Kilpauk Medical College

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Government Kilpauk Medical College
The new faculty block of Kilpauk Medical College
MottoMens Sana Incorpore Sano ("A sound mind in a sound body")
TypeMedical college
AffiliationsThe Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University
KMC Logo.jpg

Government Kilpauk Medical College (GKMC), founded in 1960, is a government medical institution in India. There are four hospitals attached to GKMC - Government Kilpauk Medical College Hospital. They are Government Royapettah Hospital, Government Thiruvotteeswarar Hospital of Thoracic Medicine, Government Peripheral Hospital, K.K.Nagar and Government Peripheral Hospital, Anna Nagar. The college is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R Medical University, Chennai. It offers a number of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The college provides excellent training and state of art infrastructure facility towards medical education and patient care.

The hospital is the third in the government sector, after the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital and the Government Royapettah Hospital, to have a full-fledged emergency department, which includes triage area, resuscitation bay and colour-coded zones, per the Tamil Nadu Accident and Emergency Care Initiative (TAEI) guidelines.[1] The hospital is recognised as a level II trauma care centre. The zero-delay ward of the hospital receives an average of 40 to 50 cases every day.[1]


1925 - In response to the feeling of Nationalism and keeping alive the ancient systems of indigenous medicine the school of Indian medicine was started. The degree conferred at this institution was L.I.M.

1947 In accordance to the recommendations of the Usman Committee, Chopra Committee and the Pundit Committee of Government of Madras and Government of India, the character of the institute was changed, upgraded and named as College of Indian Medicine. The college gave the degree as G.C.I.M.

1948 The college was again renamed as College of Indigenous Medicine and one of the three systems of Indigenous Medicine, Ayurvedha-Siddha-Unani, should be chosen by each candidate who joins GCIM and Allopathic Medicine was common to all.

1953 The college was renamed as the College of Integrated Medicine. The course was shortened to 4.5 years and one year of compulsory house-surgeoncy on par with MBBS course. Government ensured that the GCIM graduates could practice both the systems of medicine. In 1959 the first batch of GCIM students were admitted and in 1960 the College of Indigenous Medicine was closed.

1960 The Integrated Medicine Course (MBBS degree) was started. The first and second year GCIM students were given the option of joining the MBBS course, while the senior students were offered the D.M&S on completion of the course and bringing them into the allopathic fold.

1965 The college was recognised as Women Medical College and named as Government Kilpauk Medical College, admitting only women candidates for MBBS degree. Meanwhile, those who had completed GCIM, D.M&S were given the option to undertake condensed MBBS course at the Chengalpattu Medical College to obtain the MBBS degree and come into the fold of modern medicine.

1967 The women students agitated to have a co-educational institution and the erstwhile Government of Madras granted permission. Both men and women were admitted to the MBBS degree from 1967.

1972 Development of the Medical College was set into pace with the Surgical Block coming into being. Later all the different super-specialities came into being between 1972 and 2001.

1981 Intensive Care Unit was sanctioned with 10 beds and was commissioned in June 1981 by Hon. Dr. H.V. Hande, the Minister for Health, Government of Tamil Nadu. A 50 bedded comprehensive burn unit was sanctioned on the I floor of the out-Patient Block and was commissioned in March 1985 by Hon. Dr. H.V. Hande, then Minister for Health under the Presidency of Dr. Lalitha Kameswaran, then Director of Medical Education.

1984 Department of Cardiology was sanctioned with Prof. S. Thanikachalam as its Chief.

1987 Department of Nephrology was sanctioned and commissioned in July 1987 with Prof. C.M. Thiagarajan as its Chief.

1988 Department of Surgical Gastroenterology was sanctioned with Prof. Srikumari Damaodharan as its Chief.


The college is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University.[2]


Admissions to the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and the post-graduate (MD, MS, other diplomas and other higher specialties) are through the Tamil Nadu state quota (for e.g.: 85% of seats in the MBBS program) and through the National/Central quota (for e.g.: 15% of seats in the MBBS program). Admissions are open only to Indian citizens and are highly competitive.

