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Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot - A journey of success at a glance Guru Gobind Singh Medical College was actually started by Guru Gobind Singh Vidya Sewak Society, Faridabad and the first batch of MBBS students was admitted in 1971 but as the Society was not able to run the College efficiently and even failed to get mandatory approvals from the appropriate authorities, it was shifted to Faridkot and responsibility to run this College was entrusted to a newly formed Trust named "Guru Gobind Singh Educational Trust" in May 1973 headed by late Gaini Zail Singh Ji" the then Chief Minister of Punjab with Sh. Sat Pal Kapur, the then Member of Parliament as its Secretary; Sh. Niranjan Singh Talib, Former President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee; Sh. Hans Raj Sharma, the then Finance and Health Minister of Punjab and Sh. Mohinder Singh, Former MP as its members.

Under the leadership of this team, Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot was inaugurated on November 19, 1973 by the then Chief Minister of Punjab Giani Zail Singh Ji by hiring some private and Govt. buildings in the different areas of the city. Foundation stone for the college was formally laid by Giani Zail Singh on August 10, 1975.

Unfortunately Guru Gobind Singh Educational Trust was unable to run this Medical College due to shortage of funds and other reasons. The future of the students and the staff members was again threatened. An agitation was launched and ultimately the Punjab Government took over the reins of this Medical College from the Private Trust on July 14, 1978.

Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot was initially affiliated with Punjabi University, Patiala but after the establishment of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences by the State Govt. in 1998, along with all the Medical Colleges in the State of Punjab it was affiliated to this Health Sciences University. Under Section 9(1) of the Baba Farid University of Health Sciences Act, 1998 (Punjab Act No. 18 of 1998) one of the Government College or Hospital of Health Sciences was to be transferred to the University. To fulfil the requirement under this Section of the Act, the Government of Punjab, by issuing a Notification No.8/02/2005-1HB-III/6308 dated 31.10.2006 transferred the administrative control of Guru Gobind Singh Medical College to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, with effect from 31.10.2006. This Medical College is situated on Sadiq Road and is spread over an area of about 140 Acres 3 Kanal 4 Marla. It has a teaching hospital of more than 500 beds attached to it. Before 2009 there was 34.02% deficiency in faculty as per MCI norms. Therefore, College was not recognized for 50 MBBS Seats and there were only four PG courses being run with an intake of 9 seats per year. In the year 2010 all the vacant posts in teaching, nursing and para-medical were filled by the University and College got permanent recognition for 50 MBBS seats per year from the Medical Council of India. In addition to this PG courses were started in the year 2011 in five subjects; in the year 2012 in seven subjects and in the year 2013 in four subjects. Thus, at present this College is running PG courses in 20 out of 22 subjects and hopefully PG courses will be started in the remaining 2 subjects i.e. Obst & Gynae and Radiodiagnosis from the next academic year. The College proposes to start M.Ch. courses in Neury-surgery and Plastic Surgery from the next academic year. The Medical Council of India has granted permission to increase MBBS seats from 50 to 100 from the academic year 2013-14. Not only this, a number of under graduate courses in pare-medical subjects, job oriented short diploma/certificate courses have also been started.

The College started critical care facility for the patients of the area and created a Surgical and Nuro-surgical critical care unit comprising of 20 Beds in 2009. Today we have 60 bedded critical care unit in the hospital with 20 each in Surgery/Neuro-surgery (SICU), Medicine/Chest & TB (MICU), Paediatrics (PICU) and Neonatal Care Unit (NICU). These areas are equipped with state of the art beds, monitors & ventilators and other supportive equipments to impart critical care to patients. The College has started super-specialization in the departments of Neurosurgery, Cardiology, Urology, Plastic Surgery and Nuclear Medicine. Construction of three storied building for super-specialty wing has already been stared. The College has also started new departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. The College has also established Cardiac Cath Lab. in the Hospital. The installation is near completion and it will be functional very shortly. The College has also established a "Dry Lab" consisting of Laparoscopic Simmulator for open Laparoscopic Surgery. The Faculty and resident doctors will be trained in open Laparoscopic Surgery. In addition to this, doctors working in Civil Hospitals will also be given this training. A "Neonatal Care Unit" is being established in the Hospital. The Govt. of India has allocated Rs.15.00 Crores for establishment of this Unit under Mother & Child Health Care Scheme of NRHM. A three storied building will be constricted on receipt of grant-in-aid.

This College has a well equipped Departments of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine with the latest equipments likely Cobalt-60 Teletherapy, HDR Brachytherapy, Conventional Simmulator, Two Linear Accelerator with IGRT & IMRT, SPECT-CT, and PET-CT to provide comprehensive care to the cancer patients under one roof. This is the only facility of its kind in a Government institution in North India. The department of Radiodiagnosis is well equipped with 1.5 Tesla M.R.I., 16 slice CT Scan, Mammography, Colour Doppler and latest Digital X-ray machines. The Hospital is fully equipped with modern Blood Bank facilities. All the diagnostic labs like Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathology, has all the latest facilities and equipment manned by the specialists to provide round the clock service to the patients.

Apart from teaching and hospital work, the faculty of the College is actively involved in research work. The College has started Ph.D. programs in Anatomy, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiotherapy and Radiodiagnosis. In the recent years, a number of seminars, conferences and workshops have been held in the College by different departments and the faculty members have published about 268 research papers in different National/International Journals. Thirty nine (39) research projects are at different stages of completion by different faculties. We are sure that under the rich experience and dynamic leadership of our worthy Vice-Chancellor Dr. S.S. Gill and with the dedication of Dr. G.C. Ahir, Principal, the Institution will achieve further heights and academic excellence in future as well.

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