Department of Medical Education and Research
Government of Punjab
The Directorate of Research and Medical Education, Punjab was established in 1973. The main aim of this directorate is development of Medical Manpower, quality education in the field of medicine and preparation of specialist and super specialist doctors in the state to improve the health facilities and to give satisfactory facilities in the hospitals linked with the medical and dental colleges. To achieve this aim the below written Government institutes are established in the State of Punjab and all these are inspected and recognized/Affiliated by Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Central Council of Indian Medicine System and Indian Nursing Council :-
Govt. Medical Colleges
Govt. Dental College & Hospitals
Govt. Ayurvedic College
Govt. College of Nursing
Hospital attached with Medical Colleges
Apart from this a number of Medical/ Dental/ Ayurvedic / Homeopathic /Psychotherapy / Nursing Colleges and schools are being run by the various welfare societies and trusts in private sector with NOC of this department and all these are inspected and recognized/affiliated by Medical Council of India, Dental Council of India, Central Council of Indian Medicine System and Indian Nursing Council as well as above noted universities and State Council.
Brief about two premier medical institutes associated with directorate is as below:
Government Medical College Patiala
This was the first Medical College in Pepsu State with a population of over 20 lacs. The Rajendra Hospital, Patiala, was under construction when the college started. The foundation stone of the college building was laid by Dr. Rajendra Parshad then President of India on 21.12.1953. The opening ceremony of Rajendra Hospital, Patiala was performed by the Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, in 1954.
It started as a 500 bedded hospital and presently it houses 1009 bedded in Rajendra Hospital Patiala and 121 bedded in T.B. Hospital, Patiala. The T.B. Hospital, Patiala has been designated as Zonal Task Force Centre of North India for involvement of Medical Colleges in RNTCP. The Hospital is also working as State T.B.Training and Demonstration Centre for the State of Punjab and U.T.
Apart from Basic/Clinical departments some super specialty departments are also functioning. Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, ICCU are functioning in Medicine Deptt. and Urology, Pediatrics, Surgery, Plastic Surgery, I.C.U are also functional. Psychiatry Deptt. of this Institution has been upgraded. In addition to it De-addiction Centre, ART Centre /EDUSET, Telemedicine, I.T.Cell are also functional. The college has 4 hostels for UGs and one hostel for PGs. It has beautiful auditorium, vast play grounds, swimming pool, and gymnasium and college canteen. The college has a separate library building with in the campus housing IT Cell. There is an ME Cell too.
Government Medical College, Amritsar
Government Medical College Amritsar is one of the oldest premier medical education institutes of the country. It traces its foundation as a Medical School in Lahore as early as 1864 and later being established in Amritsar in 1920. The college has a cherished history and earned for itself a place of pride in the field of medical education and patient care in the region.
The institute has set out to incorporate information technology by spearheading the setting up of an Information Technology Centre (ITC) in 2003 that generated an enthusiastic response both from the teaching faculty and students. The Centre also houses telemedicine equipment, a VSAT linkage and networks with other premier health and health informatics institutes of the country.
The modernization drive of the college has broader dimensions. The college is being upgraded under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana. In addition to upgrading the existing departments, this project envisages modern buildings - Bebe Nanaki Centre for Mother & Child Care and the Guru Teg Bahadur Diagnostic and Superspeciality Block. In addition the College of Nursing and the Swami Vivekananda Deaddiction Centre have been completed and are fully operational.