Jagat Ram
Alma materIndira Gandhi Medical College affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University
AwardsPadma Shri
WebsitePGIMER Director

Dr. Jagat Ram is an ophthalmologist and former director of Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, India.[1]

Early life

Jagat Ram was born in family of humble background at Pabiana village in Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh.[2] He used to walk daily for a distance of about 10 km to reach his high school in Rajgarh.[3][4] He completed MBBS from Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, affiliated to Himachal Pradesh University in 1978 and later completed residency in MS in Ophthalmology from PGIMER in June 1982.[5]


Ram was head of department of ophthalmology at PGIMER.[6] In 2015, he received the Oscar of Paediatric Ophthalmology at the World Congress of Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus in Barcelona.[7] He assumed office of Director at PGIMER in March 2017 when he had 24 awards to his credit.[2][8] He was conferred Padma Shri award by the President of India in January 2019. In 2019, he completed 40 years in PGIMER.[9]


  1. ^ Mahajan, Manoj (2018-03-16). "PGI Director Jagat Ram completes year in office, lists achievements". The Tribune. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ a b Dhaliwal, Tanbir (2017-03-17). "Dr Jagat Ram is new director of PGIMER, Chandigarh: Know him and his priorities". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  3. ^ "Prof Jagat Ram journey to PGI Director marked by many hurdles". United News of India. 2019-08-18. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  4. ^ "I almost missed admission in PGIMER, recalls Dr Jagat Ram". Hindustan Times. 2017-03-19. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  5. ^ Rajta, Subhash (2019-01-26). "Padma Shri for PGI head". The Tribune. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  6. ^ "'PGIMER is a victim of its own popularity…people have high hopes'". The Indian Express. 2017-04-03. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  7. ^ Rajta, Subhash (2019-07-07). "PGI Director honoured". The Tribune. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  8. ^ "Dr Jagat Ram new PGIMER director". The Indian Express. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  9. ^ "Big honour, says PGI head on Padma Shri". The Times of India. 2019-01-26. Retrieved 2019-08-18.