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Armed Forces Medical College or AFMC is one of the best ranked medical colleges in our country. It has been acknowledged as a centre for excellence for education and research, and enjoys recognition through an act of Parliament of India, similar to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).

Armed Forces Medical College

Armed Forces Medical College was set up in 01 May 1948 in Pune, Maharshtra, after the recommendations of the BC Roy Committee by unifying the existing defense medical establishments. The institute is affiliated under the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences and is recognized by the MCI for conducting undergraduate and various post graduate medical courses. The AFMC undergraduate wing was established on 4 August 1962, which is celebrated annually as AFMC Day by its alumni across the globe.

Armed Forces Medical College
Aerial view of the Golden Jubilee Block

In 2013 India Today Rankings, it was ranked third among medical colleges in India. Outlook India also ranked Armed Forces Medical College, Pune at #2 in 2012 and 2015.

Armed Forces Medical College
Dhanwantari Auditorium
Armed Forces Medical College
Gautam Baug

The campus is full of gardens, trees and flowers which are maintained by the defence personnel. There are facilities for sports, including tennis, squash, basketball, and a swimming pool. Canteen facilities for defence personnel are also extended to the Medical Cadets. It has two auditoria named Dhanvantri and Bharadwaj where high profile medical conferences are held. Dhanvantri also screens two films a month for cadets, officers, other ranks and their families within the college campus. One more department of medicine has been set up on campus to improve its faculty. AFMC also works as a hospital for civilians and is collaborated with the command hospital (SC).

Armed Forces Medical College
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Former President of India lighting the lamp at Illuminati 2014

The college gives its undergraduates early exposure to research by encouraging them to take up various departmental projects. Every year the undergraduates bag many ICMR scholarships under the Short Term Studentship Programme and MUHS scholarships under Short Term Research Grant Programme. The undergraduates have been presenting their research work and winning at various conferences. Apart from this, the Students’ Scientific Society of AFMC has been organizing Illuminati, one of the biggest undergraduate research conferences in India.

Admission to MBBS course is on the basis of the AIPMT exam(which will soon be changed to NEET). This is followed by an interview and then after the final selection, 130 students, including 25 girls, are admitted to the College. All these students are liable to serve in the medical services of the Armed Forces, on successful completion of MBBS, for at least seven years.

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