Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI), the flagship institution of Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Public Trust (SBECPT), founded by its chairman, Shri M.K. Rajagopalan, is a modern medical college and hospital located in the Bahour taluk of the union territory of Puducherry, India. The campus is situated in a beautiful sylvan setting at Pillayarkuppam, 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) from the city of Pondicherry, near the town of Cuddalore. This tertiary care teaching hospital, better known as the Architectural Wonder of Pondicherry, is an imposing landmark on National Highway NH45A.
The institution is recognised by the Medical Council of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India, and the Government of Puducherry. M.G.M.C.R.I was affiliated to Pondicherry University. M.G.M.C.R.I was recognised as a deemed university by university grants commission, New Delhi,on fourth August 2008.
In building this institution, Mr. M. K. Rajagopal, the young chairman, was assisted by Prof. Rajaram Pagadala, an eminent medical teacher, an able admisitrator and an efficient clinician, as the first director, CEO and dean of the MGMCRI. Prof. Rajaram had the experience of having been the dean of three other medical schools, including JIPMER in Pondicherry, College of Medical Sciences, Bharatpur in Nepal and Alluri Sita Ramaraju Academy of Medical sciences (ASRAM) in Eluru in Andhra Pradesh. He was decorated by the President of India as an Eminent Medical teacher of India and was awarded with Dr. B.C. Roy Award in 1993.
Dr DS Dubey took charge as the director and dean of the institution in 2002. Dr Dubey, an excellent administrator, teacher and clinician, had served as director of many institutions across India, including JIPMER. He also served as an inspector to the prestigious Medical Council of India. It was during his tenure the institution took complete shape and received international reputation.The period referred to as The Golden Period of MGMCRI. He held the office till the first batch of MBBS students passed out of the institution. Dr James Gnanadoss served as the director of the institute after the tenure of Dr Dubey.
The first batch of this college started in 2002 April. Currently the 7th batch of students are about to take their first year examinations. Post graduate teaching began in April 2007. Its alumni Association came into existence on 16 August 2007 and is known as Mahathma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute Fraternity(MGMCRI Fraternity).
Other educational institutions run by Sri Balaji Educational and Charitable Public Trust are the Sri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute in Chennai, Bharathiyar College of Engineering and Technology in Karaikal, Rajiv Gandhi College of Engineering and Technology in Pondicherry, Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental Science in Pondicherry, Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College in Pondicherry and Sri Venkateshwara College of Education in Karaikal.