The Institute came into existence after tireless efforts of a few
visionaries and was tenderly nurtured by great protagonists of the time.
A 300 bedded General Hospital was inaugurated by Shri Y.B. Chavan,
the then Union Home Minister on October 22, 1968. It is still
being used as the main hospital block. On May 22, 1972 the foundation
stone of the first ever medical college, on the soil of Manipur, having
the name of Manipur Medical College was laid by Shri B.K. Nehru, the
then Governor of Manipur.
The Medical College was established as a joint venture of the
North Eastern States. On September 14, 1972, the name of the College was
changed to Regional Medical College, Imphal. The College was later
renamed as North Eastern Regional Medical College under the management
of North Eastern Regional Medical College Society. From August, 1976, it
was run under the Ministry of Home, Government of India and was the only
medical college run by the Ministry of Home. Nearly 19 years later, the
College was again renamed as Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and
its management was taken over by NEC, Ministry of DoNER, Government of
India from April 1,1995. After exactly 12 years, on the historic day of
April 1, 2007, the Institute was transferred to the Ministry of Health &
Family Welfare, Government of India.
It is an institution of regional importance catering to the needs of the
North Eastern Region in the field of medical education by providing
undergraduate and post graduate courses, bringing together in one place the
educational facilities for the training of personnel in all important branches
of medical specialties. The objective of this premier institute is to
impart quality medical education and ameliorate the health condition of
the composite population of the seven states of North Eastern Region
(excluding Assam). RIMS is a 1074 bedded teaching hospital, equipped
with modern state of the art equipments and teaching facilities having
an intake capacity of 100 undergraduate, 145 Postgraduate Degree
and 6 Postgraduate Diploma seats. The Hospital normally provides services to more than 2.4 lakh out-door patients and admits over 31 thousand patients in a year.
It has MEDLINE access from WHO, Tele-medicine Centre, Regional Medical
Library, Advanced Hospital Information and Management System etc. The
Institute is affiliated to the Manipur University, Imphal and fulfills
the prescribed norms of the Medical Council of India.