The Foundation Day Lecture on "Survival Strategies of Bacterial Pathogens" on 18th December,2016 by Dr. Yogendra Singh, Professor of Department of Zollogy, Delhi University, North Campus Delhi at NJILOMD, Agra.

December 1, 2016: MoU between Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi and Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi for cooperation In the area of Zoonoses, Anti-Microbial Resistance, Nutrition And Pesticide Residues.

National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad

10th December 2015

This workshop was organised in association with the Centre for Development and Computing (C-DAC), Hyderabad. School teachers, NGO representatives, scientists and students took part in the event.
Dr. P Uday Kumar, Scientist F & Head, Publication, Extension & Training Division welcomed the participants and outlined the objectives of the Workshop.Dr. P Raghunath, Scientist G, delivered the inaugural address. Ms. Vijaya Lakshmi from C-DAC addressed the participants during the concluding session.

Shri Ramesh Kumar, Hon'ble Minister, Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka and Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Karnataka visited School of Traditional Medicine, RMRC, Belagavi on 02/12/2016

November 30, 2016. Today a very mesmerizing, encouraging informative and educative talk was delivered by The Secretary, Department of Health Research and DG ICMR -DR. SOUMYA SWAMINATHAN for students of Science in the Hall of Grace, Mothers International School, Aurobindo Marg. She informed the students about her journey in research which began as early at class 11 student with summer holiday spending in Dr Archna laboratory in Kolkata learning technologies in genetics. She offered school children to spend their holidays in ICMR laboratories to get experience of newer technologies. She encouraged students to take up research and to identify solutions for current days needs of the country. She narrated the story of Tuberculosis, discovery of bacteria to the management by natural care till anti- tubercular drugs were developed in 1950s. She narrated how it affects body when immune system is compromised. Medicine is not the only solution, it requires wholesome management since it has Nutritional, economical, social, environmental and lifestyle components. Europe could bring down the TB occurrence by managing all such aspects. She asked children about their knowledge of epidemic of lifestyle diseases like obesity, Diabetes, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. Role of genes, lifestyle and environment was described to children and they were encourage to be instrument of change to combat these modern day illnesses. Dr Swaminathan congratulated school children to keep up interests in science and research. This talk was considered very informative and hugely appreciated by school children and faculties of school.

JOINT SAC MEETING at JALMA. D.G. , ICMR has attended two days (Nov 15,16) via tele conferencing

Dr. P Uday Kumar, Scientist F & Publications, Extension & Training Division, participated on behalf of NIN. The ICMR pavilion attracted scores of visitors. Spot nutrition quiz was conducted and prizes were given away to boys and girls.

7th Foundation Day of National Institute for Research in Environmental Health (ICMR) observed on 14th October, 2016.
Dr. Ulka Shrivastava, Dean, Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal was the Chief Guest, while Dr. D.K. Pal, Medical Superintendent, Hamidia Hospital, Bhopal was the Guest Honour on this auspicious occasion. Prof. P.K. Purohit, Deptt. of Applied Science, National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research Bhopal delivered the NIREH Foundation Day Oration.

India-Africa Health Science Meet was inaugurated by Hon'ble Minister of Health & Family Welfare on September 1,2016 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. (Date of Meet: September 1 to 3, 2016) Click to see other details

