The National Institute
of Nutrition (NIN) is one of the permanent research institutes of the Indian
Council of Medical Research under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare,
Government of India. It was found in 1918 as part of Coonoor Pasteur Institute.
The objectives of
National Institute of Nutrition are to :
identify various dietary
and nutrition problems
prevalent among different segments of the population and continuously
monitor diet and nutrition situation of the country.
evolve suitable methods of prevention and control of nutrition
problems through research, keeping the existing economic, social and
administrative set up in view.
investigate nutritional deficiencies, nutrient interactions and
food toxicities at basic level for understanding the biochemical mechanism
provide training and orientation in nutrition to key health
advise Government and other organizations on problems of
The Indian Council of
Medical Research (ICMR) is the apex body in India for the formulation,
coordination and promotion of biomedical research. Intra mural research is
carried out currently through the Council’s 21 permanent research institutes.
They do research on specific areas such as tuberculosis, leprosy, cholera and diarrhoeal diseases
and viral diseases including AIDS. They also do research on malaria, kalaazar, nutrition and food and drug
toxicology, reproduction, immunohaematology, oncology and medical statistics.
Research is also done on major metabolic diseases, occupational health and non
In recent years, the
ICMR is also intensifying research in non communicable diseases such as
cardiovascular diseases, metabolicdisorders,mentalhealthproblems, neurological
disorders, blindness, liver diseases and cancer. Medical information is
strengthened to meet the growing needs and demands of the community.