Christian Medical College and Hospital

The CMC & H was initially started as a Medical School for women in 1918 by Dr. Ida Scudder. It was upgraded to a college in 1942. Men were admitted from 1947. At present it has an annual intake of 100 students for undergraduate degree (of which at least 25 are women) and 142 students for postgraduate degree in various sub specialities.

Most of the students are sponsored by various church groups affiliated to CMC&H from various parts of India and are obliged to go back and serve at their respective mission hospitals for a period of time.

Nursing – The training for nurses in CMC began in 1904. The B.Sc degree was started in 1967, soon followed by M.Sc and Ph.D degrees. The College of Nursing at present has 718 students on roll with the annual admission of 240 students for undergraduate and post graduate studies.

Allied Health – The beginning of training in allied health field was in 1903 as an informal class for compounders. At present it has an annual intake of 243 undergraduate and post graduate students with a total of 315 students on roll. CMC offers diverse courses in 35 Allied health Science programmes.

The hospital is spread over 4 campuses, the main campus being in the town of Vellore. Apart from the work done at the main campuses, there is an extensive out reach activities conducted by the Community health and Opthalmology departments. This involves providing basic medical services, occupational therapy, recreation, health education, nutritional support and counselling for people in the surrounding villages. A total of 224,566 patients were reached during this year.

The Australian Friends of Vellore has a special interest in the Low Cost Effective Care Unit. This unit was established in 1982 -83 to meet the health needs of the poor. The concept was to keep the cost low without compromising on quality of care. During the year 2010 / 2011 –  55,095 outpatients, 2080 Inpatients and 675 patients in outreach clinics and camps were treated. There were 235 births.

Facts & Figures : 2011 – 2012

Full time Staff 8100
Bed capacity 2736
In-patients 124,000
Out-patients 1,960,510
Births 17,885

Cost of Services

The Routine Running Expenses A$ 95,454,500.00
Infra structure Development A$ 20,481,199.00
Subsidised Health Care A$ 15,581,818.00
Educational subsidy A$ 7,545,454.00

Breakdown of Expenses

General Medical Care 85.21%
Education 10.92%
Community Health care 3.87%

Income Source

Patient Fees 97.81%
Student Fees 0.72%
Contributions from supporting churches and other sources 1.47%

More information about the College and Hospital could be obtained from

The Facts & Figures – 2011-12


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