The Department of Physiology being one of the three basic pioneer departments of the Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital has been given the responsibility to impart medical education to the first year medical students since the inception of the college in 2005-06. The department has come a long way since then, under the guidance of senior experienced faculty members having good teaching and research background. A number of faculty members served the department from time to time and played pivotal role in improving the department and taking it to new heights.

Name Designation
Dr. Shivayogappa S. Teli Professor & Head
Dr. Soundariya. K Professor
Ms. Senthamil Selvi. K Asst. Professor
Dr. Deepika. V Asst. Professor
Dr. Mangani Mangalavalli. S Asst. Professor
Dr. Danti. J Junior Resident

Labs in the department:

  1. Hematology lab: The lab has seating arrangements for 90 students. Adequate number of laboratory items, for performing hematological experiments including compound microscopes are available in the department.
  2. Clinical lab: A spacious clinical lab equipped with various facilities is available to carry out the clinical and human experiments.
  3. Amphibian lab: It has many instruments and facilities to do experiments to understand the nerve muscle Physiology.
  4. Mammalian lab: Various instruments, like Dale’s apparatus, Langendroff apparatus, and Mariotte’s bottle to carry out mammalian experiments are available.
  5. Research lab: An autonomic research lab equipped with the following instruments to carry out research studies on humans is available in the department:
    • Heart Rate Variability (HRV): It is used to assess the sympathovagal balance in an individual at a given time, which reflects the cardiovascular functioning and risk stratification.
    • Evoked potential: Brainstem evoked potentials, visual evoked potentials and motor evoked potentials can be recorded measuring the electrical activities generated from the brain.
    • Pulmonary Function test: Computerized spirometry to evaluate the lung functions and disorders.
    • ECG: Automated ECG with 12 leads is available in the department.
    • Nerve conduction study: Helps to evaluate the conduction of electrical impulses along the nerve.
    • Body Fat analyzer: It analyzes the body fat composition, BMI, skeletal and subcutaneous fat in the body based on bioelectrical impedance.
    • EMG: Electromyography technique for recording and evaluating electrical activity in skeletal muscles.
    • Treadmill: Computerized 12 lead treadmill for stress test to measure heart rate and blood pressure during exercise and recovery period.
    • Reaction Time Apparatus: To determine the reaction time to visual stimuli is available in the department.

Department Library

The department is well equipped with total 213 books written by Indian and international authors.


The museum has historical scientist’s photos and physiology models prepared by the students for display.

Undergraduate training

  • For UG training, we follow physiology curriculum as prescribed by the MCI.
  • The entire curriculum is prepared before the beginning of a new batch and will be displayed in the notice board every month for students’ awareness, interaction, and feedback.
  • Students are trained by variety of Teaching Learning methods to improve their knowledge, skill and attitude. Their progress in learning is assessed periodically by internal examinations and feedback is given individually to improve their performance. We also collect feedback at the end of every year from each batch and consider their valuable suggestions in the curriculum design.
  • All UG students are motivated to participate in state level and national level “Quiz” program conducted every year and adequate training is given by experienced faculties.
  • e-learning : Department of physiology is flexible in its approach and adapts new Teaching Learning methods from time to time keeping the students interest and changing trends in mind.

Post Graduate training

  • The Department is privileged to be given permission for post – graduate training in MD (Physiology) since 2011 for 3 candidates per year. PG teaching programs are executed as per MCI norms and Pondicherry University PG curriculum.
  • The skilled faculties play a pivotal role in training the PG’s in becoming not only dynamic and inspiring teachers creating enterprising doctors of the future but also are trained in Research skills. Thus the faculties play an important role in enabling the PG’s in analyzing lucid skills of teaching the paradigms of medical physiology.
  • Publication of research works and presentation in national/Internation Journals.
  • Seminar: Every month a seminar is scheduled under the guidance of a moderator.
  • Research: Motivation and guidance is given to all PG students to do research and participate in national and international workshop and conferences.
  • Journal Club: Similarly, each month a journal club is held with prior intimation of the research article to all the faculties.
  • Feedback by guide and senior faculties
  • Pedagogy: PGs are trained to present pedagogy often to enhance their presentation skills.
  • Theory and Viva exams at regular interval.

B.Sc. Nursing and Post Basic Nursing

  • The nursing care of patient forms most important part of hospital. The nursing courses have been recognized by Indian nursing council, New Delhi from the year 2007. The B.Sc. nursing course has an intake of 100 students with Physiology theory classes of 60hrs. Post basic Nursing course has intake of 30 students with 45hrs of theory teaching programme as per the curriculum of Indian nursing council.

