A commemorative postage stamp on the 50 years of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), a medical and research institution in Chandigarh :
Issued on Jan 7, 2013
Issued for : Department of Posts is happy to release a Postage Stamp to commemorate the Golden Jubilee Year of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh.
Stamp/FDC/Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multi colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.42 Million (0.11 million for the proponent)
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : Security Printing Press, Hyderabad
- The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh owes its inception to the farsightedness of Pratap Singh Kairon, the then Chief Minister of the combined state of Punjab in 1960. The institute was formally inaugurated by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru on 7th July, 1963.
- The broad objectives of the Institute were incorporated in an Act of Parliament implemented on 1st April, 1967 when the Institute became an “Institute of National Importance“. The administrative control of the institute then passed on to the autonomous body provided for the purpose in the Act.
- PGIMER was first started as a hospital as it was felt that the hospital was the first requirement for the training of the clinical scientists. From 97,390 out-patient attendance and 2069 patients admitted to the various wards of the hospital in 1963-64, the number of patients has now risen to 18,14,277 out-patient attendance and 68,175 in patient admissions during 2011-12.
- The first batch of postgraduate students was admitted to the Institute in 1963. Presently about 300 students qualify every year for their postgraduate degrees in most of the specialties and super-specialties of medicine, para-medical sciences and medical technology. In addition, the College of Nursing offers B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. courses in medical nursing.
- The faculty of the Institute has recognized the importance of medical research. On an average over 600 research papers embodying the results of clinical, experimental and field research are published annually. As per a recent report report of German Research Foundation, PGIMER ranks second in the country in the field of medical research.
- The reputation of medical institute depends a great deal in the manner in which ’emergencies’ are dealt with. Right from its inception, the institute has concentrated on organization of an efficient emergency service in the hospital. This department is well planned and consists of comprehensive facilities for admission of patients, for undertaking surgical procedures and for resuscitation round the clock.
- The Institute played a commendable role at the time of Indo-Pakistan conflicts of 1965 and 1971 when it put all its facilities at the disposal of the Army and medical teams worked round the clock to provide medical care to the injured.
- The Institute continues to hold a premier position in medical education, research and clinical services and its alumni occupy prestigious positions in major hospitals, medical institutions and universities in India & abroad.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.