Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute was established by Sri Ramachandra Educational and Health Trust in the year 1985 as a private not-for-profit self-financing institution and dedicated to serve the society as a centre of excellence with emphasis on medical education, research and health care. In view of its academic excellence, the Government of India declared Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute as a Deemed University in September, 1994 under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. As notified by the UGC, the nomenclature of the institution has been changed to Sri Ramachandra University in 2006. The Trust achieved the task of establishing this Institution as a "Centre of Excellence" under the leadership of Late Shri. N.P.V. Ramasamy Udayar who was the Founder & Managing Trustee of the Trust and also the first Chancellor of the Deemed University.
Shri. V.R. Venkataachalam is currently the Chancellor of the University and is also the Managing Trustee of the Trust.
Over two decades, the institute has transformed into a full fledged university with nine constituent colleges/faculties and around 100 courses in the health care sciences. Nearly 4000 students receive teaching and training within the University campus. Over 3500 patients seek health care in the state of the art academic medical centre.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, the accrediting body of the UGC, has accredited Sri Ramachandra University with "A" Grade with a CGPA of 3.52 on a 4-point scale, the highest to be awarded to a private medical University in India.
The Joint Commission International (JCI) has accredited the University teaching hospital, the first teaching hospital in India to obtain such accreditation from JCI. The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recognized and upgraded the Regional Centre in Medical Education Technologies, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Ramachandra University, as a Nodal Centre to conduct both Basic and Advance course in Medical Education Technologies.
The WHO has designated Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Occupational Health.
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has accredited the Biodosimetry lab of the Department of Human Genetics for assessment of personnel radiation exposure and related studies, the only non-governmental institution to have achieved such accreditation.
Learning experience at SRU
SRU takes pride in creating health care professionals who are globally competitive and locally responsive. At the forefront of this effort is the development of innovative curricula that prepare health care professionals for the demands and challenges of the 21
century. Within the framework laid by the regulatory authorities, the university has created unique learning experiences that focus on all round student development. The curriculum aims in providing a competency based patient centered education in medical and health sciences. Extensive use of clinical material and technology enhance the value of education. The medical college in addition has developed a first of its kind education program called PRODEV that takes education beyond knowledge and concentrates on overall professional development. Every student is assessed not only in knowledge and skills but also professional attributes. A unique mentoring program that provides for personal supervision by a faculty member across the years adds to the learning experience in SRU.
Faculty profile - a study in excellence
The faculty at the University are its greatest strength. Drawn from diverse training backgrounds from all over the country and the 750 plus faculty are not only experts in their fields of interest but through faculty development programs are always constantly redefining their skills in education. This translates into an education of high quality that is delivered at an individualized personal level. Our faculty take part in a unique mentorship program targeted at maximizing the educational advantage that SRU students enjoy. The Harvard Medical International, with which SRMC & RI had an institutional alliance for over a decade, in its Annual Report 2007 had stated that "Sri Ramachandra is the model of a learning institution in both its medical school and hospitals. They have pursued faculty development with great rigor, and in the hospital are striving to be quality leader in India"