General Info


1 Delivery of Quality and Safe Patient care services in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

  1. Reducing Maternal Morbidity and Mortality and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality by providing
  2. Quality antenatal care adopting safe delivery practices and quality post-natal services.
  3. Promoting Family Planning and to prevent unwanted pregnancies by providing free and patient-friendly contraceptive methods
  4. To prevent morbidity and mortality due to Gynaecological malignancies by providing advanced evidence-based surgical practices
  5. Prevention of Gynaecological malignancies by ensuring timely screening and follow-up
  6. To improve quality of life in women suffering from Pelvic organ dysfunction and menstrual disorders

2 Producing competent and skilled Primary care Graduates for the country

By teaching evidence-based theoretical and clinical skills in Obstetrics and Gynaecology to MBBS students with the aim to make them deliver primary level care of managing pregnancy and normal delivery safely

3 Producing Expert and Skilled Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for the Country

By teaching evidence-based theory, clinical skills and operative skills to Postgraduates with the aim to make them expert caregivers in the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

4 Conducting Ethical and Quality Research to contribute to the field of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

By conducting research in the unexplored areas of Gynaecological Oncology, Fetal medicine, Obstetric medicine, Perinatal medicine, and Reproductive Medicine.

Statistics -last 3 years


The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology was started in the “college Medical de Pondicherry” in 1956 which was located in the place of current Assembly. The faculty members were mostly from France. Over the years they left as Indian faculty members replaced them. The existing General Hospital and the Office of the current Deputy Director, Health, Department of Puducherry (which was called Maternity Hospital till 2011) served for the clinical training of MBBS graduates. Initially the department was headed by Professor Gaillard who was a Surgeon and also the Head of Department of OBGY


 Late Dr. R. Prabhavathi was the first Indian faculty to join the department as a lecturer in the late 1960s. A couple of months later in the beginning of 1961, Dr. S. N. Mukherjee was appointed as Reader and Dr.S.KBarua was medical officer. In the mid 1961 Professor Mary Abraham joined the department as the Head. . After Prof. Abraham retired Dr. V. M Bhatt was appointed as the head and for a short while Dr. S. N. Mukherjee was the head at Maternity Hospital, but was transferred to the JIPMER campus when the hospital began functioning in 1961..PG course in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, MD, was started in 1966 when Dr. V.M Bhatt was the head of the department.  Dr. P. N .Nayak took over the department in 1969/1970 as head and continued till she was appointed Medical Superintendent in 1978/79. The department was then taken over by Dr. A. Chakravarty who had been in the department as reader and Associate Professor. Laparoscope was made available from 1979 essentially for laparoscopic sterilization; and was also used for diagnosis.

1980- 1994:

                       In late 1980 Dr.Rajaram .P joined as Professor and took over the department in 1982 when Dr.Chakravarty was transferred, and continued till 1993 when he became additional DGHS. The faculty during this period were  Prof. SK. Barua, Prof. Asha Oumachigui, Dr.Syed Habeebullah, Dr. Rani Reddy , Dr.S.SoundaraRaghavan, Dr.Raksha Arora and Dr.Bhupathy and the department had 3 and later 4 Units.

During this period, CTG machine and Vacuum extractor were procured and USG was started soon after Prof. S.K. Barua returned from his training in ultrasound in the UK. Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in JIPMER was the first department and Our Institute in South India was the first to obtain an ultrasound machine (which had only B-Mode). One unit of OBGY used to work in Govt Maternity Hospital and till 1983 the Undergraduate students used to do Labour room posting there and it was stopped in1983 and continued in JIPMER  as the delivery rate at JIPMER increased tremendously and the department totally became independent and withdrew from Govt. Maternity hospital in1987. Partograph and continuous CTG for high risk cases were strictly practiced.

During this time Gynaecological Oncology improvised with Prof. Rajaram performing and training the faculty in Radical hysterectomy of his Vienna technique and Prof. KS Reddy, Head of the Department of Radiotherapy introducing Intrauterine and vaginal Ovoids for Radiotherapy in advanced cases of carcinoma cervix.

 In the year 1982, the department was recognized as one of the Human Reproduction Research Centres under the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. A number of clinical and field projects were carried out including the efficient abortifacient, Mifepristone as RU 486. JIPMER Celebrated Silver Jubilee in 1989


 Prof. Asha Oumachigui was the head of the department from 1993 1994 till her retirement in early 2001. The faculty during this time were Prof. Syed Habeebullah, Prof. Rani Reddy , Prof. S. Soundra Raghavan, Dr.RakshaArora, Dr.Nayak,  Dr.Boopathy , Dr. Papa Dasari and  Dr.Reena Yadav. LOG Book was introduced for PG training programme. Dr.Boopathy had undertaken Laparoscopic surgery training in 1996 at Chennai and slowly operative Laparoscopy was introduced. The department conducted two Landmark conferences Viz; Family Welfare Conference of FOGSI in 1994 and AGOICON (Association of Gynaecologic Oncologists of India) in 1998.                                                 



Prof .Syed.Habeebullah took over in 2001 and headed the department till June 2013 when rotatary head-ship was introduced in the Institute. The faculty during this period were Prof. Rani Reddy, Prof, S. Raghavan, Prof. Papa Dasari and Prof. Latha Chaturvedula, With the Obstetric and Gynaecological Society renewal monthly FOGSI meetings became a regular issue. New faculty started joining gradually from 2010 as a recruitment drive of JIPMER to fill up long list of vacant posts. The department shifted to the newly constructed Women and Children Hospital (WCH) in 2013. The department conducted the All India conference AGOICON in 2013.

