Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI), (Beṅgaḷūru Vaidyakīya Mahāvidyālaya mattu Sanśōdhanā Sansthé) formerly Bangalore Medical College (BMC), is a medical college run by the Government of Karnataka. It is located on K.R. Road, near City Market. It is a government medical college in Bangalore and one of 10 in Karnataka. BMCRI is an autonomous institution under the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Jayanagar, Bangalore.

Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute
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Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute building
Former names
Bangalore Medical College
Established1955; 67 years ago (1955)
DeanDr. C R Jayanthi
Undergraduates250 per annum
Postgraduates135 per annum
12 per annum
Other students
420 per annuma
Location, ,
Coordinates: 12°57′33.78″N 77°34′29.07″E / 12.9593833°N 77.5747417°E / 12.9593833; 77.5747417
CampusUrban, 200 acres
AffiliationsRajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Autonomous
WebsiteOfficial website
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Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute

It was established in 1955 by Dr. Shivram and Dr. Mekhri in what was then the fort police station ground. It was built by civil engineer and architect, Mr. V. Ramamoorthy, who built it in a record time of 6 months. The college was initially run by the Mysore Medical Education Society and was later handed over to the Government of Karnataka in 1956 and was affiliated to Bangalore University. After the formation of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences BMC was affiliated to the new university in 1997.[1]

It celebrated its golden jubilee in 2005–2006 with major renovation and the inauguration of a state-of-the-art digital library and Basavarajendra Auditorium. In 2006, the college was granted autonomous status by the Government of Karnataka.[2] The college is presently undergoing major renovation along the lines of AIIMS.

Upgrade of the institute to the level of AIIMSEdit

Work on upgrade of the college to the level of AIIMS started in March 2007. Under the 1.2 billion (US$16 million) centrally funded project upgrade work is taking place in the college as well as all the affiliated hospitals.[3]

Attached hospitalsEdit

The old building of Victoria Hospital

The teaching hospitals attached to the institution are the following hospitals:

Name Location Type
Victoria Hospital K.R Road General hospital
Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospitals Hospital Road, Shivajinagar General hospital
Vanivilas Women and Children Hospital K.R Road Women and children's hospital
Minto Eye Hospital Chamrajpet Speciality eye institute
SDS Tuberculosis Sanatorium near Hosur Road Respiratory diseases and thoracic surgical centre

Victoria Hospital, inaugurated on 8 December 1900 by Lord Curzon the then Viceroy of India, started as a health centre with 140 bed strength, is now the second largest Hospital in India accommodating more than 1000 patients at a time. The facilities available includes departments of Medicine, Surgery, Orthopaedics, Dermatology, Psychiatry, Radiology and Radiotherapy, physiotherapy, Forensic Medicine super specialities include Plastic Surgery, Surgical and Medical Gastro Enterology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Cardiology and Urology

Vanivilas Women and Children Hospital, also one of the oldest hospitals has 536 beds and an average of 75-80 patients are treated as out-patients every day, 17-20 patients admitted, and average 500 surgeries per month are conducted. It has well equipped Obstetrics, Gynecology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Surgery Departments. There is a neonatal intensive care unit. Vanivilas hospital is a center for excellence in prevention of parent to child transmission of AIDS.

Bowring & Lady Curzon Hospitals is a multispeciality hospital, located in the heart of Bangalore City, at Shivajinagar. The hospital is over 100 years old, approximately 2 km towards east of Vidhana Soudha. It has 686 beds and an average of 700-900 patients are treated as outpatients every day, 70-80 patients get admitted, and average 420-450 deliveries per month are conducted in addition to 800 surgeries per month.

Minto Eye Hospital is the 300 bedded, tertiary ophthalmic hospital attached to BMCRI, which caters to the need of Karnataka and also the neighbouring areas of other states. It includes an Eye Bank, Glaucoma clinic, Squint clinic and a Vitreo retinal centre.

