Gandhi Medical College

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For the medical college in Madhya Pradesh, see Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal.
Gandhi Medical college
గాంధీ వైద్య కళాశాల
Motto Thamasoma jyothirgamaya
Type Tertiary Care Medical center
Established 1954
Founder Dr. Syed Nizamuddin Ahmed
Principal Dr. K.Venkatesh
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.[1]


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 named 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 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, 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 hospital, was constructed on the area that formerly housed the Musheerabad Jail.[2][3]

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 1954-2003, 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.

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.[4]

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]

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. The Staff of Asclepius 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 Dr. B. C. 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

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).[5] The goals of this organization are both educational and charitable–with a strong emphasis on fostering kinship among the alumni living in other countries.[6] 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,[7] 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,[8] and assisting both medical students and faculty by providing student scholarships, gold medals, and teacher recognition awards.[9]


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


External links[edit]

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