Chandigarh, India



Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research
Government Medical College and Hospital Chandigarh


Christian Medical College and Hospital Ludhiana

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital Ludhiana
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research

Government Medical College
Government Dental College
Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences
Government Medical College


Maharaja Agrasen Medical College
Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences


Indira Gandhi Medical College

ST A T E   O F  U N I V E R S I T I E S

The state of medical institutions

In all, 12 medical institutions in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been covered. After monitoring the working of these institutions for some months, The Tribune staffers will again visit them to find out whether something has been done to improve their functioning.

— Editor-in-Chief

Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh

Saturday, October 11, 2003
A badly bruised PGI needs a healing touch
Shortage of doctors, nurses adds to patients’ troubles; no cure in sight
by Nirmal Sandhu
NSAVOURY developments in the recent past have dented the image of the PGI, Chandigarh. For the first time in its history, the Director has been told to proceed on leave. For the first time again, an OSD of the Health Ministry has been deputed at the PGI to monitor its functioning. The PGI is certainly not what it used to be.

Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla

Tuesday, October 14, 2003
IGMC fails to meet required standards & expectations
Patient care at Snowdon suffers due to frequent shifting of faculty
by Pratibha Chauhan
EAVY inbreeding, shortage of faculty and ill-equipped departments have become the bane of the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, the first medical college of the state. The IGMC has failed to give a lead in quality health services in the hill state where the private sector is still dormant.

Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana

Thursday, October 16, 2003
Ludhiana CMC goal — is it charity or commerce?
Plans to set up Medicity and offer medical services on telephone
by P.P.S. Gill
HRISTIAN Medical College (CMC) and Hospital and Dayanand Medical College (DMC) and Hospital are situated at the opposite ends in Ludhiana, which has two other hospitals and about 100 major private clinics as well.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana

Saturday, October 18, 2003
DMC: where good medicare comes at a price
Doctors allowed private practice; patients don’t like too many tests
by P.P.S. Gill

DAYANAND Medical College and Hospital (DMC) is a “home-grown” institution of Ludhiana set up by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha, which today has a token representation on the managing body.

Maharaja Agrasen Medical College, Agroha

Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Agrasen institute struggles for survival
Protracted birth pangs, politics and lack of vision affect the future of students
by Pratibha Chauhan
UT for the archaeologists and as the nerve centre of the Aggarwal community, the ancient township of Agroha near Hisar, once ruled by Maharaja Agrasen of the Mahabharata era some 5,000 years ago, would inspire little interest for a visitor.

National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Mohali

Friday, October 24, 2003
Nurturing young talent to serve pharma industry

Filling the big gap of trained professionals is a challenge for NIPER
by Pratibha Chauhan
UCKED away from public glare on a vast expanse of SAS Nagar (Mohali), the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, is quietly engrossed in devising new panacea for various diseases afflicting human beings.

Government Medical College, Amritsar

Tuesday, October 28, 2003
Staff, fund shortage cripple Amritsar Medical College
Patient turnout declining, hits training of doctors
by Nirmal Sandhu
CANDALOUS as it may appear, but that is how it is. To avoid derecognition by the Medical Council of India, Amritsar’s Government Medical College covers up its staff shortage by deploying doctors from elsewhere. It is short of as many as 62 teachers. During MCI inspections, new name plates are hung up outside rooms to make good the inadequacies in infrastructure.

Government Dental College, Amritsar

Thursday, October 30, 2003
Amritsar Govt Dental College lacks teeth
Need to decentralise power to avoid delays
by Nirmal Sandhu
T was a pleasant surprise to find a government dental college neat and clean, reasonably well maintained and managed in sharp contrast to other crisis-ridden medical institutions in Amritsar. Free from controversies and allegations of corruption, Punjab Government Dental College and Hospital maintains a low profile and a positive image.

Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak

Saturday, November 1, 2003
Political interference hampers growth of Rohtak’s PGI
Top posts filled on caste considerations; merit is ignored
by Pratibha Chauhan
OCATED in the heart of Haryana’s Jatland and the state’s first medical college, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, has become a hot-bed of caste politics and dubious manoeuvring.

Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh
Saturday, November 8, 2003
Chandigarh medical college ails from ad-hocism
Good infrastructure, but no uniform recruitment policy
by Roopinder Singh
ITH a building and general infrastructure that is the envy of many a medical college in the region, a relatively new campus and a student strength of 50 per class, Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, has a lot going for it, if only it were not for the problems it has been facing with members of the faculty, some of whom are unhappy with the recruitment and promotion rules.

Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences, Faridkot

Tuesday, November 11, 2003
Faridkot medical college still housed in godowns
Baba Farid medical university operates from a guest house
by Nirmal Sandhu
ERE is a medical university, named after Sufi poet Baba Farid, operating from a guest house even five years after it was set up. It was a political decision to locate Baba Farid University of Medical Sciences at Faridkot. To bolster the vote-bank of his son, Mr Sukhbir Singh Badal, the then Chief Minister, Mr Parkash Singh Badal, gifted his son’s constituency a medical university, but forgot to earmark funds for its development.

Government Medical College, Patiala

Tuesday, December 2, 2003
Born with a silver spoon, now looking for one
Patiala college lacks funds and teachers
by Roopinder Singh
T came up in a flash and produced generations of doctors; it is now dragging along and is no longer inspirational. Government Medical College, Patiala, has been a premier medical institution for a long time, but it now shows symptoms that are alarmingly similar to those shown by its sister institutions in the state.