ardan (the land of hospitality) is the 2nd major city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is located at an altitude of 283 meters (937 feet). The ease of access makes it one of the best approachable city in the whole Province. Situated on the National highway at a distance of 15 km from Nowshera and 2 km from Motorway Rashakai interchange, Mardan is also surrounded and linked by road with Charsadda, Swabi, Bunir, Malakand , Swat and Dir.
It was part of ancient Gandhara civilization, whose remains are scattered in different areas of Mardan District like Shahbaz Garhi and Takht Bhai. Today’s Mardan is a mixed Industrial and Agricultural district while the city of Mardan is rapidly becoming an educational center housing AWKUM, BKMC, UET campus and Agricultural university campus.
The Medical College at Mardan was inaugurated on 1st January 2010 in the posh area of Sheikh Maltoon Town Mardan, named after the great freedom fighter of the soil, Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, better known as Bacha Khan.
The present campus of Bacha Khan Medical College (BKMC) is based in a restructured portion of Mardan Medical Complex, which itself spreads over 500 kanals of land, and is the teaching hospital for BKMC. It has all the necessary infrastructure up to the final year MBBS and BDS. The Academic Block houses fully equipped, air-conditioned lecture theatres, Library, SLRC, faculty and departmental offices.
A new block containing a Student Affair Section, Guest Waiting Area, separate Cafeterias for Male and Female, a new Lecture Theatre, offices for faculty and 250 capacity Auditorium, named after the founder of BKMC (Ameer Haider Khan Hoti, Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) for his contributions to the college as “Haider Hall” have also been constructed and are fully functional. Work on the state of the art, purpose built building, is in progress which will be completed at a cost of approximately Rs.1.7 Billion.
The Laboratories and Museum, fully Equipped with the latest Instruments / Equipment for Biochemistry, Physiology, Anatomy, Pharmacology, Pathology, Forensic and Community Medicine have also been established. Dissection Hall has latest Mortuary cooling unit with a capacity to store up to six dead bodies. A Toxicology Lab with state of the art equipments, the second one of its kind in the province is also present in Forensic Department. Besides this a postmortem section with its own cooling unit is also operational at MMC for medico legal cases and autopsies.
A Computer Lab called SLRC (Self Learning Resource Center) has also been established with the latest computers and equipment to cater the need of the students and staff. The whole college is connected with SLRC through a wifi wireless network with 4MB DSL line.
The College, despite being the youngest of the public sector medical colleges has services of the required, qualified teaching staff (Basic / Clinical), recruited through Public Service Commission.
The college has a well-established, fully air-conditioned Library having more than 6000 text / reference books and journals. It has separate reading areas for students and staff.
Department of Medical Education has also been established to keep the students and teachers in line with modern system of medical education.
More recently the Department of Dentistry has been established in the college with all the necessary staff and equipment. First batch of BDS students has been admitted from session 2011-12.
Sufficient accommodation is available for students, both for Girls and Boys. Transport facility is being provided to the students.
For extra-curricular activities Social Work, Sports and Literary Societies are present in the college to promote a healthy and friendly atmosphere in the college among staff and students.
BKMC is the first Public Sector Medical Colleges to be recognized in the first year of its establishment by Pakistan Medical & Dental Council in 2010. The college is also affiliated with KMU Peshawar since 2010. College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP) granted accreditation for postgraduate training in major disciplines at MMC Teaching Hospital in 2011.
Mardan Medical Complex (MMC), a having all the major and minor specialties with state of the art diagnostic (CT Scanner, MRI) and supportive services is the teaching hospital of BKMC. Phase-I and II of MMC have already been completed and the total bed strength at present is over 400. Phase III has been approved which will increase the bed strength to 800.
In addition to this, construction work on a 200 bedded Mohtarama Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Children Hospital has been started and will be completed soon.
Admitting capacity of the college is 59 in MBBS and 25 in BDS courses. At present three batches of MBBS with 168 students and 1st batch of BDS with 25 students are enrolled in the college.
At BKMC from the very beginning the vision of Principal has been to stress on the quality of education. Proving this wisdom academic achievements have been impressive since the start of the college. The 1st year MBBS result was 82 % and the college stood first among all the Public and Private Sector Medical Colleges in the Province in its first test. Subsequent results have also been more than 85 %, reflecting the high quality of education and dedication of the staff of the college.
Lastly for future expansion of the college 1000 Kanals land near Sheikh Maltoon Town has been acquired recently. This will be used for the construction of staff colony, CPSP and KMU regional offices, a Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy Institute and a separate Dental College.