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National Institute of Siddha (NIS) is located alongside Grand South Trunk Road (GST road) at Tambaram Sanatorium in Chennai. It is at a distance of about 6 km from Chennai Airport, about 24 km from Chennai Central Railway Station, just 2 km from Tambaram Railway Station and about 100 Meters from Tambaram Sanatorium Railway Station. It is about 13 km from The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University to which it is affiliated.


This Institute is affiliated to The Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, Chennai. The education, syllabus and curriculum are in accordance with the norms fixed by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi.


B.S.M.S. (Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery) & Postgraduate- M.D.(Siddha)-Degree course.


The student should have passed in the H S E / the Indian School Certificate examination /equivalent to 10+2 with Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The candidate should have studied in Tamil medium up to 10th /HSE/studied Tamil as a subject up to 10th for B.S.M.S. and the candidate should have passed in B.I.M I B.S.M.S Degree Examination of any Indian University with successful completion of Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship (C.R.R.I). Candidates who have completed or will be completing CRRI before the date of Entrance Examination alone are eligible to apply for the Postgraduate- M.D.(Siddha)-Degree course.


41/2 years and 1 year compulsory rotatory resident internship (CRRI).


This institute provides hostel facilities to the P.G. students.


This institute offers for the admission for foreign (BIMSTEC) candidates to M.D. (Siddha) course. Out of 30 seats permitted in MD (Siddha) course, 1 seat is reserved for candidates from BIMSTEC Countries. Foreign candidates with the required basic qualification in Siddha, namely, Bachelor of Indian Medicine (B.I.M) or Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (B.S.M.S) or equivalent degree as approved by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM)have to submit their applications to the Indian Embassies in their countries. The Indian Embassies will forward their applications to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) in New Delhi which in turn will forward the applications to the National Institute of Siddha, Chennai to consider for admission to the first year of 3-Year MD (Siddha) degree course.

A foreign (BIMSTEC) candidate seeking admission to I year M.D(Siddha) degree course has to submit an application, along with all the original documents, to The Registrar, The Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R Medical University, Guindy, Chennai 600 032 for obtaining Eligibility Certificate from the University.


Treatment and services are available at this institute. The Hospital attached to National Institute of Siddha is called The Ayothidoss Pandithar Hospital, named after Thiru Ayothidoss Pandithar, a renowned traditional Siddha physician. The hospital houses an Outpatient department with 6 consultation rooms for 6 Post - graduate departments.

The OPD functions daily from 8 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Faculty members and Postgraduate scholars of the various departments provide free consultation and treatment to about 1000 patients daily. The paramedical staff posted at the reception at the entrance of OPD, issue new and old OP tickets after registration and direct the patients to the departments concerned. From OPD cases (including dissertation cases) requiring in-patient care are referred to IPD for admission and treatment in the departments concerned. The bed strength of IPD at present is 120, distributed to the six PG departments. The patients admitted in the IPD are given free diet and treatment.

For the patients of OPD/IPD, Siddha Pharmacists and assistants dispense free medicines at the dispensary through separate counters for males, females and senior citizens. Thokkanam, Yoga and Varma treatment: Patients referred from OP/IP departments are given these three types of treatment in separate rooms. Equipments like Shoulder-wheel, Finger-ladder, Parallel walking bars etc., have been provided for treating patients.

The faculty members, PG scholars, staff nurses and the other paramedical staff maintain 24-hour service for the patients of IPD.

No. of Seats for B.S.M.S: 40

No. of Seats for Maruthuvam: 5

No. of Seats for Gunapadam: 5

No. of Seats for Sirappu Maruthuvam: 5

No. of Khunzanthai Maruthuvam: 5

No. of Noi Nadal: 5

No. of Nanju Noolum Maruthuva: 6


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Contact Details
National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, Tamilnadu
Address: Tambaram Santiourm, Chennai 600047, Tamil Nadu.
Phone: +91 44 22411611, +91 44 22411612, +91 44 22380789
Fax: +91 044-2281314
Reviews of National Institute of Siddha, Chennai, Tamilnadu:
Review by S.SANKAR Tuesday 19 March, 2013
Thanks for having given me treatment for knee problem(Vadhapittham)at NIS for the past one month. I am at vellore. Due to the direction from NIS, not only I, but also many like me happened to go for treatment for every five or six days. Due to the in-healthyness, it finds very difficult to travel all along the distance from vellore to Chennai. It reduces rate of improvement in health. So, a good hospital like NIS may consider the feelings and constraints of patients and may ask the patients to come for next treatment based on the health conditions and requirements of patient. In my experience it is observed that all type of illness are given treatment at all rooms. I think this may not be efficient for giving treatment as well as having treatment. Instead that, consultant Rooms like Branch I, II, III etc.,may be allotted for specific diseases. I hope such planning may increase not only the confidence among patients on the treatments available in NIS but also the confidence among the Doctors on the treatments given by them.

I pray NIS to consider the above comment/review to implement for well purpose of NIS and patients.

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Review by lakshmi varahan kn Saturday 01 December, 2012
Personally I appreciate the service in this sidha hospital. When i went there for some arthritis problem. the medicines given worked well. But the real problem is they know very well the medicines they are giving is only for a week, but it requires atleast 10 or more visits to get the treatment which makes elders and office goers to discontinue the treatment. Also nowadays people in the middle aged/oldage with less income could not afford the transportation costs and its sufferings. So the administration may think of charging some nominal amount for the medicines for more than 7 days or as is deemed fit for continuation of the treatment for those willing to pay the cost, thereby helping them to continue the treatment.

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