National Institute of Siddha

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National Institute of Siddha
Type Public
Established 3 September 2005
Affiliation Autonomous
Administrative staff
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India India
12°56′21″N 80°07′42″E / 12.939114°N 80.128213°E / 12.939114; 80.128213Coordinates: 12°56′21″N 80°07′42″E / 12.939114°N 80.128213°E / 12.939114; 80.128213
Campus Urban
Affiliations Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

National Institute of Siddha is an institute for study and research of Siddha medicine. It was established in 2005 at Tambaram, Chennai, India. It is one of the eight national institutes established across nation, for training and research in "Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy education", by Department of AYUSH, Government of India,[1]

It is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University and is also the national headquarters of the Central Council of Research in Siddha (CCRS), the exclusive body for Siddha research.


In the 7th five year Plan, the Government of India then decided to establish the National Institute of Siddha (NIS) at Chennai at an estimated cost of 470 million spread over a period of 6 years.[2] The proposal was approved, in principle, during the 9th Five Year Plan period and a society of NIS was registered in January 1999.[3] The capital cost of 360 million was shared by the Government of India and Government of Tamil Nadu in the ratio of 60:40 and the recurring expenditure of 110 million was shared in the ratio of 75:25. The foundation for the institute was laid on 27 March 1999.[3] The project was cleared in January 2002 and work started a year later.[4]

The institute was inaugurated on 3 September 2005 by Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India.[4]

Till 2010, the research council of Siddha was functioning under the CCRAS in New Delhi, which was established in 1978. In March 2010, the Ayush Department of the Union Health Ministry decided to bifurcate CCRAS to create an exclusive body for Siddha research called the Central Council of Research in Siddha (CCRS), after a long period of pressure from the Siddha community in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. The new council was decided to be headquartered in Chennai, and the council was officially formed in September 2010.[citation needed]


The institute is located alongside the GST Road in Tambaram Sanatorium, about 6 km from Chennai Airport. The nearest railway station is the Tambaram Sanatorium Railway Station located about 100 m from the campus.[citation needed]


There is an attached hospital-- Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, named after Thiru Ayothidasa Pandithar, a renowned traditional Siddha physician. There is an out-patient (OP) department where patients are treated free of cost. On an average, more than 1,500 patients are being treated in out-patient department every day.[5][6] There is also an in-patient (IP) department with a capacity of 120 beds.[5]

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In 2010, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) declared the institute, (which is located on the remains of megalithic burials sites), as a protected monument, resulting in a ban imposed by the National Monuments Authority (NMA) on renovation or repairs of the existing buildings at the premises.[5]

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  1. ^ De, Barun Kumar (2006). Public System Management. New Delhi: New Age International Publishers. ISBN 81-224-1767-1. Retrieved 4 Sep 2012. 
  2. ^ "Achievements in the Health Care and Delivery System". Government of Tamil Nadu. Retrieved 16 Oct 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ a b India Systems of Medicine & Homoeopathy Annual Report 2000-2001 (PDF). Retrieved 16 Oct 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Manikandan, K. (1 September 2005). "National Institute of Siddha a milestone in health care". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 16 Oct 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Madhavan, D. (20 December 2012). "National Institute of Siddha modifies expansion plan". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. Retrieved 23 Dec 2012. 
  6. ^ "Siddha wing in all PHCs soon: Stalin". The Hindu. Chennai: The Hindu. 3 April 2010. Retrieved 16 Oct 2011. 

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