|Sarkari Naukri Samachar Sarkari Naukri Samachar|
Under the colonial rule when the national capital of India was shiftedfrom Calcutta to Delhi in 1912, it dawned upon Lady Hardinge, the wife of the then Viceroy of India, Baron Charles Hardinge, to establish a medical college and a hospital exclusively for women, as she recognized that there was lack of such a college where women could devout themselves to medical education taught by women professionals to attend on women patients and further, she noticed, very few women wanted to specialize in this profession that was dominated by men. Women with gynaecological problems, etc had to approach male doctors for treatment with reservation as they were not at ease with them. It was proposed to have an institution to train women as nurses attached to the medical college as well as to the hospital. The foundation stone was laid by Lady Hardinge on 17 March 1914, a few days before her departure for England where she died on 11 July 1914. The college was named Queen Mary College & Hospital to commemorate the visit by Queen Mary in 1911-12. The credit goes to Lady Hardinge , who herself was actively involved in collecting funds for the college from the princely states and the public. As for the Nursing College, the foundation stone was laid by lady Chelmford in Feb. 1916. Believed to the oldest nursing schools in Delhi, the services began with two English sisters. Now the college takes 60 plus students for various nursing courses.
|Lady Hardinge Medical College Delhi, Emblem |
In the beginning the medical college could take only 16 women students and the MBBS courses lasted 7 long years. In the 1970s the institution admitted 100 to 130 students, presently it is around 200. Initially, the college was an autonomous institution managed by a Governing Body. In the year 1953, the Board of Administration constituted by the Central Government took formal charge of the management of the institution. In February 1978, the management was taken over by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India under an Act of Parliament. One of the director professors is chosen as the president of the college, the most senior post in the college
The hospital has provided services to male patients since 1991. Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital and Kalawati Saran Child Hospital, have a capacity of 877 and 350 beds respectively. The college's Department of Microbiology is internationally well-known for its salmonella phage typing, and it is a World Health Organization collaborating centre for reference and training in streptococcal diseases for South East Asia It is also a surveillance center for AIDS.
The vision of Lady Hardinge was as follows: ''India's must pressing problem at present was to secure a healthy and happy population. I regard this college as a pioneer institution which would ultimately lead to the wide diffusion of medical and sanitary knowledge by training Indian women of the proper class as doctors, health officers and nurses''.
The graduates from this institution are serving not only in India but also overseas. The college has a vast collection of books on medicine and related stuff. This college is 102 years old. Lady Hardinge was a true visionary.