About the MGIMS College:
Established in 1969, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences – MGIMS college – is an educational and research institute. It is the first Indian rural medical college that is situated in the karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi at Sewagram, Wardha. The MGIMS College was conceptualized and nurtured into a medical college by Dr. Sushila Nayar. It is thus run on the Gandhian ideologies and principles. Affiliated to the Maharashtra University Of Health Sciences (MUHS), it aims to offer tertiary healthcare facilities especially to the rural crowd. Being a student of this great Institute, I would like to share my experience about MGIMS college and the life therein, with you all.
Admission to MGIMS College
The Institute enrolls 100 students annually. Till 2015, there used to be a separate entrance exam known as MGIMS-PMT, which was conducted for the admissions in our college. It comprised of two different papers: an MCQ paper for physics, chemistry, biology; and another written theory exam on the Gandhian thoughts. There used to be 50% Maharashtra quota seats and the 50% all-India quota seats in the Institute, with a special reservation for students coming from the rural parts of India. However, after the recent decision given by the honorable Supreme Court of India regarding the conduction of NEET for medical admissions, the chances are that the students will be admitted to MGIMS through the process of NEET itself. Also, there used to be a provision of internal PG admission, in which the admission for the PG courses was offered based upon the average of the total marks scored during the four years of MBBS, i.e., there was no PG entrance exam. But with the introduction of NEET, the admissions to the PG courses offered would also be done through NEET.
The Orientation Camp
Life after getting an admission in the MGIMS college begins with an “Orientation Camp,” where the students spend 15 days in a Gandhi ashram called as “Bapu Kuti” to understand the Gandhian way of life. Here, they are taught the ashram rules, and expected to follow them as long as they are a part of this Institute. These guidelines include:
- Khadi: Spinning Charkha (spinning wheel) and wearing khadi clothes. This brings a unique, rich culture in the Institute and also helps in promoting the handloom industry of Khadi cloths.
- Shramdan: The staff and the students participate every day in Shramdan during the camp days, and on every Friday after the camp is over.
- Community Prayer: Students have to attend this prayer once in the morning and once in the evening. It is a collaboration of prayers from different religions and creates a sense of unity among the students.
- Yoga: Every morning the students are supposed to do yoga under the guidance and invigilation of a yoga expert. The students are also informed about the various benefits of yoga in their life.
- Vegetarianism: Based on the Gandhian ideology, the Institute follows a very strict vegetarianism policy.
- Prohibition: Any sort of intoxication is banned in the premises.
Also, during the orientation camp, professionals from different walks of life come here and deliver lectures to prepare the students for their subsequent careers. For example, workshops for developing the communication skills, basic life support skills, etc. are held. All these new experiences make the 15 days very memorable for every student.
The students study anatomy, physiology and biochemistry as basic sciences in this year. The teachers of all these three Departments are so dedicated and friendly that all the students get well-oriented with these subjects.
In the first year itself, there is another 15-day camp called the “Social Service Camp” wherein the students have to live in the college’s “adopted village“. During this camp, the students are imparted knowledge regarding the community issues and the real problems faced by the rural masses. As a part of community medicine, students have to go for visits once in a month and take up the responsibility of the health for the families allotted to them successively for 3 years.
In the second year, the students are introduced to the interesting world of pathology, pharmacology, microbiology and forensic medicine. The teachers are extremely good and very sincere. They make it a point that the students are able to understand the concepts and mechanisms well. Second year also marks the beginning of clinical postings in different departments. Here, the students tend to gain the very best of the practical experiences. The end of the second professional year has another camp called as the “Re-Orientation to Medical Orientation Camp,” which is conducted at the Rural Health Training Center (RHTC), Bhidi. It essentially is an exercise on various aspects of public health and provides a first-hand experience on the prevailing health issues of rural India.
Third Year (Part 1 and Part 2) and the Internship
Part 1 of the third year includes the study of community medicine, ophthalmology and ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat). Although in each year, a healthy balance is maintained between the academics and the co-curricular activities, the third year specifically brings out and highlights the cultural face of most of the students. There are events such as anchoring, mimes, dances, jugalbandi (singing), fashion shows and even rock bands!
Part 2 of the third year includes subjects related to surgery, obstetrics, gynecology and pediatrics. This year consists more of clinical postings than theory. After the students pass the examinations of their third professional year, they are awarded a provisional degree in medicine and surgery, post which they have to undergo rotational internship for 1 year in order to qualify for the degree of MBBS. And finally, the degree of MBBS is awarded to the students after the successful completion of their rotational internship in the convocation ceremony.
The various events organised at the institute for the students include Freshers Evening, Ganesh Festival Celebration (GFC), Foundation Day, Literary Day, Teacher’s Day, and the most-awaited gala time – the Annual Gathering! The faculty members in the Institute try to bring out the best in every student and groom all the possible aspects of his/her personality: be it sports, literary events, performing arts like skits, or quizzes, and last but not the least, research or academics! This is the only college in India to offer single rooms to all the students throughout their undergraduate life! The food served in the cafeteria is also palatable.
So, here is my advice to all the aspirants reading this: Just because this institute is located in a rural area, don’t think that it’s not at par with the country’s standards. You’ll be surprised with what you actually experience here.
Here’s the institute’s official website: https://www.mgims.ac.in/
I wish you all the best in your preparation of NEET or AIPMT or any other exam that you are gearing up for.
Hope you get into one of the top medical colleges. 🙂