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About Karunashraya

Karunashraya – literally meaning “abode of compassion”- is a joint project of ​Indian Cancer Society​ (Karnataka Chapter) and ​Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar​. Karunashraya provides free-of-cost quality palliative care to advanced stage cancer patients who are beyond curative medical treatment. Located in Bengaluru on the Old Airport-Varthur Main Road near the Kundalahalli Junction, the lush greenery and impressive architecture of the facility has won acclaim as one of ‘ the most well designed hospice buildings completed between 1990 and 1999′, finding a place in ’20th Century World Architecture – The Phaidon Atlas’.

Vision (Derived from CARE)

C: Caring

A: Advocacy and Awareness

R: Research

E: Education & Training


To provide compassionate palliative care for people facing life limiting illness through quality care, advocacy, research and education.

Services Offered

In – Patient

If anything can help advanced stage cancer patients to feel better, it would be the sprawling, green, beautiful and well designed 73 bed in-patient facility at Karunashraya. Here, patients are admitted with the objective of alleviating pain and other distressing symptoms. Our team of Palliative Care professionals is trained to deal with the psychological and spiritual needs of the patients. The nursing staff is especially competent in handling their intensive minute-to-minute physical requirements. Together, they form a formidable support system that is difficult for patients’ families to provide in their homes during the last stages of Cancer. Thus with the care of Karunashraya’s well-trained and competent team of doctors, nurses, family counselors, physiotherapists, volunteers and administrative staff, they begin to heal spiritually and to come to terms with their illness.

Home Care

Karunashraya has the distinction of being the first hospice in India to provide free home-care for terminally ill cancer patients. Since the launch of home care services in 1994, we have cared for more than 5000 patients, and have around 50+ patients under our care at any point of time. With our home care services being highly sought after, we have deployed multiple teams who travel through the city to provide home care services. Each home care team consists of multidisciplinary nurses, a physiotherapist, a health assistant and a social worker for giving palliative care including counselling and non-curative treatment. Our home care program is a testimony to our flexible approach in palliative care, focused on patient’s need for comfort.

Nursing Aide Training

Karunashraya firmly believes in and supports women empowerment. In this context, we provide nursing aide training to young girls (18-22 years) who never had the privilege of higher education due to their weak economic background. This training not only ensures their employability but also equips them with specialized skills to serve advanced stage cancer patients.

The duration of the training is 6 months. Besides free-of-charge training, a monthly stipend is also paid to the trainees. Once trained, they are employed in the hospice as care-givers. Till date, we have successfully completed 22 batches of training.

Governing Body

Office Bearers of Trust
competent palliative care team

Our Team

Karunashraya has a well-trained and competent palliative care team comprising doctors, nurses, consultants, social workers, and therapists, along with volunteers, fundraisers, and support staff.

Karunashraya is managed by ​Bangalore Hospice Trust​, which is headed by the Chairman and managed by the Managing Trustee. The board of trustees has an equitable representation of Indian Cancer Society​ and ​Rotary Bangalore Indiranagar​. Medical Director of Karunashraya mentors and guides rendering of palliative care, as well as education and research. Day-to-day activities are managed by the CEO, who is backed by various department heads, like Senior Medical Officer, Finance Manager, Head-PR and HR Manager.

Ethics Committee

We have formed an ethics committee (largely with eminent clinicians and knowledgeable people from outside our organization) which will scrutinize any research proposals and support ongoing projects. This committee is also available to other researchers / fledgling hospices (free of cost), who might not have access to such a facility.

