(often referred to as Calcutta Medical College
) was established 1835 as Medical College, Bengal
as the first college of European medicine in Asia
. The purpose of establishing this college was to train native youths irrespective of caste
and creed in the principles and practices of medical science in accordance with the mode adopted in Europe. Medical College Bengal was established on 28 January 1835, soon followed by Madras Medical College
on 2 February 1835.
The college now imparts the degrees Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery
after completion of 5 and half years of medical training. Also specialization degrees like MS / MD as well as post doctoral MCh / DM degreesare offered. Besides there are nursing and several para-medical courses. The hospital associated with the college is one of the largest hospitals in Kolkata
and houses several specialty and super-specialty departments.
Medical College, Bengal was the first institution in India
imparting a systematic education in western medicine. The British East India Company
established the Indian Medical Service (IMS) as early as 1764 to look after Europeans in British India
. IMS officers headed military and civilian hospitals in Bombay
, and also accompanied the Company's ships and army. A utilitarian approach and the need to provide expert apothecaries, compounders, and dressers in different hospitals prompted the... Read More