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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.



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