Department of Anatomy

Exploring the Human Form and Function


The Department of Anatomy is dedicated to imparting students with scientific knowledge about the human body’s structure. This knowledge serves as the foundation for various medical disciplines and professional practices. Students are guided to understand the rules, principles, and laws governing the body’s structure in relation to ontogeny, phylogeny, function, and environment. The study of human anatomy occurs primarily at the macroscopic level using a systematic approach, occasionally incorporating principles from embryology, histology, comparative anatomy, anthropology, and physiology.

Task & Competencies

The discipline of “Human Anatomy” focuses on developing a set of competencies outlined by specialty educational standards. At the end of the course, students are expected to:

  • Understand organ structure, their positional relationships, and their interactions within the body.
  • Recognize individual, gender, and age-related variations in organ structure.
  • Identify structural variations and anomalies associated with embryonic development.
  • Grasp radiographic anatomy and correlate it with organ structure.
  • Comprehensive Anatomical Understanding: The Department of Anatomy is dedicated to providing medical students with a thorough understanding of the human body’s structure and function, laying the foundation for their medical careers.
  • Research and Exploration: We strive to advance anatomical knowledge through research and exploration, contributing to the understanding of human development, structure, and variation.
  • Student-Cantered Learning: Our objective is to engage students through interactive learning methods, ensuring a deep understanding of anatomy that is applicable to clinical practice.
  • Community Outreach: We actively engage with the community to raise awareness about body donation, promoting the advancement of medical education and research.


The Department of Anatomy is equipped with modern facilities to support comprehensive anatomical education. Our facilities include:

  • Dissection Hall: A dedicated space for cadaveric dissection, enabling students to learn human anatomy through hands-on experience.
  • Histology Laboratory: Equipped for the study of microscopic structures of tissues.
  • Microscopy Equipment: Trinocular microscopes with cameras, LCD projectors, and monocular and binocular microscopes for detailed anatomical study.
  • Specimen Collection: A wide range of specimens in embryology, neuro-anatomy, histology, and gross anatomy for comprehensive learning.
  • Embalming Facility: Facility for body embalming to preserve cadavers for educational purposes.

Departmental Activities

  • Teaching Methods: We employ lectures, demonstrations, practical sessions, dissection, seminars, and small group teachings to enhance students’ anatomical understanding.
  • Clinical Exposure: Early clinical exposure helps students connect anatomical knowledge to clinical scenarios, facilitating better patient care.
  • Assessments: We conduct weekly tests, formative and summative assessments, and term-ending exams to evaluate students’ anatomical knowledge.
  • Outreach Programs: Our department conducts body donation awareness camps in society, encouraging individuals to donate cadavers for medical education and research.

Awards & Achievements

Title of Research paper Study of Mucin Histochemistry in Developing Human Gastric Mucosa from 12 To 37 Weeks of Gestation Histological and Histochemical study of Human foetal submandibular gland in second trimester and third trimester
Authors Gourishankar Ganga , P.G. Gaikwad Basavaraj. B. Dhabale, Gaurishankar. M. Ganga, A.V. Angadi, Rajkumar. K.R.
Authorship First Second
Name of Journal Journal Pub Health Med Res Anatomica Karnataka
Year of Publication /Issue /Vol /Page No. 2013;1(1):13-17 2013, (3) Vol-7,5-10
ISSN No. 2320-4958 2249-5398
National/International National International
Indexing Agencies Pubmed, Scopus

Outreach programme

Laparoscopic hands on training for post graduate students in Surgery, OBGY, Orthopaedic, Ophthalmology and ENT. Laparoscopic dissection was done on soft embalmed body (Special Technique)

Research Activities

The Department of Anatomy actively engages in research. Our research areas include:

  • Human variation in anatomy.
  • Embryological development and anomalies.
  • Anatomical education methodologies.

On-going Research projects

01) Anatomical study of the ostia venae hepaticae in Adults and Foetuses :  Dr. Nilesh Bhosale

02) Comparison of awareness of body donation in medical and nonmedical faculty:  Dr. Minakshi Kasegaonkar

03) Effectiveness of an early clinical exposure module in Anatomy for first year students : Dr. Shashikala Londhe

Other Initiatives

The Department of Anatomy plays a vital role in body donation awareness. We coordinate with families willing to donate cadavers, providing necessary assistance and expressing gratitude through thanksgiving letters. Additionally, we collaborate with Dehdan Samittee to facilitate the donation process.

We are dedicated to fostering anatomical knowledge, engaging in research, and promoting community awareness about the significance of body donation for medical education and research advancement.

Value Added courses

  • Dissection skill of head and neck region.
  • Cardaveric handson dissection training on soft embalb body for PG students in various dissection.

Body donation


The act of donation brings immense joy and satisfaction, as it allows us to extend our help to those in need. While alive, we strive to offer as much assistance as possible, and even after the end of our journey, we can continue to contribute through body donation.

Upon our demise, our mortal remains are typically cremated or buried, returning to the elements. However, an alternative exists in the form of body donation for educational purposes.

Anatomy serves as the foundation for aspiring medical professionals to understand the intricacies of the human body. Despite remarkable technological advancements, the creation of the human body from scratch remains beyond our capabilities. Therefore, donating our bodies for educational purposes can significantly aid in the education of future doctors.


Download the form by clicking here: Body Donation Form
Fill out the form and make a photocopy.
Send the photocopy, along with an attached photograph, to the following address:

Department of Anatomy
Ashwini Rural Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre,
At Post: Kumbhari, Tal: South Solapur
Dist.: Solapur – 413006

If you have not registered in advance, you can still bring the body for donation to the college.
However, a certified death certificate from a registered medical practitioner is mandatory.
Bodies without proper certification will not be accepted to prevent legal complications.


  •  Only bodies with a natural death and multi-organ failure are considered suitable for donation.
  • Eye donations should be conducted within four hours after death. After death, keep the eyes closed and place moist cotton over the eyelids.
  • The body must reach our department within eight hours of death. In case of emergency, the institute provides transportation for the body.
  • A certification of death is essential to avoid legal complications.
  • Transport is available even on holidays or Sundays, as hospital services operate 24/7.
  • Upon the body's arrival at the anatomy department, a body receipt certificate will be provided.