Institute of National Importance, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India, Puducherry.

The history of JIPMER dates back to the setting up of a medical school in Pondicherry by the French government in the year 1823 to train French citizens in modern medicine. In 1956 the government of India took over administration of Pondicherry from the French and renamed it as “Danvantri Medical College.” After Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s death on May 27, 1964, it was again renamed to “Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research” (JIPMER) (on 13 July 1964). In 1959, SE Le Comte Stanislas Ostrorog, Ambassadeur de France aux Indes, laid the foundation stone of the new medical college building that was located on the outskirts of the town and, in 1964, the college moved to its new campus at Gorimedu.

The campus of JIPMER lies at the western entrance of Pondicherry and spreads across 195 acres (0.7 km2 ) of a picturesque hillock known locally as Gorimedu. The campus contains the medical college, the hospital, the student and resident hostels, the staff quarters, a couple of banks, a post office, a temple, playgrounds and sporting fields.

JIPMER is under the direct administrative control of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

The three main functions of this Institute are to impart quality education in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and paramedical courses, to be a trendsetter in medical research and to offer patient care of higher order.

The Institute is headed by the Director as the chief executive charged with overall responsibility of running the institute and the hospital. The Dean helps the Director co-ordinate all academic activities of the institute including teaching and research. There are 28 academic departments headed by Professors. Ancillary hospital service units are supervised by respective technical heads.

In April 2008 the Indian parliament passed a bill declaring Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER), Pondicherry as an Institute of National Importance.

JIPMER offers a variety of courses. Undergraduate courses include MBBS, BSc (Medical Laboratory Technology), BMRSc (Bachelor of Medical Record Science). BSc (Nursing) was started in 2006. Postgraduate courses include MD, MS, in many specialties, MSc in Medical Biochemistry and PhD in several subjects. Super-speciality courses include MCh in cardiothoracic surgery, urosurgery, neurosurgery, paediatric surgery, gastro intestinal surgery and DM in cardiology, neurology, urology, neonatology, clinical pharmacology and immunohematology. Other courses include a certificate course in MRO and MRT.

JIPMER is the second best government medical college in India.
JIPMER has consistently been ranked in the top ten medical institution of India.