About the Dynamic Driving Force
MGMCRI – Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, is a leading medical institution in Pondicherry. Drawing its name from the great patriotic driving force, emancipator and Father of our Nation - Mahatma Gandhi, it stands upright, true to its lofty name and fame. Under affiliation to Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, a Deemed University, MGMCRI offers an amicable and academically challenging environment with an excellent reputation for teaching quality, state-of-the-art study and treatment facilities by it supportive staff. Nationally commended for its academic contributions to professional health education, our Institution serves a highly unique and culturally diverse student body and upholds excellent quality standards, academic advancement and personal growth among its students.
Our Beautiful Location and Surroundings
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute stands strikingly as an architectural beauty, with its massive structures on the east coast road, at Pillaiyarkuppam, between Puducherry and Cuddalore. Strategically located on the NH-45A National Highway, very close to Cuddalore town and 14 kms from Puducherry, it provides a gamut of medical services to the numerous urban and rural public in the surroundings.
Puducherry, now an educational hub, tracing its past to the French culture and architecture, breathtaking backwater scapes, colourful shopping arcades. streets, beach promenade for a nice stroll and sea breeze, gastronomic delights, wealth of tourist sites viz., Auroville, Aurobindo Ashram, Manakkula Vinayakar Temple, attract more number of tourists than any other city in south India.
A visionary and trend-setter Shri. M. K. Rajagopalan, Chairman is the founder and innovator who loves challenging tasks. He believes that a vision backed with a strong commitment and dedicated efforts can make things happen, transform lives and change the world we live in. His pioneering venture in the Union Territory of Pondicherry introduced 6 colleges, setting a dynamic trend in the field of professional education. His endeavours paved the way for others to follow him and today Puducherry boasts more number of professional colleges than any other State for its area and population. His unquenched zeal for educational promotion brought a boon to Chennai too, one more milestone with the birth of SSSMC&RI in 2008.
The Institution is headed by Professor KR Sethuraman. MD, PGDHE., Vice-Chancellor, Balaji Vidyapeeth University.
MCI Recognition & Government Approval
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute has been recognized by Medical Council of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, New Delhi and the Government of Puducherry for conducting Under-graduate and Post-graduate Medical Courses
UGC Approval & University Status
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute, is proud to have been recognized for its successes, achieving the highest possible Deemed University status conferred by University Grants Commission, New Delhi, embracing the domain Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University.
Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute has been enlisted in the most referred FAIMER International Medical Education Directory published by Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research, USA.
Patient Services, Adult and Paediatric patient care - Each year, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Hospital treats more than 4,60,000 adults and children patients, with its highly professional and dedicated team of physicians, surgeons, nurses, assistants, and fully equipped and well maintained departments.
Optimum Patient Care & Master Health Check Up
Our Hospital houses a well infrastructured and fully air-conditioned Master Health Check Up Centre for optimum Patient Care, offering range of incredibly affordable packages covering routine Blood & Urine Tests, E.C.G, X-Ray, Treadmill, Pulmonary Function Test, Ultra sonography with Colour Doppler along with the latest imported CT Scan and MRI facilities. Our qualified and well trained technicians handle each case meticulously to give the most reliable reports.
Our core medical services are backed with and supported by streamlined and efficient auxiliary services. The Medical Records Department is fully computerized, fast and competent. The pharmacy at MGMCRI is well-stocked and ensures that the patients get to purchase medications within the campus. Our sophisticated Central Sterile Supplies Department (CSSD) caters to the sterilization needs of the entire hospital. The central kitchen maintains a high standard of hygiene, and functions under the direct supervision of an experienced dietician.
Other ancillary services include a laundry and central gas station. A proficient housekeeping team supervises the sanitation of the entire campus. The hospital has its own advanced waste management system, which includes an incineration plant and a modern sewage treatment plant to handle bio-medical and other wastes In an eco-friendly manner. Under the effective guidance of the Department of Community Medicine, our medical students are taught to take healthcare to the masses, through outreach programs.
Academic & Research activities
All academic activities of the faculty members are co-ordinated by the Scientific and Academic Forum of MGMCRI. This forum organizes scientific meetings once a month.
Biomedical research receives high priority at MGMCRl. Our institution liaison with governmental and non-governmental organizations for research grants. All research activities are supported and co-ordinated by the Research Committee of MGMCRl.
Our institution subscribes to the view that outreach healthcare programs are a boon to the community and society at large. True to its commitment to public health, MGMCRl conducts 2 free medical camps every month for underprivileged rural population. In addition, we have 1 established Rural Health Centre at Seliamedu and 1 Urban Health Centre at Ariyankuppam. In appreciation of our healthcare services, the Government of Puducherry has allotted 2 Primary Health Centres, one at Kirumampakkam and the other at Nettapakkam.
