The present Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, one of the premiers Institute of Country, was established in the year 1966 in the erstwhile Snowdon Hospital Shimla. Its initial name was “Medical College, Shimla”. During the year 1978-79 its admission capacity was enhanced from 50 to 65 students per annum. However, in 1984 it was re-named as Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. Prior to 1981-82 only MBBS Classes were going on. With the vigorous persuasion with MCI and Govt. of India, the department successfully procured permission to introduced Post Graduate Degree and Diploma courses in Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla. Initially only 22 departments were established in this medical college whereas its present strength has increased to 32 departments with the introduction of Super-Speciality department
The post Graduate courses were started in 16 disciplines in the year 1981.Now these are increased 16 to 20 disciplines. So far 923 postgraduates and 377 in diploma students have passed out from IGMC till date. More PG courses have been added from the session 2002-2005 in the specialties of Radiotherapy (Oncology) and Skin & VD.
Indira Gandhi Medical College Shimla has also been granted the status of Regional Cancer Center by the Govt. of India, thus providing much needed comprehensive cancer care to the cancer patient. Essential periodical up gradation of facilities for investigations and treatment have been going on regularly and in the year 2005 facility of Open Heart Surgery has been made operational and in 2006 MRI facility has been added. Second Cobalt Unit & 64 slice MDCT are also operational.
Indira Gandhi Medical College is the largest medical set up in not only Shimla but whole of Himachal Pradesh. At the same time, it is also among the most haunted places in Shimla. Patients, their families, doctors and other staff have many times complained of mysterious activities in lifts, corridors and rooms.
Besides weird noises and strange voices, some have also reported being pushing from behind while taking the stairs. Common belief is that all these activities are due to the presence of spirits of the people who have died in the hospital. Though there is no reason for these spirits to be haunting the college, the premises are quite scary sometimes.
Ghosts of the IGMC Road
The forest road that leads to IGMC, Shimla is occupied with many ghosts .There was a man who used to sell oranges on this road in the 1960s. It is said that he died there and still some people have seen him with his basket of oranges, while walking on this road. He doesn’t harm anyone though.