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
DeanArvind Rajwanshi[1]
DirectorJagat Ram[2]

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 is the leading tertiary care hospital of the region and caters to patients from all over Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. It has all the latest facilities including all specialties, super specialties and sub specialties.[3] Apart from the clinical services, PGI boosts of training in almost all disciplines of Medicine including post graduate and post doctoral degrees, diploma and fellowships. There are more than 50 such training courses in the institute.[4] Since it is a post graduate institute, it does not have facilities for courses.[citation needed]


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.[5]

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)[6]2

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is ranked 2nd among medical colleges in India in 2019 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework medical ranking for 2019.[6] Since PGIMER does not have MBBS degree, it has not been ranked by India Today and Outlook India and by The Week .


PGIMER was established with a manifold objective! Since Chandigarh was being newly developed as a city and capital of then unified Punjab, a tertiary care hospital was required and thus planned. The other two objectives attached to the project were providing training to the doctors and help them to get trained for becoming future specialists doctors in the region. Thus academics was a very strong focus right from the beginning. The third objective was to establish a very strong research facility in the region! Half a century later, all the goals have been well achieved. It has become one of the major teaching medical institutes of the country with a caveat - it does not provide undergraduate level of training i.e. MBBS and BDS. What it provides is all kind of post graduate degrees in various subjects. These include:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD): PhD is available in many subjects and is notified in the prospectus each year.
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD): MD is a basic master's degree of 3 years and is available in almost all non-surgical streams of medicine. . Prerequisite for super-specialty higher masters 'DM' degree is MD in that particular subject.
  • Master of Surgery (MS): MS is also a master's degree of 3 years, but in surgical fields. Prerequisite for super speciality high masters 'MCh' degree is MS.
  • Master of Dental Surgery (MDS): This is the equivalent of MD/MS and meant for Dental Studies. Few examples are Orthodontia, Pedodontia & Preventive Dentistry and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery.
  • Hospital Administration (MD): Education in hospital administration is equivalent to MBA and trains students to become hospital administrators using the modern methods of business administration. for the administrative career.
  • 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 are admitted through a national entrance test.[7]
  • Medicine Doctorate (DM): DM is a Super-specialty higher master's degree of 3 years in a Medical specialty stream. 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, one can do DM in Nephrology, Cardiology, Endocrinology etc.
  • Magister Chirurgiae (MCh): MCh is a Super-specialty highest master's degree of 3 years in Surgical streams. Prerequisite for MCh is another lower master's degree such as MS General Surgery. This is available in urology, plastic surgery, GI surgery, pediatric surgery and cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Master of Science (MSc): 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.[8][9][10] In August 2017, the INR 495 crore budget for setting up a similar second satellite center at Una, Himachal Pradesh was approved.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ {{cite web [1]. Chandigarh Rajwanshi to take over as new PGI academics dean. 30 October 2019.}}
  2. ^ Akhzer, Adil (18 March 2017). "Dr Jagat Ram new PGIMER director". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Departments of PGI, Chandigarh". PGI, Chandigarh. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  4. ^ "Courses in PGI, Chandigarh". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ website http. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  6. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2019 (Medical)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Human Resource Development. 2019.
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  8. ^ "Rs 1,475-cr boost for PGI expansion"., The Tribune, August 2017.
  9. ^ Approval granted, Times og India, 2013
  10. ^ Satellite center at Sangrur, Orissa Diary, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dr. T.S.Chandrasekar Gastroenterologist - MedIndia Hospitals Chairman Profile". Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Live Chennai: Padma Shri Award for Dr. T.S. Chandrasekar,Padma Shri Award,Dr. T.S. Chandrasekar". 30 January 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  13. ^ "Professor Rakesh Aggarwal on WHO". World Health Organization. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ "Subject Specialists - Physicians - Chugh, Kirpal Singh". Biographical Dictionary of Indian Scientists. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  16. ^ "Big honour, says PGI head on Padma Shri - Chandigarh News". The Times of India. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  17. ^ "AIIMS is hiring! 199 vacancies available, here's how to apply online @". India Today. Press Trust of India. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.

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