  • Mr. W. Mahendran Sundaramurthy (B. A. Economics, LLB)Advocate
  • Dr. Poornima Bhola Associate Professor
  • Dr. G. D. Ravindran Professor of Medicines
  • Dr. Sanjay Pai Consultant Pathologist
  • Dr. A. V. S. Srikanth MBBS, Diploma in Forensic Medicine & Professional Diploma in Clinical Research
  • Mr. A Vijayarajan BE, ME, MBA
  • Dr. Krish Kalyan B.Sc, B.Pharm, Ph.D (Lond), F.R.I.C., C. Chem, F.R.S.H
  • Dr. Susheela Menon MBBS, DVD
  • Dr. M. M. Srinivas Bharath Additional Professor, Department of NeuroChemistry, NIMHANS
  • Dr. Stanley Macaden MBBS, MRCP (UK)
  • Mrs. Subhashini Chalam BA, PGDBM (equivalent to MBA)
  • Mrs. B. Sheila Ananda Kumar MA (SW)
  • Mr. Mathew George Chandy CEO Karunashraya


External Auditors

  • Varma & Varma, Chartered Accountants
  • #424, 4th C Main, 6th Cross,
  • OMBR Layout, Banaswadi,
  • Bangalore 560043,
  • Karnataka, India
  • Telephone: +91 80 42444999Fax: +91 80 42444900

Internal Auditors

  • Crestworth Management Partners PVT LTD (formerly, Agilis Consultants [Karnataka] PVT LTD)
  • #36, “Reve Pabbathi”, 3rd Floor,
  • South End Road, Basavangudi,
  • Bangalore – 560 004,
  • Karnataka, India
  • Landline: 080-26771615Mobile: 9742319722

Charity Shop

A place where a small purchase of yours can make a big difference.

By bringing together donations in kind from the community, recycled products and buyers who want to make a difference, our charity shop raises funds for the patients by selling quality goods, both pre-owned and new. Our aim is to create a bridge between donors and the patients, through the charity shop. With a wide range of products, the charity shop has become a community-point for fund-raising for our cause. Apart from buying, you can also donate products or pre-owned goods like clothes, furniture, the charity shop for raising funds.

Awards and Achievements

Our strong belief in our mission and vision, commitment to provide quality patient care in a safe and patient-centered healing environment and our expertise and understanding of palliative care has earned us recognition from various organizations including prestigious awards*.

Jul 26th 2023

Goonj honored our chairman, Mr. Kishore Rao, for his contribution towards compassionate care, support, and comfort to individuals and families facing life limiting illness.

Feb 23rd 2023

BHT –Karunashraya awarded as the winner of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Institutional Recognition Award 2023 in the Middle Low Income category.

Dec 28th 2016

BHT–Karunashraya Presented the Bangalore Management Association Service to Humanity award for 2016 presented by Honorable Justice S Rajendra Babu, former Chief Justice of India.

Sep 09th 2016

BHT-Karunashraya honoured with the ‘Spirit of Humanity award 2016 in Health category by Americares India Foundation at Mumbai’.

Mar 12th 2016

Namma Bengaluru Award, 2015 – Mr. Kishore Rao, Chairperson, BHT-Karunashraya was awarded “Citizen individual of the year 2015” at the event.

May 31st 2015

“Bangalore At Its Best Award” by 94.3 Radio One. BHT-Karunashraya recognized for outstanding service to the city of Bangalore.

Apr 07th 2012

Namma Bengaluru Awards 2011*. BHT-Karunashraya recognized as the “Best Social Organization”.

Jun 03rd 2010

R.V.M. Foundation – Humanitarian Hands. Recognition for the humanitarian work done by BHT-Karunashraya.

Nov 25th 2004

Padmabhusan Dr. M.C. Modi award– BHT-Karunashraya received the award from Senior Citizen Club (Central Government) Service.

Nov 01st 2004

Kannada Rajyotsava Award* by the Karnataka State Government BHT-Karunashraya received the award for outstanding service rendered to cancer patients.

Feb 16th 2002

Sandesha Foundation for Culture and Education, Mangalore – “Special Recognition Award” honoring meritorious service to the society. BHT-Karunashraya was recognized for its compassionate and dedicated service to cancer patients.


  • Facilities Manager
  • Finance & HR – Admin
  • Palliative Care Doctor (Opening available)
  • Nursing Aide (Opening available)
  • Staff Nurse (Opening available)
  • Counsellors
  • Physiotherapist
  • Pharmacist
  • Housekeeping
  • Cooks
  • Gardeners