The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram is India’s first rural medical college. Nestled in the karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi, in Sevagram, this Institute was founded by Dr Sushila Nayar in 1969. Kasturba Hospital has the distinction of being the only hospital in the country which was started by the Father of the Nation himself.
The institute strives to produce doctors of high clinical competence, professional attitudes and ethical behavior. The Institute believes that Gandhian values and principles are relevant even today and it displays a fierce commitment to advancement of medical education without losing the humane touch.
We, at MGIMS, are conscious of the fact that medical education needs to maintain the right balance in the eternal triangle of ‘quality, quantity and equity’. In our perennial quest to attain the perfect blend, we never forget that these three arms are not in conflict, and equity cannot be kept in abeyance. The students at MGIMS are drawn from all parts of the country and come from all kinds of social backgrounds. Every effort is made to acquaint the medical student to the real rural India. Our approach to medical education with the spotlight on rural community oriented education makes our doctors sensitive to the felt needs of the people they would be serving in their future. Our students are expected to adhere to professional norms which include altruism, compassion, empathy, accountability, honesty and integrity.
The entrance examination to the MBBS course includes a separate qualifying paper on Gandhian Thought. The students and staff of the Institute adhere to a unique code of conduct, where they are expected to wear hand-woven khadi, participate in shramdan and attend an all-religion prayer every Friday evening. Non-vegetarian food, alcohol and tobacco are taboo.
The Institute offers MCI recognized degrees and diplomas in 18 postgraduate disciplines and PhDs in seven departments. It boasts of a well equipped library which is a recognized resource library for HELLIS network in Western India. Three of its faculty members, Dr BC Harinath (1992), Dr (Mrs) P Narang (2002) and Dr PB Behere (2005) are recipients of the National BC Roy Award.