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Excellence in Medical Education, Health Care and Research

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) previously known as SRMC & RI (DU), ranked among the top health sciences universities in India, had its origin as Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute which 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. The Trust achieved the task of establishing the 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 Deemed University and is also the Managing Trustee of the Trust. Shri R.V. Sengutuvan is the Pro Chancellor of the Deemed University.

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 was changed to Sri Ramachandra University in 2006 and reverted to SRMC&RI (DU) from December, 2017. Now, as per the Notification dt.08.08.2018 by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India, the name of the DU has been changed to “Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University).

Over three decades, the institute has transformed into a full-fledged Deemed University and at present, with twelve faculties / constituent colleges, viz., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Faculty of Dental Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Faculty of Nursing, Faculty of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Faculty of Management, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, Technology and Research, Faculty of Public Health, Faculty of Sports & Exercise Sciences Faculty of Clinical Research, Faculty of Engineering and Technology, the Deemed University offers 150 UG and PG programs in health care sciences. With a faculty strength of around 950, more than 6,500 students receive teaching and training under them (Faculty: Student ratio 1:7) from the academic year 2019-20.

Accreditations and recognitions

The consistent quest for excellence in medical education, health care and research has earned the Deemed University many notable accreditations, recognitions and awards. Notable among them are:

The Deemed University has been graded as Category I Status by the UGC in 2018.It has also has achieved the distinction of being placed at the 33rd rank among all Universities in India by the MHRD NIRF Ranking 2019. The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has reaccredited (in cycle-2) SRMC & RI (DU) with “A” Grade with a CGPA of 3.62 on a 4-point scale, the highest to be awarded to a private medical Deemed University in India. The India Today Survey of 2019 has placed the Deemed University as the Best Health Sciences University in the Private Sectors in India . The Joint Commission International (JCI) reaccredited the hospital, the first teaching hospital in India to obtain the accreditation up to January, 2018. Similar reaccreditation has also been received from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals (NABH). The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recognized and upgraded the Regional Centre in Medical Education Technologies, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, as a Nodal Centre for medical education technology courses. 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 reaccredited the Biodosimetry lab of the Department of Human Genetics for assessment of personnel radiation exposure and related studies. The Faculty of Public Health has the distinction of being recognized by the ICMR as a “SRMC & RI (DU) ICMR Centre for Advanced Research on Air Quality, Climate and Health” The Deemed University was ranked 5th under SWACHH Campus Ranking 2018 of Universities (Residential) by the MHRD, Govt. of India, for maintaining a green, garbage and pollution free hygienic campus. Location and accessibility

Location and accessibility

Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) is located in Porur, on the busy Chennai – Bangalore highway, a twenty minute drive from the Chennai international airport. Chennai is a busy metropolis situated at head of sixty miles of pristine beach in the Bay of Bengal. Chennai is a fast growing industrial, medical and knowledge hub in South India that retains its charm, tradition and culture. It is well connected by road, rail and air to almost any destination in the world.


The infrastructure at the University has been created to provide its students the best educational environment in the country. Over two million square feet of constructed space houses technologically advanced, fully air-conditioned state of the art class rooms, modern laboratories and one of the largest medical libraries in the region - the Central Library Learning Centre.

Campus and facilities

Spread over 150 acres, the University is housed in a refreshingly green campus. Well manicured lawns, sprawling open spaces and trees dot the campus. The campus itself is a township with colleges, the medical centre, staff and student housing, conference facilities, play grounds, multi cuisine restaurants, ATMs, gift shops, travel service, railway reservation counter and a post office.