The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram is India's first rural medical college. Nestled in the karmabhoomi of Mahatma Gandhi, in Sevagram, this Institute was founded by Dr Sushil Nayar in 1969. Kasturba Hospital has the distinction of being the only hospital in the country which was started by the Father of the Nation himself.
In the spirit of its Founder, the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram today is committed to the pursuit of professional excellence by evolving an integrated pattern of medical education and it seeks to provide accessible and affordable healthcare primarily to underprivileged rural communities.
MGIMS strives to produce doctors of high clinical competence, professional attitudes and ethical behaviour. The Institute believes that Gandhian values and principles are relevant even today and it displays a fierce commitment to advancement of medical education without losing the humane touch. The students at MGIMS are drawn from all parts of the country and come from all kinds of social backgrounds. Every effort is made to acquaint the medical student to the real rural India.
For admission to the MBBS course in MGIMS, students need at appear in an entrance test known as MGIMS- PMT. Apart from usual PMT paper on Physics, Chemistry & Biology, the entrance examination to the MGIMS- MBBS course includes a separate qualifying paper on Gandhian Thought. The students and staff of the Institute adhere to a unique code of conduct, where they are expected to wear hand-woven khadi, participate in shramdan and attend an all-religion prayer every Friday evening. Non-vegetarian food, alcohol and tobacco are taboo.
The Institute offers MCI recognized degrees and diplomas in 18 post-graduate disciplines and PhDs in seven departments. It boasts of a well equipped library which is a recognized resource library for HELLIS network in Western India. Three of its faculty members, Dr BC Harinath (1992), Dr (Mrs) P Narang (2002) and Dr PB Behere (2005) are recipients of the National BC Roy Award.
Since 1991, the Institute has asked all its graduates to serve for two years in rural areas. 96 non- governmental organizations have joined hands with the institute to fulfil this dream. This rural service is a mandatory criterion for applying for post-graduation in this Institute. Several visionary and innovative education strategies which started from this Institute have now been adopted by the government.
Over the last four decades, the MGIMS faculty has been striving hard to imbibe the philosophy which makes it pursue excellence in academics, healthcare and research, more than mundane needs and money; and to maintain excellence in quality. Today, MGIMS has impressive academic standards and excellent research facilities. In the 41 years of its existence, 2150 doctors have graduated from the hallowed premises of MGIMS.
Total 65 seats are available for admission to MBBS course of this Institute. Admission is made according to the rules and regulation of the Kasturba Health Society (parent body) & MGIMS. However, it is subject to any direction given by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India, Hon'ble High Court of Bombay Bench, Nagpur, Maharastra University of Health Sciences, Nashik and the Medical Council of India.