The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, or TNMGRMU for short, is a government medical university centered in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It is named after the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. M.G.Ramachandran (M.G.R.) and is the second-largest health sciences university in India.
The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Act, 1987 received the assent of the President of India on 24 September 1987. By 1991, it was ordered that the Act may be called the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai Act, 1987. This affiliating University started functioning from July 1988 and is governed by the said Act.
The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University is situated in Guindy in the Southern part of the City of Chennai (formerly Madras) in the State of Tamil Nadu, South India; about 6 km from the Chennai International & National Airport and about 12 km from the Chennai Central Railway Station.
This is the only Medical University in Tamil Nadu capable of granting affiliation to new medical and paramedical colleges, government or self - financing; and awarding degrees (also note that until 1988, all degrees of Health Sciences in Tamil Nadu were awarded by the University of Madras).
The University offers undergraduate qualifications in medicine (MBBS), dentistry (BDS), Nursing, Allied health professions and Indigenous Medicine. It also provides postgraduate courses in various medical and dental subspecialities.