St. John's Medical College

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St. John's Medical College
St. John's Medical College Logo.jpg
Motto He Shall Live Because of Me
Type Private
Established 1963
Dean Dr.George Dsouza
Director Fr.Paul Parathazham
Location Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Affiliations Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences

St. John's Medical College is a private religious minority medical college and hospital situated in Bangalore, India. It is part of the St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences run by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. It was established in 1963. The college annually accepts 150 students for the MBBS undergraduate course based on a national entrance exam. It also accepts 100 postgraduate students (80 MD & 20 Diploma) to a number of medical specialties. The college culfest Autumn Muse is one of the oldest in South India.


The Catholic Church in India had long felt the need of adding a Medical College to the many educational and social welfare institutions through which, over the years, it had served the country. However, the complexities of such a venture involved delayed its active consideration until the proposal was pursued by the Catholic Bishop's Conference of India. At the request of the C.B.C.I., the late Archbishop of Madras, Louis Mathias, prepared and presented a report in 1954, in which he reviewed the total requirements of the project. In 1956, Archbishop Mathias, with the aid of medical and financial experts, submitted a comprehensive scheme to the Conference and in September 1960, the C.B.C.I. took the decision to establish a Medical College, with an attached hospital at Bangalore.

Pope John XXIII agreed to the college being called after his Patron, St. John the Baptist, as a mark of his personal interest in the project, and of his approval of its aims and ideals. The college was, accordingly named St. John's Medical College and opened in temporary premises at Bangalore in July 1963.

In the course of their Joint Pastoral issued in connection with the XXXVIII International Eucharistic Congress, held in Bombay in 1964, the Catholic Bishops of India announced their choice of the College Project as the Chief Memorial of the Congress. This choice received the warm approval of Pope Paul VI, which was conveyed by him in a special message addressed to Valerian Cardinal Gracias, the then President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India and President of the CBCI Society for Medical Education. The Pope has also established a scholarship in the College in his own name, to be awarded each year to the best all round student completing the MBBS course.

The cornerstone of the project was blessed by Pope Paul VI, at Bombay during the principal function of the Eucharistic Congress, held on December 3, 1964, at which he officiated. It was laid at the project site on July 27, 1965 by Shri V.V. Giri, the then Governor of Karnataka, and later, President of India. On the completion of the buildings, the College was dedicated to the cause of Medical Education, Research and Care, on September 29, 1968, at a ceremony presided over by the late President of India, Dr. Zakir Hussain.

Prior to the completion of these buildings, the College was located in the premises of St. Mary's Industrial School and Orphanage, which were made available by Archbishop Thomas Pothacamury of Bangalore for the teaching of pre clinical and para clinical subjects.

St. Martha's Hospital run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Congregation was affiliated to the College for Clinical Teaching. The Hospital was extended and suitably equipped for the purpose. This hospital provided a practical example of the spirit of service and sacrifice, which the College strives to make its own and carry beyond itself, to the homes of the patients and the community, both in the urban and in the rural areas. The affiliation of this Hospital to the College was discontinued from 1983.

Campus: In June 1968, five years after its establishment, the College moved to its permanent campus on a 140 acres (57 ha) site situated in the periphery of the city of Bangalore. During the first phase of construction, the following were completed: the teaching centre (housing the pre-clinical and para clinical departments and lecture theaters); four blocks of students' hostel; and some residences for the teaching staff.

St. John's Medical College Hospital: The construction work of the second phase consisting of an 800-bed hospital, Nurses' hostel and residences of Staff was started in April 197 1. The out patient departments were opened on December 8, 1975. Thereafter, the in patient departments were opened gradually. When the third phase of construction was completed in 1987, the campus had all the required facilities. A beautiful auditorium, with 1100 seats, was added in 1996 as a memorial of the Silver Jubilee of the Institution. At present St. John's Medical College Hospital has 1200 in patient beds, distributed among the Departments of General Medicine, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Cardio-thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Dental Surgery, Genito-urinary Surgery, ENT diseases, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Cardiology, Neurology, Neuro Surgery, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Radioimmunoassay and Haemo Dialysis. This is the teaching hospital of the College. CT and MRI Scans and Radio Therapy are now made available in the campus. The College of Nursing is situated in the College & Hospital Sector. Started as a School of Nursing on July 1, 1980, it was raised to the status of a College of Nursing on September 25, 1989 and conducts courses in General Nursing & Midwifery, Basic B.Sc., Post Certificate B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Nursing Courses in Medical Surgery, Community Health, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Academic Divisions

In December 1994, the Institution was renamed as St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences and it comprises the following Institutes:

  • St. John's Medical College
  • St. John's Medical College Hospital
  • St. John's Research Institute
  • St. John's College of Nursing
  • St. John's Institute of Health Management and Para Medical Studies


University and college rankings
Medical - India
India Today (2017)[1] 14
Outlook India (2017)[2] 4
The Week (2017)[3] 15

St. John's Medical College was ranked 14th among medical colleges in India in 2017 by India Today,[1] 15th by The Week[3] and 4th in India by Outlook India.[2]


  1. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Medical". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Top 25 Medical Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Medical Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017.

External links

  • Official website

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