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Indira Gandhi Medical College

Region: Himachal Pradesh Country: India

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) was established by an Act of Parliament in 1985 to achieve the following objectives:

  • democratizing higher education by taking it to the doorsteps of the learners
  • providing access to high quality education to all those who seek it irrespective of age, region or formal qualifications
  • offering need-based academic programmes by giving professional and vocational orientation to the courses
  • promoting and developing distance education in India
  • setting and maintaining standards in distance education in the country as an apex body for the purpose.
IGNOU has certain unique features such as:
  • national jurisdiction
  • flexible admission rules
  • individualised study: flexibility in terms of place, pace and duration of study
  • use of latest information and communication technologies
  • nationwide student support services network with 58 Regional Centres, more than 1804 Study Centres / Tele-learning Centres and around 46 overseas centres.
  • cost-effective programmes
  • modular programmes
  • resource sharing, collaboration and networking with conventional Universities, Open Universities and other Institutions/Organisations
  • socially and academically relevant programmes based on students' need analysis. At present, the University offers 129 Certificate, Diploma, Degree (Bachelor's and Master's) and Doctoral (Ph.D.) Programmes comprising 1300 courses.
  • Emergence of IGNOU as the largest Open University in the World with 1.8 million (18 lakh) students.
  • Establishment of Distance Education Council (DEC) for coordination and determination of standards of Distance Education Systems in the country (1992)
  • Recognition as Centre of Excellence in Distance Education by the Commonwealth of Learning (1993)
  • Establishment of Staff Training and Research Institute in Distance Education (STRIDE) with support from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL).
  • Launching of an IGNOU-ISRO joint channel for organising a one-way video, two-way audio teleconferencing (1993-94).
  • Taking IGNOU programmes to West Asian Maldives, Mauritius, Nepal and Seychelles in all to 32 countries.
  • Award of Excellence for Distance Education Materials by Commonwealth of Learning (1999).
  • Launch of a series of 24 hours Educational Channels 'Gyan Darshan'. IGNOU is the nodal agency for these channels and regular transmissions are done from the studio at EMPC, IGNOU.
  • Launch of 'Edusat' videoconferencing channel (2 way video, 2 way audio).
The University offers a wide range of Programmes both short-term and long-term leading to Certificates, Diplomas, Undergraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Degrees and Doctoral Degrees which are conventional as well as innovative. Most of these programmes have been developed after an initial survey of the demand for such Programmes. They are launched with a view to fulfill the learner's needs for:
  • certification,
  • improvement of skills,
  • acquisition of professional qualifications,
  • continuing education and professional development at work place,
  • self-enrichment,
  • diversification and updation of knowledge.
585 kilometers away from the capital of India (Delhi), situated at the foothills of Trikuta, besides the river Tawi at an altitude of 1030 ft. is Jammu, a historical city. Land of brave Dogras known for their heroic deeds is a land of peace. Dogras are handsome and artistic people who love beautiful things. Western travelers in the past ranked the people of Jammu as most gentle, elegant in the manners, decent, handsome, 'Bhalamanous' (noble and gentle) polished, gallant, agile, well skilled, cautious, refined, scholarly, able and moderate.

According to a Legend, King Jambulochan on seeing a tiger and a goat drinking water from the same pool was struck by the harmony and peace of this place and founded a City here-Jammu. It is also said that the history of the City is much more old and is related to Jamawant, one of the warriors in Rama's army, who used to practice austere penances here in a cave near Pir-Khoh.

Jammu has numerous temples in its lap and hence called the City of Temples. Linked with rail, road and air it has emerged as a big trading centre in the recent years. The view of the dawn and dusk of this sacred city is simply enchanting.

In the crowded busy bazars people rub their shoulders to bargain for Kashmiri dry fruit, Bhadarwahi Rajmash, Kashmiri Shawls, Phirons, artificial jewellary, wood work etc. All bazars in the city have their own peculiarities and specializations. Raghunath Bazar a big retail market, Kanak Mandi a whole sale market, Pacca Danga for books, Jain Bazar for Jewellary, Linkroad a ladies shopping hunt etc, are the few bazars of their own type - in this way it has to offer many things for which a tourist is at the look out.

