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At a glance

Vision Statement:
  1. To provide necessary Medical and paramedical education courses in the union territory of Puducherry so as to ensure the availability and accessibility of health care services.
  2. To provide high quality undergraduate and postgraduate medical and paramedical education courses so as to ensure quality health care.
  3. To provide for a forum for research and development in all branches of medical and paramedical education.
  4. To provide higher order of training for the medical, paramedical and other health workers in the union territory of Puducherry.


Inagurated On: 09/10/2010                                                                             Total Budget:--/--/----


The Union Territory of Puducherry, with a population of nearly 1,250, 000, was at one time dependent for medical education and tertiary level medical care solely on JIPMER, which being a central institute offers limited seats for local candidates. Though there are several private medical colleges in and around Puducherry, their fees are beyond the reach of the common man. Hence the territorial government decided to start a medical college of its own to provide better opportunity for students from Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam. Therefore in the Annual Plan of 1997-98, the Government of Puducherry proposed to establish a Medical College at Puducherry. Approval of the Planning Commission of India was then obtained to establish the College in the Union Territory of Puducherry by registering a society called the Pondicherry Medical College Society, later renamed as Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Medical College Society. In 2010 the college, now called Indira Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (IGMC&RI) was granted permission by the Medical Council of India to enrol 150 medical students annually.

Currently there are two batches of students pursuing the MBBS degree. The first batch scored a pass percentage of 92.31% in the first professional exam, with 13 distinctions in Physiology, 9 in Anatomy and 21 distinctions in Biochemistry.

The College has a sprawling campus located centrally in the city of Puducherry. There are air-conditioned Lecture theatres with state-of the art audio-visual aids on each floor of the college. Within a few months of opening, the hospital OPD attendance crossed the 1000 patients per day mark. There are separate hostels for boys and girls, each hostel equipped with a gym, reading and recreation rooms. Bath attached rooms are available for NRI students. Badminton and volley ball courts are attached to the hostels and it is proposed to have a cricket stadium and swimming pool of international standards.

In the near future, with its team of dedicated doctors, nurses, and other staff from all over the country, IGMC & RI will be on its way to becoming a centre of excellence in medical education and health care.



(A Government of Puducherry Institution)
  Puducherry – India

  1. In the Annual Plan of 1997-98, the Government of Puducherry incorporated a proposal to establish a Medical College at Puducherry. The Hon’ble Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Union Territory of Puducherry expressed the immediate need for establishing the same in the Government sector. Hon’ble Chief Minister, during discussions on the Demand for Grants in the Assembly Sessions, assured the Hon’ble Members that a Medical College will be established at the earliest with the approval of Government of India. Accordingly, approval of the Planning Commission of India was obtained by the Union Territory Government to establish a first ever Government Medical College in the Union Territory of Puducherry by registering a society called the Pondicherry Medical College Society, later renamed as Puducherry Medical College Society, fully controlled by the Government of Puducherry on 08.06.2005.
  2. As a first step, about 40 acres of land was acquired at Kadirkamam in Oulgaret revenue village, by the Government at a cost of Rs.18 crores which was transferred to the medical college society facilitating the construction of a medical college, hospital, staff quarters, students’ hostels, playgrounds including a cricket stadium and swimming pool of international standards and other essential infrastructure facilities as per Medical Council of India norms . The site is centrally located very near Rajiv Gandhi Square, a major junction in the city of Puducherry.

    The sprawling campus is planned with the following facilities:

