National Institute of Nutrition Hyderabad

 

 

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- History

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is one of the premier permanent research Institutes of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an autonomous body under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The history of this Institute spans over eight decades.

The Institute has started as "Beri-beri unit" in 1918 as a one-room laboratory in Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. The establishment of this unit laid the foundation for research on human nutrition in India. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1929, emerged as fullfledged "Nutrition Research Laboratory" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director.

Since the facilities available at Coonoor for the expanding activities for clinical work were inadequate, in 1959, the NRL was shifted to Hyderabad in the picturesque Osmania University campus in a 30 acre plot giving a boost to its rapid growth.

At the time of the Golden Jubilee in 1969, the laboratories were redesignated as National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) in recognition of its diverse activities and role it was playing in investigating and finding solutions to nutritional problems of the country. The Institute celebrated its Diamond Jubilee in 1978 and the Platinum Jubilee in 1993.

During its illustrious journey in the field of nutrition research, the Institute had grown in leaps and bounds under the able guidance of several former directors. They chartered the course of the Institute to make it one of the premier centre in the world for mission oriented research in nutrition science. In particular, the present elaborate infrastructure of the institution is a true reflection of its systematic and planned development under the dynamic leadership of Dr.C.Gopalan during his tenure (1961-73).

In the seventies, ICMR created three additional centres of NIN. The Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre (FDTRC) and National Centre for Laboratory Animal Sciences (NCLAS) and the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) which are located in the campus. These centres are under over all administrative control of the Director, National Institute of Nutrition. Establishment of these centres at the Institute helped in a further enhancement of the scope of research activities.

DIRECTORS OF THE INSTITUTE

 

Sir Robert McCarrison 

1918 - 1935

Dr. W.R. Aykroyd 

1935 - 1945

Dr. V. N. Patwardhan 

1946 - 1960

Dr. C. Gopalan 

1961 - 1973

Dr. S. G. Srikantia 

1974 - 1980

Dr. P. G. Tulpule 

1980 - 1983

Dr. B. S. Narasinga Rao 

1983 - 1988

Dr. Vinodini Reddy 

1988 - 1995

Dr. M. Mohan Ram 

1995 - 1996

Dr. Kamala Krishnaswamy 

1997 -

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- Objectives  

  • To identify various dietary and nutrition problems prevalent among different segments of the population.

  • To continuously monitor diet and nutrition situation of the country.

  • To evolve effective methods of management and prevention of nutritional problems keeping the existing economic, social and administrative set-up in view.

  • To conduct operational research connected with planning and implementation of national nutrition programmes.

  • To dovetail nutrition research with other health programmes of the government.

  • To develop a band of young scientists, teachers in medical schools and health workers, well trained in nutrition.

  • To disseminate nutrition information for institutional and community benefit.

  • To advise governments and other organisations on issues relating to nutrition.

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- Staff/Departmental Structure

 

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- Laboratory facilities (Highlighting Sophisticated and Modern facilities)

The Institute has excellent facilities for undertaking laboratory investigations covering a wide range of specialities like Biochemistry, Food chemistry, Pathology, Immunology, Haematology, Microbiology, Endocrinology, Physiology, Toxicology and Molecular Biology. The Institute is equipped with all sophisticated instruments needed for modern biomedical research investigations.

The list of important equipment includes the following:

  1. Dual Emission X-Ray Absorptiometer (DEXA)

  2. Atomic Absorption Spectrometer

  3. Amino Acid Analyser

  4. Whole Body Counter

  5. Plasma Emission Analyser

  6. Image Analyser - PC Based

  7. Microprocessor/Computer controlled spectrophotometer

  8. Radioactive Isotope Counters

  9. HPLC's/GLC's

  10. Auto Analyser

  11. Bicycle ergometer/Treadmill/Under water weighing system

  12. High speed ultracentrifuges

  13. Refrigerated centrifuges

  14. Microscopes

 

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- Clinical facilities

 Apart from laboratory facilities, NIN has Nutrition Units for outpatients and inpatients in three local hospitals viz., Osmania General Hospital, Niloufer Hospital and Govt. Maternity Hospital at Hyderabad to carry out research on clinical aspects of nutrition. Besides, there is a Metabolic Unit in the Institute for carrying out metabolic studies on volunteers.

 

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- Communication and computation facilities

 Infrastructure facilities have been established at the Institute for fast retrieval and efficient communication of information through Internet and E-mail facilities.

