The state of Assam started its journey of Medical Education more than 100 years back with the establishment of Berry White Medical School at Dibrugarh and its subsequent upgradation to the 1st Medical college of the North East in the year 1947. Subsequently two other medical colleges were established- Gauhati Medical College and Silchar Medical in the year 1960 and 1968 respectively.
Ayurvedic college at Jalukbari, Gauhati and three Homeopathic Medical Colleges at Guwahati, Nagaon and Jorhat were also established in the year 1948. The Regional Dental College was established in the year 1985. The three institutes of Pharmacy and one Regional college of Nursing were established. Laboratory technician and other paramedical courses were also introduced in the three medical colleges.
To impart Medical Education through a three year medical course of ‘Diploma in Medicine and Rural Health’ an institute named Jorhat medical Institute was established in the year 2005.
Three new Medical colleges are being established in Assam at Jorhat, Barpeta and Tezpur.
Srimanta Sankardeva University of health sciences, Assam was established to fulfill a long standing demand for uniform academic standard and developmental research activities in Medical Education of the state.
Post Doctorate courses of M.Ch. in plastic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery and D.M. courses in Neurology and Cardiology in Gauhati Medical College was started from the academic session 2008. M.Ch. in Urology has been started since 2006. Permission is granted for starting of M.Ch. course in Neurosurgery and D.M course in Endocrinology in G.M.C.H.
The number of seats in the MBBS course has been increased from 65 to 100 in Silchar Medical College recently.
In Government Ayurvedic College, Guwahati the 7 existing departments have been developed into 14 departments along with the creation of 10 new posts of faculties and up – gradation of 3 posts.
Nursing council of India has given the permission to start the M.Sc. course with 25 intake capacity in Regional College of Nursing ,Guwahati.The intake capacity of B.Sc. Nursing course has been increased from 30 to 60 in the sane college.
Under the Public Private Partnership mode, process is being initiated to establish 3 new Nursing Colleges in AMC Dibrugarh, SMC Silchar and MMCH Guwahati.
From August 2008, 12 Paramedical courses have already been started in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Silchar.
A National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) has been established in Guwahati and the course will start from this year.
The library of GMCH is being computerized which is nearing completion and the computerization process of libraries of AMC and SMC are being initiated. The process of full digitization of the library of Ayurvedic college in the new building has been initiated.
Many new posts are being created in the medical colleges of Assam which are as follows-
GMCH: 64 teaching post and 20 non teaching post;
AMC: 79 teaching post
SMC: 50 teaching post.
Jorhat Medical Institute: 26 teaching post including Principal and Vice Principal and 23 non teaching post.