Siddha, one of the oldest systems of medicine in India was originated in Tamilnadu. It is practiced in Tamil speaking parts of India. The literature of Siddha is in Tamil. The Siddha System is unique and is therapeutic in nature. The treatment given is both forbody and mind and thereby cures the root cause of the disease. Siddha medicine is preferred due to the affordable cost, easy availability and its non-toxicity. Like Ayurveda, this system believes that all objects in the universe including human body are composed of five basic elements namely, earth, water, fire, air and sky.

The Central council of Indian Medicine regulates the education of Siddha system in the country.

Courses and Duration

The Courses in Siddha medicine are offered only by Colleges in Tamilnadu and Kerala. At present, there are seven Siddha institutions Offering UG/PG courses in the country. Out of the seven, one Siddha Medical College is in the State of Kerala,affiliated to the Kerala University and the rest are in Tamilnadu affiliated to the Tamilnadu M.G.R University. Admissions are purely on the basis of common entrance test conducted by the respective State Governments.

Under Graduate Courses

Bachelor of Siddha Medicine and Surgery (BSMS)

Eligibility for Colleges in Tamilnadu

A pass 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 .Pass in English 60% for Biology,60% for Physics & Chemistry.Aggregate should not be less than 140/200

Eligibility for Admission in Kerala:

Candidates must have passed Higher Secondary Examination (10+2 Course) or its equivalent of the Board of Higher Secondary Education of the State or Examinations recognized equivalent there to with 50% marks in Biology separately and 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry and Biology put together.

Duration of the Course:

The Course is of 4'/2 years duration and one year Compulsory Rotatory Resident Internship (CRRI)


       NIS is a top Institute for Siddha which started admitting students from 2004 onwards. Its a primary institute for conducting PG courses in 6 specialties of Siddha as mentioned below:

Siddha Maruthuvam - Pothu (General Medicine)||- Gunapadam (Pharmacology)|| - Pillaippini Maruthvam (Paediatrics)||- Noi nadal(Pathology)|| - Sirappu Maruthuvam (Special Medicine)- Nanju nool (Toxicology)

List of Siddha Colleges

S.No. Name and address Admission capacity(seats)  
1. Govt. Siddha Medical College , Palayamkottai , Tamil Nadu. BSMS - 100
MD 60
2. Govt.Siddha Medical College , Arumbakkam, Chennai ,TN BSMS 50
MD (Sid)- 20
3. Sri Sai Ram Siddha Medical College , Sriperumputhur, T.N. BSMS -30 Private
4. Velu Mailu Siddha Medical College , Sriperumputhur, T.N. BSMS -30  Private
5. A.T.S.V.S. Siddha Medical College Munchirai Distt. Kanyakumari, T. N. BSMS -30  Private
6. Shri Shantigiri Siddha Medical College , Koliyakode, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. BSMS- 50 Private
7. National Institute of Siddha, Tambaram, Chennai,TN MD -30 Government

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