, see Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (New Delhi).
Posgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
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Motto Service to the Community, Care of the Needy and Research for the Good of All
Established 1962
Type Public

Prof. Amod Gupta


Prof. Yogesh Chawla

M.D., D.M., FAMS
Location Chandigarh, India

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (or PGIMER) is a top ranking medical and research institution located in Chandigarh, India. It has educational, medical research and training facilities for its students.

The founders of the institute are Tulsi Das, Santokh Singh Anand, P N Chuttani, B N Aikat, Sant Ram Dhall and Bala Krishna. PGIMER was conceived and planned in 1960 to create an “ISLAND OF EXCELLENCE” providing physical and intellectual milieu for young scientists working in multiple disciplines of medicine, to advance the frontiers of knowledge to render humane service to sick and suffering and to train medical and paramedical manpower, in Chandigarh. The Institute was established in 1962 under the erstwhile state of Punjab. It was declared as an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament (Sr. No. 51 of 1966) w.e.f. 1 st April, 1967.[1]

Teaching and training[edit]

PGIMER runs a full-time residency program in specialties of medical science including Medicine, Surgery, Pathology and Microbiology.

There is an institute of nursing called National Institute of Nursing Education (NINE) which imparts nursing education.

PGIMER is involved in research for the rural and community related environment and health problems. The focus of research has been on tackling diseases like diarrhoea, tuberculosis, malaria, amoebiasis Systemic vasculitis, Relapsing polychondritis, HIV, leprosy, hepatitis, anaemia, leukaemia, hypertension, atherosclerosis, thalassemia, dental caries, stone disease, cancer, and sexually transmitted diseases.

Techniques are available to conduct studies like flow cytometry, chromatography (HPLC, FPLC), molecular biology, positron emission tomography (PET) and genetic studies. A BSL-III laboratory for Mycobacteria is under construction.

Every year nearly 400 research articles are published for the institute in national and international journals.

A number of departments have been designated as research centres by WHO and national agencies. WHO designated centres include:

The institute has been recognized by the National AIDS Control Organisation as a centre of excellence in HIV care (COE) and has a voluntary testing and counseling centre (VCTC) on the fourth floor of research A block. The institute provides free treatment of HIV patients at the NACO supported ART Center and COE.

Admission process[edit]

Admission to various post doctoral/postgraduate courses conducted at the Institute is made twice a year. The sessions commence from first January and first July each year.The admission to the above courses imparted at the Institute is made on merit on all India basis by holding an entrance examination by the Institute, after issuing a countrywide admission notice. Each year more than 20,000 medical graduates across the country compete for the positions. Approximately 1% to 2% of the candidates are selected, making it one of the most competitive tests across all fields in India.

The next entrance test for MD/MS courses is scheduled to be held on 19 May 2013 and that for DM/MCh/MHA courses on 13 June 2013.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)[edit]

Experimental Medicine and Biotechnology, Anaesthesia, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Radio-diagnosis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Radiotherapy, Transfusion Medicine, Forensic Medicine

Doctor of Medicine (MD)[edit]

Anaesthesia, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, Dermatology, Venereology & Leprology, Internal Medicine, Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Psychiatry, Radio-diagnosis, Pathology, Pharmacology, Radiotherapy, Transfusion Medicine, Forensic Medicine.

Master of Surgery (MS)[edit]

Surgery, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology,Anatomy


Orthodontics, Pedodontia & Preventive Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Masters in Hospital Administration (MHA)[edit]

Masters in Public Health (MPH)[edit]

This two-year course provides competency in Public Health Management, Teaching, Research and Leadership. After taking a core course and an elective course in the first year candidates take a special paper on Epidemiology or Health Management or Health Promotion in the second year. Graduates of Medicine (MBBS) / Dental (BDS) / Veterinary (BVSc) / Engineering (BE) or any Postgraduate degree (MA/M.Sc) who have passed with at least 50% marks will be admitted through a national entrance test.[2]


