Chengalpattu Medical College

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Chengalpattu Government Medical College
The Anatomy Block of Chengalpattu Government Medical College(Estd. 1965)
Established 1965
Directorate Directorate Of Medical Education, Tamil Nadu
University Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR University
Vice Principal Dr. A.Vijayalakshmi
Students 500
Undergraduates 100 per year each in medical and nursing
Postgraduates 22 per year
Location Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu India (12°40′15″N 79°58′48″E / 12.670871°N 79.980128°E / 12.670871; 79.980128Coordinates: 12°40′15″N 79°58′48″E / 12.670871°N 79.980128°E / 12.670871; 79.980128)
Address GST Road, Chengalpattu - 603001
Alumni website

Chengalpattu Government Medical College is an educational institution located in Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India, 54 km south-west of Chennai.


The Examination Block which includes the Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Forensic Medicine and Community Medicine

The history of the Chengalpattu Medical College dates back to days before 1965 when this was a district headquarters hospital with its building in the town. In 1965, the Government of Tamil Nadu upgraded this District Headquarters hospital as a teaching institution with 250 beds for clinical training. Vedachalam Mudaliar, the then Chairman of Chengalpattu Municipality, donated[clarification needed] a vast area, which is in pocession of this institution today. To begin with, this institution had an annual admission of 50 students, which the institution maintained till 2012. 100 students will be admitted from the academic year 2012-13 onwards.[1] This 46-year old institution was the 6th of its kind to be started in Tamil Nadu. The college initially trained D.M. & S. students, who had passed out of Kilpauk Medical College, for the Condensed MBBS Course. Girls students were first admitted in the year 1970 and the first batch of M.B.B.S.graduates of the college left in 1972. The hospital, at its dawn, was functioning with the basic departments which include medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, pediatrics, orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and chest clinic. As days went by, other departments started functioning one by one, thus, making the hospital a tertiary care center with multi specialty approach. The specialties presently functioning are neurology, cardiology, nephrology, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, urology, neurosurgery, etcetera.[2][3][4]


This college is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Guindy, Chennai.[5] It is recognized by the Medical Council Of India.


Chengalpattu Government Medical College Hospital is the District Headquarters Hospital of Kancheepuram District, Tamil Nadu. It is the only governmental tertiary health care centre of the district and is the referral unit for several secondary care centres and Primary Health Centres (PHC's) in the area. The college cum hospital is spread over 265 acre land, making it the largest medical college campus in Tamil Nadu.

There are 2 main blocks in the college side - 1) the Anatomy Block, which houses the Departments of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry and Pharmacology and 2) the Examination Block, inside which the Departments of Pathology, Microbiology, Forensic and Community Medicine are found. The college also boasts of an air-conditioned, well-equipped and updated library, with MEDLAR and internet facilities. Apart from these, the college has an auditorium with a capacity of 750 seats and a Central Lecture Hall (CLH), capable of seating 300 students.

On the hospital side, there are two main functioning blocks - the old OP block and the new block. A third, modern state-of-art 2 storey building is all set to inaugurated, very soon in 2012. The old OP block has the Casualty wing, the wards of the surgical, medical branches and also the OP's of Urology, Nephrology, Neurosurgery and other super specialties. The new block houses the Out-patient Departments(OPD) of General Surgery, Dermatology with STD wing, ENT and Dental Surgery departments. Apart from these, separate buildings are available for Orthopaedics, Obstetrics & Gynaecology(OG), Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Psychiatry, Trauma ward, Paediatric OP and Thoracic Medicine OP. A connecter runs across the old OP and OG block. A new 2-storey neonatology block is also under construction.

The following departments are functioning in the teaching Hospital:

Non-Clinical Departments[edit]

  1. Anatomy
  2. Physiology
  3. Biochemistry

Para-Clinical Departments[edit]

  1. Pathology
  2. Microbiology
  3. Pharmacology
  4. Forensic Medicine
  5. Community Medicine

Clinical Departments[edit]

Surgical Departments[edit]

  1. General Surgery
  2. Orthopaedics with Physiotherapy
  3. Ophthalmology
  4. Otorhinolaryngology
The old Out-Patient block of the Chengalpattu GH.

Medical Departments[edit]

  1. General Medicine
  2. Paediatrics
  3. Obstetrics and Gynaecology(OG)
  4. Anaesthesiology
  5. Thoracic Medicine
  6. Dermatology, Venerology and Leprosy
  7. Psychiatry
  8. Radiology
  9. Blood Bank

Super Specialties[edit]


  1. Plastic Surgery
  2. Paediatric Surgery
  3. Urology
  4. Neurosurgery
  5. Dental Surgery


  1. Nephrology
  2. Neonatology
  3. Neurology
  4. Cardiology
  5. Diabetology

Hospital Facilities[edit]

The total bed strength of the hospital is 610. The General Medicine and General Surgery departments have 4 units each, while the Orthopaedics and OG departments(including family welfare) function with 3 units each. The paediatrics department runs 2 units.

There are 4 main operation theatres(OT) and several minor OT's. The orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and ophthalmology departments have separate OT's, while the ENT and the surgical super-specialities share a main OT. An emergency OT exists, close to the casualty and labour wards. Intensive Care Units for Surgery, Medicine, Paediatric, Neonatalogy are present in the respective departments.

