Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

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Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute
BMC Logo
Type Government, Autonomous
Established 1955
Dean Dr. Sachidanand
Administrative staff
Undergraduates 250
Postgraduates 135
Location Bangalore, Karnataka,  India
Coordinates: 12°57′33.78″N 77°34′29.07″E / 12.9593833°N 77.5747417°E / 12.9593833; 77.5747417
Campus I.M.A. Circle, K.R. Road, 125 acres
Affiliations Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Autonomous

Bangalore Medical College, now renamed Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, popularly known as BMC, is a medical college run by the Government of Karnataka. It is located on K.R. Road, near City Market. It is the only government medical college in Bangalore and one of 10 in Karnataka. BMC is an autonomous institution under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Jayanagar, Bangalore.


Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

It was established in 1955 by Dr. Shivram and Dr. Mekhri in what was then the fort police station ground. It was built by civil engineer and architect, Mr. V. Ramamoorthy, who built it in a record time of 6 months. The college was initially run by the Mysore Medical Education Society and was later handed over to the Government of Karnataka in 1956 and was affiliated to Bangalore University. After the formation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences BMC was affiliated to the new university in 1997.[1]

From its inception, the college has been associated with some of the most eminent doctors in India. It has become the most coveted destination for medical aspirants in the state of Karnataka to study medicine and has been consistently ranked among the top ten medical colleges in India.

It celebrated its golden jubilee in 2005–2006 with major renovation and the inauguration of a state-of-the-art digital library and Basavarajendra Auditorium. In 2006, the college was granted autonomous status by the Government of Karnataka.[2] The college is presently undergoing major renovation along the lines of AIIMS.

Upgrade of the institute to the level of AIIMS[edit]

Work on upgrade of the college to the level of AIIMS started in March 2007. Under the 1.2 billion Rupees centrally funded project upgrade work is taking place in the college as well as all the affiliated hospitals.[3] The proposed upgrades include[4]

  • A superspeciality block and nursing college in the Victoria Hospital campus
  • A casualty and trauma centre in Victoria Hospital
  • Two tower blocks on the Centenary building and a New Outpatient block in Victoria Hospital
  • A geriatrics unit to be set up at the cost of 40 million rupees
  • Upgrade of the psychiatry department at the cost of 3.5 million rupees
  • A new Regional Institute of Paramedical Sciences to be set up in the SDS T.B sanitorium campus
  • A super-speciality block in Minto Hospital housing six super-specialties of neurology, neuro surgery, plastic surgery, surgical gastroenterology, paediatric surgery and cardiology.
  • State of the art equipment for all affiliated hospitals

Attached hospitals[edit]

The old building of Victoria Hospital

The teaching hospitals attached to the institution are the following hospitals:

Name Location Type
Victoria Hospital K.R Road General hospital
Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospitals Hospital Road, Shivajinagar General hospital
Vanivilas Women and Children Hospital K.R Road Women and children's hospital
Minto Eye Hospital Chamrajpet Speciality eye institute
SDS Tuberculosis Sanatorium near Hosur Road Respiratory diseases and thoracic surgical centre

Victoria Hospital, inaugurated on 8 December 1900 by Lord Curzon the then Viceroy of India, started as a health centre with 140 bed strength, is now the second largest Hospital in India accommodating more than 1000 patients at a time. The facilities available includes departments of Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Radiology and Radiotherapy, physiotherapy, Forensic Medicine super specialities include Plastic Surgery, Surgical and Medical Gastro Enterology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Urology

Vani vilas hospital, also one of the oldest hospitals has 536 beds and an average of 75-80 patients are treated as out-patients every day, 17-20 patients admitted, and average 500 surgeries per month are conducted. It has well equipped Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery Departments. There is a state of the art neonatal intensive care unit. Vanivilas hospital is a center for excellence in prevention of parent to child transmission of AIDS.

Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital is a multispeciality hospital, located in the heart of Bangalore City, at Shivajinagar. The hospital is over 100 years old, approximately 2 km towards east of Vidhana Soudha. It has 686 beds and an average of 700-900 patients are treated as outpatients every day, 70-80 patients get admitted, and average 420-450 deliveries per month are conducted in addition to 800 surgeries per month.

Minto Ophthalmic Hospital is the 300 bedded, tertiary ophthalmic hospital attached to BMCRI, which caters to the need of karnataka and also the neighbouring areas of other states. It includes an Eye Bank, Glaucoma clinic, Squint clinic and a Vitreo retinal centre.