A 203-bed super-speciality tertiary care hospital PMSSY Hospital has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 72 crores under the Pradhana Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) on the premises of the college. The new hospital has super-speciality departments of neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, cardiology, paediatric surgery and surgical gastroenterology.[4]

Apart from this, it is involved in community health facilities like Nelamangala Taluk Hospital, the urban family welfare center on Siddaiah Road and primary health centers in Pavgada, Sundekoppa, K. G. Halli and Hessarghatta. As a part of rural outreach specialist doctors are sent by the college to these rural centres every month. The teaching hospitals attached to Bangalore Medical College have more than 3,000 beds. Apart from undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses are available in most specialities. Mahabodhi Burns Centre is a state-of-the-art burns department with an associated Skin bank which caters to all of Karnataka.[5]

These hospitals with total bed strength of around 3500, cater to half of the population of Bangalore City and surrounding areas.[6]


Basavarajendra Auditorium

Spread over a total area of 200 acres, the campus includes the academic block, hospitals, library, hostels, student lounge, food court, gymnasium, a basketball court, volleyball court etc. The boys hostels are Bheema Hostel located near Rayan Circle, Tunga Bhadra Hostel within campus and another near Palace Road which holds a special place. The ladies Kaveri hostel is located within campus next to the Tunga Bhadra hostel. The postgraduate hostel is located in Chamrajpet.

A digital library and a well equipped seminar hall has been constructed by the BMC Alumni Association. This digital library has 80 nodes, which have access to the latest medical journals and is used by the students and faculty of Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute for research purposes and to acquire the latest medical knowledge. A Seminar Hall has been constructed with a capacity of 280 seats with access to the latest equipment for Tele-medicine. The Tele-Medicine unit was started in collaboration with ISRO on the eve of Golden jubilee celebrations and it makes BMCRI the first Government Medical college to provide this facility in the state of Karnataka.[7]

The Clinical Skills Centre in the BMCRI campus was inaugurated by Sri Ramadass SA, The Minister for Medical Education, Karnataka on 17 November 2011. The centre was set up at a cost of 95 lakhs INR with donations from the alumni, Infosys Foundation and GMR Varalakshmi foundation. The centre offers hands-on training in Microsurgery techniques applicable in various super specialties like laparoscopic surgery, neurosurgery, Plastic surgery, ENT surgery and Ophthalmology. The mentors at the centre include teaching faculty from BMCRI, other medical colleges and private practicing surgeons. With this, BMCRI became one of the very few centres in this country to offer this facility and training.[8]

The Infosys Foundation has constructed a well equipped 24 hours central laboratory at Victoria Hospital campus which includes the Pathology, Microbiology and the Biochemistry labs. It provides the latest diagnostic tests at a subsidised rates for the poor and needy patients.[9]

The Centenary building houses new wards, the Nuclear medicine department with gamma camera and modern operation theatres. Vishranthi Dhama, A Dharmashala on the campus provides highly subsidized accommodation for patients’ attendants.

Student lifeEdit

Cobalt Skies 2012

BMCRI annually holds an inter-collegiate fest called Cobalt Skies in October. Spread out over 3 days, it is one of the biggest college festivals in Karnataka. The festival draws the best talents of India to its competitions, covering areas ranging from music and drama to literary games and quizzing. There are several events focused on building social responsibility amongst the youth. Professional shows and workshops by groups are an added attraction.

Cobalt Skies also features a medical fest called Panacea which is one of the biggest medical fests in India. It brings participation from medical students from Karnataka and all over India in its various medical events. It aims to encourage interest and innovation in research and clinical medicine among students and to provide a platform for students and teachers to interact.[10]

Samara is the annual intra-collegiate sports meet held in April at the Kanteerava Stadium, Bengaluru.[citation needed]

An annual Intra college Fest called Chrysalis is held in the month of April. It features various cultural and literary and sports events and helps in bringing out new, raw talents into the front through means of healthy competition between different batches of BMCRI.

BMCRI publishes an annual magazine Ambrosia which includes literary as well as professional contributions from the students as well as the faculty of the college.

The college also has various literary and educational clubs like chess society, quiz society, debate society, dance groups and a music society. Past college bands include The Dirty Aprons and Rudra. Currently active is a Carnatic fusion band called The Operation Theatre.


