About Armed Forces Medical College
|As the name suggests, Armed Forces Medical College, popularly known as AFMC, is a medical training institute managed by the three defence services of India, namely the Army, Airforce and Navy. The college located in Pune, Maharashtra is a popular institute for medical aspirants of the country. The college has been consistently ranked amongst the top five medical colleges in the country by various ranking agencies. It also ranks very high amongst top medical schools in the world. All students who graduate from this college are absorbed into the three services. |
AFMC was established way back in 1948 as a postgraduate medical institution. It was only on 04th August 1962 that the undergraduate wing was also established and ever since, the day is marked as AFMC Day by its alumni. Apart from medical studies, the institute also caters to dental, nursing and paramedical studies. The institute has also been conducting research on various medical fields, especially those, which are instrumental in maintaining the morale and performance of the armed forces personnel during the war as well as peace. It is almost entirely through the AFMC that the medical specialists and doctors are recruited and commissioned into the three defence services of the country.
AFMC is recognised by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the medical courses that it offers. The undergraduate courses are of five and a half years in duration leading to an MBBS degree. The college is affiliated with the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences. However, till 1999, it was affiliated to the Savitribai Phule Pune University. Way back in the 1950s, its plastic surgery department was one of the first to be established in the country. The college has a nursing wing and a paramedical wing also attached to it, where courses for the nurses training and paramedic staff training is provided respectively.
Spread across 119 acres of land, the campus has a lush green surrounding. There are well-maintained gardens and the buildings are of both kinds, heritage type as well as most modern ones dotting the beautiful landscape. There are all necessary amenities like lecture halls, demonstration rooms, laboratories, library, auditoriums and medical museums. There are other facilities like a cafeteria, shopping centre, cinema hall and places of worship.
At AFMC, the medical students are referred to as cadets. There are hostels for both boys and girls. Stay at the hostels is compulsory for all cadets. The hostels have both single and double sharing accommodation. All the rooms are fully furnished and have a Wi-Fi facility. Officers from the armed forces who come for postgraduation studies are also provided with hostel accommodations. For dining, the Central Cadets Mess provides subsidised messing facilities to all cadets. On-campus accommodation is also provided to the staff and college faculty.
The college provides ample facilities for sports and recreation. There are squash courts, tennis courts, basketball courts, a gymnasium and a swimming pool. There are numerous clubs, like debating club, music club, dance club, hobbies club, adventure club, and computer club. The cadets get to participate in various competitions and conferences that help them to develop their personality and Officer Like Qualities (OLQ).
Cadets can also avail the canteen (CSD) facilities, where they can purchase various kinds of goods and groceries at subsidised rates.
Admissions Admissions to Armed Forces Medical College is through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (Undergraduate), which is popularly referred to as NEET-UG in the medical circle. Those qualifying the test have to appear for an interview based on their NEET rank. 10 seats are reserved for SC and ST category candidates. During the entire tenure of the training, the students are not allowed to marry. Moreover, candidates have to be unmarried, if they are desirous of pursuing their medical studies at this college.
After successful graduation, the students are absorbed by one of the three wings of the armed forces, where they have to serve for a minimum of seven years. Serving in the armed forces, there are several alumni, who have reached the highest echelons of their respective service. Notable among them being Punita Arora, Padmavathy Bandopadhyay, and Madhuri Kanitkar, who are the first three women medical officers to be promoted to a three-star rank in the armed forces. Ever since 1966, more than 6500 medical students have passed out from AFMC as doctors in the armed forces.
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