2013 onwards   

Head of the Departments: July 2013- June 2016: Prof. S. Soundara Raghavan

July 2016— June 2019- Prof. PaapaDasari

July 2019- Prof. LathaChaturvedula

 The department is equipped with the state of the art facilities with the best USG Machines with Doppler and 3D which are 6 in number including 2 mobile ones for labour room and ICU and Eclampsia room to facilitate bedside diagnosis and monitoring. The facility of separate Eclampsia room and ICU are started with 6 beds each to meet the increasing load of women with severe morbidity and are equipped with Ventilators and ABG machines and 24 hour coverage by anaesthetists

The Labour rooms/Casualty/Eclampsia room and ICU are  equipped with CTG machines with central monitoring facilities for continuous electronic monitoring and the 24 hour Emergency OT with 2 tables  exclusively for the department of OG which is just next to labour rooms - CLR & SLR a dream come true of many past heads of the department who worked hard. We are now able to achieve the standard of delivering a babywith fetal distress/cord prolapse within half an hour of decision. The Elective Operation theatre is expanded like another dream come true to 6 OT tables of which 2 are dedicated to Laparoscopic Surgery. The WCH has the inbuilt facility for Assisted Reproductive Technologies. IUI services are offered regularly from November 2015 and IVF-ET services have started as per ICMR guidelines in 2019. Appointment of embryologist was done but we had to stop IVF services for the time being due to the COVID situation.

            Out-Patient Department (OPD) has dedicated areas for managing Staff, VIPs and Referrals and also for special Clinics. Special clinics in Obstetric Medicine, Adolescent, reproductive health clinic, Menopause clinic and Pre-conceptional care clinic started in 2017. A Multidisciplinary boardroom is also constructed to facilitate inter-disciplinary case discussions The Emergency area (OG Casualty) was also re-organized by introducing Triage system and also public notice and information were given and displayed. PC-PNDT registration counter is started and New Registers for PNDT, congenital malformations, invasive pre-natal procedures were introduced. The department is also participating in Multidisciplinary Robotic Surgery programme of JIPMER and performed first Robotic Surgery in August 2017.

Since November 2017the undergraduate intake is 150 per an academic year; now increased to 180 since 2020. We also take care of karaikal students through  online classes and also  classes in person. Postgraduate intake is 10 per 6 months since 2015. Currently it is increased to 25 per year(12-13per semester).The department developed a robust PG teaching, training and evaluation programme including Internal assessment. The UG and PG curriculum was revised with innovative ideas of training, teaching and evaluation.We have also introduced end of posting Evaluation of interns since Jan 2020.The department has started Post-Doctoral Fellowship courses in Gynaecological Oncology and Maternal medicine. We do have a certificate course in Family Planning. Basic skill certification for Post-graduates in Endoscopy and Cardiotocography were introduced in 2017.

Since June 2019 we have introduced Guest faculty lectures from other departments related to Obstetrics and Gynaecology. We have partly online teaching- the new norm, as is everywhere during the present COVID pandemic. The department also organizes CME programmes on regular basis and conducts monthly Maternal and Perinatal Morbidity and Mortality meetings to improve maternal and neonatal  care by critical analysis and corrections.

Our department has been instrumental in creating new logistics during this COVID Pandemic to tide over crisis in the Institute and also for the smooth running of the department.

The department has brought out the Departmental Manual version 1 for 2015-16 and version 2 in 2017 -18 with various departmental policies and protocols and further information can be found

Faculty Profile

S.NO. Category & Name Date of joining as faculty Designation
on Joining
Date of Retirement Employee ID


Senior Professor 


Dr. Papa Dasari


Assistant professor


JD 0151




Dr. Latha Chaturvedula (HOD)


Assistant professor


JD 0202


Dr. Gowri Dorairajan




JD 1120


Dr. Jayalakshmy D


Assistant professor


JD 0496


Dr. Veena P


Assistant professor


JD 0386


Dr. Dilip Kumar Maurya


Assistant professor


JD 0444


Additional Professor


Dr.Haritha Sagili


Assistant Professor




Dr. Kubera NS


Assistant Professor


JD 0486


Dr. Anish K


Assistant Professor


JD 0483


Dr. Sasi Rekha R


Assistant Professor


JD 0460


Dr. Chitra T


Assistant Professor


JD 1092


Associate Professor


Dr.Mamata Gowda


Assistant Professor


JD 1183


Dr. Murali Subbaih


Assistant Professor


JD 1203


Assistant Professor


Dr. Avantika


Assistant Professor


JD 1225


Dr. Nivedita


Assistant Professor


JD 1231


Dr. T. Parvathi


Assistant Professor


JD 1232


Dr. Bhabani Pegu


Assistant Professor


JD 1244


Dr. Arpitha A


Assistant Professor


JD 1257


Dr. Yavana Suriya J.


Assistant Professor


JD 1277


Dr. Sujithra Devi


Assistant Professor




Dr. Sairem Mongol


Assistant Professor


JD 1276