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With population pressure taking a toll on India’s public health infrastructure, doctors have been in great demand of late. And thus, medicine has emerged as one of the most sought after career avenues in this country. In this article, we take a look at the top 10 medical institutes in India.

Medical Institutes In India:

1. All India Institute of Medical Sciences – New Delhi

The top ranked medical institute in the country – AIIMS – was established in 1956 via an Act of the Parliament. Presently a medical research public university and a medical college, AIIMS undertakes the task of conducting teaching programmes at postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Such programmes are spread across 42 disciplines in both medical and para-medical fields of medicine. The institute is considered to be a pioneer in neurological stem cell therapy and was the first medical centre in India to successfully execute a cardiac transplant operation.

2. Christian Medical College – Vellore

Rated 5-star by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), CMC Vellore is one of the premier educational institutions in the field of medicine, in the country. Presently 115 years old, CMC has been rated as a super specialty teaching hospital by Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency (ICRA) Ltd. The degrees conferred include MBBS, MD, MS, DM, MCh, PhD etc.

3. Christian Medical College – Ludhiana

Asia’s first medical school for women – CMC Ludhiana – was established by Edith Mary Brown in 1894, and subsequently accorded official recognition by the government in 1915. Presently, CMC Ludhiana is affiliated to the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, located in Faridkot. Besides being an institution of excellence meant exclusively for women, CMC Ludhiana also functions as a pivotal centre of Indian public healthcare infrastructure in the western part of the country.

4. Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) –Puducherry

A working hospital cum medical training institute for undergraduate and postgraduate students, JIPMER has consistently been among the top ranked medical institutes of this country. The institute offers admission to just 100 and 75 students for undergraduate and postgraduate studies respectively. The limited availability of seats makes entrance to JIPMER one of the toughest challenges encountered by budding doctors of India.

5. Armed Forces Medical College – Pune

The Armed Forces Medical College, located in Pune, was established in 1948 by the coming together of 5 different institutions – Army Medical Training Centre, Army School of Radiology, Army School of Hygiene, School of Blood Transfusion and the Central Military Pathology Laboratory. Offering courses in undergraduate and postgraduate disciplines of medicine, besides nursing courses, AFMC is under the authority of the Indian Armed Forces and is affiliated to the Maharashtra University of Health. Medical Officers are directly recruited to the Indian Army from the ‘Graduate Wing’ of AFMC.

6. Maulana Azad Medical College – New Delhi

Named after famous leader of the Indian National Movement for Independence – Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – MAMC is a government funded medical college affiliated to the University of Delhi. The toughness of the entrance exam for admission to MAMC is considered to be second only to the AIIMS entrance test. Degrees conferred here include MBBS, MD, MCh and Superspecialty fellowships.

7. Grant Medical College – Mumbai

Run by the Maharashtra State Government, this 166 year old medical college is the oldest of its kind in Western India. Besides offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in medical training, Grant Medical College is also associated with Sir JJ Hospital and St. George’s Hospital in Mumbai. The institute currently offers admission to 200 students for the undergraduate coruses.

8. Madras Medical College – Chennai

Established in 1835, this is the second oldest medical college in the country, affiliated to the University of Madras. The institute is especially famous for its top quality postgraduate medical education. The nine institutions affiliated to this college are known for their rich pedigree is public healthcare services.

9. University College of Medical Science and Research Centre – New Delhi

Affiliated to the University of Delhi, UCMS research work in the field of medicine has been phenomenal over the years. Currently, it offers 150 seats for flagship MBBS course for undergraduates, and is considered to be one of the best medical colleges in the country.

10. St. John’s Medical College – Bangalore

One of the best medical institutes of India and associated with the St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences, the St. John’s Medical College was established in 1963 in the city of Bangalore. The institute offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and diploma courses for aspiring doctors and presently has more than 700 students enrolled in its courses.

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