Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune
Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is located right opposite to the Race Course in South East Pune on Solapur Road (NH 9). Students are compulsorily required to reside at the college hostel and thus any difficulty in accessing the college is out of the question. If, at times, they wish to visit other parts of the city the highway provides enough transport and connectivity to various places in Pune.
The premises of the college combined with the hostels, the football ground, the basketball court and various other blocks forms an endless and beautiful campus. Infrastructural facilities at the college are tremendously better than what the best words in English can exemplify. The main college building has typical British Architecture and gives you the feel of an Army College, lecture room blocks are spacious, well-ventilated and create an environment suited to academic progress. Hostels are relatively better than other Govt. Colleges, but something students shouldn’t crib about as the college charges NO fees for the hostel and a nominal Rs. 7,000 a year for the mess food.
Tuition Fees and Hostel fees are waived off. Only Rs. 7,000 need to be paid per year as Mess fees.
AFMC boasts of one of the finest teachers for MBBS in the country. Most of them are ex-AFMC passouts who’ve been teaching since more than 15 to 20 years as well as have served or still serve the army as doctors. “Experienced and knowledgeable” as described by one of the students; the faculty here gets no complaints except for excessive discipline and strictness, both of which are necessary and come naturally to the Armed Forces. “It becomes difficult for us when they expect the same kind of discipline they are used to following” comments a student.
Astonishingly AFMC isn’t one extra bit stricter on the attendance front as compared to other MUHS colleges and follows almost the same pattern as them. Attendance during practicals is given more importance than theory lectures. Students are given a 6 month-back only under extreme cases.
AFMC conducts its own All India Entrance Test and students here are from all parts of the country. The Intake of 130 students every year has been divided as 105 boys and 25 girls which obviously creates a girl minority – BIG disadvantage for guys! The crowd in general is one of the smartest since the admission procedure is rigourous enough to filter out the relatively weaker kids.
Food served by the hostel mess is tasty enough to go down the throat. The canteen is roomy and comfortably seats the students. However, being an army college students are expected to maintain certain discipline and decorum even in the canteen – for example, no shorts or denims allowed, nothing more casual than a collared T-shirt is permitted and shoes are compulsory!
Medical students hardly get any time to kill and when they do Fatimanagar is the first and last option they can think of being at AFMC. There are cinema halls and innumerable snack joints which serve every variety of food.
Silhouettes is the inter college cultural festival held in the month of February.
Clinical practice begins from as early as the 3rd term and continues till the final term. Students are generally expected to visit Military Hospital at Kirkee in Pune or Ashvini Hospital (Navy) in Mumbai.
It is mandatory to serve the Armed Forced after graduating as MBBS from Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune for about seven years. One way out of this is to pay a huge compensation of somewhere close to Rs. 15 lakhs which only 20 to 25 students opt for.
Armed Forces Medical College,
Pune - 411040.
Website : www.afmc.nic.in
Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) is perhaps the best medical college in the country with AIIMS being just a notch above it but only in terms of legacy and not in terms of actual quality of education coupled with infrastructural and other necessary facilities. The only hassle being stringent disciplinary rules and a bond to serve the Armed Forces, AFMC is a must take for MBBS aspirants.