A 203-bed super-speciality tertiary care hospital PMSSY Hospital has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 72 crores under the Pradhana Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) on the premises of the college. The new hospital has super-speciality departments of neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, cardiology, paediatric surgery and surgical gastroenterology.[5]

Apart from this, it is involved in community health facilities like Nelamangala Taluk Hospital, the urban family welfare center on Siddaiah Road and primary health centers in Pavgada, Sundekoppa, K. G. Halli and Hessarghatta. As a part of rural outreach specialist doctors are sent by the college to these rural centres every month. The teaching hospitals attached to Bangalore Medical College have more than 3,000 beds. Apart from undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses are available in most specialities. A state-of-the-art burns department caters to all of Karnataka.

These hospitals with total bed strength of around 3500, cater to half of the population of Bangalore City and surrounding areas.[6]


Basavarajendra Auditorium

Spread over a total area of 200 acres, the campus includes the academic block, hospitals, library, hostels, student lounge, food court, gymnasium, a basketball court, volleyball court, cricket field etc. The entire campus has access to high speed internet through WiFi. The boys hostel is located on Palace Road and the ladies hostel is located in the campus itself. The postgraduate hostel is located in Chamrajpet.

A digital library and a well equipped seminar hall has been constructed by the BMC Alumni Association. This digital library has 80 nodes, which have access to the latest medical journals and is used by the students and faculty of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for research purposes and to acquire the latest medical knowledge. A Seminar Hall has been constructed with a capacity of 280 seats with access to the latest equipment for Tele-medicine. The Tele-Medicine unit was started in collaboration with ISRO on the eve of Golden jubilee celebrations and it makes BMCRI the first Govt. Medical college to provide this facility in the state of Karnataka.[7]

The Clinical Skills Centre in the BMCRI campus was inaugurated by Sri Ramadass SA, The Minister for Medical Education, Karnataka on 17 November 2011. The centre was set up at a cost of 95 lakhs INR with donations from the alumni, Infosys foundation and GMR Varalakshmi foundation. The centre offers hands-on training in Microsurgery techniques applicable in various super specialties like laparoscopic surgery, neurosurgery, Plastic surgery, ENT surgery and Ophthalmology.The mentors at the centre include teaching faculty from BMCRI, other medical colleges and private practicing surgeons. With this, BMCRI became one of the very few centres in this country to offer this facility and training.[8]

The Infosys Foundation has constructed a well equipped 24 hours central laboratory at Victoria Hospital campus which includes the pathology, microbiology and the biochemistry labs. It provides the latest diagnostic tests at a subsidised rates for the poor and needy patients.[9]

The Centenary building houses new wards, the Nuclear medicine department with gamma camera and modern operation theatres. A Dharmashala, on the campus provides highly subsidized accommodation for patients’ attendants.

Student life[edit]

Cobalt Skies 2012

BMCRI annually holds an inter-collegiate fest called Cobalt Skies in October. Spread out over 3 days, it is one of the biggest college festivals in Karnataka. The festival draws the best talents of India to its competitions, covering areas ranging from music and drama to literary games and quizzing. There are several events focused on building social responsibility amongst the youth. Professional shows and workshops by groups are an added attraction.

Cobalt Skies also features a medical fest called Panacea which is one of the biggest medical fests in India. It brings participation from medical students from Karnataka and all over India in its various medical events. It aims to encourage interest and innovation in research and clinical medicine among students and to provide a platform for students and teachers to interact.

Eklavya is the annual inter-college sports meet held in March. It witnesses participation from around 1000 students in various sports and informal events.

An annual Intra college Fest called Chrysalis is held in the month of April. It features various cultural and literary and sports events and helps in bringing out new, raw talents into the front through means of healthy competition between different batches of BMCRI.

BMCRI publishes an annual magazine Ambrosia which includes literary as well as professional contributions from the students as well as the faculty of the college.

The college also has various literary and educational clubs like chess society, quiz society, debate society, dance group and a music society featuring an Indian Fusion Band (The Dirty Aprons), an Indian Rock band (Rudra) as well as a western band.


Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute has consistently been ranked in the top 10 medical colleges of India and as the best medical college of Karnataka. It was ranked 3rd in the country in 2006 by Outlook. In 2012 BMC was ranked as the 8th best medical college by Outlook and 9th best by The Week.[10]

Alumni associations[edit]

BMC Alumni Association was established to maintain contact with all old students of the college and meet periodically.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dr. Y. G. Parameshwara : Alumnus and former faculty in pharmacology was the first blind person to qualify as a doctor of medicine in India.
  • Dr. Sheshachalam : Former professor of surgery who discovered the accessory appendicular artery of Sheshachalam.
  • Dr. Udaya Bhanu Surya Prakash : The first non-American to be elected president of the Association of Chest Physicians of America in its more than 100 years of history and winner of the Karnataka Rajyothsava Award – 2008.[11]
  • Dr. Sampath Kumar : Professor and Head of the Department of Cardiothoracic surgery in AIIMS
  • Dr.Kumud Bhalla : The first graduate in the World and the youngest Indian to give presentation at The World congress on Heart diseases for his work on drug Plavix.[12]
  • Dr. T.K. Sreepada Rao :Personal nephrologist to Jayaprakash Narayan and M.G. Ramachandran and considered to be among the top ten cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons in the country.[11]
  • Dr. H. Sudarshan : Won the Right Livelihood Award (Also known as the alternate Nobel Prize).[11]
  • Dr. Gerard Aranha :Winner of Distinguished Physician Award presented by Indian American Medical Association.[13]
  • Dr. Dinakar Rai :Eminent surgeon and the chief of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Laboratories at the Interfaith Medical Center, New York.[11]
  • Dr. N. Prabhu Deva : Former Director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiology and Vice-Chancellor of the Bangalore University.[14]
  • Dr.Rameshwara Talya
  • Dr.Prashanth BN
  • Dr Prasanna Chandra Gautam. Author of many articles and books related to Medicine but recently and most notably the principal author of the Modern English Translation of the Rig Veda Samhitaa. published in India through Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
  • Dr Ramya Mohan: Clinical Psychiatrist with National Health Service[15]


Undergraduate courses[edit]


The college offers the four and a half year M.B.B.S. course with a one-year compulsory rotating internship in affiliated hospitals. There are 250 seats of which 85% admissions are through Karnataka CET at the state level and 15% through AIPMT at the national level. Admission is extremely competitive.

Paramedical Courses[edit]

There are 420 seats. Eligibility: PUC/Class 12 or equivalent pass

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical X-Ray Technology
  • Medical Radiotherapy Technology
  • Health Inspector
  • Dialysis Technology
  • Operation Theatre Technology
  • Ophthalmic Technology

Post-graduate courses[edit]

The college offers 135 seats for post graduate courses.

  1. 50% of seats – RGUHS PGCET (state level)
  2. 50% of seats – All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination (national level)


  • Anaesthesiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Dermatology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Preventive and Social Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Radio Diagnosis
  • Radiotherapy


  • Anatomy
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics

Superspeciality courses[edit]

BMCRi has 12 seats for superspeciality courses. The number is scheduled to increase after the opening of the PMSSY Super-specialty Block.

M. Ch.[edit]

  • Plastic surgery
  • Urology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical gastroenterology
  • Neuro surgery


BMCRI offer 71 seats for Diploma courses.

  • Neurology
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Radiotherapy

Post-doctoral fellowship courses[edit]

BMCRI has 12 seats for Fellowship courses every year.

  • Gastroenterology
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery

See also[edit]


  1. ^ BMC goes into e-teaching mode. (2006-01-02). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  2. ^ Sahana Charan BMC, dental college get autonomy. (2006-11-19). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  3. ^ Sahana Charan Work soon to upgrade medical college. (2007-02-12). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  4. ^ BMC to grow into an AIIMS. The Times of India (2009-01-06). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  5. ^ "Super-speciality hospital in Victoria to start functioning from August 1". The Hindu. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  6. ^ "Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560 002". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  7. ^ "Welcome To BMC Alumni". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Clinical Skill Centre". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  9. ^ "Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560 002". 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  10. ^ "Top 15 Medical Colleges | Jun 30,2008". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  11. ^ a b c d "BMC goes into e-teaching mode - BANG". The Hindu. 2006-01-02. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  12. ^ "International Academy of Cardiology". Cardiology Online. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  13. ^ "Mangalore News Articles, Classifieds to Around the World". Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  14. ^ "Welcome To BMC Alumni". 2010-09-05. Retrieved 2015-07-24. 
  15. ^ "A soothing therapy for distressed emotions". 

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