North Bengal Medical College was originally envisioned by Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy, Ex-Chief Minister of West Bengal. North Bengal University Medical College (NBUMC), now known as North Bengal Medical College (NBMC) came up on paper (not on ground) by the act of an advertisement in the Anandabazar Patrika in August 1967 for admission to first Premedical course of this institute by North Bengal University (NBU). Premedical course was abolished after 1976.
First batch of students for premedical course was admitted as per merit list of Higher Secondary examination. Class for 1st batch consisting of 46 boys and 6 girls was started on 6.11.67 on makeshift arrangement at Jackson medical school, Jalpaiguri. Students at that time were accommodated at Jalpaiguri Polytechnic School.
Due to some queer, unexplainable, inconsistent, anomalous reasons as many as 35 students could not pass premedical testing the 1st attempt. They lost one year in the beginning but did not loose their heart. It was an unfortunate incident. Many have been very successful later on in their respective fields.
2nd to 6th batch of students undertook their premedical course at Raigunj University College. Again they were accommodated in hotels and rented house in different years on temporary basis and they did not have their own premises. Those students had to pass their time under torrid conditions and inimical environment. 7th batch onward started their premedical course at NBMC campus, Sushrutnagar, their own place.
Classes for 1st year MBBS course (semester system was introduced much later) for 1st batch started on 18.11.68 in NBU campus at Raja Rammohonpur (not at Sushrutnagar) again on makeshift basis. First 4 batches started their academic journey in academic building of NBU and not at NBMC. Life was difficult and turbulent due to simple fact that they had to live a kind of parasitic life in a land not of their own.
First MBBS academic session started under the stewardship of Prof.Subir Majumdar and Dr. Chittaranjan Roy, Deptt. of Physiology, Dr.Mohit Kr.Das, Dr. Ramendu Das and Dr.(Mrs) Sandhya Majumdar – all of Deptt. Of Anatomy. Dr. Sasadhar Biswas joined NBUMC in 1969 as Professor and HOD, Deptt. Of Anatomy and Professor-in-charge of NBUMC. Prof. Ajit Kr. Duttagupta joined as 1st official Principal of NBUMC.
MBBS classes (barring premedical) started in Sushrutnagar, the present site of NBMC in 1972 and from 5th batch onward started their educational career on their own land. First 4 batches were admitted on the basis of marks of H.S.Exam . First admission test in West Bengal for medical curriculum was held in 1971which was followed from next year everywhere in W.B.
Clinical courses were initially decided to be started at Siliguri Sub divisional Hospital. with bed strength of 28 beds only at that time. Students at that time resented and opposed the decision tooth and nail because of lack of facilities of teaching therein. So as an alternative measure due to the students’ resistance first 5 batches had to migrate to SSKM hospital for their clinical lessons. First 2 batches completed internship and housemanship there. NBUMC was rechristened in AUG 1978 to North Bengal Medical College & Hospital (after dropping the middle letter) and the administrative control went from NB University to Govt.of W.B.
NBMC was not initially recognized by MCI till 1978 and this recognition is a must for aspiring medical graduates for free and uninhibited medical practice. MCI reasoned that recognition could not be granted unless all courses Pre, Para clinical and clinical courses are conducted in one place. Students were aghast and wary of their future. There was only medical college and no hospital at Sushrutnagar. Civil construction work of hospital complex was started in 1976 and inaugurated in 1978. All tier of classes started at the same venue of Sushrutnagar from 1976.
Prof. Labanya Kr. Ganguly was a maverick and dynamic person who became the Principal in 1975. He brought order and gave the direction and leadership for academic improvement, speedy construction and hastening and facilitating the process of recognition.
Followed an era of struggle, agitation and despair for 75 days. All students came together demanding MCI recognition and that became their only mission during those days. Students ran from pillar to post and reasoned with Sri Ajit Panja, the then state health minister and Dr. Karan Sing, the then Union health minister during that period spanning about 3 months at a stretch and sporadically thereafter leaving aside their studies. Their onerous and supreme sacrifice helped earned the ‘recognition’ of their alma mater for the first time in 1978.
3rd batch of students had the distinction of appearing at the final MBBS Part III exam at Sushrutnagar in 1976. This was a watershed event as this exam was specially observed by a team of experts of MCI (Prof. Joseph was a member) and standard of students were assessed and considered to be a yardstick for granting recognition.
