Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research

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Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
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Mottoआर्त सेवा सर्वभद्र: शोधश च (Sanskrit)
Motto in English
Service to the Community, Care of the Needy and Research for the Good of All
TypePublic Medical University
Endowment1,613.82 crore (US$230 million)(2021-22 est.)[1]
DirectorJagat Ram[2]
Academic staff
30°45′58″N 76°46′31″E / 30.7660°N 76.7754°E / 30.7660; 76.7754Coordinates: 30°45′58″N 76°46′31″E / 30.7660°N 76.7754°E / 30.7660; 76.7754
277 acres (1.12 km2)

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is a public medical university in Chandigarh, India. It is an 'Institute of National Importance'. It has educational, medical research, and training facilities for its students including all specialties, super specialties and sub specialties.[4] It is the leading tertiary care hospital of the region and caters to patients from all over Punjab, J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana. Apart from the clinical services, PGI also provides 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.[5] Since it is a post graduate institute, it does not have facilities for undergraduate MBBS courses.[citation needed] It is ranked 2nd among medical colleges in India in 2020 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework.


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.[6]

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, Oral cancer, 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 and Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda at the 34th Convocation of PGIMER in 2015.

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 (2020)[7]2

Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research is ranked 2nd among medical colleges in India in 2020 by the National Institutional Ranking Framework medical ranking for 2020.[7]


The institute provides post-graduation in subject including.

  • 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 clinical doctorate degree of 3 years and is available in almost all non-surgical streams of medicine. Prerequisite for super-specialty post doctoral 'DM' degree is MD in that particular subject.
  • Master of Surgery (MS): MS is also a clinical doctorate degree of 3 years, but in surgical fields. Prerequisite for super speciality post doctoral'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.[8]
  • Medicine Doctorate (DM): DM is a Super-specialty post doctoral degree of 3 years in a Medical specialty stream. Prerequisite for DM is clinical doctorate 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 post doctoral degree of 3 years in Surgical streams. Prerequisite for MCh is clinical doctorate 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 Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Exp. Medicine & Biotechnology, Department of Pharmacology etc.[citation needed]
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc): BSc (paramedical) in PGIMER is an undergraduate degree of 4 years (previously 3 years) with intense research focus in academics and practical knowledge. It is offered by Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Department of Biochemistry, Department of Ophthalmology, Department of Radiotherapy 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.[9][10][11] In August 2017, the INR 495 crore budget for setting up a similar second satellite center at Una, Himachal Pradesh was approved. Third satellite center was approved at Firozpur, Punjab.[12][13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Akhzer, Adil (18 March 2017). "Dr Jagat Ram new PGIMER director". The Indian Express. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "NIRF 2021". Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research.
  4. ^ "Departments of PGI, Chandigarh". PGI, Chandigarh. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Courses in PGI, Chandigarh". Retrieved 21 June 2019.
  6. ^ website http Archived 16 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  7. ^ a b "National Institutional Ranking Framework 2020 (Medical)". National Institutional Ranking Framework. Ministry of Education. 11 June 2020.
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  9. ^ "Rs 1,475-cr boost for PGI expansion"., The Tribune, August 2017.
  10. ^ Approval granted, Times og India, 2013
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  12. ^ "PGI satellite centre at Ferozepur soon: Union health minister". Hindustan Times. 23 December 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Centre releases ₹500 crore for PGI Satellite Centre in Ferozepur". Hindustan Times. 19 September 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
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  16. ^ "Professor Rakesh Aggarwal on WHO". World Health Organization. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Subject Specialists - Physicians - Chugh, Kirpal Singh". Biographical Dictionary of Indian Scientists. Archived from the original on 6 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Big honour, says PGI head on Padma Shri - Chandigarh News". The Times of India. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
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