the best medicare to troops engaged in difficult duties across the length
and breadth of the country demands highly trained professionals in various
disciplines of medicine. Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune came
into being to meet this demand on May 1, 1948 by an amalgamation of Army
Medical Training Centre, Army School of Hygiene, Central Military
Pathology Laboratory, School of Blood Transfusion and Army School of
Over the years, AFMC has developed as one of the
premier institutions of the defence services in the country. In its
journey from inception to the present level, it has contributed
significantly to the nurturing of specialists, general duty doctors,
nurses and para-medicos of the defence services. Thirty academic
departments have been functioning at AFMC. Training at AFMC is aimed at
meeting the special requirements of defence services.
The college is responsible for providing the entire
pool of specialists and super specialists to Armed Forces giving them
in-service training. It operates a central registry of diseases for the
Armed Forces and participates in AIDS control programmes of National Aids
Control Organisation. The college also contributes its bit to military
operations by sending various surgical teams to forward areas. It also
conducts research in various medical subjects as well as in areas
related to the morale and performance of the Armed Forces both during war
AFMC is affiliated to Medical, Dental and Nursing
Councils of India, Universities of Pune, Mumbai and Maharashtra University
of Health Sciences. It is the only medical college in Asia where
government pays all expenses. Undergraduate students receive free
tuition, free lodging and boarding and uniforms. It is the first medical
college to include military medicine as a subject in its undergraduate
The college also provides consultancy to National
Health Organisation in surveillance of diseases, standardisation of drugs
and insecticides and tests of various products for use in Armed Forces.
Thrust is also put on medical research at AFMC. The departments at AFMC
take up research projects either under departmental sponsorship or under
the auspices of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC).
In addition to service-oriented projects, research in
clinical and laboratory subjects is also carried out. AFMC has
virology and bacteriology banks for these purposes. WHO has
designated AFMC as a referral centre for conducting research in HIV and
rickettsial diseases. Last year, AFMC took up 33 research projects. One
important project among them was genetic sub-typing of HIV-1 among Armed
Professional excellence demands an upgradation of
knowledge and skills from time to time. The college provides immense
opportunities by organising seminars, symposia, updates and continuing
medical education programmes in various specialties. Last year, sixteen
such events were organised which were attended by professionals from
service and civil institutions. A workshop on ‘live interventional
cardiology’ was organised in which Lt Gen BN Shahi, DGAFMS, performed a
complex angioplasty in triple vessel disease.
AFMC has earned reputation for its academic excellence.
India Today, in its exclusive survey on academic institutes in
India, has been consistently ranking AFMC among the first five medical
colleges of India. Its last year survey ranked AFMC at third place amongst
all medical colleges of India.
The college has an imposing structure symbolic of
determination and timelessness. It is equipped with good teaching staff
and state-of-the-art laboratories. The institution has grown substantially
not only in infrastructure but also in the quality of education.
Armed Forces AIDS Control Organisation (ACO) at AFMC is
responsible for prevention and control of HIV infection among Armed
Forces. As a special initiative, a HIV Interest Group has been set up by
the department of medicine to address the problems of HIV/AIDS patients.
AFMC is the second institution in the country to start
a department of hospital administration in 1975. Over the years, the
department has produced luminaries in the field who alongwith faculty and
students of the department have contributed immensely towards the growth
of Armed Forces hospitals. AFMC has one of the finest museums in South
East Asia which displays all aspects of social health related to the