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Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

Gauhati Medical College and Hospital

Established : 1960
Type : Co-Education
Superintendent : Dr. R. Talukdar
Principal : Dr. Kabul Chandra Saikia
Former Name : GMC, GMC&H, GMCH
Location : Gauhati
Affiliation(s) : Gauhati University
Category : Under Graduate, Post Graduate & Diploma
Accreditation / Recognition : Medical Council of India (MCI)
Department(s) : M.B.B.S., M.D. & M.S.

Graduate Education

Degree Awarded : M.B.B.S.
Duration of the Course : Five years, which include one year internship.
Major subjects : Anatomy
Forensic & State Medicine
Community Medicine
Surgery (which includes Orthopedics)
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Ophthalmology & Otorhinolaryngology

Post Graduate Education (Degree and Diploma in different Subjects):

Duration of Post Graduate course: Degree 3 years; Diploma 2 years.

Subjects Degree Awarded Diploma Awarded No. of Seats
Degree Diploma
Anatomy MS - 4 -
Anesthesiology MD DA 4 6
Biochemistry MD - 4 -
Community Medicine MD - 2 -
Dermatology MD - 2 -
Forensic Medicine MD DFSM 2 2
Medicine MD - 10 -
Microbiology MD - 4 -
Obsterics & Gyne. MS DGO 8 6
Opthalmology MS DO 6 4
Orthopedics MS - 2 -
Pathology MD DCP 4 5
Pediatrics MD DCH 3 4
Pharmacology MD - 2 -
Physiology MD - 4 -
Psychiatry MD - 2 -
Radio Diagnosis MD - 4 -
Surgery MS - 10 -

Post Doctoral Education

The MCh Courses are:

Subjects No. of Seats
Plastic Surgery 2
Paediatric Surgery 2
Cardio-Thoracic Surgery 1
Urology 1
Neurosurgery 1

The DM Courses are:

Subjects No. of Seats
Neurology 2
Endocrinology 1
Cardiology 1

Graduate Education:

Method of Selection

Entrance test conducted by All India and State level selection bodies.


Total Number of under graduate admissions per annum is 156

Post Graduate Education (Degree and Diploma in different Subjects):

Method of Selection

Entrance tests conducted by All India and state level selection bodies.

Central Library:

The Gauhati Medical College Library was established in 1961. It has a unique collection of old 'International Periodicals'. The main Library is situated at the Narakachal hill top in the college main building. It has an extension of its services in the Gauhati Medical College hospital complex to facilitate its users. There is photostat facility in the main library. Library automation is in progress. Besides these there are different Departmental Libraries. The College Library has been provided with the latest Internet facilities for the benefit of the students and staff.

Hostel Facilities:

Gauhati Medical College is a residential college having hostel facilities for both male and female students.

Students' Union:

With a view to dedicate itself for the welfare of the students on a variety of issues like education, career, living, recreation and any other sort of emergent situation, the Gauhati Medical College Students Union (GMCSU) was first formed in 1961. By an election which is held every year, the General Body Members of the GMCSU elect an Executive Committee to serve for the interests of the students.


The Gauhati Medical College has enjoyed a prestigious status in the country for its academic pursuites and patients care, and thereby being a referral centre for speciality and superspeciality treatment.

Dr. John Berry White, MRCS, a British Surgeon of the East India Company, was the pioneer to start Health Education and health care in Assam. He established a medical school known as 'Berry White Medical School' at Dibrugarh, Assam in 1898-99. In course of time this medical school was upgraded and on 3rd Nov., 1947 the Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh was established and it stands as the first medical college in Assam.

With increasing demands for health care and health education, the need for more medical colleges in Assam was keenly felt. The State Government in 1959 headed by Mr. B.P. Chaliha, the then Chief Minister of Assam, Mr. Fakaruddin Ali Ahmed, the then Finance Minister, and Mr. Rupram Brahma as the then Medical Minister of Assam decided to have a second medical college in Assam. On 7th Nov., 1959 the State Government set up an expert committee to go into the matter and submit their report.

After several rounds of discussions, the committee visited the sites at Ulubari, Jalukbari, Chandmari and other areas of the city of Guwahati and also different parts of Silchar. The committee submitted its report on 26th April, 1960 stating that it was feasible to start the Gauhati Medical College from August,1960 in the vacant Ayurvedic College buildings and the Physical Education Training buildings at Jalukbari, Guwahati but no such place was immediately available at Silchar to start the Silchar Medical College. The committee recommended Ulubari for Gauhati Medical College and Ghungoor for Silchar Medical College to be the permanent sites.

So the State Government decided to start the colleges with preclinical classes in the vacant buildings of the Ayurvedic College at Jalukbari, Guwahati with 60 students for Gauhati Medical College and 40 students for Silchar Medical College as a twin college. By a State Govt. order no. MM-D/275/60/45 dated 26th June, 1960, Dr. S.N. Sarma, the then Principal and Supdt. of the Assam and Supdt. of the Assam Medical College & Hospital, Dibrugarh was entrusted with the responsibility to make all necessary arrangements for starting the preclinical classes at Jalukbari from August, 1960 and also for taking necessary steps for establishment of the proposed medical colleges at Gauhati and Silchar in addition to his duties in the AMC, Dibrugarh.

Accordingly the vacant Ayurvedic College buildings at Jalukbari were taken over and arrangements were started by August, 1960. On the 20th September, 1960, the functioning of the Gauhati Medical College was formally inaugurated. The first batch of the 100 students were interviewed and selected in the AMC, Dibrugarh in the last week of September, 1960. Preclinical classes were started from 10th October, 1960.

The Gauhati Medical College was inspected by Medical Council of India on every first examination of the first batch, that is, the first, second and final MBBS held in 1962, 1964 and 1965 respectively. There were inspections also by the Gauhati University, to which GMC is affiliated, in 1961, 1964 and 1968. Dr. C.S. Patel, President of the Medical Council of India inspected the GMC from 15th to 18th March, 1966. He was so impressed with the progress of the Institution and permitted to start Post Graduate courses in GMC. In February, 1969 Post Graduate started in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Pharmacology, Community Medicine, Medicine, Surgery, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology. General Medical Council of U.K. recognized the bachelors degree of this college in 1969, thereby enabling the graduates to pursue higher studies in that country.

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