The University aims to develop professionals of excellent technical caliber in the fields of Health Sciences, Engineering, Management, and Social Sciences with a humane approach capable of shouldering the responsibility of building a nation.
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS) is a constituent college of Sikkim Manipal University (SMU) established in 1997 as Central Referral Hospital. SMU has a unique advantage of being a public private partnership between Govt. of Sikkim and Manipal Education and Medical Group (MEMG), which is a pioneer in the field of education in India and is continuously enriched by the inter-university/inter-institute interaction within the group. SMIMS has a 550-bedded teaching hospital with super specialty wing strategically located in capital of Sikkim catering to a large population base and providing an excellent opportunity for practical learning to its medical and paramedical students. The institution also provides free treatment to BPL families and concessional treatment to other residents of the state. There is decentralized participatory governance for academic, administrative and financial decision making.
SMU has a Research and Consultancy Policy to encourage research and consultancy projects in all its constituent units. The University provides seed money from endowment chair, research incentive for publications, and financial assistance to present papers in conferences, and incentive for research and consultancy projects.
SMIMS promotes the use of information and communication technology for managing academic activities and obtain student feedback. Faculty members continuously monitor the performance of students. Under their teacher-guardianship program, the faculty members take remedial actions wherever required.
Teachers use PowerPoint presentations and upload on SMUERP –Knowledge Repository for students. The Grievance-Redressal Cell addresses grievances of students including potential and perceived ones. The Anti-ragging Committee handles prevention of ragging. The Sexual Harassment Committee deals with the issues related to gender-sensitiveness and sexual harassment. Sikkim Manipal Swasthya Suraksha scheme has benefitted more than 50, 000 Sikkimese population in accessing quality healthcare at an affordable cost. Students are involved in different outreach programs, health camps and other national CMEs and workshops to enrich their experience.
Prominent Educational and Infrastructural Facilities
The institute provides a wide array of educational and infrastructural facilities. The programs offered at SMIMS are MBBS, MD (Medicine), MD (Paediatric), MD (Psychiatry), MS (OBG), MD (Comm. Medicine), MD (Physiology), MD(Microbiology), MD(Biochemistry), MD (Pharmacology), and MS (ENT).
The institute has about 22 acres of green campus and the infrastructural facilities are designed as per the requirement of Statutory Regulatory Authority of MCI. It has ICT enabled classrooms, laboratory, and library infrastructure, which assists the faculty and students in their research activities. It provides an excellent support system, and residential facilities to cater to a diverse population of students. Medical facilities are provided to all by the Central Referral Hospital (CRH). The campus provides a conducive environment for the differently-abled students/patients by providing lifts, ramps, and special toilets suitable to their needs.
SMU has a state-of-the-art library at medical campus that is fully automated using EASYLIB –An advanced library automation system. Besides the comfortable seating and reading environment, the libraries are well-equipped with modern facilities such as e-learning, access to internet and web resources including online journals and e-books.
Hi-speed internet connectivity is provided to the faculty members, students and research scholars through LAN/Wi-Fi. With adequate number of computers with WI-FI facility in its constituent units, it is ensured that everyone gets an equal opportunity in knowledge dissemination via technology. Infrastructure & Facilities department carries out housekeeping, repair and maintenance works. The campus is eco-friendly, landscaped, and the entire campus is plastic-free. A clean source of energy is utilized at campus through solar water heaters and electrical systems. The goal of the SMIMS is to move into a learner centric, patient care centric, and research centric organization.
About the Dean of SMIMS
Air Marshal (Retd) Dr. Gurdarshan Singh Joneja,VM, is the Dean of SMIMS. He has a vast experience of over 24 years as the Director & Commandant, Additional Director General Medical services (Air)- Armed Forces Medical College Pune and Professor & HOD, at AFMC Pune (MUHS Nashik), Command Hospital (Air Force), Bangalore (RGUHS Bangalore), Army Hospital (R&R), New Delhi (Delhi University), and Deputy Chief of Integrated Defence Staff (Medical), New Delhi. He is responsible for developing strategic medical doctrine & information technology integration at tri-service levelguided by the principle of sound judgment, effective communication and setting standards and benchmarks in quality education and administration. He always strives to excel for stakeholder/student satisfaction.
Facilities for Reserved Communities
SMIMS also provides many facilities for reserved communities. As per the agreement with the Government of Sikkim, 35% for MBBS program are reserved for candidates (includes SC, ST, and OBC) selected by Government of Sikkim. In addition, SMU reserved 10% seats for Northeast candidates and 1% for defense personnel.
Career Opportunities and Exposures
SMIMS provides promising career opportunities to its students. Today, several hundred doctors working in different parts of India and abroad are alumni of the institute.
Medical students are required to work at the University teaching hospital as a part of their curriculum. These postings give them real-time patient care experience with senior health professionals. In addition, they are required to do internship after the successful completion of all semesters/years.
The Medical Education Technology (MET) cell organizes workshops and CME program on learner centric pedagogies.
Words of Trust
“The guidance provided by the teachers played an important role in nurturing my career and I miss Sikkim and each of the faculties. The standard of teaching that was bestowed upon is at par with Elite Institutes of the country.” – Dr. Arjun Khanna (Consultant, Critical Care and Pulmonology at Yashoda Super Speciality Hospital in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad), batch of 2001 (MBBS).