Teaching Methods

  • Lecture classes: The department imparts education and training to 150 students of 1st Professional M.B.,B.S., in the subject of Physiology. I MBBS year students are exposed to theory teaching in the form of didactic lectures with scheduled hours as per the MCI norms.
  • Practical: Hematology and clinical practical are scheduled as per MCI norms. Demonstration by faculties followed by small group OSPE/OSCE training is imparted to the students.
  • Small group teaching: Physiology department emphasizes small group teaching in form of tutorials.
  • Case base learning: Case reports from hospital are collected and case scenarios are prepared by department faculties and discussed in small groups.
  • Integrated teaching and learning: Vertical and horizontal integration is done for various topics in physiology.
  • Internal assessment & feedback: Every month an internal assessment is conducted for the I year MBBS students and structured feedback is given for the students individually.

Articles published from the department

  • S.Chandra Kala,D.Nagaraj and M .VeerendraKumar. “Latency of VEP P 100 waveform in relation to age and check size”. Biomedicine 2012; 32(1):33- 38.
  • S.ChandraKala ,ShivakumarVeeraiah , D. Nagaraj. “Study of amplitude of VEP p100 waveform in relation to age & check size”. Biomedicine 2012; 32(4):516- 520.
  • S.ChandraKala, ShivakumarVeeraiah, D.Nagaraj. “Study of latency and amplitudes of VEP p100 waveform in relation to gender” Biomedicine 2012
  • V. Hariprasad , B.S. Chandrakala. “Relationship of sleep duration and QT Interval in Obese and normal weight Medical students”.
  • Shivayogappa S Teli, Muniyappanavar N S and P D Dixit. “Assessment of cardiovascular risk in young asymptomatic smokers: A physiobiochemical study. Biomedicine: 2013; 33(2): 232-36.
  • Soundariya K, Neelambikai N. “Influence of anthropometric indices on pulmonary function tests in young individuals”. World Journal of Medical Sciences 2013;9(3): 157-161
  • Soundariya K, Bhagyalaxmi C. “A comparative study on the QT interval duration between Prehypertensives and Normotensives”. Biomedicine 2013;33(4):578-582
  • Deepika V, Sheela R. Role of ocimum sanctum on noise stress induced alterations in glucocorticoid and carbohydrate metabolism. Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2013; 4(4):(B) 29 – 39
  • Senthil velou. M, Gnanadesigan. E , Selvam.V.S, Bethiun. S “Depression, Anxiety and Stress levels among individuals with siblings and individuals without siblings” Scholars Journal of Applied Medical (SJAMS) 2014;2(5):2320-6691
  • Senthil velou. M., Sivayogappa Teli, Deepika, Thendral, Rohini “Influence of Physical Activities on the Academic Performance of Medical College Students”. Int. J Pure Bio Sci – 2014; 2 (4): 106-111
  • Senthil Velou. M, Senthamilselvi. K, Shivayogappa Teli, Soundariya K, Thendral. V “Prevalence of single child (individuals without siblings) in our society: a cross-sectional study from Puducherry”. Scholars Journal of Applied Medical 2014; 2(4A):1206-1209
  • P. Venkatesh, K. Soundariya, V. Deepika. “A Study on Attitude of Medical Students towards Learning of Communication Skills”. Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences 2014; Vol. 3, Issue 27, July 07; 7567-7573
  • Chelikam Rohini1, M.Anilkumar2, E.Prabhakar Reddy3, “Acute Sympathetic vasoconstriction at rest and during dynamic exercise in cyclist and sedentary humans”. Journal of current trends in clinical medicine and laboratory biochemistry 2014;(1)4:29-34
  • AnilKumar1, Ch.Rohini2, E.Prabhakar Reddy3, V Siva Kumar4, P.V.L.N.Srinivasa Rao5 “Branched chain amino acid profile in chronic kidney disease patients”. Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences (JPBMS) 2014;04(03):256-260
  • Bethiun, “Effect of Glycated Hemoglobin over Auditory Activity type 2 Diabetes Mellitus” RGUHS J Med Sciences 2014;4(1):30-34
  • Premaraja, “Autonomic Reactivity in Normal Healthy children of Hypertensives” RGUHS J Med Sciences 2014;4(1):24-29
