Dr. Sunanda Raina
Govt. Medical College Jammu made a humble start in the year 1971 with a grand
vision to provide good quality medical education to undergraduates. The aim was
to produce knowledgeable, skilful and competent primary care physicians in tune
with the regulations of Medical Council of India. The foundation of the
Institute has been laid brick by brick by the untiring efforts of technocrats of
that time with the support of successive governments.
The institute which was started with the mandate to produce fifty medical
graduates made brisk progress and was soon allowed to train hundred
undergraduates annually and is now ready to increase its uptake by another fifty
students. In the second decade of its inception, the institute started
postgraduate training and currently runs sixteen MD/MS and six diploma courses.
The institute is poised to start six full time courses in six super-specialities
Realizing that the provision of excellent medical care is crucial for
undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the medical college expanded its
capacity and infrastructure. Govt. Medical College Jammu and Associated
Hospitals in the last two decades has doubled its bed strength and boasts of
state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic machinery as well as skilled and
well trained faculty. Many of its graduates and postgraduates are serving with
premier national and international organizations and have proven their mettle.
The institute is also doing well on research front with many of its members
contributing in the advancement of medical research at national and
organization with nearly 350 faculty members and 1000 supporting staff is ready
for newer initiatives and is poised to break new grounds both in the provision
of medical education, research and patient care.
August 1972, Dr.N.S.Pathania took over as its Principal “founder Principal” at
this stage the SMGS Hospital was taken over by the Government Medical College it
became center of the GMC activities to give solid and long lasting shape to
Government Medical College. By May 1973, temporary college building and part of
the student’s hostels were completed.
first batch of students (hosted by the GMC Srinagar) shifted over GMC Jammu.
Around this time the third batch of first year, got admitted straight at GMC
December 1973, a high level board headed by Chief Secretary, Government of Jammu
and Kashmir, made a large-scale selection of the teaching staff for the various
departments. The following year Mental and Fever Hospital (now Government
Hospital for Psychiatric Diseases and the Government Children Hospital
respectively) and Chest diseases Hospital were taken over by the GMC Jammu.
Gandhi Nagar Hospital was also added to the list.
April 1976 the pioneer batch took the final M.B.B.S. examination. A four-member
team of medical council of India inspected this as well as the college and
About this time the Academic, Sports and Cultural Association (JASCA), having
elected representatives of the students, was born.
July 1, 1976, the first batch from GMC Jammu started internship (special feature
of this internship programme was an accelerated account on the community health
achieved by six months rural posting – three months each at R.S.Pora and
touching the limits we have to maintain that we have built up so for more and
more ….let all us associated with it put up the best”
GOD blesses our
Government Medical College &