Safdarjung Hospital started as an American Army Base Hospital during the II World war. In 1947 it was made annexe to Irwin Hospital (Presently LNJP Hospital). It was taken over by the Central Government in 1954 and named as Safdarjung Hospital. Until the inception of All India Institute of Medical Science in 1956, Safdarjung Hospital was the only tertiary care hospital in South Delhi. Based on the needs and developments in medical care the hospital has been regularly upgrading its facilities from diagnostic and therapeutic angles in all the specialties. The hospital when started in 1942 had only 204 beds, which has since increased to 1531 beds. The hospital provides medical care to millions of citizens not only of Delhi but also the neighbouring states free of cost. Safdarjung Hospital is a Central Government Hospital under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and is receives its budget from the Ministry. Safadarjung Hospital has a Medical College associated with it named Vardhman Mahavir Medical College.

I was Executive Engineer E/M of CPWD during the period 1994-1998 and modified almost all the services in the Hospital including Installation of 3 Nos. 150 Kg/hour incinerators, Renovation of HVAC System of OT and Burn’s Ward, 20 Nos Hospital cum Passenger Lifts, New OPD block etc.
Later on I became project co-ordinator (while working with CP Kukreja and associates) for the Vardhman Mahaveer Medical College of which complete designs and BOQ were prepared within two month’s time.


Vardhman Mahavir Medical College was established at Safdarjung Hospital in November 2001. Padma Shree Dr. Jagdish Prasad is the founder Principal of the college. 
The foundation stone of the medical college was laid by our then Honourable Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee on 17th December 2001 in presence of the then Honourable Home Minister Shri L.K.Advani and Honourable Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. C.P. Thakur . On 20th November 2007 Shri M. Hamid Ansari ,our Honourable Vice President has dedicated the Vardhman Mahavir Medical College building to the nation in  the presence of Honourable Minister of Health & Family Welfare Dr Anbumani Ramadoss.

Although the college began on a very modest note on infrastructure carved out of the portions of the Safdarjang Hospital, today it is housed in a state of art centrally air-conditioned building .   We have a separate Library building also with excellent collection of Medical books , Journals and Internet facility. Not only with regard to material infrastructure, the college has a very competent faculty in the pre, para clinical and clinical disciplines.  The faculty consists of over 295 doctors who are highly qualified in their respective fields, possessing post-graduate qualifications .  It is needless to emphasize that large number of the faculty members are of national and international repute with research papers, books publication and editorship of the journals to their credit.  Some of the faculty members are the members of the executive bodies of the National/international Association/Academy and few of them are holding elected offices of the president of such associations.  A large number of training workshops (including WHO workshops), CME’s seminars are being conducted here.  Research activities of the highest order are under taken in all the disciplines of medicine and our institute is a centre for the research projects of ICMR, CSIR and WHO in some of the departments.



In order to facilitate the IT related activities “Computer Server Room” was set up initially with one room in the 2nd floor of H-Block Extension of this hospital in the year 2005.  The computerization of this hospital started by computerizing OPD(registration), admission, clinical biochemistry, laboratory medicine, casualty, radiology and medical stores in Phase-I.

With the intent to expand the IT services to all the departments a new location for the Computer Server Room has been finalized i.e. 1st floor H-Block Extension. Necessary civil/electrical modifications carried out and should be functional shortly.

The hospital presently has approximately 271 computers in use at various locations including departmental head & faculty members for research & educational use.


Safdarjang had initiated implementation of IT in the hospital in 2005 by setting up a local area network of 26 nodes including the OPD(registration), admission, clinical biochemistry, laboratory medicine, casualty, radiology and medical stores. 

In Phase-II there is a plan to expand this application to all the wards by expanding Local Area Network(LAN)  for better patient care services and improved medical record management.


VMMC & Safdarjang Hospital had launched its web site ( which was inaugurated on 17.09.2002 by the then Union Health Minister, Shri Shatrughan Sinha. The hospital website ( was redesigned & launched in 2008 with the help of NIC in July 2008 and presently the website is updated regularly from the server room located within the hospital. In order to make the hospital website more friendly for the physically handicapped (level A of WCAG 2.0) as per the current GOI guidelines, the process has been initiated with the technical support of NIC.

The present hospital website is interactive and the CMS (Content Management System) rights rest with the Web Administrator, VMMC & Safdarjang Hospital. The website is updated at regular intervals and all information regarding tenders, interviews/recruitments and results etc are posted on the site.


The hospital / college library has been provided with internet facility through a server and 20 thin clients during 2007-2008.  In addition over 69 broad-band internet connections have been provided to individual departments to facilitate research and furthering education. 

Incinerators: The Safdarjang has 3 incinerators. One is equipped with pollution control device. The capacity of each incinerator is 150-175 Kg/hour. The Biomedical waste kept in colour coded yellow beg in final dispose with in the 24 hours. The required temp. of primary and secondary chamber are maintained very strictly. Regular monitoring of gases are done and the prescribed norms are maintained.
Cost: 01 crore (Approx.)

Microwave: The department is equipped with microwave M-160, METEKA, Austria to sterilize the disposable. The disposable sterilize using microwave system electromagnetic wave of 2.45 Giga Hertz. That can penetrate Biological tissue rapidly.
Cost of equipment : 39 Laces(Approx.)

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