Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research

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Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research
JIPMER Logo.gif
Seal of JIPMER
Motto सत्यं महाभेषजम्
Motto in English
Truth Cures
Type Public
Established January 1, 1823 and July 13, 1964
Endowment Rs300 Crore per year ($65 million)
President Maharaj Kishen Bhan
Director Dr SC Parija
Academic staff
350 approx
Administrative staff
2500 approx
Undergraduates 150 per year[1]
Postgraduates 200 per year[1]
36 per year[1]
Location Pondicherry, Puducherry, India
11°57′17″N 79°47′54″E / 11.95472°N 79.79833°E / 11.95472; 79.79833Coordinates: 11°57′17″N 79°47′54″E / 11.95472°N 79.79833°E / 11.95472; 79.79833
Campus Urban, 195 acres (0.79 km2)
Website www.jipmer.edu.in

The Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research (JIPMER) is a medical school in India, and the oldest to teach European medicine in Asia. It is located at Pondicherry, the capital of the union territory of Puducherry, in southern India. JIPMER is an Indian central government funded institute with autonomy[2][3][4] to run its internal administration. JIPMER is both an educational institute that imparts undergraduate and postgraduate medical training and a working hospital that provides inexpensive medical care to a large number of patients. JIPMER is an institute of national importance[5][6] and a tertiary care referral hospital that is under the direct administrative control of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

Lecture halls building

JIPMER is a residential medical institution with its own campus spread over 195 acres (0.79 km2). It has about 200 faculty and 360 resident physicians and over 3,000 nursing, administrative and support staff. Every year it admits 150 undergraduate students and 75 postgraduate students.

JIPMER is leading in its field, by increasing its facilities and infrastructure. JIPMER has started the work of its second superspeciality block (SSB-II), JIPMER International School of Public-health. JIPMER is partnering with a number of top institutions, including Harvard School of Public Health, to exchange faculty, educational tools, research and data on public health.JIPMER's tie-up with the Harvard School of Public Health is part of the larger MoU between the American medical school and the Indian ministry of health and family welfare.[7][8]

The Telemedicine Services centre of JIPMER entered into collaboration with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH), South Korea and has started using Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN).Since,JIPMER is a Member of TEIN Network, the hospital can interact and share knowledge with European and Asian Countries.To begin with, on February 15, 2016 the personnel of JIPMER interacted over Video Conferencing using TEIN Network with Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (SNUBH) South Korea. JIPMER thus became the first centre to use the Telemedicine services for the purpose.The Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN) uses the ICT technologies to increase regional cooperation with Asian countries and to bridge the digital divide of less developed regions. It connects universities and research institutions with high capacity Internet network to increase the exchanges of knowledge among them and make big international research projects real.[9]

JIPMER is now also a member of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), National Knowledge Network (NKN) and Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN).

JIPMER has also started the works of offsite hospital in Karaikal. As a part, academic curriculum innovations JIPMER is going to change its teaching methodology from TRADITIONAL one to INTEGRATED AND INNOVATIVE study methodologies.



JIPMER originated on 1 January 1823 as "Ecole de Médicine de Pondichéry," a medical school established by the French imperial government in India to train French citizens in Pondichéry.[11] It was one of the earliest institutions of tropical medicine and the teaching staff consisted of surgeons and doctors of the French navy and troupes colones. Students who were trained here were granted a diploma called Médicin Locale that allowed them to practice medicine in the colonial territories. Under the French, the college was located in the heart of the town of Pondicherry in the modified buildings of the high court, opposite Le place de Gaulle, which is now the Legislative Assembly Hall. In 1959, SE Le Comte Stanislas Ostrorog, Ambassadeur de France aux Indes, laid the foundation stone of the new medical college building that was located on the outskirts of the town and, in 1964, the college moved to its new campus at Gorimedu.

With the de jure transfer of Puducherry to India in 1956, the Government of India took over the college and renamed it simply Medical College, Pondicherry. For a short period, it was called the Dhanvantri Medical College and, on July 13, 1964, after Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru's death on May 27, 1964, it was again renamed to "Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research" (JIPMER) (on 13 July 1964).[11] Today, the institution is universally known by the acronym JIPMER.

In 2008, JIPMER was declared as an Institution of National Importance by an act of Indian Parliament.

In 2014, JIPMER started jipmer international school for public health(JISPH).


