Sree Chitra Thirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology
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The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST), Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), in Kerala, India is an Institute of National Importance established in 1974 by the government of Kerala. Now it is an autonomous Institute with National Importance under the administrative control of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
The origin of the Institute dates back to 1973 when the Royal Family of Travancore gifted a multistoried building for the people and Government of Kerala. Sri. P. N. Haskar, the then Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, inaugurated the Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Center in 1976, when patient services including inpatient treatment got underway. At the Satelmond Palace, Poojapura, nearly 11 km away from this Hospital Wing, the Biomedical Technology Wing followed soon, again a gift by the Royal Family.
The concept of amalgamating medical sciences and technology within a single institutional framework was regarded as sufficiently important by the Government of India to declare the center as an Institute of National Importance under the Department of Science and Technology by an Act of Parliament in 1980, and named it as Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum.
Manmohan Singh, the then Finance Minister of the Government of India, laid the foundation stone of the third dimension of the Institute, Achutha Menon Center for Health Science Studies(AMCHSS) on June 15, 1992. Dr. Murali Manohar Joshi, the then Honorable Minister of Science and Technology and Human Resource Development, Government of India, dedicated the AMCHSS to the nation on January 30, 2000.
The institute focuses on patient care, technology development of industrial significance and health research studies of social relevance. The stress is on development of facilities such as interventional radiology, cardiac electro-physiology, pre-surgical evaluation and surgery for epilepsy, microsurgery and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders, new biomedical devices and products, evaluation of medical devices to global specifications, new academic programmes and global public health networks.
- President: Dr. Rajagopala Chidambaram
- Director: Dr. Jaganmohan Tharakan
- Head BMT Wing: Dr.C.P.Sharma (i/c)
- Dean: Dr.N.Suresh Nair
- Associate Dean (Research and Publication): Dr.R.Renuka Nair
- Associate Dean (PhD Programme): Dr. Prabha D Nair
- Associate Dean (Faculty affairs): Dr.D.Raman Kutty
- Associate Dean (Examination and Cirriculum Development): Dr.Asha Kishore
- Associate Dean (Student affairs): Dr. Kavita Raja
- A tertiary care hospital (about 250 beds)
- A biomedical technology wing (with state of technology development facilities)
- A center for health sciences & public health — Achuta Menon Center for Health Sciences
Biomedical technology development
The Biomedical Technology Wing has played a pioneering role in the establishment of a medical device industry base in India by successfully developing and transferring technologies for diverse medical products such as disposable blood bag system, mechanical heart valve prosthesis, blood oxygenators, ophthalmic sponge, concentric needle electrode, hydroxyapatite based biocermaic porous granules with many more in the pipeline with industrial collaboration.It has also been the only institute in India to have developed an artificial heart valve that is currently manufactured and marketed by TTK.
The institute holds international patents for devices and processes and holds the record for maximum number of patents in Kerala. The Biomedical Technology Wing has implemented a quality system to meet the requirements of international standard ISO/IEC 17025. About 20 of these tests are accredited by the Comité français d'accréditation (Cofrac) of France.
The hospital has the following departments:
- Division of Biochemistry
- Department of Cardiology
- Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
- Division of Cellular and Molecular Cardiology
- Division of Clinical Engineering
- Division of Microbiology
- Department of Neurology
- Department of Neurosurgery
- Department of Pathology
- Department of Radiology
SCTIMST has a 239-bed hospital for tertiary care of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. It conducts clinics in cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology for the public. The institute has pioneered some advanced neurological therapies in India, like Epilepsy surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation. In the past 15 years, the institute has done nearly 1,220 epilepsy surgeries — the highest number by any hospital in Asia. 
The institute has the status of a university and offers postdoctoral, doctoral and postgraduate courses in medical specialties, public health, nursing, basic sciences and health care technology. It is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
The courses includes MPH, DM Neurology, DM Cardiology, DM Neuroradiology, DM Anaesthesia, MCh Neurosurgery, MCh Cardiothoracic Surgery, MCh Vascular Surgery, M.Tech Clinical Engineering (joint program with IIT Madras and CMC Vellore), MPhil in Biomedical Technology, diploma in Nursing, Cardiac Laboratory Technology, Neuro Technology, Advanced Medical Imaging, Blood Banking Technology, Post DM/MCh Fellowships and Ph.D. in bio-medical streams.
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