Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University

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Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University
Motto Chikitsitat punyatmam na kinchita
Type Medical education and research institute
Established 1960 (1960)
Parent institution
Banaras Hindu University
Location Varanasi, India
Campus Urban
Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University

The Institute Of Medical Sciences (IMS-BHU) is one of the three institutes of Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India and comprises three faculties, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Dental Sciences and Faculty of Ayurveda.

The Institute of Medical Sciences is the medical school of the university. Like other institutions forming BHU, it is residential and co-educational.


The Institute started functioning as College of Medical Sciences in 1960 with nine departments of Modern Medicine and eight departments of Ayurveda, under the leadership of K. N. Udupa, the Founder Director of the Institute.

In 1971, the College of Medical Sciences, was upgraded to Institute of Medical Sciences. Today it has 33 departments of Modern Medicine including 10 Departments of Super-specialities, four Departments of dentistry, eleven Departments of Ayurveda and a school of Nursing.


The institute is affiliated to Banaras Hindu University and offers medical and paramedical courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Admission to the courses are made on an all-India basis and on the basis of merit through entrance examinations. It has 45 departments under three faculties.


Sir Sundarlal Hospital, Institute Of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University

The campus of IMS lies at the front part of university. The campus contains the medical college, the hospital, the student and resident hostels, the staff quarters, a post office, a temple (BHU Vishwanathji), playgrounds and sporting fields. While the hospital section of the campus is typically crowded and busy, the residential part of the campus is quiet and idyllic punctuated with small parks.


IMS is not under the direct administrative control of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, government of India, but under Banaras Hindu University, an autonomous central university under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, government of India. The three functions of the institute are to impart quality education in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and paramedical courses, to be a trend-setter in medical research and to offer patient care of high order.

The institute is headed by the Director as the Chief Executive charged with responsibility of running the institute and the hospital. The Deans of the faculties help the Director in co-ordinating academic activities of the institute, including teaching and research. There are 28 academic departments headed by the Heads of the Departments. Ancillary hospital service is under the direct supervision of the Medical Superintendent with the individual units supervised by technical heads.


University and college rankings
Medical - India
India Today (2017)[1] 10
Outlook India (2017)[2] 9
The Week (2017)[3] 6

IMS-BHU was ranked tenth among medical colleges in India in 2017 by India Today,[1] sixth by The Week[3] and ninth by Outlook India.[2]

Student life[edit]

The campus has three hostels for undergraduate men named Punarvasu Atrey Hostel, Ruiya Medical Hostel and Dhanwntri Hostel, and four hostels for postgraduate men named Old P. G. Hostel, New P.G. Hostel, Ruiya Annexe. and Married Doctors Hostel. Undergraduate and postgraduate women live in Kasturba Girls Hostel. All hostels run their own messes.

Student activities[edit]

The inter-collegiate cultural, literary and sports festival of IMS is called Elixir and is held in mid-February every year. Both the undergraduate men's hostels and the undergraduate women's hostel hold annual hostel days.


Government of India had decided to upgrade the institute on lines of All India Institute of Medical Sciences as part of phase-1 of Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) whereby the Central Government will bear 80% of the cost of up gradation and 20% cost will be borne by State Government. The up-gradation work is complete.[4]


  1. ^ a b "India's Best Colleges 2017: Medical". India Today. 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Top 25 Medical Colleges In 2017". Outlook India. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Singh, Abhinav (18 June 2017). "The Week - Hansa Research Best Colleges Survey 2017: Top Medical Colleges - All India". The Week. Retrieved 8 September 2017. 
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Coordinates: 25°16′30″N 82°59′58″E / 25.27500°N 82.99944°E / 25.27500; 82.99944