Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research originated as École de Médicine de Pondichérry established by the French Government in the year 1823. This medical school was converted into Dhanvantari Medical College at the time of de facto transfer of Pondicherry to Government of India.
And later the Medical College was later upgraded into Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER).
JIPMER which includes a tertiary care referral hospital is an Institution of National Importance (an autonomous body) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. JIPMER was ranked sixth among medical colleges in India in 2017 by Outlook India and fifth by The Week.
Three main functions of this institute are,
- To impart quality education in Under-graduate and Post-graduate medical and paramedical courses;
- To set trends in medical research and
- To offer patient care of high order.
JIPMER has been declared as an Institution of National Importance by a Parliamentary Act, i.e. JIPMER, Puducherry, Act, 2008. Prior to this the Institute was functioning under the administrative control of Directorate General of Health Service, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
The Institution is now empowered to award Medical Degrees, Diplomas, etc., under the clauses 23 & 24 of the said Act. Such Degrees / Diploma, etc., shall be deemed to be included in the schedules to the respective Acts governing Medical Council of India, Indian Nursing Council and Dental Council of India, entitling the holders to the same privileges as those attached to the equivalent awards from the recognized Universities of India. Admission to the courses are made on all-India basis and strictly on the basis of merit through entrance examinations.
Future Plans in Academic
Under the twelfth five year plan JIPMER aims to set up a school of Public Health and Establishment of an Institute of training for Health workforce for an outlay of 150 crores rupees. It is expected that we hope to produce a well trained workforce to implement all the public health programmes throughout the country. The establishment of an Institute of Allied Health Sciences which will focus on Paramedical Courses will add to health manpower strengthening in the country.
As the prevalence of non-communicable diseases has started increasing in India, a Centre of Research, Training and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases is also planned. In addition to the augmentation of undergraduate and postgraduate seats in the various U.G/P.G and super specialty courses it is planned to start an institute of Dental Sciences and an institute of pharmaceutical sciences. JIPMER will reinforce its place as innovator in the field of medical education with the opening of Center for Health Profession Education and Curricula Reform and the Centre for E-Learning, M-Learning and Distance Education/Skill Labs.