  • Husamuddin N. Dr. Shiva Yogappa T “Effect of Acute sleep deprivation on blood cell count in healthy young individuals”. IJBAMR; September 2014;3(4):130-133P
  • Abeetha S1, Dr. Mitali Srivastava2, Dr. Shivali Srivastava3 “Progression of Acute Transverse Myelitis to Multiple SclerosisIndian” JBAR; 2014:(3)3:233-236
  • R. Hemavathy, Dr.M.Senthilvelou, Dr.S.Chandra, Dr.M.JhansiRani, Dr.K.Soundariya, “The alarming impact of obesity in inflammation by correlating with high sensitivity C-reactive protein in adults”. IJBAMR; 2014:(3)4:341-349
  • Shivayogappa S, Senthil Velou M, Paramasivam L and Divya D, “An experimental Study on immediate effect of direct barefoot contact with earth on prehypertension”. IJ RR.2015:3(8):836-840
  • Soundariya K, Deepika V. Prevalence of Internet addiction among Medical students. Biomedicine 2015; 35(4): 363-367.
  • Soundariya K, Neelambikai N. Influence of exercise on pulmonary function tests in young individuals. Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology 2015; 4(2): 181-184.
  • Senthamil Selvi K, Subathra B. “Urinary pH and Insulin Resistance in offspring of Diabetic Partents”. Ind.j.physiol& Allied Sci.,2015;69(3):121-124
  • Deepika V, Soundariya K, Venkatesh SP, Senthamil Selvi K. Prevalence of taste blindness to Phenylthiocarbamide among Smokers. IJBAP 2015, 4(1):72-77
  • Deepika V et al. A Study on Prevalence of Phenyl Thiocarbamide (PTC) Taste Blindness among Obese Individuals. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. 2015;9(5): CC04-CC06
  • Shivayogappa S Teli1, Dr Divya R2, Dr Paramasivam L3, Dr Senthil Velou M4, “Association of ABO and Rh blood groups with blood pressure: A cross sectional study in South Indian population”.IJBAMR2016:5(3)8-13
  • S.Mangani Mangalavalli, Dr.S.Bethiun Nesan, Dr.M.Senthilvelou, Dr.Shivayogappa Teli, Dr.K.Soundariya “Does your personality make you fat!!!- A study on young Prehypertensives” IJBAMR; June 2015: Vol.-4, Issue- 3, P. 195-203
  • Divya R., Chandra S. , Ashok V, “ A comparative study of Biochemical markers of renal function in hypertensive and normotensive males”. IJRTST, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN 2249-8109, Volume 11, Issue 2, 2014 pp 241-244
  • Abeetha S, Dr. Shiva Yogappa Teli, Dr. Mitali Srivastava, Dr. Divya R, Dr. Ashok. “Can sleep deprivation make us sweeter?” International J. of Healthcare and Biomedical Research, Volume: 03, Issue: 03, April 2015, Pages 69-76
  • Soundariya K, Deepika V, Venkatesh SP. Effect of smoking on neurocognitive function. Int. J Basic Appl. Physiol 2016;5(1): 79-83
  • Soundariya K, Deepika V, SP Venkatesh.A comparative analysis of rate pressure product between prehypertensives and normotensives and its correlation with body mass index. Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology, 2016;3(4);452-455
  • Deepika V, Vijaya kumar R, Latha Vijaya Kumar S, Srikumar R. Nonlinear analysis of heart rate variability using poincare plot method among young prehypertensives. IJPT 2016; 8(3) :18335-18343
  • Deepika V et al. Analysis of Body Fat Composition Using Bioelectrical Impedance Method among Young Normotensives and Pre Hypertensive Individuals. RJPBS 2016; 7(2):146-151
  • Soundariya K, Deepika V. A study on the learning styles and learning approaches among medical students. NJPP 2017;7(10):1020-1025.
  • Deepika V et al. Impact of Body Mass Index on QTc interval in prehypertensives. . Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2017; 8(1):(B)266 – 270
  • Selvi S, Rohini C, Velou S, Deepika V. Relation between blood group and mood changes. IJBAMR 2017; 6(3): 118-125
  • Deepika V, Vijaya kumar R. Evaluation of Neutrophil-Lymphocyte Ratio (NLR) and arterial stiffness indices among young prehypertensives- a cross sectional study. AJPCR 2018; 11(1):154-157
  • Deepika V, Vijaya kumar R. Impact of Body Mass Index on arterial stiffness in young prehypertensives- a cross sectional study. JRHS 2018;18(1):e00402