आई सी एम आर मुख्यालय में दिनांक 31 अगस्त से 14 सितम्बर, 2016 के दौरान हिंदी पखवाड़ा के अंतर्गत विभिन्न कार्यक्रमों का आयोजन किया गया। इस दौरान आई सी एम आर मुख्यालय के अधिकारियों/कर्मचारियों के लिए विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताएं आयोजित की गईं जिनमें श्रुतलेख प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी टंकण प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी आशुलेखन प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी वाक एवं कविता पाठ प्रतियोगिता, हिंदी निबंध प्रतियोगिता जैसी गतिविधियां सम्मिलित थीं। सभी कार्यक्रमों में आई सी एम आर मुख्यालय के अधिकारियों और कर्मचारियों ने बड़ी संख्या में भाग लिया। दिनांक 14 सितम्बर को हिंदी दिवस के अवसर पर आई सी एम आर मुख्यालय के सभागार में आयोजित कवि सम्मेलन मे  देश के तीन सुप्रसिद्ध कविगण द्वारा काव्यपाठ का आयोजन किया गया। आमंत्रित कवियों में श्री अरुण जेमिनी,  श्री दिनेश रघुवंशी और श्रीमती ऋतु गोयल  ने उपस्थित श्रोताओं के समक्ष हास्य, ऋंगार, वीर  और प्रेमरस से ओतप्रोत कविताओं का पाठ किया। काव्यपाठ  के उपरांत ई सी डी प्रभाग की वैज्ञानिक  जी और प्रमुख  डॉ रश्मि अरोड़ा  ने हिंदी पखवाड़ा के दौरान आयोजित विभिन्न प्रतियोगिताओं के विजेताओं को  आई सी एम आर की महानिदेशक की ओर से पुरस्कार राशि और प्रमाण पत्र प्रदान किया। आई सी एम आर के उपनिदेशक (राजभाषा)  श्री दिनेश त्रिपाठी के धन्यवाद ज्ञापन के साथ इस कार्यक्रम का समापन हुआ।

ICMR Online System team and CDAC officials conducted the training session / orientation programme cum hands on workshop related to detailed working with ePPMS (online proposal submission)system for all Programme Officers along with dealing Administrative Officer/Section Officer involved with processing of grant applications. The purpose of this orientation training is that in future, proposal processing should be completely online and paper less.
Training was conducted by Dr Chanchal Goyal, Scientist D,
P& I Division from 1st-8th Aug, 2016 in 2 sessions, Morning & afternoon, each session of two and half hrs. Overall, 12 sessions were conducted. The training was appreciated as being quite informative and technically satisfying.


Tricolour hoisting celebration at ICMR headquarters

On the occasion of India's 70th Independence Day, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, DHR & DG, ICMR hoisted the National Flag in the premises of ICMR Headquarters, followed by National Anthem. She addressed the gathering by elevating the spirits of all to work towards betterment of health and science. She called upon all the ICMR staff to take a fresh pledge to work together for improvement of the health of the countrymen. She recalled the speech of Hon'ble Prime Minister of India today at the Red Fort, and emphasized to work towards "Perform, Reform and Transform". She said that all the employees including scientists, administrative & technical staff should work together in collaboration, so that we could achieve our targets. She also expressed that each employee in the ICMR set up is important and has a role to play in development of the system; everyone must be self motivated to strive for the best, then only the ICMR and our country can achieve the goals. At the end, she extended her best wishes to all scientists, employees of ICMR Hqrs. & it's 32 institutes located in different parts of the country. A large number of the staff and scientists attended the celebration. The Senior DDG ( Admn) Dr Rakesh Kumar and the Senior FA Ms Ritu Dhillon were also present.


African Ambassadors Consultation meeting held at ICMR Headquarters on 4 August, 2016.

ICMR in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India is organizing the 'India Africa Health Sciences Meet' during September 1-3, 2016 in New Delhi between senior policy makers, technocrats, scientists, medical specialists, researchers and industry leaders from the two regions to deliberate on the future of India-Africa health collaborations.

During the Consultation meeting, the Ambassadors/High Commissioners of several African nations to India were appraised about the forthcoming Health Sciences Meet.The Ambassadors and participants from various GoI ministries expressed views to enhance India- Africa partnerships especially in healthcare with special emphasis on regional perspectives. Full support was extended by relevant stakeholders for the 'India-Africa Health Sciences Meet' to be held in September, 2016 at New Delhi !


Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, DG-ICMR and Secretary, DHR has formally inaugurated the MSc (Bio Statistics) course affiliated to Periyar University, Salem, Tamil Nadu under the leadeship of Dr. Sanjay M Mahendale, Director at NIE on 1 August 2016.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan also launched an eGovernance initiative which was driven by Director Dr. Sanjay Mehendale and the entire team of Administrative & IT to computerize and automate the Extra & Intra Mural Grant accounting management process - First of its kind @ NIE. The objective of this system is to move away from manual processes to automated processes and to build a clear Visibility and Transparency across the Institution.


The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Anupriya Patel addressing at the inauguration of the DHR-ICMR- iDSI International Workshop on “Health Technology Assessment-Awareness and Topic Selection”, in New Delhi on July 25, 2016. The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, also addressed the gathering.The Sec DHR and DG (ICMR), Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and other dignitaries are also seen.


D.G.'s visit to RMRC, Dibrugarh on 20th & 21st July'16.
Assam has the highest maternal and under five mortality in the country. A meeting was convened at RMRC, Dibrugarh with all stakeholders from Assam- local health officials, principals, senior faculties from departments of Gynecology, Pediatrics, SPM of Medical colleges of Assam, tea garden hospital doctors, UNICEF & WHO representatives and other developmental partners to identify gaps and plan operation/ implementation research to scale up high-impact cost-effective interventions and improve health of mothers and children. She also inaugurated Modern Trainee Hostel at RMRC, Dibrugarh on 20th July 2016


Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General (DG), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, was at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) on 9th July 2016 to visit the Virtual Knowledge Network (VKN NIMHANS ECHO). This was her first visit to NIMHANS as DG. She was accompanied by Dr. Prasant Mathur, Director, National Centre for Diseases Informatics and Research (NCRP) and Dr. A. Nandakumar, Scientist from ICMR, Bengaluru. The Director / Vice Chancellor Prof. B.N. Gangadhar welcomed the DG, ICMR Dr. Soumya Swaminathan and also other delegates. Prof. S. K. Chaturvedi, Dean Behavioral Sciences, Prof. V. Ravi, Dean, Basic Sciences, Prof. Prabha Chandra, HOD, Psychiatry, Prof. Pratima Murthy and Prof. Vivek Benegal were present. Dr. PT Shivakumar, Dr Sivakumar T, Dr. Deepak J, Dr Suresh BM, Dr Naveen CK, Dr Manjunath and other colleagues also joined the live session and discussion.Click to see a brief report .


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) signed an MoU with the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), a policy research institution, to launch a new ‘Initiative on Solar for Healthcare’. The collaboration will focus on providing effective health care delivery at the last mile by reducing uncertainty in critical infrastructure, particularly electricity supply via cost effective solar-based solutions.

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR, said, “The collaboration with CEEW will bring together synergies between the objective of ‘time to care’ as mandated in the National Health Mission (NHM) and clean energy as outlined under the National Solar Mission (NSM). Under this collaboration, on a pilot basis, we will install solar systems at select PHCs in partnership with three state governments and evaluate its impact on healthcare delivery and health outcomes. The aim of the collaboration is to create resilient health systems in rural India, benefitting primarily women and children.”

As of 2015, nearly 35 million citizens in rural India rely on un-electrified PHCs for primary health services. In the absence of electricity, services catered by health institutions such as institutional deliveries, paediatric emergencies, and administering of vaccines get severely affected. Electricity access in health centres is also imperative as a means to facilitate communication services, tele-health applications and to retain skilled health workers. Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO, CEEW, said, “The collaboration with ICMR supports the systematic and productive advancement in national policies, regulations and actions to leverage solar energy for a social purpose: enhancing the quality of healthcare delivery at various levels of governance.”

The synergy between health and energy are the two specific goals of this initiative, and the efforts within this collaboration advances on both fronts.


Lecture on “Yoga and Diabetes” by Dr S.V. Madhu

On account of International yoga day on 21.6.16, a lecture was delivered on “Yoga and Diabetes” by Dr S.V. Madhu, Prof and Head, centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and metabolism, UCMS-GTB Hospital in ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi. On this occasion, Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary DHR and DG ICMR, emphasized the significance of Yoga not only in Diabetes but other Non-communicable diseases also. She pointed out the need of further research on impact of Yoga on lifestyle related diseases. The lecture was well attended by scientists and staff of ICMR headquarters and it was highly appreciated.

