Madras Medical College

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Madras Medical College
Type Medical college
Established 1835 (1835)
Dean Narayanababu
Location Chennai, India
13°04′54″N 80°16′44″E / 13.081621°N 80.278865°E / 13.081621; 80.278865Coordinates: 13°04′54″N 80°16′44″E / 13.081621°N 80.278865°E / 13.081621; 80.278865
Nickname MMCians
Affiliations The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Madras Medical College

The Madras Medical College is an educational institution located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. It was established on February 2, 1835. It is the third oldest medical college in India, established after Ecole de Médicine de Pondichéry and Medical College Kolkata and is one of the foremost centres of post graduate medical education in the country with 425 Seats. At any point of time, more than 2500 medical and paramedical students study here.[citation needed]


The Government General Hospital was started on 16 November 1664 as a small hospital to treat the sick soldiers of the British East India Company.

In its early days, the hospital was housed at Fort St. George.[1] In the next 25 years, it grew into a formal medical facility[1] Governor Elihu Yale (the benefactor of the world-renowned Yale University) was instrumental in the development of the hospital and gave it new premises within the fort in 1690.

The hospital moved out of the fort after the Anglo-French War (1744-1748),[1] and it took 20 years before it could settle in the present permanent place in 1772. By 1772, the hospital was training Europeans, Eurasians and natives in Western methods of diagnosis and treatment and methods of preparing medicines. These trained personnel were posted to dispensaries in the district headquarters of the then Madras presidency to assist the qualified doctors. By 1820, the institution had recognition as a model hospital of the East India Company. In 1827, Dr. D. Mortimar was appointed as the superintendent.[1]

The college began as a private medical hall run by Mortimar and was regularised into a medical school in 1835, which was opened by the Governor Sir Frederick Adam.[1] The school was then attached to the Government General Hospital and was sponsored by the state.

Indians were admitted into the school in 1842.

In 1850, the school council submitted proposals to the Government to accord the status of a college. On October 1, 1850, it was accorded this status, and was christened Madras Medical College.

The first batch of students graduated in 1852 and were granted the diploma of graduate of the Madras Medical College. In 1857, it gained affiliation to the University of Madras.[1]

One of the first female doctors (one of the first four women students) in the world, Mary Scharlieb[1] graduated from Madras Medical College in 1878, when women were not allowed to join medical colleges in Britain. At this time the first Indian woman doctor graduated from the institution: Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi[1]

In 1996, when the metropolis of Madras was renamed as Chennai, the college was renamed the Chennai Medical College. It was later re-renamed back to the Madras Medical College, since the college was known worldwide by the older name.

The college completed 175 years of its education in February 2010, which culminated with a grand function held at the college. The foundation stone for the new building of the college was laid by Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Karunanidhi, on 28 February 2010.[2]

In January 2011, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr.Karunanithi issued a G.O. and renamed the hospital as Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital.[3]

New campus[edit]

A new campus with a six-storeyed building for Madras Medical College was built on a land covering 325,000 square feet (30,200 m2) on the erstwhile central prison premises in 2010 and was completed in 2012. The campus will have nearly 1,250 students and 400 faculty and staff members. The campus was built at a cost of 566.3 million. Once the new campus starts functioning in late 2013, the existing MMC buildings will house the college of pharmacy, school of nursing and also accommodate students of the recently added courses of audiology, speech learning and pathology, radio therapy and radio diagnosis.[4]


Since 1857, the college has been affiliated to the University of Madras and all degrees of Health Sciences were awarded by the same until 1988 when the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University Act, 1987 received the assent of the president of India.[5] This affiliating university started functioning from July 1988 and is governed by the said Act.

The college was declared as an independent university called the Madras Medical College and Research Institute (MMC & RI). Later the status as an independent university was withdrawn shortly afterwards and the college was affiliated back to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, dropping the suffix: "Research Institute" in 2000.

Institutions attached to Madras Medical College[edit]


University and college rankings
Medical - India
The Week (2017)[6] 11

Madras Medical College was 11 among medical colleges in India by The Week in 2017.[6]

Cultural events[edit]

Madras Medical college hosts inter-college cultural extravaganza known as "REVIVALS" [7] and the annual inter-medical sports meet known as "ENCIERRO".[7] Apart from this, it also hosts annual intracollege cultural event known by the name " KALAIOMA" and the annual intracollege sports event.


The college and hospital are funded and managed by the state government of Tamil Nadu. The head of the institution is the dean[8] followed by the vice-principal.

  • Dean of institution: Dr.narayanababu
  • Vice-Principal: Dr.Sudha Seshaiyan

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h History of MMC
  2. ^ "Karunanidhi to lay foundation stone for MMC building", The Hindu, February 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "General Hospital to be named after Rajiv Gandhi", The Hindu, January 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Lakshmi, K. (29 May 2013). "Skywalk between GH, new MMC campus proposed for easy connectivity". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 30 Jun 2013. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Medical Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
  7. ^ a b
  8. ^ Contact Us
  9. ^ "Dr M A Ansari (1880-1936) president, Madras, 1927". Congress Sandesh, Indian National Congress publication. Archived from the original on 7 March 2002. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "C O Karunakaran". Thiruvananthapuram updates. 5 December 2011. Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Dr. V. Mohan Receiving Padma Shri National Award". The First Post. 2012-03-22. 
  12. ^ "Prof K.Ramachandra". 
  13. ^ "Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddi remembered". The Hindu. 2012-08-06. 
  14. ^ Mukherjee, Siddhartha (2011). The Emperor of All Maladies, A Biography of Cancer. London: HarperCollins. pp. 30–31. ISBN 978-0-00-725091-2. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Bob (16 February 2009). "Physician Abraham Verghese Combines His Love of Books and Medicine". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  16. ^ TNN Jan 1, 2002, 01.51am IST (27 March 2011). "P.K.R. Warrier dead". The Hindu. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  17. ^ Rajagopal, Shyama (29 December 2002). "With a prayer on his lips". The Hindu. Retrieved 21 February 2017. 
  18. ^ "6 doctors presented with Sanjivi award". The HIndu. 12 July 2004. Retrieved 16 December 2016. 

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