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History of AFMC

Photograph No.1 Shri VK Krishna Menon, Shri YB Chavan & Maj Gen CC Kapila walking in the campus of AFMC on 04 Aug 1962

Photograph No.2 Administrative Building of AFMC in Eve's Estate

Photograph No.3 Lt Gen DR Thapar CIR, OBE, Director General, AFMS, formally laying the Foundation stone of AFMC on 03 April 1953

Photograph No.4 Lt Gen DR Thapar CIR, OBE, Director General, AFMS, with a model of the proposed Main Building of the AFMC

Photograph No.5 The Foundation of the main building being laid in 1953. The kitchener field is visible in the background

Photograph No.6 The Roof of the Bharadwaja Auditorium being laid in 1955

Photograph No.7 The main building after completion

Photograph No.8 The AFMC Officer's Mess in late sixties. A rose garden was laid out initially. It has now been replaced by Tapovan

Photograph No.9 Shri SS Majitha, then Defence Minister being introduced to the faculty at AFMC in 1955

Photograph No.10 One of the earliest group picture of AFMC Faculty



Armed Forces Medical College, Pune is a premier medical institution in India. AFMC has the distinction of being the first medical college set up by the Armed Forces of any country in Asia. The college is a unique institution which combines medical education with training specific to the health care needs of the Armed Forces. AFMC has been consistently rated among the top three medical colleges in India by surveys published by reputed newsmagazines for the past decade. It has received accreditation from NAAC with ‘A’ Grading and during re-accreditation carried out recently has been awarded cumulative grade point average of 3.51 out of a maximum 4, which was the highest ever awarded to any institution in India, till that time.

Armed Forces Medical College was established on 01 May 1948. The institution conducts training of medical undergraduates and post-graduates, nursing undergraduates and post-graduates, dental postgraduates and paramedical staff.  Patient care forms an integral part of the training curriculum and the affiliated hospitals utilise the expertise available at AFMC.  The institution is responsible for providing the entire pool of specialists and super specialists to Armed Forces by giving them in-service training.  Thus AFMC forms the backbone of high quality professional medical care being provided to the Armed Forces.

Col PP Chowdry, MC was the first Commandant of AFMC. The college is located in an environment friendly campus stretching over 119 Acres near Ramtekri in eastern Pune. Apart from well maintained gardens, the campus is home to an interesting mix of heritage buildings as well as ultramodern facilities. The campus is provided with all essential amenities. Apart from lecture halls, laboratories, demonstration rooms, museums, auditoriums, the students are provided fully furnished accommodation. The faculty and staff are also provided accommodation on campus.

The campus has a swimming pool, cinema theatre, cafeteria, general stores, Unit run Canteen and shopping centre, crèche and nursery school, places of religious worship, gymnasium and facilities for all outdoor as well as indoor sports. The College is famed for its Graduate Wing, which was inaugurated on 04 Aug 1962 by Shri V K Krishna Menon, the then Defence Minister of India. AFMC has a total of twenty nine departments at present. The teaching departments of AFMC are well staffed with dedicated staff members.  Lectures, practical, demonstrations and clinics are well planned and conducted round the year except for 2 short vacations.  

Students in the clinical terms receive training at the affiliated teaching hospitals. These include Command Hospital (Southern Command), Military Hospital (Cardiothoracic Centre), Military Hospital Kirkee, Artificial Limb Centre and Cantonment General Hospital, Pune. AFMC has produced more than 6500 doctors since 1966, when the first batch passed out.  The 46 batches, which have stepped out of the portals of this institution, are rendering yeoman service to the Nation.

The College of Nursing was established in November 1964. With an annual intake of 40 students who are selected through an all India competitive examination, it has produced more than 1000 nursing officers for the Military Nursing Services. Graduates of AFMC have distinguished themselves through dedicated service in India as well as abroad in UN Peace keeping missions. At present, the college is conducting 89 training courses. At any given time almost 280 post graduate trainees are engaged in research and academic activities of the highest standard under the stewardship of 285 highly qualified and accomplished members of the faculty at AFMC and affiliated teaching hospitals. Paramedical personnel from all three services receive professional training at AFMC. At any given time 80 JCOs and almost 700 NCOs are undertaking courses in various Departments. The finest clinicians, surgeons and stalwarts in medical science utilize their vast collective experience as teachers and researchers to pass on the baton of knowledge with unsurpassed devotion and care.