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Sarojini Naidu Medical College

Sarojini Naidu Medical College (SNMC), is one of the three oldest medical schools of India. It is located in Agra, Uttar Pradesh state. It is named after the first lady Governess of Uttar Pradesh, poet and freedom fighter, Bharat Kokila Smt. Sarojini Naidu. The college has the hospital attached to it named Sarojini Naidu Hospital.

Sarojini Naidu Medical College
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Type State Medical College
Established 1854
Principal Prof. (Dr.) Saroj Singh
Location Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India
27°11′13″N 78°00′23″E / 27.18694°N 78.00639°E / 27.18694; 78.00639Coordinates: 27°11′13″N 78°00′23″E / 27.18694°N 78.00639°E / 27.18694; 78.00639
Campus Urban
Nickname SNMC
Affiliations Dr. B. R. Ambedkar University, Agra



During the British Empire's government, in 1854 S N Medical College was founded for the practice of British military doctors. The name of S N Medical College was originally Thomson School, named for Lt. Governor Sir James Thomson, founder of the college. Plans for establishing the school were made by the British East India Company; the maintenance cost was also borne by it. The hospital attached to the Medical School was known as the Thompson Hospital.

In 1857 the first batch of Indian doctors was passed out from Thomson School. Surgeon John Murray was the first principal of the school, from 1854 until 1858. From 1872 onwards civilian students were also admitted to the L.M.P. course, which was later changed into L.S.M.F. by the Uttar Pradesh State Medical Faculty. In 1883 Lady Lyall Duuerin Hospital was founded as a separate section for the medical training of female students. The first batch of female doctors was passed out in 1886.

In 1939 Agra Medical School was upgraded as a full fledged medical college to meet the growing demand for doctors in United Provinces. The first batch of M.B.B.S. was graduated in 1944, with the degree awarded by Agra University. In 1947 the name of the medical school was changed to Sarojini Naidu Medical College after the name of the first Lady Governess of Uttar Pradesh, the poet and freedom fighter, Bharat Kokila. At the same time the Thomson Hospital was also renamed Sarojini Naidu Hospital. In 1948 the S N Medical College was recognized by the Medical Council of India and the General Medical Council of Great Britain.


Undergraduate courses MBBS (medical school degree, equivalent to Doctor of Medicine or MD in some countries)

Postgraduate courses

  • MS - Human Anatomy, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Surgery
  • MD - Forensic Medicine, Pharmacology, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Pathology, SPM, Anesthesiology, Skin and VD, Medicine, Pediatrics, Radio Diagnosis, Psychiatry, Radiotherapy, TB and Chest Diseases

Postgraduate Diplomas - Pharmacy, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, ENT, Ophthalmology, Radio diagnosis, Psychiatry, Radiotherapy, TB and Chest Diseases


Entry to this institute is highly competitive, with admission offered to less than the top 1% of applicants. The medical college entrance examination for SNMC is through NEET exam in India


In August 2014, the Government of India has decided to upgrade the institute on lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences as part of phase-3 of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) whereby the Central Government will bear 80% of the cost of up gradation and 20% cost will be borne by State Government.[1]

Notable faculty and AlumniEdit

A significant percentage of its alumni are currently working in the United States, United Kingdom (almost 20% graduates) and other countries (Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Middle East etc.), and many others in India.

  • Prof(Dr.) Saroj Chooramani Gopal. Dr Gopal graduated from the SN Medical College, Agra in 1966 and completed MS in General Surgery from the same institution in 1969. Thereafter she did her MCh in Pediatric Surgery from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi in 1973, becoming the first woman pediatric surgeon in the country. She served on the teaching faculty of the Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi from 1973 to 2008. She also served this institution in the capacity of Medical Superintendent of the hospital and Dean, Faculty of Modern Medicine. B. C. Roy National Awarded. She also served as vice chancellor of The Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow. Currently she is professor of Pediatric Surgery, IMS BHU.
  • Dr. Daya Kishore Hazra, former Dean of the Indian College of Physicians, discoverer of the synthesis of the T3, and TSH hormones, nominee for the Nobel Prize(1977).[2] He is a former HOD of the Medicine department and was instrumental in the establishment of the Nuclear Medicine department and the Gamma camera. In 2014, he was honored with the Padma Shri.[3]
  • Dr. Lalit Kumar, medical oncologist and the Professor and Head of the Medical Oncology Department at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) , New Delhi.[4]
  • Javed Agrewala, molecular biologist, Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar laureate


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  2. ^ "Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research". Journal of Obesity and Metabolic Research. 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Padma 2014". Press Information Bureau, Government of India. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cure Panel". Cure Panel. 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 

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