Ultimately NBMCH was recognized for three years for the 1st time in 1978 and the first batch of students got the coveted registration number.
Later on BDS course was introduced in the sister institute formed as North Bengal Dental College and Nursing College in the same campus.
In 2004, the institute achieved the milestone to be reckoned as the Post-graduate institute with introduction of MD/MS courses in five disciplines like Anatomy, Physiology, Community Medicine, Pathology and Anesthesiology after a worth full endeavor of Prof. Sangita Bhattacharya, the then Principal, Prof. Samar Deb, ex-HOD and Vice Principal, Prof. Sankar Prasad Kabiraj, Professor of Radiodiagnosis, Late Prof. Raghunath Pramanik, Professor of Pathology and Dr. Krishna Kinkar Mondol, a devoted teacher of this institute. Courses later on get recognized in 2007 and since then more Post Graduate courses are now permitted Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, General Medicine, Surgery, Gynae & Obstetrics, Orthopaedics, Paediatrics, Ophthalmology, ENT Diseases. Later on under the leadership of Professor Anup Kumar Roy, present Principal, postgraduate seats have been increased with new openings in subjects of Radiodiagnosis (already sanctioned), Psychiatry, Microbiology, Biochemistry ( in process) in near future .
For the smooth running of the college administration, there is well formed “College Council” (detailed in annexure), who meet almost monthly and provides necessary supports to the Principal
The college was affiliated to the North Bengal University since its inception. Starting from the 2003 admission batch, it is formally affiliated to the newly formed West Bengal University of Health Sciences at Kolkata.
Undergraduate (MBBS) level – 100/ year
Overall planning of the MBBS course and rationality
As per the guidelines of the West Bengal University of Health Sciences, the entire tenure of training of a medical graduate student is divided in four Professional MBBS examinations (university terminal examinations) with one year of compulsory rotatory internship.
1st Professional MBBS examination (Pre-clinics)
To be appeared after first two semesters (one year). It encroaches three basic subjects of medical science (Pre-clinical) i.e. Anatomy, where one should know every detail structures of human body; Physiology, where a student will come to know that how all the parts of our body serves its normal function; and Biochemistry, where one can learn the structural and functional harmony in very molecular level.
2nd Professional MBBS examination (Para-clinics)
To be appeared after the end of fifth semester (one and half year). In this tenure one should learn the Para-clinical subjects i.e. Microbiology, which teaches about different micro-organisms culminating different human diseases; Pathology, where the mechanism of diseases is being taught; Pharmacology, where one should learn about the details of the drugs and their uses and fourthly the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology is been taught, which deals different legal aspects of the medical crimes.
3rd Professional MBBS examination (Clinics)
This is the vastest tenure of the entire MBBS curriculum involving four semesters (two years), which deals with all the clinical subjects, trained in hospital at bedside of the patient. A student is desired to learn the bedside diagnosis and possible management of a particular disease. He/ she also directed to attend different emergency-managements under guidance. For feasibility the entire tenure is subdivided in two-
This is a course of two semesters (one year), dealing with three subjects as, Ophthalmology (Eye), Otolaryngology (ENT), where all the diseases and managements of the eye and ear-nose-throat are done respectively. Community Medicine, another subject in this part is taught to the students (from the very first year), which actually trains a students about different public health problems and its preventions.
This is a course of two semesters (one year), here a student undergoes the training in bedside clinics (i.e. diagnosis and management of a particular disease) in General Medicine, General Surgery including Orthopedics, Obstetrics & Gynecology and Paediatrics.
Compulsory rotatory internship
An obvious part of the MBBS training, where a student learns the diagnosis and managements of different diseases with his/her rotatory duties in different disciplines of Clinical subjects. After completion of this he/she is to be considered for award of the MBBS degree.
Post-graduate (MD/MS) level: 46/ year
Courses of three years’ duration in 12 disciplines like, Anatomy (4), Physiology (4), Pathology (7), Forensic Medicine & Toxicology (2), Community Medicine (3), General Medicine (4), General Surgery (4), Gynaecology & Obstetrics (2), Ophthalmology (2), ENT diseases (2), Anaesthesiology (4), Orthopaedics (2), Paediatrics (4), Radiodiagnosis (2) under the WB Univ. of Health sciences, Kolkata.
