Gandhi Medical College

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Gandhi Medical college
గాంధీ వైద్య కళాశాల
Motto Thamasoma jyothirgamaya
Type Tertiary Care Medical center
Established 1954
Undergraduates 900
Address Gandhi Medical College, Padmarao nagar, Secunderabad,Telangana, India, Secunderabad, Telangana, India
Affiliations NTR University of Health Sciences
Website [1]

Gandhi Medical College, founded 14 September 1954) is a premier medical college in Hyderabad, India and is often ranked among the best medical colleges in the nation. It is now under the gamut of NTR University of Health Sciences. The college was originally affiliated to the Osmania University of Hyderabad, Telangana, India.


Courses offered by the institute include:

200 students per year are admitted to study for MBBS degrees. There are also 88 postgraduate students admitted per year, including those in clinical, non-clinical and super specialty subjects. Students can earn one of 37 degrees in various branches of medicine. From the year 2013 the number of undergraduate seats have been increased from 150 to 200.

Departments of the school include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, forensic medicine, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and community medicine.


Admissions to the MBBS course are based on ranks obtained in the EAMCET (Engineering, Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test). Admissions are conducted by the NTR University of Health Sciences.Admissions to the post-graduate courses are based on rank and roster points obtained in the AP medical post-graduation test. Every batch is named with special name e.g.;procyans(2010)


Gandhi Medical College, originally name People's Medical College, was founded 14 September 1954. It was located at Humayun nagar close to the present-day Sarojini Devi Eye Hospital. It was founded because the original medical college in the area, Osmania Medical College, was unable to keep up with admissions for medical students. Dr. Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed was the first principal and the founder of the college.

On 25 June 1955, the college was inaugurated by the first president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

By 1956, the college was in financial trouble, and the government of Hyderabad agreed to take over the college and develop it.

In 1958, the college was moved to Basheer bagh. The old building has since been demolished. In 2003, the college moved to its new premises in Musheerabad. The new facility, along with a medical college, was constructed on the area that formerly housed the Musheerabad Jail.[1][2]

The teaching hospital for the college began as an infirmary in 1851. Developed with funds from philanthropists, the hospital was named KEM Hospital in honor of King Edward VII. The hospital was renamed Gandhi Hospital in 1958 to serve as the teaching hospital for the college. Nearly all the heads of units were British trained.

The hospital performs about 80,000 outpatient consultations and 42,000 inpatient admissions yearly. 11,000 major and about 15,000 minor operations are also performed. The hospital is divided into 27 departments:

  • General medicine
  • General surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedics
  • Anesthesia
  • Dermatology
  • Leprosy
  • sexually transmitted disease
  • Ophthalmology
  • E.N.T.& Head and Neck Surgery
  • Radiodiagnosis
  • Casualty
  • Blood Bank
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Nephrology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardio-thoracic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • TB clinic
  • Dental
  • OB/GYN
  • Psychiatry
  • Hospital administration

From 1954-2003, a total of 6090 students were admitted to the MBBS course. The number of students admitted ranged between a minimum of 42 in 1954 to a maximum of 224 in 1968. In 1970, there were no admissions.

In the late 1950s and 1960s, the college and hospital were consolidated.

In the 1970s there was a growth in so-called "super specialties" such as cardiology, cardio-thoracic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery.

College emblem[edit]

Emblem as serpentine staff, Hamsa, book, two branches with leaves and Sanskrit inscription - 'tamasoma jyotirgamaya' which is part of a prayer for enlightenment from ‘brihat aranyako upanishad’. Meaning of the inscription is ‘lead us from darkness to light’ (Tamassu=darkness; Jyothi=light). The medical emblem of two snakes intertwined around a staff originated from Greek mythology. The staff of Aesculapius (God of Medicine) stands for healing. Ancient Greeks considered the staff as a badge of honor and noblemen carried a staff entwined with garlands or ribbons. The garlands were later interpreted as snakes. Another reasons for adding snake is that serpent represents wisdom. Christ adjured his disciples to be as wise as snakes. The staff of Hermes (messenger of gods) has two snakes entwined around a staff with wings. Aesculapius staff has a single snake and no wings. Hamsa bird represents purity and book stands for knowledge. Tree or branches with leaves represent prosperity.


