History In the Year 1965, the Government of Tamilnadu decided to start the Tirunelveli Medical College and the University of Madras agreed to the proposal and 75 students were admitted for the I MBBS course for the academic year 1965-66 and they had their Ist year of study in the local Arts and Science Colleges. In July 1966 the 1st batch II MBBS students started attending the classes in the newly constructed Anatomy Block. Other departments like Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology and Social and Preventive Medicine started functioning in the subsequent years and the District Head Quarters Hospital was converted to Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital. This College was affiliated to the Madurai Kamaraj University consequent to its inception in the year 1967 till the newly formed, The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University in 1988. The College has been recognised by the Medical Council of India, New Delhi in the year 1978. The numbers of seats for the MBBS course has been increased from 75 to 100 since 1980 and in the same year Government has accorded sanction for the starting of Post Graduate Courses. Hostel facilities are provided both for men and women students within the campus. The college had celebrated its Silver Jubliee in the year 1990.
Location The Tirunelveli Medical College and its teaching hospital are located in an extensive area of about 350 acres of land at High Ground in Palayamkottai, the twin city of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu State of India. The local people as well as those from nearby places refer this hospital as the Highground Hospital
Administration The college and hospital are funded and managed by Government of Tamil Nadu (http://www.tn.gov.in/)
Courses Offered MBBS MD MS
College The college is present over a sprawling campus and has lecture halls, library, reading rooms, auditorium and seperate hostels (2 each) for men and women. There is a Central animal house with common laboratory animals for conduction of research programmes in the various departments.. Perhaps The only thing lacking is a Compound Wall !!!
Hospital The hospital is the referral hospital (tertiary care centre) for other institution in southern Tamil Nadu. The Tirunelveli Medical College hospital has a bed strength of 1078 with almost all special departments with necessary facilities like the Colour Doppler, Ultra Sound Scan, CT Scan and Dialysis Unit and with recent inclusion of 800 MA & IIT (Image Intensifier TV).
The Staff Professors/S.C.S : 12 + 59 Asst. Professors/Tutors : 54 + 87 Nursing Personnel : 176 Para Medical Staff : 241 Administrative Staff : 58 Sanitary Workers : 72 Others : 194 Total : 807
Post Graduates M.D General Medicine : 2 M.D Pathology : 1 M.D Forensic Medicine : 1 M.D Microbiology : 1 M.S General Surgery : 3 DCH : 2
Under Graduates CRRIs : 90 M.B.B.S Students : 458
Para Medical Nursing Students : 100 Multipurpose Health Worker Female : 30
Primary Health Centres Three Primary Health Centres at Pathamadai, Thenthiruperai and Thisayanvillai are attached to this College under Rural Oriented Medical Education (ROME) Programme. Since 1980 for the exposure of the Medical Students and internees to the rural atmosphere in turns, Specialists from various departments accompany the students to train them and treat the patients in the rural areas. The Professor of Social and Preventive Medicine is incharge of the programme.
Mobile ophthalmic unit Mobile ophthalmic unit attached to the Department of ophthalmology renders free service to people in semiurban and rural areas by organising eye camps in Tirunelveli and Tuticorin District.
Hospitals The Government FRIEDA MONNIER HOSPITAL (FMH) in Kalakad Panchayat Union, which was established and managed by the representatives of a Belgian Organisation, is attached to Tirunelveli Medical College which is suitable to be utilised as a Rural Social Service Centre for the Studies of this College.
Batches of TvMC Each batch of Undergraduate (MBBS) students have a name • 84 - 90 Dynamics • 79 - 85 Unity Batch • 90 - 96 Jubiliants • 91 - 97 Celestials • 92 - 98 Gargantuans • 94 - 00 Dazzling Dragons • 95 - 01 Centurions • 96 - 02 Masters of Millennium • 97 - 03 Immaculates • 98 - 04 Zenforians • 99 - 05 Insignius