Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology
City Thiruvanathapuram, Kerala, India
Phone +91 471 234 0801
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The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) at Thiruvananthapuram, capital of Kerala, a state in South India, is an Institute of National Importance under the Government of India. Twenty five years is a short period in the history of an Institution but the Institute was able to draw National and International attention within this short span, primarily by fostering the convergence of medical science and technology. The Institute has developed more than half a dozen medical devices - heart valve, oxygenator and blood bags, to name some. What’s more, the technology has been transferred to Industry, heralding the emergence of the concept of medical devices industry in this country.

The Institute, being a tertiary referral medical center, offers high quality health care to patients; but its services are not limited to diagnosis and interventions. Epidemiology and development of novel methods of diagnosis and cost-effective devices for intervention are carried out by clinicians and scientists who keenly pursue any scientific endeavor that has a bearing on human suffering. The approach to health-related problems is distinctly multidisciplinary and teamwork marks the effort here. The Institute is organized into three major wings, namely

Being a University, academic activity of a high standard is pursued vigorously in these centers and many specialized courses and integrated training programs are offered besides regular Continuing Education programs. The alumni of the Institute are spread all over India and abroad, some of them working as heads/group leaders in their chosen fields.

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Travancore, an erstwhile province of pre-independent India, was ruled by Sree Chitra Tirunal Maharajah until the country became independent in 1947. The Government of India took over the province after the independence.

Known for their munificence, the Maharajah and members of the royal family of Travancore considered themselves 'dasas' (servants) of Lord Padmanabha, the reigning deity of Travancore. Interestingly, they wore a turban instead of a crown as a mark of respect to Lord Padmanabha. Their philanthropy finds expression in their countless contributions to the country, then and now.

On a visit to a super-specialty hospital in Europe, Sree Chitra Tirunal Maharajah was seized with a deep desire to establish a similar institution in Kerala. Those were the times when tertiary cares in cardiovascular and neurological diseases were not available in the State.

In the summer of 1974, the Maharajah's dream was fulfilled when the royal family made a gift that carried in its womb the beginnings of what later turned out to be the Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology. About this time, Dr. M.S. Valiathan, trained abroad in surgery and biomedical science, returned to India to guide the destiny of the Institute. Supported magnificently by Shri. C. Achutha Menon, the then chief minister of Kerala, the Government of Kerala took the unusual step of placing the center under the Department of Science and Technology in the State. During the initial period, patient care was limited to cardiology and neurology. Soon, a multi-storeyed building was added to meet the increasing demand. The expansion of clinical services did not alter from the scientific objective of the Institute and a field of endeavor relevant to its scientific and social interests was sought. The choice fell on biomaterials and a full-fledged Biomedical Technology Wing came into existence.

A steadily growing market in the post-war years had created a multi-million dollar industry for medical devices abroad. A rough estimate of India's imports in the early seventies had placed their annual price tag at 400-500 million rupees. Rising to the need of the hour, the medical center initiated a project for the development of Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) bags for storage of blood and fabrication of valvular prostheses. The significance of the effort at integrating medical science and technology was recognized by the Government of India which declared the Institute an "Institute of National Importance" in 1980. By 1994, the institute had successfully developed and transferred many a technology to industry, bringing to fruition a long-cherished dream of its Founder-Director whose twenty years of tireless striving left its indelible mark on the fabric of the Institute.

In 1994, the mantle of Directorship fell on one who, from within, had witnessed with joy and pride all important milestones in the brief history of the Institute. To meet the dearth of health professionals at decision making and planning levels in government, a course in Public Health was started with the help of an International faculty in the newly commissioned third wing of the Institute, named the Achutha Menon Center for Health Sciences. The three centers, with their clinical and research activities, function to fulfill an abiding commitment to high quality health care to the community in the areas of cardiology and neurology, at a time when the cost of health care has escalated beyond the reach of a majority.


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PHONE : 91-471-2443152, 2443085

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology offers various graduate courses as well as Post Graduate courses.

Masters Degree Courses

MS Neuroscience

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology offers 2 Years Full Time Masters Degree in MS Neuroscience

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Bachelors Degree Courses

Bachelor of Science (BSc Microbiology)

Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology offers 3 Years Full Time Bachelors Degree in B.Sc Microbiology

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