MBBS program[edit]

The total number of seats is 150 per year (recognized by Medical Council of India).

All the seats are filled by NEET score conducted by CBSE as a national level entrance exam. Out of these seats, 85% are reserved for the students from Tamilnadu (State quota) while the remaining 15% are surrendered to common competition amongst students from the other states of India (All India Quota).

NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) is organised by the National Testing Agency (NTA) under the able supervision of the Medical Council of India (MCI).

Postgraduate programs[edit]

Previously, the seats in the different postgraduate programs (diploma and degree programs) were filled by:

  • State level PG Entrance Exam (TNPG)
  • National level PG Entrance Exam (AIPGME)

Since 2017, there are no separate entrance exams, and a candidate has to qualify a single entrance exam, National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), to get into a post-graduate seat.

Details of diploma, postgraduate degree and higher specialty courses

Postgraduate diploma course

  • Diploma in Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Diploma in Child Health
  • Diploma in Oto-Rhino-Laryngology
  • Diploma in Anaesthesia
  • Diploma in Orthopaedics
  • Diploma in Clinical Pathology

Postgraduate degree course

  • M.D.General Medicine
  • M.D.Pathology
  • M.D.Microbiology
  • M.D.Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • M.D.Physiology
  • M.D.Paediatrics [3]
  • M.D.Anaesthesiology
  • M.S.General Surgery
  • M.S.E.N.T.
  • M.S.Orthopaedics
  • M.D.Community medicine
  • M.D.Tuberculosis and Respiratory Medicine
  • M.D.Psychiatry
  • M.D.Radio diagnosis
  • M.D.Forensic Medicine

Postgraduate higher speciality degree course

  • D.M. Gastroenterology
  • D.M. Nephrology
  • M.Ch. Urology
  • M.Ch. Plastic Surgery
  • M.Ch. Surgical Oncology

Classes and years of entry[edit]

Every class of MBBS students has assigned to itself an (unofficial) name denoting the year of their entry into the medical school.

The recent batches

  • Idhayam 1978-85
  • DEVILS 1991 (First batch to start naming themselves)
  • Ruptures 1992
  • Zenith 1994
  • Kosmic 1995
  • Elanza 1996
  • Zodiac 1997
  • Narumigil 1998
  • Elixir 1999
  • Dynamics 2000
  • Sigaram 2001
  • Swasam 2002
  • Vasantham 2003
  • Agni 2004
  • Nakshatraz 2005
  • Thendral 2006
  • Rhythmz 2007
  • Valiantz 2008
  • Ruthraz 2009
  • Sarithraaz 2010
  • Xorticanz 2011
  • Varshaas 2012
  • Mithraaz 2013
  • Yukthaaz 2014
  • Sharvaas 2015
  • Dhruvaaz 2016
  • Rithvaaz 2017
  • Udhiraaz 2018


The annual inter-collegiate cultural event hosted by Kilpauk Medical College is called Pradharshini. The event has been held every year for over 30 years.[when?] It draws huge crowds and is deemed one of the best cultural festivals in Tamil Nadu. It was described as 'A Saarang+' by The Hindu.

Chennai Metro Rail[edit]

The Chennai Metro Rail project took 2,756 square meters of land from the Kilpauk Medical College for the construction of the Metro station.[4]


  1. ^ a b Josephine, M. Serena (28 April 2019). "Chennai's third full-fledged emergency dept. at KMC". The Hindu. Chennai: Kasturi & Sons. Retrieved 2 May 2019.
  2. ^ Archived 2006-11-08 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Kilpauk Medical College gets 2 more seats in MD Pediatrics". Medical Dialogues. 20 January 2017.
  4. ^ Josephine M., Serena (18 July 2018). "KMC gets Rs. 3.54 crore from CMRL". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 July 2018.

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Coordinates: 13°04′42″N 80°14′37″E / 13.078347°N 80.243722°E / 13.078347; 80.243722