The entrance of JIPMER

The campus of JIPMER lies at the western entrance of Pondicherry and spreads across 195 acres (0.79 km2) of a picturesque hillock known locally as Gorimedu. The campus contains the medical college, the old and new hospital blocks, the student and resident hostels, the staff quarters, a Kendriya Vidyalaya, a branch each of two nationalised banks, two ATM's, a post office, a temple, playgrounds and sporting fields. Broad tree-lined roads crisscross the campus and the lush tropical vegetation forms a green canopy that hides most buildings on campus. While the hospital section of the campus is typically crowded and busy, the residential part of the campus is quiet and idyllic, punctuated with small parks, hidden statues and secluded spots.


Administrative block

JIPMER is under the direct administrative control of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The three main functions of this institute are to impart quality education in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and paramedical courses, to be a trendsetter in medical research and to offer patient care of high order.

The institute is headed by the director as the chief executive charged with overall responsibility of running the institute and the hospital. The dean helps the director coordinate all academic activities of the institute including teaching and research. The Medical Superintendent helps the director coordinate all the hospital functions pertaining to patient care. There are 28 academic departments headed by professors. Ancillary hospital service units are supervised by respective technical heads.

Principals of Dhanvantri Medical College/JIPMER, Pondicherry[edit]

  • Dr Leon Lapeyssonie - first Principal
  • Dr. S. Vengsarkar
  • Dr.D.Jagannath Reddy
  • Dr.Bala Subramanian.
  • Dr. D B Bisht

Directors of JIPMER[edit]

  • Dr M N Ghosh - first Director
  • Dr O P Bhargava
  • Dr P Bahadur
  • Dr S Chandrasekar
  • Dr D S Dubey
  • Dr R Sambasiva Rao
  • Dr K B Logani
  • Dr P H Ananthanarayanan (first JIPMER alumnus to become Director of the Institute)
  • Dr K S V K Subba Rao
  • Dr T S Ravikumar
  • Dr Subhash Chandra Parija


University and college rankings
Medical - India
India Today[12] 4
Outlook India[13] 4
Careers360[14] 7
Business – India

In 2013 India Today Rankings, it was ranked #4 among medical colleges in India [15] Outlook India also ranked JIPMER,pondichery at #2 in 2012 [16] It has been ranked #7 by Careers360's Top Public Medical Colleges in India 2016.[14]

Regional Cancer Centre[edit]

"Regional Cancer Centre, JIPMER" redirects here.

The Department of Radiotherapy of JIPMER was converted to Regional Cancer Centre in 2002.[17] As of 2014, Regional Cancer Centre has two departments in its new block namely, Radiotherapy and Medical Oncology. Advanced radiation facilities ranging from 3D conformal radiation and IMRT to Image-guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT) are available. Basic Radiation facilities like 2D (Cobalt and LINAC), HDR brachytherapy are available free of cost to all cancer patients. Further, most commonly used high-cost chemotherapy drugs are also available free of cost. Recently Bone Marrow Transplantation is also being practiced in this Cancer Hospital. RCC, JIPMER is the only hospital in the entire South India to provide free cancer treatment along with other advanced medical services like pulmonary medicine, nephrology, gastroenterology etc.[18]


As an Institute of National Importance, JIPMER is not affiliated to any university and it awards its own degrees. (Earlier, the institute was affiliated to Pondicherry University.) It offers a number of medical and paramedical courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Admission to the courses are made on all-India basis and strictly on the basis of merit through entrance examinations.

The institute conducts research actively in modern medicine, public health and medical education. A research council at the institute level looks after the research activities and a scientific society provides a forum for presenting research work. Numerous conferences, workshops, seminars and training courses are conducted by the institute every year. Funds for research come from mural and extramural sources like the ICMR, UGC, DBT, WHO, etc. The faculty, the residents and the students publish research papers regularly in journals of national and international repute as well as present research abstracts at national and international conferences.

In addition, frequently a number of awards and fellowships are won by the faculty. Important national journals like the Indian Journal of Pharmacology[19] and the Indian Journal of Urology have been published from JIPMER. Many textbooks have been authored by the faculty.


JIPMER offers a variety of courses. Undergraduate courses include MBBS, BSc (Medical Laboratory Technology),BSc( Allied Medical Sciences- Cardiac Lab Technology/Dialysis/Neuro/OT), BMRSc (Bachelor of Medical Record Science). BSc (Nursing) was started in 2006. Postgraduate courses include MD, MS, and diploma in many specialties, MSc in Medical Biochemistry and PhD in several subjects. Super-specialty courses include MCh in cardiothoracic surgery, urology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, paediatric surgery, gastro intestinal surgery and DM in Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Neonatology, Clinical pharmacology and Immunology.On January 2014 JIPMER started master's in public health course. Emergency Medical Technician course MRO and MRT.


