Chairman of IGMC & RI
It was a long–cherished wish of the people of Puducherry to have a medical college of its own to provide better educational opportunity for its students and medical care for its patients. Although Puducherry is home to a premier institute like JIPMER, there are very few seats for our local students as it is a central institute and they have to compete with students from all over the country. Puducherry also boasts of a number of private medical colleges, but they charge exorbitant fees from students as well as patients. Therefore all efforts were made to start a Government Medical College in Puducherry. Our efforts bore fruit and approval of the Planning Commission of India was obtained to establish the College in the Union Territory of Puducherry under the aegis of Perunthalaivar Kamaraj Medical College Society, on . 40 acres of land was acquired in Kathirkamam by the Government at a cost of Rs.18 crores. Faculty recruitment started in 2007 and in 2010 the Indira Gandhi Medial College and Research Institute (IGMC &RI) obtained permission from the Medical Council of India to admit 150 medical students per year.
Two batches of students from Puducherry, Karaikal, Mahe and Yanam are already enrolled in the college for the MBBS degree. The Government of Puducherry has decided to render education free to all the students, which is first of its kind in the country. The hospital attends to over a thousand patients every day. IGMC&RI has an expansive campus in the heart of the city of Puducherry. There are separate buildings for college, hospital, students’ hostels, and in the coming years there will be staff quarters, more playgrounds including a cricket stadium and swimming pool of international standards with all infrastructure facilities as per Medical Council of India norms. It is a great blessing for the people of the Union Territory of Puducherry and will reach greater heights in years to come.