  • Dr. S. Sreelatha
  • Dr. Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed: 01/05/1954 - 01/07/1956
  • Dr. Bankat Chandra: 02/07/1956 - 03/05/1957
  • Dr. D. V. Subba Reddy: 04/05/1957 - 29/01/1959
  • Dr. G.C.S. Naidu: 30/01/1959 - 21/12/1959
  • Dr. M.Y. Ansari: 22/12/1959 - 28/03/1963
  • Dr. B.S. Surt: 28/03/1963 - 15/06/1967
  • Dr. G.P. Ramayya: 29/08/1967 - 28/05/1968
  • Dr. G. Narshing Rao: 1970 - 1974
  • Dr. S. Ramchander Rao: 1976 - 1976
  • Dr. Kameshwari Devi: 1977 - 1977
  • Dr. Y. Jaya: 1974 - 1978
  • Dr. Sanku. Ramchander Rao: 1976 - 1976 (first doctor from Andhra Pradesh to be awarded BC Roy Award.)
  • Dr. U. Brahmaji Rao: 01/03/1983 - 24/05/1983
  • Dr. C. Shyamala Bhaskaran: 24/05/1983 - 30/10/1990
  • Dr. Lily N. Ebenezer: 31/10/1990 - 08/08/1991
  • Dr. G. Shyam Sunder: 07/08/1991 - 03/09/1993
  • Dr. V.V. Satyanarayana: 31/03/1994 - 06/05/1994
  • Dr. B.C. Mathur: 05/09/1994 - 31/07/1995
  • Dr. T.E. Kasturi: 01/08/1995 - 30/09/1996
  • Dr. K. Shantha Kumari : 01/01/1997 - 31/05/1998
  • Dr. K. Gopal Singh: 29/06/1998 - 03/09/1998
  • Dr. Farhatunnisa: 04/09/1998 - 31/01/1999
  • Dr. P. Vijaya Lakshmi: 31/03/1999 - 30/09/1999
  • Dr. P. Shyam Sunder: 02/04/2000 - 30/07/2000
  • Dr. Neena Devi: 01/08/2000 - 31/01/2001
  • Dr. K. Prameela Devi: 04/03/2001 - 31/08/2001
  • Dr. T.S.S. Lakshmi: 04/09/2001 - 16/11/2001
  • Dr. Meenakshi: 16/11/2001 - 31/12/2002
  • Dr. C.A. Aruna: 01/10/2003 - 23/11/2003
  • Dr. K.V. Raghava Rao: 28/11/2003 - 30/04/2004
  • Dr. Kishore Roy
  • Dr. Sikander Hayath
  • Dr. Sudha Ramana
  • Dr. A.Y.Chary
  • Dr. Aravind Kumar
  • Dr. Pradeep Deshpande
  • Dr. Sidirala Narasimha Rao
  • Dr. K.Venkatesh
  • Dr. Badeti Srinivasa Rao
  • Dr. Ashok Kumar


The college has several distinguished alumni including Dr. Geetha Reddy, who is serving as a Minister in Andhra Pradesh State government since 2004, Dr. K. Hari Prasad, Dr. Ram Bhupal Rao who is a well known cosmetic surgeon in India.

Cultural events[edit]

The College day celebrations are held annually in August. It is the culmination of a week of cultural and sports activities with the sports day being held a day before the college day.

Here are the names of recent college week celebrations:

  • 2002: "Chiasma" Cross over to fun. Organized by students of 98 Batch. This was the last college week celebration in the old campus in Basheerbagh, Hyderabad.
  • 2003: Srushti-into the new world. First college week celebrations in the new campus at musheerabad. Organized by students of 99 Batch.
  • 2004: Ectopics: Routine Defied!
  • 2005: Kriya
  • 2006: Alleles: unveil your hidden traits
  • 2007: Nexus: Connect to the Fun Circuit
  • 2008: Youthermia: Extreme is the Norm..(Organized by 2k4 batch)..."Tiger's roar --- 2k4"
  • 2010: Xavion: the legacy begins
  • 2011: ELIXIR - Unleash Ur Trueself...(organized by 2k7 batch)
  • 2012: ESPARTO - theatre of transition...(organized by 2008 batch)
  • 2013: INSCENDIO - incite, conquer,

empower... (organized by 2k9 batch)

  • 2014:CONSORTIUM-unify to defy limits..(organized by 2k10 batch)
  • 2015: UDBHAV- Rise above the horizon (organized by 2k11 batch)
  • 2016: ITIHASA- The Legendary Tale Of Kaliyuga (organized by 2k12 batch)

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  1. ^ "Gandhi Hospital begins a new era". The Hindu. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  2. ^ V, Geetanath (9 November 2003). "No official sanction for new Gandhi Hospital complex?". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 

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Coordinates: 17°25′28.46″N 78°30′15.82″E / 17.4245722°N 78.5043944°E / 17.4245722; 78.5043944