University and college rankings
Medical – India
Outlook India (2019)[11]12
The Week (2019)[12]9
India Today (2020)[13]14

BMCRI was ranked 14th among medical colleges in India in 2020 by India Today[13] and 12th among medical colleges in India in 2019 by Outlook India,[11] and 9th by The Week.[12]


Undergraduate coursesEdit


The college offers the four and a half year M.B.B.S. course with a one-year compulsory rotating internship in affiliated hospitals. There are 250 seats for which admission are through NEET-UG. 15% of the seats are reserved under all-India quota and 85% under the State quota. There are quotas for SC, ST and OBC students. Admission is extremely competitive.[14]


Government College Of Nursing established in 1971, which comes under BMCRI, located within the campus of Victoria Hospital (Bangalore Medical College). The College offers the following courses.

  • Bsc in Nursing is four years undergraduate programme.There are 50 seats for Bsc in Nursing for which admissions are through KCET(KEA) earlier.From 2021 onwards admission will be through NEET-UG.[15] Eligilibility: PUC /Class 12( Physics, Chemistry and Biology ).
  • Msc in Nursing is 2 years post graduate programme.There are 18 seats for Msc in Nursing.Four seats in each speciality Medical-Surgical Nursing , Mental Health Nursing , Mid Wifery & Obstetric Nursing and Community Health Nursing.Admissions are through PGET ( KEA ).There will be 2 seats reserved for in-service candidates in each speciality.
  • Post-Basic Bsc in Nursing is a 2 years course.There are 40 seats for PBscN for which admissions are through KEA.

Paramedical coursesEdit

There are 420 seats. Eligibility: SSLC /class 10th/PUC/Class 12 or equivalent pass

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical X-Ray Technology
  • Medical Radiotherapy Technology
  • Health Inspector
  • Dialysis Technology
  • Operation Theatre Technology
  • Ophthalmic Technology
  • Medical Records Technology

Post-graduate coursesEdit

The college offers 135 seats for post graduate courses The seats are filled through NEET-PG.


  • Anaesthesiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Dermatology
  • Forensic Medicine
  • General Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Gynaecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology
  • Preventive and Social Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Radio Diagnosis
  • Radiotherapy


  • Anatomy
  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • General Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedics

Superspeciality coursesEdit

BMCRI has 12 seats for superspeciality courses. The number is scheduled to increase after the opening of the PMSSY Super-specialty Block.

M. Ch.Edit

  • Plastic surgery
  • Urology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical gastroenterology
  • Neuro surgery


  • Neurology
  • Cardiology


BMCRI offer 71 seats for Diploma courses.

  • Neurology
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Radiotherapy

Post-doctoral fellowship coursesEdit

BMCRI has 12 seats for Fellowship courses every year.

  • Gastroenterology
  • Vitreo-retinal surgery

Notable alumniEdit

Notable alumni include:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ BMC goes into e-teaching mode. (2006-01-02). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  2. ^ Sahana Charan BMC, dental college get autonomy. (2006-11-19). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  3. ^ Sahana Charan Work soon to upgrade medical college. (2007-02-12). Retrieved on 2012-01-12.
  4. ^ "Super-speciality hospital in Victoria to start functioning from August 1". The Hindu. 18 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Mahabodhi Burns Centre | DNA". dna. Retrieved 26 July 2017.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560 002". Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Welcome To BMC Alumni". Archived from the original on 12 June 2019. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Welcome to Clinical Skill Centre". Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560 002". 12 July 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore-560 002". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Outlook Ranking: India's Top 25 Medical Colleges In 2019 Outlook India Magazine". Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  12. ^ a b Pushkarna, Vijaya (8 June 2019). "Best colleges: THE WEEK-Hansa Research Survey 2019". The Week.
  13. ^ a b "Best MEDICAL Colleges 2020: List of Top MEDICAL Colleges 2020 in India". Retrieved 13 July 2020.
  14. ^ "NEET 2017: Domicile rules leave MBBS, BDS aspirants confused, give them limited college choice". 14 July 2017. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
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  16. ^ "Karnataka News : He never lost sight of his goal". The Hindu. 22 June 2005. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  17. ^ "A soothing therapy for distressed emotions".
  18. ^ "View Bhatnagar Awardees". Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  19. ^ "Hannumappa R. Sudarshan / VGKKThe Right Livelihood Award". Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  20. ^ "From a small town to Downtown - Deccan Herald - Internet Edition". Archived from the original on 19 February 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2017.
  21. ^ "List of eminent resource persons in Bangalore University" (PDF). Bangalore University official website.

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