JIPMER traces its origin to 1823 when a medical school called "Ecole de Medicine de Pondichery" was established by French government. In November 1956 the Government of India took over the medical college in the wake of the ‘de facto’ transfer of Pondicherry. The college was upgraded as a Regional Centre and named as Jawaharlal Institute of Post-graduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) on 13th July 1964.
JIPMER which includes a tertiary care referral hospital is an Institution of National Importance (an autonomous body) under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Three main functions of this institute are,
bullet to impart quality education in Under-graduate and Post-graduate medical and paramedical courses;
bullet to set trends in medical research and
bullet to offer patient care of high order.
JIPMER campus is located in the western entrance of Pondicherry on the highway and spread over 195 acres of sloping land that is a hillock, known in vernacular as ‘Gorimedu’. The campus is self sufficient in many ways and contains well laid roads, green trees & plants apart from Post-Office, Bank, Shopping centre, Hostels, and Residential complex (Campus Map).
The staff strength of the institute is about 3000. The teaching faculty consists of 300 experienced teachers and 565 resident doctors. The total budget allocation for the year 2000-08 was Rs.155.24 crores, and Rs.160.76 crores for 2008-09.
The institute conducts a number of medical and paramedical courses. Admission to the courses are made on all India basis and strictly on the basis of merit through entrance examinations.
The institute is also active in research in various fields of modern medicine & health and medical education. A research council at institute level looks after the research activities and there is a scientific society which provides forum for presentation of the research work. A number of conferences, workshops, seminars and training courses are conducted by the institute every year. Funds for research come from mural and extramural sources like ICMR, UGC, DBT, WHO, etc. A number of research papers are published by residents and faculty staff every year in journals of national and international repute. Also quite frequently a number of awards and fellowships are won by the faculty. Some important national Journals like Biomedicine (an International Journal of Biomedical Sciences) is published from JIPMER. Many text books have been authored by the faculty members.
The institute is headed by Director as its Chief Executive charged with overall responsibility of running the institute and hospital administration.
Dr.KSVK Subba Rao, Director, JIPMER
The Medical Superintendent of the hospital coordinates the entire gamut of activities related to patient care. There are 28 academic departments headed by Professors. Hospital ancillary service units are supervised by technical heads.
Dr. AK Das
Medical Superintendent, JIPMER
Dr. K.S. Reddy, Dean, JIPMER
The Dean helps Director in coordination of all academic activities of the institute including teaching and research.