Silchar Medical College and Hospital
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|Silchar Medical College and Hospital|
Entrance gate of Silchar Medical College
|Location||Silchar, Cachar, Assam, India|
|Hospital type||Chronic care|
|Affiliated university||Assam University,
Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences from 2010
|Emergency department||Casualty department functioning from 2pm to 8am acts as the emergency department|
Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH), established in 1968, is a government-run medical college cum hospital in Silchar in southern Assam. It is the only referral hospital in the southern part of Assam, also referred to as the Barak Valley, and serves neighbouring states including Mizoram, North Tripura, West Manipur and South Meghalaya.
Inception and earlier years
Before Indian independence, people from Assam and other North Eastern states had to go to other states for medical education and advanced medical treatment. John Berry White, MRCS, a British surgeon of the East India Company, started health education and healthcare in Assam. He established the Berry White Medical School at Dibrugarh, Assam in 1898-99 with a donation of Rs. 50,000 — a large sum at the time. In course of time this medical school was upgraded and on 3 November 1947 the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh was established and it stands as the first medical college in Assam.
While the other states had several medical colleges, Assam remained with only one. The state government in 1959, headed by the Chief Minister of Assam, B. P. Chaliha, Finance Minister Fakaruddin Ali Ahmed, and Health Minister Rupram Brahma decided to have a second medical college in Assam.
On 7 November 1959, the state government set up an expert committee to look into the matter and submit their report. The committee members visited parts of the state, held consultations with the public, and ultimately recommended Gauhati (now Guwahati) which is the gateway of Assam, as the most suitable location. The committee also recommended a third medical college in the Barak valley at Silchar, and a fourth at Tezpur on the north bank of Brahmaputra river. The Gauhati Medical College at Guwahati and the Silchar Medical College at Ghungoor, Silchar were set up.
The Silchar Medical College was inaugurated at its permanent campus on 15 August 1968. The admission to the MBBS course was 50 students annually. Prof. Rudra Goswami took charge as the first principal of the Silchar Medical College on 1 August 1968.
The professional courses started in the Boys’ Hostel No-II in a makeshift manner and the Civil Hospital, Silchar was taken over as its hospital in 1971. In 1977-78 the main hospital building complex was commissioned.
In 1985 postgraduate courses were introduced in five clinical subjects:
- General Medicine
- General Surgery
- Obstetrics & Gynaecology
The annual admission capacity in MBBS course was raised from 50 to 65 students in the same year.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) recognized the MBBS degree in 1976.
2008 saw introduction of PG courses in four more subjects: Radiology, Pathology, Anaestesiology and Orthopaedics. At the same time government of Assam decided to increase the undergraduate seats from 65 to 100.
SMC at a glance
|Year of establishment at its permanent site||1968|
|Year of recognition of MBBS course by MCI||1976|
|No. of students admitted annually in MBBS course||100|
|No. of students admitted annually in post-graduate courses||71|
|Current No. of students on Roll in MBBS course||386|
|Current No. of students on Roll in PG courses||122|
|Total No. of Teaching Staff||172|
|Total area of land (in bighas) of the SMC Campus||620|
- Degree awarded: M.B.B.S.
- Duration of the course: Five and a half years including one year internship.
- Courses: Degree (M.D. and M.S.) for three years; Diploma for two years.
- Diploma Courses in Pharmacy
- GNM Course in Nursing
- Laboratory Technician Course
- Radiography Training
- B.Sc Nursing course
- Forensic and State Medicine
- Community Medicine
- Surgery (which includes Orthopedics)
- Obstetrics and Gynaecology
University of Affiliation:
- Assam University, Silchar
- Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences from 2010
The method of selection is entrance tests conducted by All India and state level selection bodies. Duration of postgraduate course: Degree three years; Diploma two years. For postgraduate (Degree) studies a thesis is compulsory.
Postgraduate Courses available are given below:
- Obstetrics & Gynaec.
- Forensic & SM
SMC Students' Union
The Silchar Medical College Students Union was formed, holding annual elections to an Executive Committee.