Cardiac Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, Neuro-Anaesthesia, Neurology, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Gastroenterology, Hepatology,Clinical Hematology, Hematopathology,Histopathology, Clinical Pharmacology, Neonatology, Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Hemato-Oncology, Addiction Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Plastic Surgery


Medical Bio-Technology, Bio-chemistry, Pharmacology, Speech & Hearing, Med. Tech. (Transfusion Medicine), Med. Tech. (Biochemistry), Med. Tech. Pharmacology & Physiology, Med. Tech (Radiology), Med. Tech.(Microbiology), Med. Tech. (Pathology) with courses starting from 1 January & 1 July every year.[3]

Courses offered[edit]

The PGIMER offers many courses at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. They include

At undergraduate and postgraduate level the courses offered include:

M.Sc in Medical Biotechnology 2 year course

Course Duration
B.Sc. Med. Tech.


3 years
B.Sc. Med. Tech.


3 years
B.Sc. Audiology

& Speech Therapy

3 years
B.Sc. Med.Tech.


3 years
Bachelor of Physical

Therapies (B.Ph.T)

4-1/2 years including internship
Operation Theatre Asst. 1 year
B.Sc. Nursing 4 years

Age 17–25 years

B.Sc. Nursing

(Post Basic)

2 years

examination recognized by the Punjab University.

Short-term training General information Fee
Private doctors Candidates are accepted for short-term attachment for varying periods (maximum up to 6 months).

They can only act as observers. The institute also accepts candidates deputed by W.H.O. for training in various specialties.

Rs 10000/-per month
State government sponsored doctors -do- Rs 2000/- per month

Elective training[edit]

The institute accepts medical students from other countries for elective training in any of its departments. Clearance from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and Medical Council of India, New Delhi is required before the students are accepted. The whole process takes about 3–4 months.

Dr. Tulsi Das Library[edit]

Dr. Tulsi Das Library, PGIMER, was established in 1962 and has 45696 books, 57610 bound journals and current journals (Print/Online)include 414 international and 96 national journals. At present the library has 4851 theses of MD, MS, DM, M.Ch and Ph.D from different disciplines. The Library subscribes to online databases like Science Direct, MD consult, Wiley- Blackwell and Oxford Journals and a total of 494 online full text journals.

Entrance Exam Racket[edit]

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) unearthed a well-organised cheating racket during an MD entrance examination held on November 10, 2012. The CBI sleuths raided all 11 Chandigarh examination centres and arrested seven girls. Seven youths were rounded up for helping these girls solve the question papers through sophisticated bluetooth devices and mobile phones.[4] In 2010, CBI sleuths had arrested two PGI junior resident doctors who had got admission after clearing the entrance exam with the help of impersonators.

Following a huge outcry over the way the exams were being conducted, the test was scrapped. The Entrance Test was reheld on December 8, 2012 under heavy inspections. Candidates were not allowed to carry any metallic objects(including belts,watches and jewellery). The test centers were protected with bluetooth and cell phone jammers and all candidates were frisked thoroughly before entering the test venue.

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

  • Dr. Ashok Panagariya - neurologist. Dr. Panagariya started teaching neurology in SMS Medical College. He built the Department of Neurology in SMS Medical College from scratch. Dr. Panagariya later became Principal and Controller SMS Medical College and Attached Hospitals. He also remained Vice Chancellor of Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur.
  • Prof. BNS Walia, paediatrician
  • Prof. KK Talwar, cardiologist and former director of the institute
  • Prof. ON Bhakoo, father of neonatology in India
  • Dr. Brian J. Pereira, president and chief executive officer of the Advanced Magnetics and president of the National Kidney Foundation of the United States of America
  • Prof. Rajesh Kumar, epidemiologist and public health specialist
  • Prof BK Sharma landmark research in area of Takayasu arteritis
  • Prof SD Deodhar rheumatologist of international eminence who started one of first rheumatology clinics in the country
  • Prof P Bambery Rheumatologist and physician par excellence
  • Dr Virendra K Arya Cardiac anesthesiologist awarded FRCPC by Royal College of Canada and appointment as Visiting Professor to University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada

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