The Radiology department is blessed with CT-scan, Ultra-sound, Doppler, and digital X-ray facilities. The Cardiology department has echocardiography, computerized treadmill electrocardiography(ECG) apart from other facilities. A 16 channel electroencephalography(EEG) is with the neurology department. Dialysis is carried out regularly by the Nephrology wing of the hospital.


Selection to the MBBS course is based on performance in the Higher Secondary (School) Certificate, for 85% of the seats. Admission is based strictly on merit and the reservation policies enforced by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Cut-off's more than 198 are usually required for admission into this college through open category.[6] The remaining 15% of the seats are filled based on selection through AIPMT (All India Pre-Medical Test).

For the PG and Super-specialty courses, 50% of the admission is through the Tamil Nadu PG/SS Entrance Exam (TNPGEE), while the remaining 50% is through All India Post-Graduate Medical Exam (AIPGME).

Medical courses[edit]

Under graduation[edit]

MBBS - 100 seats

Post graduation[edit]

Medical branches:

  1. M.D. General Medicine - 03 seats
  2. M.D. Obstetrics and Gynaecology - 02 seats
  3. M.D. Paediatrics - 02 seatogy - 2 seats
  4. M.D. Pathology - 2 seats[7]

Surgical branches

  1. M.S. General Surgery - 04 seats.[3]

Speciality courses

  1. M.Ch. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - 01 seat.[4]

Paramedical courses[edit]

  1. B.Sc. Nursing - 50 seats
  2. Diploma in Nursing
  3. Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology(D.M.L.T.)

Other courses[edit]

One year training course in

  1. Physiotherapy,
  2. Theatre assistant,
  3. Lab assistant.

Student and Hostel life[edit]

Medical students of Chengalpattu Medical College are fondly called "CHEMCO's". The biggest boon of CHEMCO's is the limited number(50) of students in each batch. This has ensured close unity among fellow batch-mates and a very good teacher:student ratio. It has encouraged individual attention and increased interaction between the teachers and the students.

The hostel life is peaceful with vast expanses of greenery surrounding the hostels, providing the right atmosphere for grooming an ideal medical graduate. Four hostels accommodate the students, with 2 exclusive hostels for the girls. The Under-graduates and Post-graduates have separate hostels, with mess facilities. The much needed recreation for the CHEMCO's is provided by three large cricket grounds, a football pitch, a basketball court, a badminton court, a volleyball and throw-ball arena, and the gymnasium.

The college day and hostel day functions are intra-college events celebrated with zest and zeal annually.

List of Batches from the year 1993 till date[edit]

  1. Flinstones '93
  2. Tempest '94
  3. Daffodils '95
  4. Phoenix '96
  5. Titanz '97
  6. Trail Blazers '98
  7. Millinneurs '99
  8. Scintillators '00
  9. Falcons '01
  10. Salubrions '02
  11. Samaritans '03
  12. Patricians '04
  13. Colossians '05
  14. Celestians '06
  15. Stalwartz '07
  16. Zenforianz '08
  17. Krenoviantz '09
  18. Tritonz '10
  19. Rovanzers '11
  20. Centronz'12

Student Activities[edit]


Chemfest is an annual inter-collegiate cultural extravaganza held tentatively in second week of September. More than 150 colleges all over Tamil Nadu and India are invited and students from these colleges participate in the fiesta with great gusto. The 21st Chemfest is set to take place in September 2013.


It is an annual inter-collegiate sports event held in parallel with CHEMFEST. It is a very popular and prestigious sporting activity in Tamil Nadu, involving medical, engineering, arts, science and law colleges. 2012 will see CMC, Chengalpattu hosting the 24th Chemsports.


Chemfios is the annual academic meet held at Chengalpattu Medical College, in the last week of August. It was started in 2008. The best brains from several medical colleges, in south India, battle it out here to bag the title. The 6th Chemfios is all set to happen in August 2013.

Chemmag and Chemvibes[edit]

Chemmag is the college magazine of Chengalpattu Medical College, where the CHEMCO's portray their literary, linguistic and artistic skills.

Chemvibes is the college's monthly newsletter, which has a wide readership among the medical students of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The foundation for Chemvibes had been laid in 2003, which latter on evolved into its current form - a 30 page booklet - brought out yearly. The first Chemvibes newsletter was released in April 2007. Currently the 6th volume of the Chemvibes is brought out by the magazine committee of the college. Now, you can catch the android app form of the newsletter, released in the month of April, 2014. This new development is in line with the "Go-Green" initiative which had been doing the rounds among the editorial boards of the magazine association for the past 3 years.

Tamil Mandram and Tamil Theni[edit]

In order to nurture and identify proficiency in the Tamil language, every year, intra-collegiate competitions are held, both on and off stage.

Tamil Theni is the Tamil equivalent of Chemvibes (see above).

NSS, Rotaract and the Red Ribbon Club[edit]

With the purpose of encouraging social activities in the college, a NSS unit of 50 students headed by a NSS programme officer functions in the college. Regular blood camps and health awareness rallies and programmes are taken up in Chengalpattu District. The Red-Ribbon Club was set up in 2009, to promote AIDS/HIV awareness among the public.


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  2. ^ "Chengalpattu Medical College - Alumni Association". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ a b "Home". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Home". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the Official Website of the Tamilnadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
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