The Central Reference Laboratory at NIN has several computers installed to compute and store the data collected by NNMB from its 10 State Units. In addition, all departments have been provided computers to statistically analyse the data generated under various scientific projects.

 

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Education and training programme 

In recent years, advances made in the science of nutrition have helped a fuller understanding of the role of nutrition in health and disease. This has lead to an increasing interest in the area of nutrition by strategic personnel working in medical, public health and agricultural fields. With the recognition of the rightful place of nutrition in community health programmes, there has been a lot of awakening among the governmental and non-governmental agencies resulting in the launching of many large scale nutrition programmes. The planning of such programmes, their proper implementation and objective evaluation of their impact call for public health personnel adequately trained in nutrition.

In addition, there is an urgent need to inject a nutrition bias in the curriculum of medical teaching of relevant specialities.

Keeping the needs of the above groups in mind, the Institute has been offering regular courses every year. The general objectives of the training courses are as follows :

1. To expose the strategic personnel to latest developments in nutrition, particularly aspects relevant to developing countries.

2. To provide necessary background for upgrading the teaching of nutrition in medical colleges and agricultural universities.

3. To build up a corps of trained workers for assuming the necessary leadership in planning, implementation and evaluation of community nutrition programmes.

4. To help participants acquire skills for investigating, theoretical, clinical and applied aspects of nutrition.

The following three regular training courses are offered by the Institute :

  1. M.Sc. (Applied Nutrition) Course  (affiliated to NTR University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada) (June - March).

  2. Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Nutrition (January - March).

  3. Annual Training Course on Endocrinological Techniques and Their Application (August-September).


Apart from these courses for the top level personnel, the Institute offers several adhoc programmes for functionaries down the line suitable to their particular needs, upon specific request by governments or NGOs.

 

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- Achievements

  1. Determined the nutritive value of over 580 Indian foods and brought out the publication "Nutritive Value of Indian Foods". 

  2.  Requirements of energy and nutrients have been assessed and based on the data, Recommended Dietary Allowances of nutrients for Indians have been established.

  3. Exploded the protein myth and highlighted the calorie gap as a major bottle neck in Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM).

  4. Formulated anthropometric standards for growing boys and girls as well as for grading PEM.

  5. Developed simple and sensitive biochemical indicators for assessment of vitamin nutriture, and aetiopathogenic mechanisms of various nutritional deficiency syndromes were explored.

  6. Demonstrated the efficacy of massive dose of vitamin A in reducing xerophthalmia in children.

  7. Developed the process for double fortification of salt with iron and iodine for combating the twin problems of anaemia and goitre.

  8. Studied nutrition, infection interactions in relation to immunity and appropriate immunization schedules were recommended for optimum benefits.

  9. Efficacy of iron and folic acid supplementation during pregnancy to improve birth weight of infant was established and it was the basis for launching national programme on iron folate supplementation.

  10. Innovative approaches were adopted to develop information education and communication tools and also utilised them to impart health/nutrition education to make fruits of research available to the community.

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- Services provided to outsiders
(Clinical,  laboratory, Animals, Information and Technology)
 

 The National Institute of Nutrition maintains excellent rapport with various institutions in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the country in carrying out its research activities. The Nutrition Units, established in three local hospitals have been providing patient care to individuals with various nutritional disorders. Particularly, the Pathology Division of the Institute has been doing yeoman service to several hospitals in Hyderabad. Several scientific publications of NIN testify the fruitful collaborative research, NIN scientists had with various scientists and clinicians of sister scientific organizations.

NIN has been providing inter-laboratory services on mutual basis to other institutes. The Institute has been organizing short and long term training programmes to personnel in clinical and applied nutrition and also in allied fields where NIN has developed expertise.


The NCLAS has been providing animals to over 160 institutes in the country for carrying out biomedical research.

The documentation division in NIN provides information to other institutions on matters related to nutrition research. The library has a collection of several books and periodicals for compiling and collating data on nutrition.

`Nutrition News', a quarterly publication is supplied to various governments, NGOs and libraries on gratis as part of dissemination of authentic information in the field of nutrition.

NIN has been in the forefront in developing the technology for double fortification of salt and salt testing kits for quick identification of content of iodine and iron in salt. It has helped industries in manufacturing iron fortified salt.

