Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
|Motto||Service to the Community, Care of the Needy and Research for the Good of All|
Prof. Savita MalhotraMD, PhD, FAMS
|Director||Prof. Yogesh Chawla, M.D., D.M., FAMS|
The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (or PGIMER) is a 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 provide 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.
- 1 Teaching and training
- 2 Admission process
- 3 Courses offered
- 4 Elective training
- 5 Dr. Tulsi Das Library
- 6 Entrance Exam Racket
- 7 Notable faculty and alumni
- 8 Satellite center
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Teaching and training
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:
- (Community Medicine)/(School of Public Health, PGIMER) is one of the departments imparting training to public health professionals including MD in Community Medicine and MPH, affiliated by WHO. The department is involved in research on public health issues.
- Clinical research in human reproduction (obstetrics and gynaecology)
- Mental Health Centre (Psychiatry)
- Quality Control in Clinical Chemistry (biochemistry)
- Coagulation (haematology)
- Clinical parasitology
- Blood transfusion and haematology
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 to various post doctoral and postgraduate courses conducted at PGIMER 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 was scheduled to be held on 19 May 2013 and that for DM/MCh/MHA courses on 13 June 2013.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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, haematology, Virology
Doctor of Medicine (MD)
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)
Surgery, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Anatomy
Orthodontia, Pedodontia and Preventive Dentistry, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Masters in Hospital Administration (MHA)
Masters in Public Health (MPH)
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.
Neuroradiology, 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 & Adolescent Psychiatry, Paediatric Neurology
Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Paediatric Surgery, Urology, Surgical Gastroenterology, Plastic Surgery
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
|B.Sc. Med. Tech.
|B.Sc. Med. Tech.
& Speech Therapy
|Bachelor of Physical
|4-1/2 years including internship|
|Operation Theatre Asst.||1 year|
|B.Sc. Nursing||4 years
Age 17–25 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|
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
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
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. 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
- Saumen Kumar Mitra, Former Head of the Department of Paediatric Surgery, B.C. Roy Silver Jubilee Research Awardee and former President Indian Association of Paediatric Surgeons
- Ashok Panagariya, neurologist
- Sarbeswar Sahariah, nephrologist and organ transplant specialist
- Chittoor Mohammed Habeebullah, gastroenterologist
- Purshottam Lal Wahi, cardiologist
- Ram Baran Yadav, first president of Nepal
- Harpinder Singh Chawla, dental surgeon and Padma Shri awardee
- Keiki R. Mehta, ophthalmologist and Padma Shri awardee
- K. K. Talwar, cardiologist and Padma Bhushan recipient
- Jagjit Singh Chopra, neurologist and Padma Bhushan recipient
- Sarman Singh, Director of the Clinical Microbiology & Molecular Medicine
- List of medical colleges in India
- Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS Lucknow
- NEIGRIHMS Shillong
- Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal
- website http. Pgimer.nic.in. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
- The Tribune, Chandigarh, India - Main News. Tribuneindia.com. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.