Although the St. John’s Medical College was founded in 1963, it was conceived twenty
years earlier when Dr. Sr. Mary Glowery of the Sacred Heart Congregation proposed
that the Catholic Hospitals Associations of India consider the establishment of
a Catholic medical college to serve the various social welfare institutions belonging
to the Catholic Church in India. This proposal was taken up by the Catholic Bishops’
Conference of India. At the request of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India
(CBCI), the late Archbishop of Madras, the Most Rev. Louis Mathias, SDB, prepared
and presented a report in 1954, in which he reviewed the total requirement of the
project. In 1956, Archbishop Mathias, with the aid of medical and financial experts,
submitted a comprehensive scheme to the Conference, and in September 1960, the CBCI
took the decision to establish a Medical College, with an attached hospital at Bangalore.
Pope John XXIII agreed to the College being called after his Patron, St. John the
Baptist, as a mark of his personal interest in the project, and of his approval
of its aims and ideals. The college was, accordingly, named "St. John's Medical
College" and opened at temporary premises in Bangalore in July 1963.
The Corner Stone was blessed by Pope Paul VI, in Bombay during the Eucharist Congress
in 1964. It was laid at the project site on July 27, 1965, by Shri V.V. Giri, the
Governor of Karnataka, and later President of India. On the completion of the buildings,
the College was dedicated to the cause of Medical Education, Research and Care,
on September 29, 1968, at a ceremony presided over by the late President of India,
Dr. Zakir Hussain.
In June 1968 the college moved to its permanent campus on a 140 acres site in Bangalore.
The National Assessment and Accreditation Council, a Review Committee of the University
Grants Commission, has recognized the excellence of St. John's Medical College and
Hospital and accorded it with a 5 star grading. St. John's College of Nursing started
as a School of Nursing on July 1, 1980. It was raised to the status of a College
of Nursing on September 25, 1989, and conducts various nursing courses.
In December 1994, the institution was renamed as 'St. John's National Academy of
Health Sciences' having five units placed under it, namely:
- St. John’s Medical College
- St. John’s Medical College Hospital
- St. John’s College of Nursing
- St. John’s Research Institute
- St. John’s Institute of Health Management and Paramedical Studies
Under the overall policy of the CBCI Society for Medical Education, the objectives
of the institution are:
- Excellence in all fields of health care education
- Adequate Christian formation of the students
- Upholding respect for life, from the moment of conception to its natural end
- A genuine feeling of compassion for the patients and their families as persons
- A special thrust to Community Health fostering the dimensions of participatory team
- Serving the health needs of medically underserved areas of our country and our medically
- Acquiring the ability to research and application of the advances in scientific
knowledge to the relevant fields of work
- Striving towards promoting holistic health
- Acquiring an exemplary steadfastness to principles and moral values so as to be
witness to a life of honesty and integrity
St. John's National Academy of Health Sciences was founded by the Catholic Bishops'
Conference of India (CBCI) 'to provide for the relief of suffering, to promote and
preserve the health of the community and to give an example of enlightened training
in dedicated service, which is characteristic of Christian educational and social
Through this institution, the Catholic Church seeks to make a significant contribution
to medical education and service, the improvement of which is a primary need of
the Country. In this endeavour, its constant aim is not only to train medical, paramedical
and nursing students at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and orient them
to the current needs of the Country, but to undertake the training of teachers,
specialists, research workers, health administrators, pastoral care personnel and
community health workers for the overall advancement of the science of medicine
and its effective application. As a primary means for the achievement of the institution's
objectives, emphasis is placed, in the selection of students, on their character
and commitment to values necessary for a broad-based and sound intellectual, spiritual,
moral, physical and social education.
To serve the healthcare needs of the medically unreached populations with quality
medical, paramedical, nursing and allied healthcare education, excellent and compassionate
hospital services with state of the art facilities and to carry out health research
for the betterment of the humankind in tune with the Christian values of the institution.
Mission Statement of St. John’s Medical College
To select and train doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the graduate
and postgraduate levels and motivate them to work in rural areas of India in accordance
with Christian values and Catholic moral and ethical teaching.
Mission Statement of St. John’s Medical College Hospital
To cater to the needs of the public and with special preference for the downtrodden
and underprivileged by providing excellent inpatient and outpatient medical facilities
at reasonable costs according to Christian values, irrespective of caste, creed
Mission Statement of St. John’s College of Nursing
With the central commitment to provide comprehensive nursing education and clinical
skills, St. John's College of Nursing aims at turning out intellectually enlightened,
morally upright, spiritually inspired, emotionally balanced and socially committed
Mission Statement of St. John’s Research Institute
To make a significant impact on Lifestyle Related Disorders and Infectious Diseases
in India through basic and clinical research, promotion of evidence based health
care and population health research initiatives.
Mission Statement of St. John’s Institute of Health Management and
To provide quality training in Health Care Management to personnel dedicated to
the cause of serving the medically unreached and the poorest of the poor and to
produce quality paramedical staff.