A shrine of immense religious significance, the cave of Trikuta Bhagwati, commonly known as Vaishno Devi, attracts lakhs of devotees every year. About 30 meters long, the entry to the cave is through a narrow opening reached after wading knee deep through a stream. Inside are images of three manifestations of Vaishnodevi; Mahasaraswati, Mahakali and Mahalakhsmi. The holy cave shrine is located in a beautiful recess of Trikuta Mountain at an altitude of 5000 feet. It is 39 miles to the north of Jammu.

Katra, the bus terminus for the pilgrims, is itself a neat little pastoral town. From Katra onwards one passes through 'Darshani Darwaza'. Going down for about a mile one crosses 'Bal Ganga'- a stream associated with the goddess. Pilgrims take a purificatory dip in this stream before starting on the ascent. About a mile above Bal Ganga is Charan Paduka with holy foot prints. Two miles above is the most sacred site of Aadh Kumari. It is a beautiful plateau where some pilgrims prefer to break the journey and rest for the night. There is a small narrow tunnel here called 'Garab Joon' which begins horizontally and ends vertically. Pilgrims consider it must to pass through this tunnel and those who cannot do so are labeled as sinners.

A few yards from Aadh Kumari begins the most difficult part of the ascent called 'Hathi Matha' -elephant's forehead. Then passing through 'Sanjhi Chhat' pilgrims reach Bhairoo Temple. It is a practice among pilgrims to go to this temple only while returning from the holy cave. After this shrine, pilgrims have to climb down passing through a dense forest known as "Mata Ka Bagh". About a mile and a half from Bhairo temple, pilgrims reach the cave site.

A number of legends are attached with this holy cave. But according to most accepted legend, Goddess (Vaishno Devi) was living as Kumari (Virgin girl) since time immemorial, therefore, known as Aadh Kumari. A wicked monster named Bhairo once wanted to marry her forcibly. Before Bhairo could fulfill his evil desire she ran away from her place. When Bhairo learnt it, he chased her upto the cave, where he was killed by her and she made the cave her permanent abode. A stone lying in front of the cave is considered to be the dead body of monster Bhairo.

Stores & Dispensary
Every hospital is having its store which is headed by Medical Officer, Stores and managed by qualified pharmacists. Every effort is made to provide smooth supply of drugs, equipments, instruments and supplies to all the departments for proper functioning of the hospital. All efforts are made to provide most of the drugs to the patients admitted in the casualty and indoor wards.

The costly drugs required by the poor/unattended patients are procured from the market on local purchased on recommendations of treating doctors. The victims of blasts, border firing and unnatural accidents are provided all necessary medicines from the hospital. The hospital dispensaries also provide the medicines to the OPD patients. The list of drugs available in the hospital is displayed in the dispensary as well as in the different OPD

Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery [ MBBS ]
Govt Medical College Jammu conducts M.B.B.S courses for the Undergraduate students and a variety of higher courses for the Post-graduate students. Over the years, GMC, Jammu has increased its intake and made rapid changes to improve medical education. The courses offered and the education given is of the highest standards and the best ones offered anywhere in the world.

Admissions in GMC Jammu
All the admissions to GMC, Jammu are based entirely on the merit obtained by the aspirants in the Board of Professional Entrance Examination, conducted annually by the BPEE (Professional Entrance Examination) of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Scientific Research at the GMC, Jammu
A research form is an integral part of the education programme of the Institute. Scientific inquiry includes basic research, and clinic research. Questions about a disease and its diagnosis and therapy are raised in a clinical setting, and answer obtained by using scientific methods in the laboratory is then translated into clinical practice. Writing a thesis/dissertation inculcates in the candidate the basic elements of planning and executing a scientific experiment with a well-defined objective.

These are the basis of an advance in scientific experiment with a well-defined objective. These are the basis of an advance in scientific thought or problem management. The candidates also undergo a short training course in general research methodology and bio-statistical methods in medical research.

GMC has always made an endeavor to direct its various research activities to the relative needs of the society. The research work is carried out in accordance with nationally and internationally approved guidelines. It has to be cleared by a committee of experts from the viewpoint of its necessity and safety of the subjects to be studied along with its ethics.

