Assam Medical College

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Assam Medical College
Main Gate of Assam Medical College.jpg
Type Public
Established November 3, 1947
Principal Dr. Ratan Kataki
Location Borbari, Dibrugarh, India
Affiliations Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences (SSUHS),
Dibrugarh University,
Medical Council of India

Assam Medical College (Assamese: অসম চিকিৎসা মহাবিদ্যালয়) formerly Berry White Medical School[1] is an educational institution in Dibrugarh, Assam, India. It was the first medical college in Northeastern India. It is the tertiary medical referral centre for upper Assam and areas in neighboring states, including Arunachal Pradesh. It is one of the premier and oldest medical institutes of the NE region of India.


The history of the college dates back to the year 1900 when British philanthropist Sir John Berry White, a retired brigadier of British army and later the civil surgeon of the erstwhile Lakhimpur district in 1870, contributed his lifetime earning of Rupees Fifty Thousand (present day valuation is more than 50 million of rupees) to establish his brain child “Berry White Medical School”. This school heralded the beginning of Allopathic Medical Education by conferring LMP Diploma in old undivided Assam. In 1938, the Assam Branch of Licentiate Medical Practitioner in its annual meeting under the chairmanship of Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi, the then premier of the Congress Govt. of Assam decided to upgrade the Berry White Medical School to a full-fledged Medical College, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh was established on 3 November 1947, in the erstwhile US Military hospital of the second world war at Borbari, Dibrugarh through a process of up-gradation of Berry White Medical School immediately after independence, inaugurated formally by First chief Minister of Assam, Late Lokopriya Gopinath Bordoloi. The admission of the first batch of students was completed in September 1947 with 6 seats.

In 1910 the college imported two x-ray machines from England, which were the first in India, and opened the country's first radiology department.

Recently the Assam government has decided to preserve the Berry White Medical School building.[2][3]

On 12 February 2016, Union minister of health and family welfare laid the foundation of 192 bedded super speciality hospital with 60 bedded intensive care unit, 1 cath lab and speciality in the department of neurology, neurosurgery, Cardio thoracic vascular surgery, nephrology and paediatrics.


The college provides education in medicine, nursing, midwifery and pharmacy.


  1. ^ "An extraordinary pioneer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  2. ^ "The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Northeast | Medical museum to rise from ruins". Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  3. ^ "The Assam Tribune Online". Archived from the original on 2015-12-08. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 

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Coordinates: 27°29′19″N 94°54′50″E / 27.4886°N 94.9139°E / 27.4886; 94.9139