| Gandhiji, on his
release from jail in 1934, settled in Maganwadi at Wardha, which became his headquarters.
He later shifted to Sewagram in 1936. Late Ganshyamdasji Birla built a guest house for the
guests of Gandhiji who came to Sewagram. Gandhiji, however, started a small hospital
for mother and children and named it Kasturba Hospital, in the memory of Kasturba Gandhi,
in 1944. Dr Sushila Nayar, who had accompanied Gandhiji in the jail had imbibed Gandhian
ideals, was entrusted with the task of preparing able para medical workers to assist
dedicated doctors in delivering primary health care to the rural folk. This hospital grew
in stature and till 1964 it was being managed by Gandhi Smarak Nidhi. It was at this stage
deemed necessary to form a Trust and hand over the management of the Hospital to
this trust. Thus in September 1964 Kasturba Health Society was constituted and
registered as a Society under Societies Registration Act, 1860 and as a Trust
and Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. Gandhi Smarak Nidhi endowed Rs
10 Lakhs and the interest accrued is sent to Kasturba Health Society as a grant
which forms a source of income to Kasturba Health Society.
Even after Independence through top priority to achieve the goal of health care to all at their doorstep was given by the Central and State Governments this remain as a goal only as all the medical graduates either remained in the urban areas or went abroad. Late Prime Minister, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri, gave serious thought to this matter and instructed Dr. Sushila Nayar, who was then the Union Minister, to open one Medical Collage in a rural area of each state so that Medical Graduates enamating from such a rural Medical Collage will get better training to serve the rural masses. the choice for opening the rural Medical Collage thus fell on Sewagram where Gandhiji lived and fought his final battle of freedom. Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences was thus born in 1969 as a Gandhi Centenary Project.
Objects of the Society.
The objects of the Society are inculcating healthy habits and eradication of diseases in India by adoption of all necessary preventive, promotive and curative measures. The funds, properties, assets and all other resources present and future are to be exclusively used for the purpose laid down by the Society as under :
Affiliate with a National or International Association or organisation or accept affiliation of any organisation or institution working along Gandhian ideology in the interest of realising its objectives.