The Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India was the first medical school for women in Asia. It was founded by Dame Edith Mary Brown. It became officially recognized by the government in 1915.
The medical missionary work was started in Ludhiana in 1881 by the Greenfield sisters, Martha Rose and Kay. They were evangelists and educationalists from Scotland. The pioneering medical work of the Greenfield sisters was the precursor of the Medical Training and Health Care Service Programme of the present Christian Medical College, Ludhiana.
The Greenfield sisters and their associates organized the Health Care Educational Services. Dr. Edith Mary Brown joined them in 1893. In 1894 the North Indian School of Medicine for Christian Women was started by Dr. Brown and her colleagues with the object of training Indian nationals, particularly the women, to serve in the field of medical education and health care services, emphasizing integration of training and health care services. The period from 1894 to 1952 has been an epoch-making era which saw the development from its beginning as a School of Medicine for Christian Women to Women's Christian Medical College. In 1952 when the name was changed to Christian Medical College to enable it to admit men and women for the upgraded MBBS course which came into effect for its first admission from 1953. The college was affiliated with Punjab University, Chandigarh. The Medical School granted LSMF diploma till 1952. Since the College was upgraded to M.B.B.S in 1953, more than 2,000 candidates have graduated and these graduates are serving in India and the world.
The College Chapel in the evening, with decorations for Christmas
The medical and para-medical teaching staff and other staff come from nearly every state in India. The governments of India and Punjab have continued their interest and support in the work and the development of the college and its hospital.
Since July 1999 the college has been affiliated with Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot. In 1964, the department of Medicine attained the requisite number of teachers and services to the extent that it was upgraded to train postgraduates in medicine, leading to the M.D degree. Specialties in Gastroenterology, Cardiology and Medical Oncology were started 1966–1987. Further specialties such as Neurology, Nephrology and Haematology were added until 1993.
CMC, Ludhiana has expanded its services, and includes Christian Medical College, Dental College, College of Nursing, and Institute of Allied Health Sciences. It acts as a referral hospital for a large area around.To know more about Christian Medical College,Ludhiana, please visit their website at http://www.cmcludhiana.org/, where you can check news update, application form, exam dates, admit cards, placement drive dates, and more other important details. Christian Medical College,Ludhiana is well known college/university among students these days.