Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University)
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research was established by Sri Ramachandra Educational and Health Trust in the year 1985 as a private not for profit self-financing institution and dedicated to serve the society as a centre of excellence with emphasis on medical education, research and health care. In view of its academic excellence, the Government of India declared Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research as a Deemed University in September, 1994 under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956. As notified by the UGC, the nomenclature of the institution has been changed to Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) in 2006. Shri.N.P.V.Ramasamy Udayar, the Founder & Managing Trustee and also the first Chancellor of the Deemed University was instrumental in developing Institution as a "Centre of Excellence". Shri.V.R.Venkataachalam, the current Chancellor of the University and Managing Trustee, continuing on his father's legacy, has helped the University take giant strides in all areas of development.
"To offer diverse educational programmes that facilitate the development of competent professionals and valuable citizens, who demonstrate excellence in the respective disciplines, while being locally and globally responsive in areas of education, healthcare delivery and research".
Education at SRU
The institute has is now a full-fledged university with 9 constituent Colleges / Faculties with approximately 100 courses in the health care sciences. Nearly 4000 students receive teaching and training within the University campus. Over 3500 patients seek health care in the state of the art academic Medical Centre.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), the accrediting body of the UGC, has accredited Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) with "A" Grade along with a CGPA of 3.52 on a 4-point scale, the highest to be awarded to a private medical University in India.
The Joint Commission International (JCI) has accredited the University teaching hospital, the first teaching hospital in India to obtain such accreditation from JCI.
The Medical Council of India (MCI) has recognized and upgraded the Regional Centre in Medical Education Technologies, Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research , Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University), as a Nodal Centre to conduct both Basic and Advance course in Medical Education Technologies.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has designated Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Training in Occupational Health. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has accredited the Biodosimetry lab of the Department of Human Genetics for assessment of personnel radiation exposure and related studies, the only nongovernmental institution to have achieved such accreditation.
Location and accessibility
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) is located in Chennai, a fast growing industrial, medical and knowledge hub in South India and is well connected by road, rail and air to almost any destination in the world.
Over two million square feet of constructed space houses technologically advanced, fully air-conditioned state of the art class rooms, modern laboratories and one of the largest medical libraries in the region.Campus and facilities
Spread over 150 acres with well-manicured lawns and sprawling open spaces, the campus is a small township with colleges, the medical centre, staff and student housing, conference facilities, play grounds etc.
The Central Research Facility, established in the year 2007, is the "A to Z gateway" for research, to take care of all logistics of Research Planning, Research Projects Administration, Research Documentation, besides providing a Centralized Sophisticated Equipment Facility. It includes the University-Industry Liaison Centre with IRP/Patents Cell on a 'ready to use platform' to the University.
This facility in a plinth area of 25,000 sq.ft. has a Medical Informatics and Study Design Unit, Contract Clinical Trials Division, Epidemiology Research unit, Project Development and Documentation Unit, Traditional Research Unit and a University Sophisticated Instrumentation Centre. All high-tech equipment for the Genomics, Proteomics, Spectroscopy, Chromatography, Radioisotopy, Microscopy, NMR facilities along with Walk-In-Cold Room [4o C], Cryopreservation unit [-80oC and – 146oC], Cold Room [-20oC] are available besides a centralised administrative office.
Presently there are 520 major and minor research projects operational in the University which are broadly classified as
- International collaborative projects
- Sponsored research projects funded by national agencies like Department of Science and Technology, Department of Bio-Technology, Indian Council of Medical Research, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research etc.,
- Industry - institutional R&D consultancy projects jointly funded by DST, industries and international agencies
- Multinational and multi centric clinical trials, and
- Individual research projects by faculty and postgraduate and Ph.D. students
Clinical Trials Division
The Central Research Facility has also developed an exclusive Contract Clinical Trial Facility adhering to the international requirements taking care of privacy and confidentiality of study subjects, documentation and analysis facility with necessary accreditation of the facility. Of the ongoing 44 clinical trials, 21 have been granted during 2007 by international pharmaceutical companies.
University – Industry Liaison Centre (UILIC)
Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) has established the UILIC in the Central Research Facility with approved university level consultancy rules in tune with UGC/CSIR norms. In addition to routine consultancy projects, the university has developed many major Industry-Institutional collaborations. The 'Research Vision' of Sri Ramachandra Institute of Higher Education and Research (Deemed to be University) is to evolve the University as an "International Centre of Excellence in Translational Medical Education & Research and Biomedical Nanotechnology".