The Instrumentation Division has been providing its services to various other ICMR centres in maintenance and repair of sophisticated equipment, wherever it is possible.

 

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- Reports on Seminar/Symposium/Workshop 
  conducted in the Institute 

  1. Celebrations of 80th Year of NIN (1918-1998) (June 1, 1998).

  2. Meeting of the National Executive Committee "Indian Association of 
    Pathologists & Microbiologists" (July 24 & 25, 1998).

  3. Meeting of the Steering Committee of National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (August 7, 1998).

  4. Meeting of the Scientific Advisory Committees of NIN, FDTRC and NCLAS (August 27-29, 1998).

  5. Zonal Debate on ICMR Ethical Guidelines (September 24, 1998).

  6.  XXXI Annual Meeting of the Nutrition Society of India (NSI) (November 26-28).

  7. Symposium on "Nutritional significance of Palm Oil" (December 19, 1998).

  8. Meeting of the Officers-in-charge of National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau (NNMB) (March 10, 1999).

 

 

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BIBLIOGRAPHIC DATABASES

Bibliographies on the following are available in Computer readable form as well as in paper form at NIN Library.

NIFNAS - National Information Facility in Nutrition and Allied Sciences (3395). Records covering Books & Reports accessioned from 1990 onwards 

PREPRIN - Reprints (10,500). Records covering the reprints obtained through Current Contents (Life Sciences).

THES - List of Dissertations/Theses available in NIN Library including those submitted by Participants of the M.Sc. (Applied Nutlrition) Course and Ph.D obtained by the Scholars from the Institute and others.

INSTAD - Institution Addresses (380). Records of List of Addresses of Important Nutrition Institutions, Foundations, Societies, Universities etc., within India and abroad.

MISC - Miscellaneous (1022) - Bibliographical database on various spices such as garlic, curcumin, fenugreek etc. 

HOLDINGS - List of serial holdings 

NINCCP - Current periodicals - both subscribed as well as received on gratis 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MASTER OF SCIENCE
(APPLIED NUTRITION) COURSE

Recent advances in the science of nutrition have helped in understanding the role of nutrition in health and disease. The urgent need to inject a nutrition bias in the curriculum of medical teaching of relevant specialities is well recognised. There has also been a lot of awakening among the governmental and non-governmental agencies regarding rightful place of nutrition in the community health programmes. The planning of such programmes, implementing them properly and carrying out objective evaluation of their impact call for medical and public health personnel adequately trained in nutrition. Keeping the needs of the above groups in view, the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, India, offers regular nutrition training courses every year. The content, duration and emphasis of these different programmes vary with the target participants and the needs of the sponsoring organizations.

The Master of Science (Applied Nutrition) Course is an intensive training programme, covering at an advance level, the basic as well as applied aspects of nutrition laying greater stress on practical application of nutrition knowledge for the enhancement of health status and quality of life of the people.

Goals

  • 1. To orient teachers in relevant disciplines of medical colleges to latest concepts and techniques in nutrition;

  • 2. To prepare them for taking up nutritional investigations in the field, laboratory and clinic;

  • 3. To improve teaching of nutrition;

  • 4. To provide public health personnel required knowledge and skills for planning, implementation and evaluation of community nutrition programmes.

Eligibility

1. Graduates (MBBS) or Post-Graduates (MD) in medicine involved in implementation of public health nutrition programmes or engaged in teaching in relevant disciplines of medical colleges such as Biochemistry, Physiology, Preventive and Social Medicine, General Medicine, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

2. Post-Graduates in Science (M.Sc.) (Bio-chemistry or Physiology).

In addition to in-service candidates, sponsored by government or non-governmental organisations, private candidates are also admitted. However, preference will be given to in-service candidates.

Duration

The course extends over a period of one academic year (9 months) beginning in the second week of June every year and ending in the second week of following March.

Language of Instruction

The course will be conducted in English, and candidates are expected to possess reasonable level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing English.

Financial Support

In-service sponsored participants by government or non-governmental agencies from India are provided per diem by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Participants nominated from South East Asian, the Pacific and the Middle East regions will seek Fellowship support from international agencies like WHO.

Fees

The Institute does not charge any fees for the course from Indian in-service participants sponsored by various government and non-governmental agencies. However, tuition fee is payable by Private Candidates as well as overseas participants, as per the prevailing rules. The current rate is Rs.10,000 (lumpsum) per head for Indian participants and US $ 2000-00 per head (lumpsum) for overseas participants.

