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Kasturba Hospital, the only hospital started by the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhiji in 1944 was entrusted to Dr. Sushila Nayar with the responsibility of organizing and running it and training village health guides to serve in rural areas. Starting with 15 beds for women and children, the hospital was initially housed in the Guest House constructed by late Shri. G. D. Birla for guests of Gandhij. In due course a training course for Auxiliary Nurse cum Midwives (ANM) was worked out and the first batch of ANM was admitted in 1945. Later on Kasturba Health Society under the presidentship of Dr. Sushila Nayar was formed and registered in 1964, which took over the administrative control of the hospital.

In mid sixties the government realizing that it was failing in providing basic health requirements of rural people, it felt that a rural oriented medical education imparted by a medical college situated in a rural setting will help the medical students to get acclimatized to rural living and identified with the rural masses. They will be better motivated and more confident to provide rural health care. With this in mind at the behest of the then Prime Minister Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, Dr. Sushila Nayar, who was the then Union Minister of Health, started Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences at Sevagram in 1969 as a Gandhi Centenary Project. USAID provided Rs. 20 million for building and equipment giving a shape to the concept of Rural Medical Institute at Sevagram. A pattern of sharing of expenditure in the proportion of 50:25:25 between the Government of India, Government of Maharashtra and the Kasturba Health Society has been adopted.

MGIMS trains young doctors and nurses with a rural bias. It admits 100 students each year. While 50% of the seats are allocated to students from Maharashtra, the remaining 50% are filled by the students from the rest of India. 8 seats are specially meant for students hailing from rural areas. Postgraduate (MS/ MD/ Ph.D) courses are being provided in different specialties. Medical students visit the village they have adopted when they joined, once in a month and not only keep record of the health and socioeconomic conditions but also work as guides of the families to begin with and as their doctors during clinical training. Two years working in a rural hospital after graduation is an eligibility criteria for admission to PG courses.

MGIMS is a pioneering Medical Institution with its innovative approaches in academic curricula, training of personnel with rural bias with 934 bedded hospital. The Operation Theatre is equipped with state of art microsurgical microscopes with CCTV facility, phacoemulsification, vitrectomy and cryopexy units. MGIMS has established a modern simulation lab to train doctors and paramedical staff in life saving skills. The lab also has a critical care simulation advanced mannequin which is first of its kind in whole of central India. The Institute has also added digital subtraction angiography, brachytherapy and a cath lab to its armamentarium. In 2014, the MOHFW, Govt of India, under the aegis of National Health Mission approved the setting up of a model MCH wing for comprehensive reproductive, maternal, newborn and child and adolescent health (RMNCH+A) at MGIMS Sevagram.

The faculty of this Institute has been carrying out a number of research projects on community health care and laboratory based research thrust on Tropical Diseases, filariasis and tuberculosis. According to survey published in National Medical Journal of India on research in 135 Medical Colleges all over the country, MGIMS ranked 14 showing significant contribution to Medical Research. The rural based innovations of the Institute in health care have become a part of Government’s policy. With continuous dedication this Institute is marching ahead with its main task of providing rural health care.

The campus is Wi-Fi enabled. The Institute is presently moving forward under the able guidance of our President, Shri Dhiru S. Mehta, a man with dynamism coupled with Gandhian Ideals and Passion. 

Sevagram, Wardha, Maharashtra - 442102, India