The student pursuing the post graduation courses are required to write a thesis/dissertation on a particular subject. During training the residents thus gain a first hand experience of conducting research in the laboratories along with community and patient care management. All the departments undertake research in the area of national importance.

A unique feature of research at this Institute is the establishment of the Department of Experimental Medicine which helps various clinical departments to have an in-depth research at the level of molecular biology and basic sciences to correlate with the various clinical problems e.g. hypertension, coronary artery disease, rheumatic heart diseases, mal-absorption, etc.

The research output has been incredible and has found recognition at the various national and international forums. A number of faculty members have been honored at the national level by the awards. Every year more than 300 research articles are published in National and International journals.

Campus Life
Government Medical College is an attempt to generate a climate of science in independent India. It was established in April 1971(foundation stone laid by then Chief Minister late Mr.G.M.Sadiq (J&K) to serve as a nucleus for the development of excellence in all aspects of the health care system. Government Medical College spreads this culture of dedicated efficiency, love and care to humanity at large even outside its walls, within the Province and state, through its students trained at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels in various disciplines. Our activities are concerned with student welfare on a variety of issues concerning life.

Academic, Cultural, Welfare and Sports Events
Opportunities are created for the students to develop their talent in various fields of art and culture viz., Music, Dramatics, Literature, Debates and Sports etc. The students are encouraged to undertake social activities.

Students Sport Activities:
The Institute has upheld the healthy tradition of maintaining the intellectual as well as the physical fitness of the Students. The facilities for indoor as well as outdoor games like table tennis, badminton, cricket; lawn tennis, football etc. have been consistently available to the enthusiasts. At the end of each sport meet, a special function is held where medals and certificates are given to winners/runner-ups. Sports section also organizes friendly matches in order to keep sportive atmosphere in the campus.

Cultural and Social Activities:
The students of the Institute hold a number of cultural, literary and social activities every year. Such activities to promote a common sense of brotherhood among the various segments of students and staff of the Institute besides providing the much needed diversion from busy academic and service routine.

Every year Cultural week is organized in which various items relating to fine arts, dance, drama, music and literary activities like debate, quiz, essay writing etc. are organized. There is also a tradition to celebrate important festivals like Lodi/Diwal/Gurpurab & Eddi etc. as well as the fresh students and residents joining the Institute are welcomed by holding a fresher's night. Students bring out the annual magazine with Hindi/Urdu/Dogri & English sections "JASCAL" and SYNAPSE, which provide them an opportunity to demonstrate their literary ideas and writing skills.

Govt. Medical College, Jammu has established a Coronary care unit with Echocardiography, Holter, TMT, Image Intensifier and facilities for regular implantation of temporary and permanent Pace makers. A Dialysis unit with latest Haemodialysis Machines EEG machines for Neurology patients; a ward for critically burnt patients; a Neurosurgery Unit with backup of Spiral CT Scan and ICU for Head Injury cases;

A Urodynamic Lab. and Instruments with Image Intensifier for Endourological operations; A spinal injury cases and facilities for Arthoscopy in Orthopaedics Department; An Endoscopy section with facilities for upper and lower G.I. Endoscopy for the Gastroenterology Department; Endocrinological Lab. For Hormonal study; ND/Yag laser facilities for Ophthalmology Department; A Disaster ward and ICU in the upgraded Emergency Wing.

The Diagnostic facilities like MRI, Spiral CT Scan and Cardiac Cath Lab. have recently been introduced in the hospital. The hospital has also developed the infrastructure for open heart surgery and has started performing operation.

Central collection Lab has been established to provide facilities for collection of various samples in the hospital and the reports are also issued from window of the Central Collection Lab on next morning. The quality control of the various laboratory tests is also ensured and various automatic and semi-automatic analyzers are used in the various laboratories.

Department of Medical Education
Advances in health science and changing social structure of the country have necessitated the need for modern and valid medical education. The Medical Education Cell established in 1980s, later emerged as Department of Education for Health Professionals, carrying out the following activities around the year.

Faculty Improvement Program:
The faculty of JNMC which exceeds 520 qualified, experienced teachers at various teaching hierarchical positions, is the main strength of the institution. Various faculty developmental programs as listed below are carried out round the year.

