Gandhi Medical College

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Gandhi Medical college & Hospital
Motto Thamasoma jyothirgamaya
Type Tertiary care medical center
Established 1954
Founder Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed
Principal Dr. O Shravan Kumar[1]
Location Secunderabad, Telangana, India
Affiliations Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences

Gandhi Medical College (founded 14 September 1954) is a medical college in Hyderabad, India affiliated with Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences.[2] The college was originally affiliated to Osmania University.


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

Officially it was inaugurated on 25 June 1955 by the first president of India, Rajendra Prasad.

By 1956, the college was in financial trouble, and the government of Hyderabad agreed to take it over 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 hospital, was constructed on the area that formerly housed the Musheerabad Jail.[3][4]

Initially the teaching hospital for the college was an infirmary that opened in 1851 with funds from philanthropists, and was named KEM Hospital in honor of King Edward VII. The hospital was renamed Gandhi Hospital in 1958. At that time nearly all the heads of units were British trained.

From 1954 to 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.


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. Since 2013 the number of undergraduate seats has been increased from 150 to 200.

Departments of the school include anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, forensic medicine, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and community medicine.[5]

Hospital departments[edit]

The GMH is a 1,200-bed facility and each year performs about 80,000 outpatient consultations, 42,000 inpatient admissions, 15,000 minor operations, and 11,000 major operations.[6]

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

College emblem[edit]

The college's emblem is a 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’. The 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 originates 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. The serpent also represents wisdom. Christ adjured his disciples to be as wise as snakes. The staff of Hermes (messenger of the gods) has two snakes entwined around a staff with wings. The staff of Asclepius has a single snake and no wings. Hamsa bird represents purity and the book stands for knowledge. The tree or branches with leaves represents prosperity.


  • Dr. Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed (founder and first principal: 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. Mohammad Yousufuddin 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
  • 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

Gandhi Medical College Global Alliance[edit]

In 2005 alumni of GMC living in the United States founded the non-profit corporation Gandhi Medical College Global Alliance (GMCGA).[7] This organization's goals are both educational and charitable, with a strong emphasis on fostering kinship among alumni living in other countries.[8]

The accomplishments of GMCGA (sometimes in collaboration with the GMC Alumni Association back in Hyderabad) include construction of an alumni education center, providing study facilities, establishing an American Heart Association accredited cardiac life support training center,[9] setting up electronic library services, donating needed equipment, youth volunteer programs, a free meal program for patient attendants in a shelter associated with Gandhi Hospital, support of the palliative care program in collaboration with Roshni organization,[10] and assisting both medical students and faculty by providing student scholarships, gold medals, and teacher recognition awards.[11]


University and college rankings
Medical - India
Outlook India (2017)[12] 18

The college was ranked 18th among medical colleges in India in 2017 by Outlook India.[12]


  1. ^ "Gandhi Medical College & Hospital". Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Secunderabad.
  2. ^ "List of Colleges Offering MLT Courses Under Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences, Warangal, Telangana State For the Academic Year 2016-17" (PDF). Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Gandhi Hospital begins a new era". The Hindu. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  4. ^ V, Geetanath (9 November 2003). "No official sanction for new Gandhi Hospital complex?". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  5. ^ Gandhi Medical College & Hospital: Departments
  6. ^ Celebrations as Gandhi Medical College turns 60 Deccan Chronicle, Sep 14, 2014
  7. ^ GMCGA official website
  8. ^ Gandhi Medical College & Hospita: Volunteer Services
  9. ^ AHA International Training Centers in India for BLS, ACLS & PALS courses Training sites under Apollo Health City, Hyderabad
  10. ^ "Take the battle to the disease, at home" The Hindu, Hyderabad, February 13, 2013
  11. ^ Official Newsletter of Gandhi Medical College Global Alliance 2016, Vol 1, Issue 1
  12. ^ a b "Top 25 Medical Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.

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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