Affiliation

The M.Sc. (Applied Nutrition) Course is affiliated to the NTR University of Health Sciences located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh. It is essential that the basic degree of the candidates should have been recognised by the Medical Council of India. The Course is also recognised by the Osmania University, Hyderabad, for Ph.D. in Nutrition.

Course Programme Organization

The programme consists of class-room sessions, seminars, group discussions and other tutorial group meetings. Candidates will have adequate practical training at bedside clinics, exposure to laboratory investigations and community nutrition apart from library work and study tour. The syllabus is periodically revised keeping in view 

the changing training needs of the sponsoring organizations.

The first half of the course provides the participants core information on various aspects of nutrition through class-room sessions interspersed with laboratory work and field surveys. The concepts covered include :

nutrition-agriculture interface;

nutritional composition and quality of foods;

biochemical, physiological and clinical aspects of nutrition;

basics of media usage, educational and training technology.

community nutrition, specially nutritional assess- ment, programme planning, management and evaluation.

Problem - based Learning

Candidates are expected to write a dissertation based on the elective programme and submit the same to the University in partial fulfilment of the study regulations for the M.Sc. (Applied Nutrition) Degree.

During the second half of the course, participants engage themselves in an elective programme of their choice and work on any investigation in the laboratory, clinic or community background.

Teaching Sessions/Seminars

Each teaching session is followed by active discussion. Panel discussions and seminars are frequently arranged to promote an understanding of various facets of nutrition. Each participant is expected to actively participate in seminars/short presentations on specific topics under the guidance of Institute's staff.

Faculty

The NIN scientific staff handle most sessions. Leading food and nutrition scientists and experts in a wide range of allied fields from other organisations elsewhere in India are also invited to participate as guest lecturers.

A novel feature of the Institute's training courses is the arrangement of exposure of the participants to the field in a Primary Health Centre (PHC) area along with the faculty handling community nutrition. This exposure provides the participants with a first-hand experience of problems associated with primary health care delivery in the rural set-up.

Task Analysis

Participants allotted to different groups undertake specially assigned tasks. The problem solving approach adopted in these sessions helps them in comprehending the socio-economic and administrative complexities associated with practical nutrition problems. The exercise also enables them to learn independently and take crucial decisions for solving the health and nutrition problems in real-life situations. Evaluation of all sessions by participants is an integral part of the course.

Study Tour

The last ten days of the programme are devoted to a study tour. Leading institutions involved in health/nutrition related activities are visited. This enables participants to acquire a first hand experience of the current work in the concerned fields at various centres.

Examination and Award of Certificate

Formative and summative evaluation of the participants are carried out. They are in the form of periodical tests, quizzes and assignments given during the course. Marks obtained in the periodical tests will be given due weightage. The final examination is held by the NTR University of Health Sciences in the first half of March. The Degree is awarded to the successful candidates by the NTR University of Health Sciences at their convocation.

Every candidate will be examined in the following four subjects : Physiology and Biochemistry of Nutrition and Food Science; Clinical Nutrition; Public Health Nutrition; and Application of Food and Nutrition Sciences.

Besides theory papers, every candidate has to appear for a practical examination in Clinical Nutrition; Nutritional Biochemistry and Public Health Nutrition. The dessertation, submitted by the candidate to the University will be evaluated by panel of examiners. There will also be an oral examination to test the acquisition of knowledge and capacity of the student to apply his/her knowledge in the profession.

Participants are expected to submit to the University before the final examination in December : Original documents of marks sheets, degree certificates awarded by their universities, migration certificate from their parent univeristy and the dissertation written based on their elective programme.

Boarding and Lodging

Accommodation is available for the participants at the International Hostel on NIN campus at reasonable payment.

Applications Procedure

Applications from Indian participants are to be submitted in the prescribed form obtainable from the Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad-500 007, India. Application forms of sponsored candidates should be routed through their administrative channels. While advance applications may be sent direct to NIN, official copies of the applications are to be received in the Institute's office before the closing date. It is essential that the participants from outside India obtain the formal clearance and permission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for undergoing the course at NIN.

Foreign participants are expected to submit their applications for admission at least five months in advance to obtain clearance from Government of India.

Closing Date :

Foreign Nationals .... 15th December.

