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Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences

Vijayanagara Institute of Medical Sciences

Established : 1961
Type : Co-Education
Director : Dr. V. Srinivasa
Principal : Dr. Vidhyadhar Kinhal
Former Name : VIMS
Location : Bellary
Affiliation(s) : Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences
Category : Under Graduate, Post Graduate (Degree & Diploma), Para Medical, Nursing & Super speciality Courses
Accreditation / Recognition : Medical Council of India
Department(s) : M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S., M.Ch., B.Sc. & Para Medical


Courses Yearly Intake
MBBS 100
BDS 50

Super speciality courses
Course/ Subject No. of seats All India Quota State Quota
Mch Urology      

Post graduate degree courses 51
Course/ Subject No. of seats All India Quota State Quota
MD Anatomy 01 01 -
MD Physiology 01 01 -
MD Pharmacology 02 01 01
MD Pathology 02 01 01
MD Microbiology 05 02 03
MD Community Medicine 01 - 01
MS Ophthalmology 02 01 01
MS ENT 05 03 02
MS Orthopaedics 03 01 02
MD Skin and STD 02 01 01
MD Anaesthesia 03 02 01
MD Paediatrics 02 01 01
MD General Medicine 08 04 04
MS General Surgery 08 04 04
MS OBG 06 03 03
Total 51 26 25

Post graduate diploma 22
Subject No. of seats All India Quota State quota
Pathology (DCP) 02 01 01
Ophthalmology (DOMS) 02 01 01
ENT (DLO) 04 02 02
Orthopaedics (D Ortho) 02 01 01
Skin and STD (DVD) 01 00 01
Anaesthesia (DA) 04 02 02
Paediatrics (DCH) 02 02 00
OBG (DGO) 03 01 02
Radiology (DMRD) 02 01 01
Total 22 11 11

Paramedical and Nursing
B Sc. Nursing 50
General Nursing -
Total 120

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The story of the starting of Medical College, Bellary is the saga of struggle and sacrifice of citizens of Bellary. Following its merger with erstwhile Mysore State in 1953, Bellary become a mere District Headquarter.

In the absence of a medical college in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region or old Madras region, there was a great demand and pressure on the Government for starting a new Medical College in this region. Action committees were formed at difference places like Gulbarga, Belgaum, Davanagere, Mangalore and Bellary.

A local sponsoring committee was constituted in August 1959 under the leadership of late Sri. H. Linga Reddy, the M.L.A. from Kurugodu constituency, late Sri. Y.Mahabaleswarappa, Sri. Tekur Subramanya,M.P., Sri.M.Y.Ghorpade, MLA, Sandur, Allum Karibasappa, M.L.A., Dr. Y.P. Vittal eminent E.N.T. Surgeon and others became active in Bellary.

The citizens of Bellary whole-heartedly contributed Rs. 10.00 lakhs to the corpus fund not deterred by the staff competition from other action committees, the people of Bellary backed by local organisations, politicians staged a relentless “Battle Royale” through bandh’s, agitations, processions for getting a new Medical College at Bellary. Then a technical committee appointed by the Government surveyed the various places and submitted its report to the Government, recommending Bellary as the ideal place for starting a new Medical College. Sri.B.D.Jatti, the then Chief Minister accepted its views and the state cabinet ratified and gave its approval for locating the Medical College at Bellary and was included in the Third Five Year Plan.

Former Allipur jail complex was selected as the building for starting new Medical College which is luxuriantly spread over 173 acres of land. The British Government established this high security and high profile, Allipur Jail in 19th Century. Prisoners from a Boerr war and the two World Wars were imprisoned in this world famous jail. Later on, prominent national leaders like, Sri. Rajaji, Sri.Kamaraj, Sri.Sanjeev Reddy, Sri.Tekur Subramanyam, Sri.V.V. Giri and others who participated in the freedom struggle were lodged in this jail. The medical college started its journey on 15th June 1961 as per the Government Order G.O.No.PLM 563 MMC 60, Bangalore and was christened as Government Medical College, Bellary.

A change over to the present Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Science, (VIMS) Bellary happened following reduction in the number of teaching faculty to a meagre 87 out of the 182 sanctioned posts, due to non- replacement of retired or transferred teachers. As a salvage measure the government established autonomy and re-christened Government medical college, Bellary as VIMS, Bellary and appointed Dr. Lalitha Mahale, as the first director and Dr.T.Ramanath, as its principal in 1996.

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