Tirunelveli Medical College

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Tirunelveli Medical College
திருநெல்வேலி மருத்துவக்கல்லூரி
Tirunelveli Medical College
Motto Duty, Dignity, Discipline (கடமை, கண்ணியம், கட்டுப்பாடு)
Type Government Medical College and Hospital
Established 1965
Dean Dr.Sithy Athiya Munavarah
Management Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Tamil Nadu
Academic staff
350 (approx.)
Administrative staff
600 (approx.)
Location Palayamkottai, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, India
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
Campus Urban, 350 acres (1.4 km2)
Nickname TvMC
Affiliations Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
Website tvmc.ac.in
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 Organisation.


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 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.


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'.

The College and Location[edit]

The Medical College[edit]

The college is present over a sprawling campus of around 350 acres (1.4 km²), 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 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.

Courses offered[edit]

Undergraduate Medical Course[edit]

  • MBBS (5 and a half years in duration)with 150 seats per year

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 based on their performance in the Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Examinations. 15% of these seats are reserved for the national common medical entrance test conducted by CBSE - All India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT).


The alumni of Tirunelveli Medical College are referred to by the name Nellaimedicos.[2]



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