The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh was conceived in 1960 as a center of excellence which would endeavour to develop patterns of teaching in postgraduate medical education in as many branches as possible and attempt to produce specialists in several disciplines of medicine. The Institute is involved in research for the rural and community related public health problems. There has been a steady progress in developing new research methods and strategies for the benefit of patients. Every year nearly 400 research articles are published by the institute in national and international journals. A number of departments have been designated as research centres by WHO and various national agencies.
Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh was mandated to:
1. Provide high quality Patient care.
2. Attain Self-Sufficiency in postgraduate medical education and to meet the country’s need for highly qualified medical teachers in all medical and surgical disciplines.
3. Provide Educational facilities for the training of personnel in all important branches of health activity.
4. Undertake Basic Community based research.
The PGIMER owes its inception to the vision of late Sardar Partap Singh Kairon, the then Chief Minister of Punjab and the distinguished medical educationists of the then combined state of Punjab, supported by the first Prime Minister of India Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru.
The mission of PGI is engraved in its logo which reads
meaning “Service to the Community, Care of the Needy and Research for the Good of all”.