The institute strives to produce outstanding accredited graduates who are innovative, analytical, articulate, adaptable, life-long learners contributing to the health, educational, cultural, economic, and natural environment of the society they serve.
Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR) is a premier medical college situated in Orissa. Established in 1959, it is one of the oldest institutes in Orissa for imparting highly specialized medical education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The institute is recognized, regulated, and monitored by the Medical Council of India.
Quality Educational and Infrastructural Facilities
VIMSAR proceeds ahead on its glorious journey with the objective of offering the best possible educational and infrastructural facilities to the students. The institute offers undergraduate MBBS course and postgraduate courses in medical specialities. Further, a dental college, a B.Sc course in nursing and a pharmacy college are in the offing. The Department of Community Medicine is in the final stages of offering a Masters’ course in Public Health Management, in collaboration with various agencies, notably United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The institute also offers paramedical diploma courses in Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiology Technology, and General Nursing and Midwifery.
The institute also provides exceptional infrastructural facilities. It is the only institute in the state to have a separate wing for the comprehensive management of sickle cell disease which has an unusually high prevalence in this part of the state.
VIMSAR has well-maintained and well-equipped lecture theaters and laboratories. They have a well-equipped Central Library which has over 50,000 books and journals and can easily accommodate 500 students. The institute also houses a modern auditorium with a capacity of 1500 people. VIMSAR has facilities for various outdoor and indoor sports like football, cricket, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, and a well-equipped gymnasium.
Student’s Life at VIMSAR
VIMSAR promotes an environment of unity in diversity where students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds and different corners of the country assemble to study. They live together as a very close-knit family amidst an environment of peace, mutual respect, and harmony.
The college has seven gents’ hostels for undergraduates, one for interns, and one for postgraduates. It also has four ladies hostels, two of which are for postgraduate students, one for undergraduates, and one for nursing students. A new hostel for staff nurses is also under construction. The institute also plans to construct two more gents’ hostels for undergraduates and postgraduates.
About the Director
The Director of VIMSAR is Dr. A K Pujahari. He is an eminent surgeon with over 30 years of clinical experience. He is an able administrator who has deftly handled numerous critical situations concerning the institute. He has played a pivotal role in acquiring government aid for completion of various projects at VIMSAR including super specialty block, dental college, and pharmacy college. He also leads by example to bring discipline among the staff and faculty of the institute.
VIMSAR has produced numerous graduates who have made it big in various walks of life. Prof (Dr) Mukut Minz is a distinguished alumnus of this institute who has been conferred the prestigious Padma Shri for his work in Renal and Pancreas Transplant Surgery. He has been credited with setting up a new Department of Renal and Transplant Surgery at PGI, Chandigarh and performing over 3300 renal transplants.
The institute not only provides excellent education, but also provides financial aid and support to the students. Undergraduate students are provided with scholarships. The institute acquires grants for certain PG theses from various national agencies including ICMR, WHO, UNICEF, NHM, and RNTCP. Recently, the Honourable Chief Minister of Odisha has endowed the faculty of VIMSAR with financial incentives ranging from Rs. 75000 to Rs. 125000.
The institute not only provides excellent educational and infrastructural facilities, but also excels in various extra-curricular activities. VIMSAR has an undergraduate students’ union, elected annually by a campus wide election from the students of the fourth year in March-April. The union acts for the protection of the interests and rights of the students. The members of the students’ union organize various programs, activities, events, and inter-class competitions throughout the year which culminates with the annual function of the union in December. The postgraduate students are also represented by a similar union, known as the Junior Doctors’ Association.
The union organizes an inter-medical college festival, ‘Euphoria’ every three years, which attracts participation from all the medical colleges in the state. It is a four-day extravaganza in which large numbers of students gather and participate in various cultural, dramatic, literary, and sports competitions. ‘PRAYAS’ is a non-profit organization formed by the students of the college which aims at providing proper medical treatment and services to financially challenged people.
Career Opportunities and Future Plans
The institute offers wonderful opportunities for students to grow in their career and become a good citizen. They are going to establish a placement cell which will be the only one of its kind in a medical college institute. The institute aims to cater to the students’ needs after completion of the course.