Govindaswamy, the psychiatrist and superintendent of the mental hospital along with Dr. Balakrishna Rao,
a general surgeon, started Neurosurgical procedures as early as 1942. Frontal Leucotomies were done to
Dr. R. M. Varma after his neurosurgical training at Bristol – U.K., started the Neurosurgery
department in 1958. He encouraged Dr. G. N. N. Reddy, who had just completed the DPM to pursue
neurosurgical training. After his successful training at Edinburgh – U.K., Dr. Reddy joined the
neurosurgery department in 1966. The two of them were instrumental in creating a separate building
for clinical neurosciences – the neuro center in 1973. Dr. C. Vidyasagar, after his training in
Manchester – U.K. and obtaining a Ph. D returned to India and joined the Neurosurgery department.
At the same time Dr. V. Hemalatha, who had interest in Paediatric Neurosurgery and training in
Sheffield – U.K. also joined the department. These two along with Dr. A. K. Reddy, founded a
structured training program and contributed to the early growth of the department. Dr. B.S. Das
joined in 1981 and consolidated the early gains by his predecessors.
From two operating theatres, when the Neurocentre was started, we have now 6 operating rooms with
state of the art facilities and intensive care units adjoining the operating rooms.
Postgraduate courses were started in the year 1971 with an intake of two students per year. This was
increased to four students from 1977. Considering the need for trained neurosurgical manpower in
the country, the intake was increased to six per year from 2001. Till date  students have
graduated in M.Ch. Neurosurgery.
- To develop special techniques and expertise in Neurosurgical procedures and standardize the
practice in India.
- To develop quality human resource in the field of Neurosurgery in the country.
- To develop inter-departmental co-ordination for activating research/projects such as Head injury,
Oncology, Neurobiology, Tumor Biochemistry and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage.
- To encourage students to undertake experimental projects on Microsurgical work as a part of
their training curriculum.
- To provide orientation training for postgraduates from various medical institutions in the
Human Resource Development
Courses conducted -
This is the first department in Karnataka and one of the earliest in India to offer postgraduate
training in Neurosurgery leading to award M.Ch degree. This course was started in 1971. At present
a maximum of 6 residency positions are available per year. The course is open to those who have
completed MBBS and also to those who have done post graduation (MS) in General surgery. The
duration of the course is 5 years for MBBS residents and three years for those with MS degree.
The selection for the residency program is by a competitive entrance test held once a year,
which is open to doctors from any where in India. The number of application for residency
position has increased tremendously in recent years, testifying to the premier status of its
training program. [For the details of the courses, please refer to
Short Term Training Courses -
Training for Institute Candidate – The department also provides training to Post graduates in DM
(Neurology), Diploma in Neuro nursing and MSc (Psychiatry Nursing ) candidates.
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Neurosurgery (M.Ch) – Residents from other centers like Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical
Sciences, Trivandrum, SGPGI, Lucknow are trained for 3 months during their course. Neurosurgery course
students from CMC Vellore, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad and Andhra Medical College,
Vishakapatnam also attend for a month duration posting. Postgraduate residents of MS General
Surgery and MS (ENT) from various medical colleges in Karnataka are also trained for short term
(15 days – 1 month) in Neurosurgery.
Number of residents Trained -
Since inception of the training program about  residents have successfully completed the
training program and are practicing Neurosurgery through out the world.