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The three reserved category MBBS students of Vardhman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC), New Delhi have claimed that college management is intentionally failing them in pharmacology and pathology papers for the last 4 years.

Lal Ji Meena, Vishal Meena and Rajendra Kumar Meena were enrolled to MBBS course at VMMC in 2006. Ideally they should be studying masters in medicine or surgery by now but unfortunately they are still in the second year of their MBBS course.

This is not the first time when a medical college has been alleged of caste discrimination. Earlier also reputed medical institutes such as AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) and Safdarjung Hospital have been accused of racial discrimination.

Some Scheduled Caste students of Safdarjung Hospital and VMMC claimed that they have been stopped from being promoted to next academic year of their course just because of their caste and their assertion to fight against caste discrimination in the college. Majority of socially disadvantaged students from VMMC are now approaching NCSC (National Commission for Scheduled Castes) for help.

Caste discrimination against Scheduled Caste students in medical colleges was exposed for the first time in 2010 when some students from VMCC filed a petition against the college in the court for caste discrimination. A minimum of 25 SC candidates some of whom were enrolled in the year 2004 and 2005- failed repeatedly in physiology paper and had to reappear for first year again and again. These students moved the Delhi high Court against the college and sought re-examination. The court passed an order to hold a re-exam where 24 of the 25 students passed the paper.

NCSC also held a preliminary inquiry where differences were found in evaluation of answer sheets.

The Army College of Medical Sciences students who took the same exam held by the same university at the same center on the same exam date under the same invigilators cleared the exam with fairly good marks. Their answer scripts were evaluated by the examiners of Army College of Medical Sciences whereas the answer scripts of the 25 socially disadvantaged students who failed the exam were evaluated by the internal examiners at VMMC and Safdarjung hospital.

The students who could not attend few classes due to legal case, knocked the door of Union health ministry to request for their attendance. In a letter written by the director general of health services to the VMMC principal on October 10, 2011, the college was asked to find solutions to compensate for the short attendance.

However, despite of extra classes and the court order, the college alleged that students were falling short of attendance and were refused promotion to next year. As per a student, VMMC permitted students of supplementary batch to use the attendance of extra classes to be eligible for next year but same did not apply to SC students.

NCSC committee is looking into the case and inquiry report will be submitted within 10 days. The report will lay down the guidelines and recommendations for the medical college to avoid caste bias.

Student Protests
In June 2010 medical services were paralysed at the Safdarjung Hospital as nearly 400 junior resident doctors of Vardhaman Mahavir Medical College (VMMC) went on a hunger strike, hoping to stir the authorities into action after their longstanding demand for better facilities in the college and hospital, which were being met with apathy.

The students had been demanding basic facilities like drinking water and clean toilets inside the college and hostel. After VMMC authorities refused to speak to the doctors, students threatened to escalate the protests with the Postgraduate doctors at the hospital threatening to join the strike.The students alleged that the administration had refused to resolve simple problems like drinking water, lifts and air-conditioning in the hostel.

As a consequence of the strike by students, the medical services at the hospital were hit hard. There was chaos following the forced closure of the out-patient departments. More than 8,000 patients had to bear the brunt of the ongoing agitation.

The decision to end the strike came after the hospital authorities held rounds of talks with the agitating students and resident doctors and urged them to resume OPD services and call off the protests which had severely hit hospital services.

About Hospital
Safdarjung Hospital started as an American Army Base Hospital during the II World war. In 1947 it was made annexe to Irwin Hospital (Presently LNJP Hospital). It was taken over by the Central Government in 1954 and named as Safdarjung Hospital. Until the inception of All India Institute of Medical Science in 1956, Safdarjung Hospital was the only tertiary care hospital in South Delhi. Based on the needs and developments in medical care the hospital has been regularly upgrading its facilities from diagnostic and therapeutic angles in all the specialties.

The hospital when started in 1942 had only 204 beds, which has since increased to 1531 beds. The hospital provides medical care to millions of citizens not only of Delhi but also the neighbouring states free of cost. Safdarjung Hospital is a Central Government Hospital under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and is receives its budget from the Ministry. Safadarjung Hospital has a Medical College associated with it named Vardhman Mahavir Medical College.


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  • DOTS for TB patients
  • Aurveda, Homeopathy & Unani treatment Centres
  • Advanced Diagnostics like Blood Tests by Fully automated Machines,Mammography, MRI, Digital X-Ray, OPG, Whole Body Spiral CT Scan etc.

Vardhman Mahavir Medical College Degree Programs :


  • Bachelor Degree
  • MBBS
  • Master Degree
  • MD - General Medicine
  • MD - Paediatrics
  • MD - Dermatology
  • MD - Physiology
  • MD - Community Medicine
  • MD - Microbiology
  • MS - General Surgery
  • MS - ENT
  • MS - Orthopaedics
  • MS - Ophthalmology
  • MD - TB & Chest Diseases
  • MD - Psychiatry
  • MD - Radiodiagnosis
  • MD - Emergency Medicine
  • MD - Pathology
  • MD - Biochemistry
  • MD - Anaesthesiology
  • MS - Anatomy


  • Bachelor Degree
  • BDS
  • Master Degree
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Video Presentation

Talk by Dr. Jayashree Bhattacharjee at I-MediSTAR 2012

Dr. Jayashree Bhattacharjee's talk from inauguration function of I-MediSTAR conducted by Delhi Chapter of IMSA at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi on 8th April, 2012.

Delhi State Chapter of Indian Medical Students' Associtation (IMSA) organised its Introductory event titled I-MediSTAR (Innovation in Medical Science, Technology and Research). This video contains excerpts from the inauguration function held at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College & Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi on 8th April, 2012.

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