Candidates to the courses offered at JIPMER are selected based on an entrance examination. Entrance examinations are held once a year for undergraduate and twice an year for post-graduate; calls for applications are announced in all major newspapers in India as well as on the official website. The results of the entrance examinations and the names of selected candidates are published in the newspapers and on the official website.

MBBS course[edit]

JIPMER admits 150 students to the MBBS course once every year through an all-India entrance examination. Some seat are reserved for Puducherry natives and Central Government nominations. There are no seats available through AIPMT. The entrance examination is held once a year in June in Pondicherry, Chennai, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Delhi, Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram and other metropolitan cities for admission to the MBBS course that begins in July of the same year.

Postgraduate courses[edit]

Three-year postgraduate courses offered at JIPMER include MD in General Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Pathology, Microbiology, Physiology, Pharmacology, Paediatrics, Anaesthesiology, Dermatology, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, TB & RD and Psychiatry and MS in General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Oto-Rhino-Laryngology and Anatomy. The entrance examination has been conducted twice a year for postgraduate courses in may and in November.

Super Specialty Courses

Three year super-specialty courses are offered in Medical ( DM) and Surgical ( MCh) specialties. They include Cardiology, Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Nephrology, Urology, Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology, Medical Oncology, Neonatology. Clinical Pharmacology


PhD candidates are admitted to many departments like Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Immunology, Microbiology etc. Admissions are based on an entrance examination conducted once every year.

Other courses[edit]

B.Sc. Nursing.
Four years professional course. Admissions are based on entrance exams.

BSc ( Medical Lab Technology) and BSc ( Allied Medical Sciences)- Cardiac Lab, Anesthesia, OT, Dialysis and Neuro - Technology courses) 3 year

Student life[edit]

A view of New resident doctor hostel complex

Undergraduate and postgraduate students at JIPMER hail from all over India as well as from countries and areas like Bhutan, West Indies, the Middle East, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, South Africa, North Africa and Sri Lanka.

The campus has three hostels for undergraduate men — Lister House, Osler House and Aschoff House — and one hostel for postgraduate men named Harvey House. Undergraduate women live in Curie House, postgraduate women in Blackwell House, and the nursing students live in Nightingale House and New Nursing Hostel. All hostels run their own messes that provide north and south Indian meals. Recently new resident doctor's hostel complex has been build which has separate men and women hostels for undergraduates, junior residents and senior residents. It also has separate hostel for married residents and also has a common facility which has separate gym for men and women and a common mess.

The students union is the "JIPMER Students Association"[20] (JSA). Representatives of the student body are elected annually in a campus-wide election. A similar, albeit smaller, body exists for the postgraduate students and residents and is called the JIPMER Resident Doctors’ Association[21] (JRDA).

The inter-collegiate cultural, literary and sports festival of JIPMER is called Spandan and is held in late August and early September every year and is organized by the JSA. In addition, the JSA holds annual inter-class competitions where undergraduate students at JIPMER compete in cultural, literary and sporting events. The undergraduate men’s and women’s hostels hold annual hostel days.

Alumni groups[edit]

JIPMER alumni, especially those who have graduate from the MBBS course, have formed several vibrant alumni communities and organizations.

Present status and events[edit]

In recent decades, government apathy and neglect towards JIPMER has led to deteriorating infrastructure and a substantial number of vacant faculty positions. In spite of this, JIPMER remains one of the best medical institutions in India for undergraduate medical education.

As of 2007, things have changed and JIPMER is undergoing a major expansion. Funds have been allotted for the construction of a Super-Specialty block, a Trauma Care Centre, a Cancer Care centre and a Nursing college.

In April 2008 the Indian parliament passed a bill declaring Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) as an Institute of National Importance and thus granting it more budgetary allocation and autonomy. Provisions like same salary of staff, free treatment to poor patients and reservation for local students have been retained.

The construction of Super-Specialty block, Regional Cancer Centre and Nursing College and Nursing hostel for ladies have been entirely completed[23] and are fully functional.

Notable faculty and alumni[edit]

  • Prof P Rajaram, former Dean and Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology - BC Roy Award (1993)
  • Dr Surinder Singh Yadav, eminent orthopaedician and recipient of the Padma Shree (2008)
  • Dr Mani Menon, eminent urologist and recipient of the B C Roy Award (2008)
  • Daisy Martin, RN Assistant Nursing Superintendent, JIPMER, received National Florence Nightingale Award 2009 from the President of India

See also[edit]


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  18. ^ http://jipmer.edu.in/departments/medical-dept/radiotherapy/departmental-administration/
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