Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) was established in 1968 at Silchar. It is one of the oldest medical colleges in North-East India. It originated in the southern part of Assam (Barak Valley) as a government run medical college cum hospital. It serves neighboring states including Mizoram, North Tripura, West Manipur and South Meghalaya
Before Independence, people of Assam and other northeastern states had to go to other states for medical education and advanced medical treatment. John Berry White (MRCS) a British Surgeon of the East India Company helped to bring health education and healthcare in Assam. In 1898-99, Berry established White Medical School at Dibrugarh, Assam. Over the time this medical school was upgraded and Assam Medical College,Dibrugarh was established on 3 November 1947 and is the first medical college in Assam.
While other states had many medical colleges, Assam stayed with only one. In 1959, the state government, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister B.P. Chaliha, Finance Minister Fakaruddin Ali Ahmed and Health Minister Rupram Brahma, decided to create a second medical college in Assam.
On 7 November 1959, the Assam government formed an expert committee to look into the matter and present its report. The committee members visited different parts of the state, held discussions with the public and eventually recommended Gauhati (now Guwahati) which is the gateway to Assam, the most suitable place to create a new Medical College there. The committee also gave recommendation to open a third medical college at Silchar and a fourth medical college at Tezpur .After that the Gauhati Medical College in Guwahati and Silchar Medical College in Ghungur, Silchar were established.
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The Medical College was inaugurated on 15th August 1968 in its permanent campus. Professor Rudra Goswami took over as the first principal of Silchar Medical College on 1 August 1968.
When the Medical College was inaugurated the admission to the MBBS course was only 50 students annually. Later, the annual admission capacity in MBBS course was raised from 50 to 65 students. In the year 2008 the capacity was again raised to 100.
The MBBS degree of Silchar Medical College was recognized by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in the year 1976.
Courses offered in Silchar Medical College & Hospital (SMCH) now:
- MBBS (Duration : 5 years)
- D. & M.S.(Duration:3 years)
Other courses available:
- Laboratory Technician Course
- Radiography Training
- B.Sc Nursing Course
- Diploma Courses in Pharmacy
- GNM Course in Nursing