The Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratishthan Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences was recognised by the University of Calcutta for post-graduate training and research in medicine in 1963, the year of Swami Vivekananda’s Birth Centenary. In 1977 the Indian Council of Medical Research first recognised it for research work on a project.
The Medical Council of India which recognised the Seva Pratishthan in 1966 for compulsory rotatory training of fresh medical graduates, first approved it in 1979 for post-graduate degree courses also. The Institute has been recognised by the University Grants Commission since 1987.
The Institute has now been conducting diploma courses in Child Health (DCH), Gynaecology and Obstetrics (DGO), Ophthalmology (DO), Oto-Rhino-Laryngology (DLO), Orthopaedics (D.Ortho) and Anaesthesiology (DA) of West Bengal University of Health Sciences. DNB course of the National Board of Examinations is also being conducted in as many as 11 disciplines.
The academic affairs of the Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences are guided by a Governing Body. During the year 2020-21 a good number of doctors were doing their dissertation for post graduate degree of MD in Obs. & Gynaecology, MS in General Surgery, MD in Paediatrics, MD in General Medicine, MD in Radiodiagnosis and Anaesthesiology etc. The total number of Degree, Diploma & DNB students on the rolls as on 31st March, 2021 were 59, 11 & 28 respectively.
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technique (DMLT) and Diploma in Radio Diagnosis Technique (DRD-Tech) courses of the State Medical Faculty of West Bengal are also being conducted here. The roll strength as on 31st March 2021 was 29 in DMLT and 15 in DRD-Tech.
The Bachelor of Critical Care Technology (BCCT) and Bachelor of Operation Theatre Technology (BOTT) courses started functioing from September 2009. The rolls strength on 31st March 2021 were 58 & 49 respectively.
A Scholarship Fund named “Swami Gahanananda Scholarship” has been created from April 2012 out of donations received from various sources for awarding scholarships to students of the DRD-Tech, BCCT, BOTT courses of the institution.
The Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPT) course was started from 2006. The roll strength as on 31st March 2021 was 30.
Diploma in Neuro Electro Physiology (DNEP) course started functioning from September 2017. The roll strength as on 31st March 2021 was 5.
The Institute has a Medical Library with 9872 books and subscribes to a large number of medical journals. Qualified and experienced doctors are carrying on research work at the Pratishthan in different subjects. The results of their investigations are published in medical journals in India and abroad. Since 1978, the Institute publishes its own journal. The number of bound volumes of medical journals in the library is 3734 and No. of Thesis 624.