  3. A state of the art 5 floor Hospital building with 970 beds initially to be increased to 8 floors in future to accommodate Super Specialty Departments. A fully air-conditioned OPD of around 1.25 lakh square feet is planned in the ground floor of the hospital building. 15 Operation Theatres all with laminar floor and state of the art ICUs are a part of the plan. 18 Specialty Operation Theatres for six super-specialty departments are to come up in the future. The total area under construction for the hospital block is 5.8 lakh square feet. The ICUs planned include Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Surgical ICU, Coronary Care Unit, Medical ICU, Respiratory ICU , Obstetric & Gynecology ICU and General ICU. There will be a total of nearly 80 ICUs beds.
  4. A college building for 150 students per year is planned with five air-conditioned lecture halls with advanced teaching learning aids and laboratory equipments in a beautiful setting. The building is planned as per MCI norms with an area of 2.8 lakh square feet built up area (5 floors). Two more floors will be constructed to accommodate Post Graduate Courses subsequently. A five floor Library Block is also a part of this building. An Auditorium of 800 capacity along with an open-air theatre is being constructed
  5. Hostels for students are planned in 4 separate blocks accommodating 740 students (5 floors each) overlooking a cricket ground. A 400 m athletics track is also a part of this campus. Sports and fitness facilities like Swimming Pool/Gymnasium/Indoor Sports Complex/Cricket Stadium of International Standard and other facilities are being planned in the campus.
  6. Resident Doctors hostel (2 blocks of 9 floors each) for accommodating 360 doctors inside the campus is being constructed. Total built up area is 6762 sq.m
  7. Food facilities for the students, staff, doctors and visitors will be from a modern central food centre
  8. Staff Quarters for all the staff as per MCI norms is being planned for this project
  9. Ancillary facilities include:
    a) Visitors’ Accommodation
    b) Registration .
    c) Pharmacy
    d) Animal House
    e) Incineration Plant
    f) Laundry
    g) Central Workshop
    h) Engineering Division
    i) Swimming Pool
    j) Sub-station
    k) Meditation centre
    l) Sports Complex
  10. Water Tanks: Provision for a five lakh liters capacity over head tank with an under ground sump of same capacity for the needs of the campus and a three lakh liters under ground sump exclusively for fire fighting are proposed.
The above buildings are planned as Green buildings meeting the required standards and facilities in order to obtain LEED accreditation of “Gold” rating. The above buildings are designed to withstand earthquakes as applicable to Zone III. Special care has been taken while designing the structures so that they are thermal efficient. By adopting such design concept, entire expansion joints are totally avoided which ultimately improves efficient maintenance. It is also proposed to install solar heating systems in order to generate solar power mainly for boilers. It is proposed to go in for efficient ways to harvest rain water comprehensively emptying into the adjacent Kanakkan Lake so that it becomes a model tourist attraction. The fresh water lake has been taken over by the college and is being developed as a serene recreational area. The Medical College started functioning during the academic year 2010-11 by admitting 150 medical students in the month of July/August 2010.

Future Plans:
In future it is planned to conduct Para medical courses such as B.Sc.(Nursing), B.Sc,(MLT), Bachelor’s degree in Medical Record Sciences, Diploma in Radiography, ECG Tech, OT Tech, Trauma Tech, First-aid Tech etc. Besides it is planned to start Master's degree and Diploma courses in various specialties such as medicine, surgery, pediatrics, orthopedics, obstetrics & gynecology, basic sciences and Para clinical subjects like pathology, microbiology, forensic medicine etc., at the end of 5 years. We plan to start higher specialty courses in subjects like cardiology, cardio-thoracic, surgery, urology, nephrology, medical and surgical gastroenterology, neurology, neuro surgery, medical and surgical oncology etc. in future.
It is also proposed to start PhD courses in Departments where facilities in terms of human resource and instrumentation exist. The thrust areas that we plan are molecular biology with special reference to molecular diagnostics, tuberculosis, clinical pharmacology and drug development, medical education, epidemiology and surveillance, nuclear medicine, history of medicine, cytogenetics, genetic counseling and palliative care. It is proposed to equip the laboratories and hospital with state of the art technology so as to deliver the best patient care and conduct research at the cutting edge of medicine.

The 34 Acres (13 Ha 96 A 50 Ca) acres site is situated 2.5 Kms from city centre. The site is predominantly flat dry non-agricultural land and is gently sloping south wards to the Kanagan Lake. The northern side of the site is abutting the NH 66 to Tindivanam at ½ Km distance. The road to western side leads to villupuram via Ousteri Lake, a tourist area. The Villupuram highway NH 45 A is at 1 Km. from the 15 acre lake behind the college site. The site is surrounded by densely populated residential areas. The Mettupalayam Industrial Estate is 1 Km away on the western side.