Indian Nationals .... 15th March.

ABOUT NIN

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is a premier institute under the Indian Council of Medical Research, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. With a humble beginning in 1918, NIN blossomed into a fullfledged institution and completed eighty eventful years of service to the nation. NIN has to its credit an impressive record of achievements in the amelioration of several major nutritional disorders.

The Institute's activities fall broadly into four main areas : Clinical Studies, Laboratory Studies, Community Studies and Extension and Training. The Institute aims at finding practical solutions to the various nutrition-related problems confronting the country through a blend of clinical, biochemical and community based research. Prevention-oriented research and use of local resources are the key themes. NIN has been one of the first institutions in India to offer a regular training programme in human nutrition to persons engaged in nutrition work at various levels. The comprehensive nature of the Institute's courses has attracted participants from various parts of India, and more than 30 countries of South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Pacific regions. The participants trained at NIN are holding key-positions in nutrition and health related areas in various countries.

 

 

 

 

POST-GRADUATE CERTIFICATE COURSE IN NUTRITION

Effective implementatin of health and nutrition programmes call for adequately trained health professionals. The Post-Graduate Certificate Course in nutrition is one of the short-term intensive training programmes in nutrition offered by the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India, for persons involved in medical education and public health.

Goals

1. To provide the participants an exposure to the latest developments in nutrition science with particular reference to nutritional disorders and strategies for their prevention and control including allied aspects which are relevant to developing countries.

2. To enable them to develop the necessary leadership in planning, implementation and evaluation of nutrition programmes, which benefit the community.

3. To provide necessary background to help strengthen the nutrition component in teaching in medical colleges and enhance the capabilities of personnel involved in nutrition and health intervention and training programmes.

Eligibility

1. Graduates (MBBS) or Post-Graduate in Medicine (MD) involved in implementation of public health programmes or engaged in teaching medical colleges.

2. Post-Graduates in Science (MSc) (Physiology/Biochemistry/ Foods & Nutrition/Dietetics) engaged in teaching in relevant disciplines of medical/home science colleges.

In addition to in-service candidates, sponsored by government or non-governmental organizations, private candidates are also admitted. However, preference will be given to in-service candidates.

Duration

The course extends over a period of 10 weeks, beginning on 1st January every year and ending in the second week of the following March.

Language of Instruction

The course will be conducted in English.

Financial Support

In-service sponsored participants from government or non-governmental organisations are provided per diem by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Participants from South East Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East will seek support from International agencies like WHO.

Fees

The Institute does not charge any fees for the course from Indian in-service participants sponsored by various government or non-governmental agencies. However, tuition fee is payable by private candidates as well as overseas participants, as per the prevailing rules. The current rate is Rs.5,000/- (lumpsum) per head for Indian participants and US $ 200-00 per head per month for overseas participants.

Course Programme Organization

The programme consists of teaching sessions, seminars, discussions and other group activities. It also includes practical work in the laboratory, clinic and field; individual elective programme, assignments and library work.

In the first six weeks, the course covers a core programme common to all participants. In these sessions, the theory of nutrition and its application in the community are discussed. Demonstration of important techniques, field experiences, attendance in the bedside clinics etc., form part of this core programme.

The next four weeks are devoted to providing as much individual experience as possible to the participants. Elective Programmes will be assigned according to each participant's background and interest. It would be mainly a training assignment which would be of practical use to the participants in their work later on. Participants are given intensive training in community nutrition particularly in diet survey methodology and nutritional status assessment. This exposure provides the participants with a first-hand experience of problems associated with primary health care delivery in the rural set-up.

Teaching Sessions/Seminars

Each session is followed by active discussion. Panel discussions and seminars are frequently arranged to promote an understanding of various facets of nutrition. Each participant is expected to actively participate in seminars/short presentations on specific topics under the guidance of Institute's staff.

Task Analysis

Participants allotted to different groups undertake specific tasks assigned to them. The problem solving approach adopted in these sessions helps them in comprehending the socio-economic and administrative complexities associated with practical nutrition problems. This exercise also enables them to take crucial decisions for solving the health and nutrition problems in real life situations.

Evaluation of all sessions by participants is an integral part of the course.

Library work and reading assignments are arranged to help participants prepare for these seminars, discussion groups and give the theoretical background for practicals.

