Kolkata Medical College - History, achievements, courses, facilities, hostel and campus

Kolkata Medical College was the first in Bengal to teach European Medicine system with its history

The practice and teaching of medicine in India was done purely in Ayurvedic, Unani or Arabic system. Charaka and Sushruta's wisdom was practiced in India till 18th century. During the British rule in 19th century few Indians are trained to Allopathic treatment the western medicine. Then on 28th January in 1835 British Government passed an order by saying that all creed and caste can get the education of Europea medical system and Kolkata Medical College was established. This was the first medical college in the east of India. This institution was the pioneer in European medicine teaching in not only India but in Asia. The Medical College of Kolkata is affiliated to University of Calcutta and now it is affiliated with West Bengal University of Health Science. Kolkata Medical College

This College imparts MBBS degree now after 5 and half years of course. This college is also special in giving the training of MD and MS for post graduation students. Some other Para medical and nursing courses are also offered. The college is funded and managed by Govt. of West Bengal.

In the making of this College first on 9th May 1822 the British ruled Govt. laid down a plan for twenty Indians are selected to fill the native doctors' position of Civil and Military establishment of the presidency of Bengal. At the end of 1833 Lord William Bentinck appointed a committee to give suggestion on indigenous teaching that it should be continued or some other method should be adopted. They reported by suggesting that native Indians should be taught European medicine and a College should be established.

The activities of the College started by recruiting students on 20th February 1835. Twenty students were selected by conducting a preliminary examination. The boys who appeared in this examination were previously got training from Hare School, Hindu College and General Assembly's Institution. Twenty nine students selected though had been selected earlier and now with this 49 students started to get training with a monthly stipend of Rs. 7/- from the Govt. The students are scheduled to remain at the College for four years and at the completion of the training the students were to appear for final examination. All the successful students were certificated for practicing surgery and medicinal use to patients.

Madhusudan Dutta who first dissected a human corpse in the year 1836 which was a landmark in Indian Medical history. Though some say that Umacharan Set, Nabin Chandra, Dwarkanath Gupta etc. the first batch of the College who took part in the in the dissection. They passed the examination and declared eligible to practice the medicine and surgical treatment. They were considered the first batch of Indians in practicing western medicine. They were appointed in the Hospitals like Dhaka, Murshidabad, Patna and Chittagong hospital.

Four students of the batch chosen and sent to England for further studies with the help of Dwarakanath Tagore. Three of them Dwarkanath Bose, Gopal Ch. Seal and Bholanath Bose passed MRCS in 1846 and joined Medical Service. Goodeve Chuckerbutty though remained there and passed MD degree from London University. He became the first Indian who has obtained MD degree from University of London and he also joined the uncovenanted Medical service.

There was an important change came to the college that Calcutta University decided to not continue the LMS course and MB, MD degree will be conferred. This change came in 1906.In 1911 the last batch of LMS given examination. In the 1930s the reservation system was introduced related to class. Then it was further decided that out of 100 students 5 female would be introduced. The female candidates were Anglo Indian, Brahmo Samaj and Christian. a Students Union was formed in the year of 1940.

The Medical College and the Hospital are in the same compound constructed of red brick with a Clock Tower feature at the administrative block area. Museum, lecture hall, gallery everything is there at the Academic block. The whole compound is having two admirable features like General Lecture Theatre and the Oval.

Courses Offered

MD (Medicine)
MS (Surgery and Gynecology Surgery)
MCh (Cardiothoracic Surgery)
DGO (Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynecology)
GNM (Diploma in Nursing)
B.Sc. Nursing
DMLT (Diploma in Medical Lab Technology)
DRD (Diploma in Radio Diagnosis)
DRT (Diploma in radio Therapy)
DALS (Diploma in ENT)
DCCT (Diploma in Cardio Thoraic)
DPFT (Diploma in Cardio Thoraic)
DPT (Diploma in Physical Medicine)
ECG (Eco Cardiogram)

Campus Life

Fresher's Welcome
Inter College Election
Rabindra Jayanti
Annual Sports Event
Annual Inter College Fest Rhapsody
Academic Workshops & Seminars

Kolkata Medical College Service

Diagnostic & Investigation
Outdoor Service & Indoor Service

Blocks of Kolkata Medical College

Eden Hospital
David Hare Block
School of Tropical Medicine
Ezra Hospital
Casualty Block
Regional Institute of Ophthalmology

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