A student admitted to NBMC shall be abided by the rules and regulations and standing-orders for students issued by the institution from time to time. These orders shall deal with the discipline of the students in the hostels, departments, institute premises and outside. These standing orders may also deal with such other matters as are considered necessary for the general conduct of the students, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Students should be aware that any rule imposed by the institute, university and Government is binding on him/her.
Codes Of Conduct, General Rules & Regulations:
1. Regular and punctual attendance at lectures, demonstrations, practical, clinics, internal examinations and day and night duties in the wards is compulsory.
2. Students whose (required attendance 75% Theory and 75% Practical / Clinical posting) progress and conduct are not considered satisfactory will not be allowed to appear for the examinations.
3. Students are to equip themselves with approved instrument box, aprons, copies and books as approved by the Dean/Principal.
4. Ragging is illegal. If any student is found to indulge in ragging she/he will be suspended/ rusticated immediately without any notice. Whosoever directly or indirectly, commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within or outside the institution shall on conviction be punished as per the provisions of law.
5. Students are not allowed to paste posters and pamphlets in the college, hostels and campus. They are not permitted to write slogans graffiti etc.
6. Student must maintain strict silence in the classes / lab and must not wander about.
7. Students are strictly forbidden from the consumption of Alcoholic beverages, use of firearms, weapons and abusive drugs within any part of the institution or campus.
8. They must not disrupt any classes.
9. They must not form any groups / sanstha / mandals / on political / religions or linguistic grounds without the explicit permission from the management.
10. Students studying in college if found indulging in anti-national activities, contrary to the provisions of Acts & Laws enforced by Govt., or in any activity contrary to the rules of code of conduct and discipline will be liable to be expelled from the college without any prior notice by the Dean/Principal.
11. Remaining absent from the institution & hostel without prior permission of the authority is not allowed.
12. Students involved in common ‘OFF’ or ‘General Absence’ are liable to heavy fine/punishment by the Dean/Principal.
13. The students involved in “common off” or having less attendance in class shall be expelled from the hostel/college.
14. The students are required to move silently through the corridors without disturbing nearby classes and practical in laboratories.
15. Students must always carry identity cards in the Institute as well as outside the Institute and produce them on demand.
16. Student must keep the campus neat and clean, avoid dumping garbage and avoid littering plastics/ disposables in the campus. Use dustbins.
17. Students must compulsorily attend all national festivals like 15th August and 26th January and College foundation day on 18th November without fail.
18. They must not to write on benches, walls and doors of class rooms / lab etc.
19. Nobody should sit on the corridor walls and on the stairs of the institution.
20. Please give way to teachers/ staff/ visitors while moving in corridors/ staircase or anywhere in the campus. They must wish and pay due complements to their teachers & seniors.
21. Visiting hostels during college hours is strictly prohibited by any student.
22. Behave in such a manner that suits a cultured “Doctor/ Medical student”.
23. The decision of managing committee in all disputes would be final and binding on all students.
1. The trousers (boys) should not have additional colors/ embroidery/ designs. Wear decent ones only. Avoid wearing skin tight clothes. INDECENT – dressing up is for bidden.
2. Students can wear any color combination but with reasonable design. Avoid T-shirts/ Poloneck shirts, etc.
3. Girls can wear salwar kameez or decent pair of trousers and tops. Avoid tight jeans and very short length of tops.
4. It is expected that students will come in class and wards with clean shaven like a dignified doctor.
1. If anybody is found in infringement of security guards or misbehaving with the faculty or staff of college is liable for disciplinary action.
2. Mobile phones and other personal items such as walkmans or cameras are not allowed in the class rooms and clinical areas.
Use Of Facilities
1. Students should observe rules and regulations of the library. Gossiping and talking is prohibited in the library. During college and class hours library will not be visited.
2. Strict discipline should be maintained while inside the college bus.
3. Lab equipments should be handled with care; students will have to pay for breakages, if any.
4. Maintain general hygiene while in canteen. Use dustbins for wastes & disposables. Observe timings of canteen. During college hours visiting Gym or Canteen is not permitted.
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