Himachal Pradesh Medical College at Shimla (HPMC) was established in the year 1966 with admissions of 50 students in the first batch. Indira Gandhi Medical College is affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla. With the establishment of Medical College in the State, the hopes and aspirations of the people of the state were met with the standards of health services going on and students benefiting with the advantage of staying home and getting better educational avenues. Medical College then had a modest beginning with makeshift arrangements for hostels etc., but ecstasy of joining the Medical College located in Shimla with its salubrious climate, took away the agony.
Himachal Pradesh Medical College was renamed Indira Gandhi Medical College ( now popularly known as IGMC in abbreviated form) in 1984. Admission facility was increased to 65 in the year 1978. 2,337number of under- graduates have passed out from this Medical College till 2005.
The post Graduate courses were started in 16 disciplines in the year 1981. So far 462 post graduates and 231in diploma courses have passed out from IGMC till March 2006. More PG courses have been added from the session 2002-2005 in the specialties of Radiotherapy (Oncology) and Skin and VD. Total number of PG Degree seats are 39 and 18 are in diploma courses.
Efforts are on to introduce PG courses in the disciplines of Psychiatry and Pulmonary Medicine.
50% seats are available