Our educational philosophy
Our full-fledged Hospital offers vast and varied clinical material to all our students to gain exposure and suitable academic training along with in-depth knowledge for practical professional development. At MGMCRI, strong emphasis in laid on implementation of the undergraduate medical curriculum involving bed-side clinical training. A humane and holistic approach to healthcare is practiced, taught and imposed on all levels. Emphasis is on moulding a 'complete' physician who will cure the 'patient’ and not just treat the 'disease’. In addition, our students are taught to be competent and well-versed in conventional and advanced medical setups.
MGMCRI conducts every lecture, academic program and conference in world-class lecture theatres. All these lecture halls are air-conditioned, spacious and are equipped with computers and a complete set of basic and advanced audio-visual aids, including the ubiquitous LCD projector. Many of the undergraduate lectures are woven around interesting PowerPoint presentations. These facilities make the teaching-learning process a stimulating and enjoyable experience for our students.
All departments at MGMCRI, have qualified, experienced and learned faculty as per the norms laid down by the Medical Council of India. They are well-versed in the appropriate use of various teaching-learning methods and media. The quality of medical education at MGMCRI is constantly monitored and upgraded by a dedicated Medical Education Unit. This unit ensures that our students receive optimal training in the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains. Our institution regularly deputes its faculty members to attend training programs in medical education technology such as the National Course on Educational Science for Health Professionals conducted by NTTC, JIPMER, Puducherry and the Educational Leadership Development Program of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, Coimbatore. Apart from these activities, the Medical Education Unit of MGMCRI conducts periodic in-house training programs including microteaching sessions to ensure that our medical teachers stay in touch with recent advances in medical education.
Innovative Teaching learning methods
Our study programs and teaching methods are in line with international standards and continuously undergo self-evaluation and self-improvement by means of internal and external quality validation. Among our faculty and staff we give emphasis to qualities as innovation, flexibility and a continuous sense of advancement.
Students and Research
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducts Short Term Research Studentship Program in order to promote interest and aptitude for research among medical undergraduates. According to the program's mission statement, "the main objective of this program is to provide an opportunity to undergraduate medical students to familiarize themselves with research methodology and techniques by being associated for a short duration with their senior’s ongoing research program or by undertaking independent projects." We ensure that the students at MGMCRI get opportunities to participate in these ICMR projects.
MGMCRI desires to remain competitive in the world's rapid march towards IT-enabled medical education. Our faculty members are already aware of how modern and powerful computer technology can be used to enhance the quality of medical education. With a steadily expanding infrastructure, we are poised to take on the demands and challenges involved in the implement of advanced electronic pedagogical techniques such as e-learning, web-based/ computer-based learning.
An elaborate Orientation Program for First Year Medical Students helps to allay the anxiety and concerns in the minds of the freshers. This program includes an interactive session wherein the new students and their parents are permitted to discuss their concerns with senior administrative officers. A presentation on medical student’s well-being and stress management is a component of this program. Students' welfare is of paramount importance at our institution. MGMCRI realizes that the maintenance and promotion of the physical and mental health of the student community is as important as imparting knowledge and skills. The Students Welfare Committee closely supervises the well-being of our medical students. Counselling services are available for students experiencing adjustment problems.
The administration has regular liaision with the parents of the students with regard to the well-being of their wards.
Basic Amenities and Facilities
Excellent arrangements for food, accommodation, transport, communication and banking make MGMCRI a "home away from home" for our students. The MGMCRI campus offers separate hostels for men and women. These hostels are located in a serene environment, close to the college and hospital blocks. The rooms are comfortable, spacious, air-conditioned and well-ventilated. Exclusive hostel wardens oversee the well-being of the students. Our institute has its own fleet of buses for safe and quick transport of the students and staff. Students have access to a full-fledged gymnasium.
In addition to the core medical curriculum, our students receive a healthy exposure to extracurricular activities. MGMCRI believes that promotion of special talents and participation in extracurricular pursuits are vital components of personality development. The college conducts Talentia, a spectacular interclass competition comprising sports and literary events, apart from various cultural and fine arts activities such as music, dance, and drama, once a year. In addition, our students participate regularly in other inter-college sports and cultural contests conducted by other frontline medical colleges. The students within the campus have access to essential sports equipment, indoor and outdoor games, and a well-equipped music room. When the student needs a break from campus life and the stress of medical education, the city of Puducherry offers numerous getaways. A relaxing walk along the seaside promenade, and an exhilarating boat-ride in the backwaters, are some of the popular options. Puducherry is home to many historical temples and grand cathedrals subtle, yet strong inspiration to the students and faculty.
The MCMCRI College Song:
The official MGMCRI College Song is tided "Torches for tomorrow". Soon after admission into the MBBS course, each student will receive a copy of the college song on audio CD. In this song, the students express feelings of reverence and gratitude towards their alma mater. The lyrics of the college anthem are designed to inspire & kindle the institutional spirit among our students & staff and infuse in them a feeling of love & respect for MGMCRI. The college song is played back and /or performed live by student's choir, at all our annual college and campus events, such as graduation day and the annual sports and cultural festival. The MGMCRI college song is intended to play a significant role in the progress of this institution.