The last ten days of the programme are devoted to a study tour. Leading institutions involved in health/nutrition related activities are visited. This enables participants to acquire a first-hand experience of the current work in the concerned fields at various centres.

Faculty

 

The NIN scientific staff handle most sessions. Leading food and nutrition scientists and experts in a wide range of allied fields from other organizations elsewhere in India are also invited to participate as guest lecturers.

 

Examination and Award of Certificate

Participants are judged on the basis of : (i) performance at seminars (ii) execution of individual projects assigned to them (iii) group educational activities including task analysis and (iv) results of formative and summative evaluations in the form of quizzes, exercises and examination. On their successful completion of the course, participants receive a formal certificate from the Institute.

Boarding and Lodging

Accommodation is available for the participants at the International Hostel on NIN campus on reasonable payment.

Applications

Procedure

Applications from Indian participants are to be submitted in the prescribed form obtainable from the Director, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad-500 007, India. Application forms of sponsored candidates should be routed through their administrative channels. While advance applications may be sent to NIN, official copies of the applications are to be received in the Institute's office before the closing date.

Participants from abroad have to be sponsored by WHO or any other International Agencies providing financial assistance for the duration of the course through fellowship support. It is essential that the participants from outside India obtain the formal clearance and permission of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, for undergoing the course at NIN.

Foreign participants are expected to submit their applications for admission at least five months in advance to obtain clearance from Government of India.

Closing Date

Foreign Nationals ..... 1st July.

Indian Nationals ..... 1st October.

ABOUT NIN

The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) is a premier institute under the Indian Council of Medical Research, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

With a humble beginning in 1918, NIN blossomed into a fullfledged institution and completed eighty eventful years of service to the nation. NIN has to its credit an

impressive record of achievements in the amelioration of several major nutritional disorders.

The Institute's activities fall broadly into four main areas : Clinical Studies, Laboratory Studies, Community Studies and Extension and Training. The Institute aims at finding practical solutions to the various nutrition-related problems confronting the country through a blend of clinical, biochemical and community based research. Prevention-oriented research and use of local resources are the key themes.

NIN has been one of the first institutions in India to offer a regular training programme in human nutrition to persons engaged in nutrition work at various levels. The comprehensive nature of the Institute's courses has attracted participants from various parts of India, and more than 30 countries of South East Asia, Middle East, Africa and the Pacific regions. The participants trained at NIN are holding key-positions in nutrition and health related areas in various countries.

ANNUAL CERTIFICATE COURSE ON ENDOCRINOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES AND THEIR APPLICATION

 

Research in various branches of medical sciences requires the use of endocrinological techniques which are often highly sophisticated. Such techniques are now employed increasingly for diagnostic purposes. Many of these methods including radioimmunoassay procedures have been standardized by the Endocrinology Division of the Institute.

Goals

To provide training in latest endocrinological techniques and their application.

Eligibility

  1. Teachers in medical colleges in the departments of general medicine, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology, pharmacology, physiology and biochemistry.

  2. Biochemists working in large hospitals which have clinical and laboratory facilities. 

  3. Scientists in research institutes and university departments.

Persons possessing minimum qualification M.B.,B.S or M.Sc (Biochemistry) and satisfying the above mentioned criteria, are eligible for admission.

Only in-service candidates sponsored by their parent organizations/governments are admitted.

Duration

The course extends over a period of seven weeks, and is usually held in August-September every year.

Instruction

The course will be conducted in English

Scholarships, Fellowships

Government sponsored participants from India are provided stipend by ICMR.

Fees

No tuition fees are payable for the course by Indian participants.

Course Content

The course offers training in the practical aspects of hormone assays as well as theoretical background of the principles underlying various hormone assays and the significance of their estimations. Theoretical and practical aspects of radioactive isotopes and radioactive counters will also be taught.

Award of Certificate

A certificate is given by the Institute to participants who complete the course satisfactorily.

Boarding and lodging

The course is full-time and residential in nature. Participants are housed in the International Hostel on NIN campus. Hostel charges are well within the stipend provided to participants.

Applications Procedure

Prescribed application form for admission to the course is obtainable from the Deputy Director,
Extension & Training Division,
National Institute of Nutrition,
Hyderabad-500 007,
India.
While advance applications may be sent direct to NIN, official copies of the applications are to be received in the Institute's office before the closing date.

Closing date

The last date for receipt of applications for admission to the course is June 1.