Tirunelveli Medical College

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Tirunelveli Medical College
திருநெல்வேலி மருத்துவக்கல்லூரி
Tirunelveli Medical College
MottoDuty, Dignity, Discipline (கடமை, கண்ணியம், கட்டுப்பாடு)
TypeGovernment Medical College and Hospital
DeanDr. S.M. Kannan
ManagementDepartment of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu
Academic staff
350 (approx.)
Administrative staff
600 (approx.)
Location, ,
8°42′55″N 77°45′20″E / 8.7154°N 77.7555°E / 8.7154; 77.7555Coordinates: 8°42′55″N 77°45′20″E / 8.7154°N 77.7555°E / 8.7154; 77.7555
CampusUrban, 350 acres (1.4 km2)
AffiliationsTamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Logo of Tirunelveli Medical College

Tirunelveli Medical College (Tamil: திருநெல்வேலி மருத்துவக்கல்லூரி), also known as TvMC, TMC Tirunelveli, or Government Medical College Tirunelveli, is a medical institution in South India, located in the city of Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India. The college is affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University and is recognized by the Medical Council of India and World Health Organization.


The Government of Tamil Nadu established the Tirunelveli Medical College in 1965, with the agreement of the University of Madras. A total of 75 students were admitted for the MBBS course for the academic year 1965-66 and they had their first year of study at the St Xaviers College for Men and Sarah Tucker College for Women.

College Auditorium

In July 1966, the first batch of second year MBBS students started attending the classes in the then newly constructed Anatomy Block. Other departments like Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Social & Preventive Medicine started functioning in the subsequent years, and the District Headquarters Hospital was converted to Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital.

The college was affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University consequent to its inception in 1967 till the newly formed The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Guindy, Chennai in 1988.

The college increased the number of admissions to 100 per year during 1973-74 and was subsequently recognised by the Medical Council of India since the year 1977. At present the college gives admission to 150 students each year.


The Official Emblem of the college has the Caduceus, Paddy (which has been included to denote Tiru'nel'veli ('nel' - நெல் - paddy)) and the words 'Duty, Dignity, Discipline'.

Medical College[edit]

The college is present over a sprawling campus of around 350 acres and has lecture halls, libraries, reading rooms, auditoria and 2 separate hostels for men (The House of the Princes, The House the Lords) and 2 for women (The House of the Angels). There is a Central Animal House with a wide range of common laboratory animals, for conduction of research programmes. The hospital is 500 meters to the west of the main college campus, and the men's hostel is 500 meters southeast of the campus.The college is among the top 5 in terms of UG course (MBBS) offered across the state Tamil Nadu.


The Tirunelveli Medical College, along with its primary teaching hospital, is located at High Ground in Palayamkottai in the city of Tirunelveli, in the state of Tamil Nadu, India.

The college, the hospital and the hostels are all located within a radius of 1 kilometre. The college is located within about 7 kilometres from the Railway Station and 5 kilometres from the Bus Stand.


Administrative Block

The college is affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University. The college and the hospital are funded and managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu.The College has also received PMSSY funding from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Central Government of India for setting up Super specialty Hospital in the campus.

Courses offered[edit]

Undergraduate Medical Course[edit]

  • MBBS (5 and a half years in duration)with 150 seats per year and is going to be changed to 250 seats per year from 2018

Postgraduate Medical Courses[edit]

  • Degree courses (3 years in duration)
  1. MD General Medicine (9seats/year)
  2. MD Paediatrics (3seats/year)
  3. MD Anaesthesiology (4seats/year)
  4. MD Psychiatric Medicine (1 seat/year)
  5. MD Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy (DVL)(1seat/year)
  6. MD Chest Medicine (2seat/year)
  7. MD Pharmacology (2seats/year)
  8. MD Pathology (7seats/year)
  9. MD Microbiology (5seats/year)
  10. MD Forensic Medicine(2seat/year) [1]
  11. MD Physiology (2seats/year)
  12. MS General Surgery (10seats/year)
  13. MS Orthopaedics (3seats/year)
  14. MD Obstetrics and Gynaecology (OBG)(3seats/year)
  15. MS Otorhinolaryngology (ENT)(1seat/year)
  16. MS Ophthalmology (1seat/year)

Superspeciality Medical Courses[edit]

  • DM Neurology (1seat/year)

Para Medical Courses[edit]

  1. DNMW Diploma in Nursing (100seats/year)
  2. DMLT Diploma in Medical Lab Teachnology (100seats/year)
  3. DRDT Diploma in Radiodiagnosis Technology
  4. DRTT Diploma in Radiotherapy Technology

Certification courses in

  1. Acute Care Technology
  2. Respiratory Care Technology
  3. Operation Theater Technique
  4. Anesthesia Technology
  5. Plaster Technician
  6. Hemodialysis Technology
  7. Echo & ECG Technology


Department of Anatomy

The college admits 150 students to the MBBS course once every year through NEET. Of this 85% is state quota which is allotted by DME of Government of Tamil Nadu and the remaining 15% is All India Quota allotted by MCC of Central Government of Republic of India.


The alumni of Tirunelveli Medical College are referred to by the name Nellaimedicos. Each batch of Tirunelveli Medical College is known by a Name

 65 - 71 Octavians 
 68 - 74 Buds
 79 - 85 Unity Batch 
 84 - 90 Dynamics Miss 2004
 85 - 91 People of Pride
 87 - 93 Yuppie Batch
 89 - 95 Demonz de la med
 90 - 96 Jubiliants
 91 - 97 Celestials
 92 - 98 Gargantuansm  
 93 - 99 Tiranvelianz   
 94 - 00 Dazzling Dragons
 95 - 01 Centurions
 96 - 02 Masters of Millennium
 97 - 03 Immaculates
 98 - 04 Zenforians
 99 - 05 Insignius
 00 - 06 Truculents
 01 - 07 Verasians
 02 - 08 Rampants
 03 - 09 Philistines
 04 - 10 Xorticanz
 05 - 11 2005 Batch
 06 - 12 ZentaurianZ
 07 - 13 Thersanderz
 08 - 14 Silastans
 09 - 15 Rovanzerz
 10 - 16 Xastradianz
 11 - 17 Zernestenz
 12 - 18 Ryzentronz
 13 - 19 DravergonZ             
 14 - 20 Knightraydenz
 15 - 21 Gyllenarztianz
 16 - 22 Clarendonz(C'Donz)
 17 - 23 Xenokratez
 18 - 24 Freshers 2K18




  1. ^ "Tirunelveli Medical College gets 2 PG seats in Forensic Medicine". Medical Dialogues. 19 January 2017.
  2. ^ Tirunelveli Medical College Alumni website

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