Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research

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Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research Logo.png
MottoService to the Community, Care of the Needy and Research for the Good of All
TypeInstitute of National Importance
DeanSubhash Varma[1]
DirectorJagat Ram

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is a medical and research institution in Chandigarh, India. It has educational, medical research, and training facilities for its students. It has been ranked 2 in the category of medical institutes in latest NIRF rankings in India [2].


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 provide a 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 April 1967.[3]

Teaching and training[edit]

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 diarrhea, 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.Recently , some highly advanced bio techniques like Ultracentrifugation , LC-MS ,Scanning electron microscopy and Whole genome sequencer have been installed in the CSIC , research block B.

Admission process[edit]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 34th Convocation of PGIMER.

Admission to post doctoral and postgraduate courses conducted at PGIMER is made twice a year. The sessions commence from first January and first July. The admission to the courses 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.



University rankings
Medical - India
NIRF (2019)[4]2

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research ranked 2nd among medical colleges in India in 2019 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework medical ranking for 2019.[4]

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)[edit]

PhD is the highest level of degree, a> terminal> degree, in the area of study.

Doctor of Medicine (MD)[edit]

MD is a basic master's degree of 3 years. Prerequisite for super speciality high masters 'DM' degree is MD.

Master of Surgery (MS)[edit]

MS is also a master's degree of 3 years, in surgical fields. Prerequisite for super speciality high masters 'MCh' degree is MS.

Master of Dental Surgery (MDS)[edit]

Orthodontia, Pedodontia and Preventive Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.

Hospital Administration(MD)[edit]

To prepare the students for the administrative career.

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.[5]

Medicine Doctorate (DM)[edit]

DM is a Super specialty higher master's degree of 3 years. Prerequisite for DM is another lower master's degree such as MD. One has to choose a particular branch from the field in which they did MD. For example: After pursuing MD in General Medicine, you can do DM in Nephrology, Cardiology, Endocrinology etc.

Magister Chirurgiae (MCh)[edit]

MCh is a higher master's degree of 3 years. Prerequisite for MCh is another lower master's degree such as MS.

Master of Science (MSc)[edit]

MSc is a master's degree of 2 years with intense research focus. It is offered by Department of Biochemistry, Department of Exp. Medicine & Biotechnology, Department of Pharmacology etc.

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 process takes about 3–4 months.

Dr. Tulsi Das Library[edit]

Dr. Tulsi Das Library, PGIMER, was established in 1962. It 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 494 online full text journals.

Satellite center[edit]

Initially announced in 2013, the PGIMER now has an operational satellite center at Sangrur in Punjab.[6][7][8] In August 2017, the INR 495 crore budget for setting up a similar second satellite center at Una, Himachal Pradesh was approved.

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Jagat Ram, Ophthalmologist, Padam Shri

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ NIRF ranking
  3. ^ website http. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  4. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Medical)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Rs 1,475-cr boost for PGI expansion"., The Tribune, August 2017.
  7. ^ Approval granted, Times og India, 2013
  8. ^ Satellite center at Sangrur, Orissa Diary, 2013.
  9. ^ "Dr. T.S.Chandrasekar Gastroenterologist - MedIndia Hospitals Chairman Profile". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Live Chennai: Padma Shri Award for Dr. T.S. Chandrasekar,Padma Shri Award,Dr. T.S. Chandrasekar". 30 January 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Professor Rakesh Aggarwal on WHO". World Health Organization. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  12. ^ Kanwar, Shimona (26 January 2014). "After decade, PGI doctor conferred Padma Shri - Times of India". The Times of India. Times News Network. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Subject Specialists - Physicians - Chugh, Kirpal Singh". Biographical Dictionary of Indian Scientists. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017.

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Coordinates: 30°45′58″N 76°46′31″E / 30.7660°N 76.7754°E / 30.7660; 76.7754