Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology

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Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
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TypeInstitute of National Importance
PresidentV. K. Saraswat
DirectorDr. Asha Kishore
Location, ,

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), formerly Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Center, is an autonomous medical school and an Institute of National Importance in India established in 1976 at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The institute is named after Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last Maharajah of Travancore, who gifted the building. The institute is under the Administrative Control of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. SCTIMST is one of the most prominent research Institutes and centers in India.


In 1973 Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, the last Maharajah of Travancore, gifted a multistoried building to the Government of Kerala. In 1976 P. N. Haskar, the then Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, inaugurated the Sree Chitra Tirunal Medical Center. This was followed by a biomedical technology wing, established at the Satelmond Palace, Poojapura,[1] nearly 11 km away, a grab from Sethu Lakshmi Bayi, the aunt of Balarama Varma.[2]. The institute was declared an Institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament in 1980, and renamed to its current name.[3]. The third wing of the institute, Achutha Menon Center for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS), was established in 2000.[4]. The institute is headed by Prof Asha Kishore , an acclaimed neurologist and movement disorder specialist [5]. Former directors of the institute were M. S. Valiathan (1979-1994), K. Mohandas (1994-2009) and K. Radhakrishnan (2009-2013).[6]


  • Tertiary Care Hospital (about 250 beds)
  • Biomedical Technology Wing (with state of technology development facilities)
  • Center for Health Sciences & Public Health — Achuta Menon Center for Health Science Studies

Achuta Menon Centre for Health Science Studies[edit]

Named after former Chief Minister of Kerala, C. Achutha Menon AMCHSS was developed in 1990s with the aim to conduct researches and to educate researchers to reduce health inequity. AMCHSS is the academic division of Institute and research for various disciplines related to health are operated. Courses of MPH, DPH, and PhD in health sciences is offered from the center. Having distinguished Doctors, epidemiologists, anthropologists, Policy Makers, Health Economists, and health activists, the center aims to provide world-class education and to fill the information gaps by researches. It is unofficially Government's right hand to develop health infrastructure and to generate researches to reduce social inequity.

Biomedical Technology Wing[edit]

The Biomedical Technology Wing has played a pioneering role in the establishment of a medical device industry base in India by successfully developing and transferring technologies for diverse medical products such as disposable blood bag system, mechanical heart valve prosthesis, blood oxygenators, ophthalmic sponge, concentric needle electrode, hydroxyapatite based biocermaic porous granules with many more in the pipeline with industrial collaboration. It has also been the only institute in India to have developed an artificial heart valve that is currently manufactured and marketed by TTK.

The institute holds international patents for devices and processes and holds the record for maximum number of patents in Kerala.[7] The Biomedical Technology Wing has implemented a quality system to meet the requirements of international standard ISO/IEC 17025. About 20 of these tests are accredited by the Comité français d'accréditation (Cofrac) of France.

Hospital Wing[edit]

The hospital has the following departments:

  • Department of Cardiology
  • Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
  • Department of Imaging Sciences and Interventional Radiology
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Neurosurgery
  • Division of Clinical Engineering
  • Division of Microbiology
  • Department of Pathology
  • Division of Biochemistry
  • Department of Transfusion Medicine
  • Division of Cellular and Molecular Cardiology
  • Division of Tissue Engineering

Patient care[edit]

SCTIMST has a 239-bed hospital for tertiary care of cardiovascular and neurological diseases. It conducts clinics in cardiology, cardiovascular and thoracic, neurology, neurosurgery and radiology for the public. The institute has pioneered some advanced neurological therapies in India, like Epilepsy surgery and Deep Brain Stimulation. In the past 15 years, the institute has done nearly 1,220 epilepsy surgeries — the highest number by any hospital in Asia.[8]

Academic offerings[edit]

The institute has the status of a university and offers postdoctoral, doctoral and postgraduate courses in medical specialties, public health, nursing, basic sciences and health care technology. It is a member of the Association of Indian Universities and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Notable faculty[edit]


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  2. ^ Gauri Lakshmi Bai, Aswathy Thirunal (July 1998). Sree Padmanabha Swamy Kshetram. Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala: The State Institute Of Languages. pp. 259–277, 242–243. ISBN 978-81-7638-028-7.
  3. ^ "Welcome to Department of Science and Technology, Govt. of India ::". Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  4. ^ History - Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. Sctimst. Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  5. ^ "SCTIMST gets first woman Director". The Hindu. Special Correspondent. 16 July 2015. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 19 July 2019.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Former Directors". Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Sri Chitra Institute leads in patents". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 27 April 2011.
  8. ^ Sree Chitra institute to launch key sub-specialties. The Hindu (2011-07-04). Retrieved on 2013-10-09.
  9. ^,%20President%20NSI%202008.pdf
  10. ^ "Vidwan - Profile Page". Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  11. ^ Turmeric-based tech to kill cancer cells gets US patent for Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences,Thiruvananthapuram

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