Name of the Faculty Programe Topic Awarded
Ms. Deepika. V International medical sciences Academy 2018, SVMCR, Puducherry Oral presentation Best oral presentation
Dr. Soundariya . K APTCON – 18 National conference, KARPAGA Vinayaga Institute of Medical science and Research centre, Kanchipuram. Oral presentation 2nd price
Ms. Deepika. V APTCON – 18 National conference, Karpaga Vinayag institute of Medical science and Research centre, Kanchipuram. Oral presentation 2nd price
Dr. Shivayogappa S. Teli Medworld Asia Internal Publication 2018, Pune. Publication Nobel Medical Researcher of the year 2018

Postgraduates Achievements:

Name of the Postgraduate Programe Topic Awarded
Dr. R. Hemavathy SIMSCON 2013 Oral Presentation 2nd Prize
Dr. Mangani Mangalavalli SIMSCON 2014 Oral Presentation 3rd Price

University Ranks

Name of the Student Batch University Rank
Ms. Sakthi Abirami .C 2009 – 10 First Rank
Mr. Karthik. V 2010 – 11 First Rank

University Medals:

Name of the Student Batch University Exam Medal
Ms. Divyalakshmi. C 2011-12 Gold
S. No. Date Nature of Programme Programme Chief Guest
1 01.02.14 C M E ‘‘ECG – Basics and Clinical Applications’’ Dr. M. Chenniappan, MD.,DM (cardiology),
2 21.05.16 Guest Lecture & Quiz Myocardial infarction & Lub-dup quiz Dr Ajith Ananthakrishna Pillai,  MD., DM, FRCP.
3 22.07.16 CME Mirror neurons – neurons for learning and emotions Dr. G.K. Pal, MD., MABMS,
4 21.10.16 CME Healthy ageing Dr. J.S. Rajkumar M.S., DNB., FRCS
5 10.12.16 Guest Lecture Interdepartmental Seminar Dr. Nivedita Roy, MD., Dr. K. Soundariya, MD., Dr. Ragunathan, MD.,
6 28.01.17 Model exhibition Ravishing replicas Dr. L. Paramasivam, Ph.D Dr. K.V.P. Suriyakumari, MD., Dr. Sumathi, MD.,
7 28.01.17 Quiz & Guest Lecture Inter College Quiz Competition “Haemrace” Dr. Prasanth ganesan, MD., DM,

Organized and conducted





Department of Physiology has organized an Intra college UG quiz competition on Gastro intestinal system and a guest lecture on 5th Feb. 2019; “GUT WIT – 2019.”

Dr. P. Thirumal, a Gastroenterologist from our institute was the honorable speaker for the guest lecture on “GUT MICROBIOME – The Second Genome.”


A Guest Lecture on “Stem cell therapy” by Dr. Prasanth ganesan, MD., DM, and an intercollegiate quiz competition was organized. For the quiz program named “HEMRACE” a total of 92 teams from all around Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had registered and exciting prizes were given. Also the models prepared by SMVMCH students related to physiology concepts were displayed and best models were given prizes.


CME on “Healthy Ageing”- Health is considered as a fundamental human right and a worldwide social goal. Due to scientific advancements, life style of the people is tremendously metamorphosing and their physical activities are getting minimal. If this is the scenario midst the affluent population, malnutrition and low immunity – perpetuating secondary diseases are abounding among the present population. In such a context, there arises an essentiality for healthy aging. As a part of the aging process there is mounting scientific and clinical curiosity in relation to nutrition and health. Enlightening yourself with the foods that offer the vitamins and minerals that promote good health as we age is the need of hour.


CME on “Mirror Neurons – neurons for learning and emotions”. The mirror neurons fire on observing other persons reactions and are essential brain cells for social interactions. These neurons also form the neurological basis for learning in normal and autism children. Enriching our knowledge with the scientific updates reqgarding the “Mirror Neurons” is essential.

Year Name Designation Institute Email ID
2011-14 Dr. Premaraja Asst. Professor SLIMS, Puducherry
Dr. Bethiun Asso. Professor Sree Balaji Medical College, Chrompet
2012-15 Dr. Husamuddin Asst. Professor Vellore Govt. Med. College, Vellore
Dr. Hemavathy Asst. Professor Vellore Govt. Med. College, Vellore
Dr. Divya Asst. Professor Karpagam Faculty of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore
2013-16 Dr. Mangani Mangalavalli.S Asst. Professor SMVMCH, Puducherry
Dr. Abeetha. S Asst. Professor ACS Medical College and Hospital, Chennai subramanian.or.abee