Health Centres
Three primary Health Centre Viz., at Kinaye,Wantamuri and Handignur have been taken over by the college from the Government under the Private-Public Partnership. These Health Care Centres are managed by the Medical College both administration wise and financially. These are a great boon to serve the community as well as for the students to expose to community based health care delivery & research programmes. Urban Health Center: JNMC is also running an Urban Health Centre to fulfill the needs of MCI for student community learning.

The great visionary efforts of Dr. Prabhakar Kore MP, Chairman, KLE Society, (ever since 1985 and uninterruptedly till now), has been pivotal in deciding to march ahead in to the new millennium as a University and thereby opening up the unexplored horizons in the field of health education and health care must be acknowledged for ever.

Ever since the establishment of the University there has no looking back regarding the maintenance of the quality of education and also in exploring the new areas in education. A constituent college of KLE University, recognized by the Medical Council of India, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) is also recognized by the Malaysian Medical Council, and listed in W.H.O. directory of World Medical Institutions.

The institution boasts of having committed faculty of eminence and the alumni of the college is well placed in medical colleges/ research institutes, of repute in India and abroad and are considered respectable authorities of their respective subjects which bring pride to the KLE University. The J. N. Medical College, the prized possession of the KLE University, has been adjudged among the top twenty medical schools in the country as per a national survey done in year 2007.

In addition to those from India, JNMC has students from across the globe i.e. from USA. UK, Canada, UAE, and Malaysia. The association promotes cultural awareness in the campus, and strives to bring together various cultures and heritages on one platform. Students are actively encouraged to participate and exhibit their cultural heritage and individual talents as well.

The literary association enhances the literary and creative awareness amongst the students. The goal is to nurture the oratory, creative and artistic talents of the students, to provide a common stage to express their creative talents and to encourage participation of students within and outside the campus. Inter collegiate debates, extempore debates, are some of the programmes the students are keenly encouraged to participate.

Department Of Anatomy
The commencement of the Anatomy Department is coexistent with the establishment of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College in 1964 under the stewardship of Dr. B. M. Desai, the then Professor & HOD of Anatomy and Principal of JN Medical College. Over the years it has been manned by efficient teaching and technical staff headed by veteran Anatomists.

It has all state-of-the-art teaching facilities with audio visual aids and has been regularly holding State level and National level Conferences and Continued Medical Education Programmes.The Department is very enthusiastic in facilitating medical education with a well equipped dissection hall which is in the process of being centrally air-conditioned with duct evacuation system.

The teaching faculty is known for their student-friendly methods of teaching. Essential as it is for modern advanced Medical Teaching Institutions, this Anatomy Department has a progressive Museum exhibiting various types of anatomical and embryological specimens. Specimens of various animals are also available for comparative study.

Apart from imparting medical education to undergraduate students of various Medical, Dental and Para-Medical courses, the Department is recognized by the Medical Council of India to impart education to post-graduate students who specialize in the subject of Anatomy. The Department is also recognized by the KLE University for conducting PhD courses in the field of Anatomy.

KLE University has taken the unprecedented step in establishing an electronic learning facility on the campus with the help of MEdRC based in Hyderabad, AP.MEdRC has been doing pioneering work in developing rich multimedia based e-learning programs (SmarTeach Programs) to address the educational needs of medical and healthcare professionals.

MEdRC is digitizing the entire Medical curriculum (MCI prescribed syllabus) as e-Lectures. These are modularly structured e-Learning lessons by adding multimedia enhancements such as appropriately designed slides ,illustrations, graphics and animations developed by MEdRc team of artists, illustrators, animation designers and software engineers. Pre-Clinical(Anatomy,Physiology,Biochemistry) modules are now being offered to students of 1st MBBS at JNMC.

Indira Gandhi Medical College Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
  • Master Degree
  • Doctor of Medicine in Anaesthesiology
  • Master of Surgery in Anatomy
  • Doctor of Medicine in Community Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine in General Medicine


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Blood Donation Camp at Akal Charitable Hospital

On receiving the special request from Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla; regarding urgent need of blood for conducting pending surgeries on emergency basis, the management of the Akal Charitable Hospital, which is being managed by The Kalgidhar Trust, Baru Sahib; conducted the blood donation camp on 16 February.

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Address: Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla-171001,INDIA


(0177) 2804251

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