Chandigarh, best educational facilities in the country. Besides the Punjab University and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education & Research, it has an Engineering College, College of Arts, College of Architecture, a number of Government and Private Degree Colleges and other prestigious and important research institutions. Somehow, the city had lacked a Medical College for graduate studies, i.e. MBBS. The deficiency was most glaring. GMC provides opportunity of a career in medicine to many promising students who were denied of this opportunity because of ‘domicile’ restrictions imposed by the states in which these colleges are located In view of the start of the Medical College in the city, the Chandigarh Administration created the Department of Medical Education & Research. The College was granted provisional affiliation for the MBBS course by the Punjab University, vide letter No. 8334/Mis dated 12.9.91, and permanent affiliation vide letter No.2730/A-4/Misc dated 3.4.99 for 50 admissions annually. Admissions to this Medical College have strictly been on merit on the basis of Combined Entrance Test conducted by the Punjab University. The first batch of 50 students was admitted in August, 1991 and each subsequent year similar batches have been admitted. The first academic session was inaugurated in September, 1991 by Sh. Baleshwar Rai, the then Adviser to the Administrator of Chandigarh. The first batch of students passed their final MBBS examinations conducted by the Punjab University in January, 1996 and completed their 12 months compulsory rotating internship in January, 1997. The second and third batches of medical students have also finished their internship, while the fourth (1995) batch is currently undergoing their internship training. Students of this College have consistently done well at various University examinations conducted by the Punjab University. A large number of students have secured admissions to postgraduate courses at PGI, Chandigarh, AIIMS, New Delhi and through the All India PG Entrance Examination. They have also performed consistently well at interviews conducted by the UPSC, Armed Forces Medical Services and various state Public Service Commissions. A number of students have secured placements abroad, mainly in the USA, with high percentile marks in the USMLE examination. In addition to academic excellence, students of this College have consistently performed well at different cultural, literary and sports activities.The Medical College has nearly 250 teaching staff in basic and clinical departments in addition to 70 junior residents. The faculty is highly qualified and selected directly or through the PGI, Chandigarh, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Directorate General of Health Services, New Delhi and the states of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and J&K. The College has been recognised for the award of MBBS degree by Govt. of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare w.e.f. 30 December, 1996, vide letter No.34(41)98-Med./21035 dated 9.11.98, and has been included in the list of recognised Medical Colleges by the Medical Council of India vide letter No.MCI-34(41)97-Med/2276 dated 25.4.97.