National Institute of Siddha or popularly known as NIS Chennai is one of the most reputed institutes in Tamil Nadu and one of the eight national institutes established across the nation for the study and research of Siddha system in medicines by the Department of AYUSH, Government of India. Established in the year 2005 on 3rd September the Institute is affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University. Moreover the Institute is also approved by the Central Council of Indian medicines (CCIM).  

Selection of candidates for this course is based on the merit score obtained in All India Ayush PG Entrance Test (AIAPGET) conducted by the Ministry in Ayush and Counselling in the Institute. The Education, Syllabus and Curriculum and followed as per the norms set by the Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM), New Delhi. The M.D. Siddha program is offered in 8 specializations and the Ph.D Siddha program is offered in 6 specializations.

NIS Chennai Highlights

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Name of the Institute National institute of Siddha
Establishment Year 2005
Institute Type Public
Approved by Central Council of Indian medicines (CCIM). 
Affiliated to Tamil Nadu Dr.M.G.R. Medical University
Popular Course M.D. Siddha
Admission Criteria Entrance Exam and Written Test
Entrance Exam All India Ayush Post Graduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET)
Application Mode Online
Location Chennai, Tamil Nadu

NIS Chennai Courses

NIS Chennai offers courses to students at both M.D. and Ph.D level study and research of Siddha system of medicines. The courses with their specializations and eligibility criteria are tabulated below:

Course Specializations Seats Eligibility Criteria Duration
MD Maruthuvam 8 Graduates with B.S.M.S. degree in Siddha are eligible to apply in these disciplines 3 years
Gunapadam 8
Kuzhandhai Maruthuvam 8
Noi Naadal 7
Nanju Maruthuvam 7
Pura Maruthuvam 3
Varma Maruthuvam 2
Siddhar Yoga Maruthuvam 2
PhD Maruthuvam 2 Candidates with M.D. degree in Siddha are eligible for this course. Minimum 3 years
Gunapadam 2
Sirappu Maruthuvam 2
Kuzhandhai Maruthuvam 2
Noi Naadal 2
Nanju Mathuruvam 2

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NIS Chennai Admission

NIS Chennai offers two courses namely MD and PhD. The admission to MD Courses is given on the basis marks scored by the candidate in All India AYUSH Post Graduate Entrance Test (AIAPGET), organized by All India Institute of Ayurveda. For PhD, the candidates have to take the entrance exam and appear for an Interview conducted by the college.

How to Apply?

For MD Programme:

  • Interested candidates need to visit the official website (
  • Click on “Apply Online/Login” and register on the site.
  • Then click on “Click here for new registration”.
  • Now fill up the form with necessary details, scanned photograph and signature and make the payment of INR 2500 (INR 1750 for SC/ ST/ PWD applicants) online through Debit/Credit Card or Net Banking for the registration fee.
  • At the end of the registration process, applicants will get a computer generated acknowledgement, which will be also sent to them in their registered Email-ID.
  • Take a print-out of the filled up application form after completing the process for future purpose.
  • The selected candidates for admission then will have to pay the fee amount by demand draft on any Nationalized Bank drawn in favour of The Director, National Institute of Siddha, Tambaram Sanatorium, Chennai- 600 047, payable at the time of Counselling.

For Ph.D Programme:

  • Visit the official website of NIS Chennai (
  • Download the form from the website.
  • Fill up the form with the required details and submit it through Registered Post/ Courier Service/ Speed post with a demand draft of INR 2000 (INR 1500 for SC/ST candidates).
  • The name and the address of the applicant along with their number should be mentioned at the back of the demand draft.

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NIS Chennai Placements

NIS Chennai is known to have a great and an efficient placement cell. They train and assist the students to develop skills and confidence so that they can present themselves in a better way in the interview. The placement cell is known to conduct constant grooming sessions for the students so that they can develop soft skills, behavioural skills, ways to face an interview, practise with expected questionnaires etc to make them fit for the job.

Moreover, NIS Chennai offers placements and job opportunities on a varied scale inside the campus from both private and government sectors within a range of decent to high salary packages. The Ph.D program opens doors for the research field workers to many job opportunities with high-salary packages within the country and abroad along with stipend. The Institute is also known to provide one year internship to the students in order to groom them with experience, knowledge and skills for having a better understanding of the work in this field and future prospects.

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NIS Chennai Faculty

NIS Chennai has highly qualified and dedicated faculty members in the campus, with years of experience in the field of research and study with siddha medicines. They are purely committed to impart students with strong educational foundations, insights and values to the upcoming future generations. The Institute has a total of 36 faculty members out of which 4 are Professors, 9 are Assistant Professors, 10 are Associate Professors and 11 are Lecturers along with a Director and a Joint Director.

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NIS Chennai Facilities

The Institute provides lots of facilities to the students in different sectors so that students can have access to things in need that would create a study-friendly environment for them at ease. Following are the facilities provided by National Institute of Siddha, Chennai:

  • Hostel for both boys and girls
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Cafeteria
  • Auditorium
  • Laboratories
  • Sports Complex
  • Medical/Hospital
  • IT Centers

NIS Chennai FAQs

Ques. How many Departments does NIS Chennai have?

Ans. NIS Chennai 6 Departments namely:
  • Maruthuvam
  • Gunapadam
  • Sirappu Maruthuvam
  • Kuzhandai Maruthuvam
  • Noi Nadal
  • Nanju Maruthuvam

Ques. Are there any scholarships offered by the Institute?

Ans. So far known, NIS Chennai does not offer any sort of scholarships or so. However the students are entitled to various financial help in terms of the stipends that the government of India provides for pursuing further studies. For example, The Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India has sanctioned 12 research fellowships (i.e. two for each department) with monthly stipend.

Ques. What is the Siddha system of medicine?

Ans. Siddha system of medicine is one of the ancient traditional systems of medical systems followed in India for more than thousand years, developed by great Tamil sages called Siddhars.
Ans. Yes, the Institute has an Anti-Ragging Cell with a Committee and a Squad. It is a safe and friendly campus with the population of dignified and service minded medical professionals. Freshers are well received by their seniors.

Ques. Are there any reservation provisions?

 Ans. Yes, reservation provisions as per Government of India for higher education programme are being followed for PG admission.