On the occasion of International Yoga Day on 21st June 2016, yoga session was conducted in ICMR headquarters by Dr Neeta Kumar under supervision of Shri Ved Prakash Gupta, Retd. Add Sec, GOI. He is advanced course teacher of Art of Living. It was attended by Financial Advisor Ms Ritu Dhillon and employees of ICMR. An atmosphere of great enthusiasm and determination could be seen among all.
Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR and Sr. DDG(A), ICMR visited National JALMA Institute for Leprosy & Other Mycobacterial Diseases on June 9, 2016
Signing ceremony of MoU between Department of Health Research and The International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV), Canada at Canada House, New Delhi on 10th June,2016. The MoU was signed by Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary DHR & DG,ICMR and Dr. Jeremy Carver, President and CEO, ICAV, Canada in the presence of Canada's Acting High Commissioner, Mr. Jess Dutton and senior officials of ICMR and DHR Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in Partnership with its scientific research and development organisations of The Republic of India and The International Consortium on Anti-Virals (ICAV), Canada have signed an MoU for cooperation and the acceleration of the development of anti-infective therapies with a particular focus on those for neglected, newly-emerging and re-emerging viral, bacterial and parasitic threats to the population of India. Research will be undertaken through ICMR Institutes. .
Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR visited ICMR-NIRTH Field Station at Keylong on 31st May, 2016 and Chaired the stake-holder’s meeting. Many issues related to future course of action, understanding local health problems and operational feasibility were discussed. Meeting was attended by local MLA and Vice Chairman, National Commission for Scheduled Tribe, Dy Commissioner, Lahul & Spiti Shri Vivek Bhatia, IAS, SP, CMO and many other eminent experts and State Health Officials including Dr JP Narayan, Dr AK Bharadwaj and Dr Dinesh Kumar from RP Medical College, Tanda. Director NIRTH, Dr Neeru Singh, Sr FA, ICMR Ms Ritu Dhillan, Senior Scientists from ICMR Hqrs Dr Rajni Kant, Dr Harpreet Kaur and Scientists from NIRTH, Jabalpur were also present. She was also felicitated by the DC and went to see the NIRTH field station at Regional Hospital and reviewed the availability of the equipments. She also visited the telemedicine centre at Regional Hospital, Keylong and was happy to see that this technology is being used which needs to be enhanced particularly in this area. DG also visited the PHC at Darcha on 1st June, 2016 and enquired about the availability of drugs and treatment practices. She also went to Traditional Healing Centre AMCHI and interacted with the patients. She also visited the Primary school at Darcha and interacted with the students and asked very simple health and hygiene related questions. She discussed many other health related deliverables with the Anganwadi workers and also met many villagers to know their health needs and difficulties. She ensured that ICMR will help to provide possible solutions to the local health problems. .
On the eve of International Women’s Health Day a round table programme on “Women’s Health Issues : Broadening the Mandate beyond Maternal Health” was organized at the ICMR Hqrs. Dr R S Sharma, Scientist G and Head, Division of Reproductive Biology & Maternal Health welcomed the distinguished Panellists and the audience. Dr Shalini Singh, Scientist E introduced the Speakers and briefed about the programme. Dr Vivekanand Jha , ED, George Institute for Global Health spoke on Life cource approach to Women’s Health. He stressed the need to reshaping the women’s health. Dr Suneeta Mittal HOD, Deptt of Obs & Gynae, Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon spoke on the topic “Women’s health in India : Emerging issues”. Dr Leila Varkey from White Ribbon Alliance spoke on Respectful Maternity Care : A Human Rights’ Perspective. Dr Rajesh Sagar, Prof of Psychiatry, AIIMS, New Delhi touched upon the Mental health issues in women : an increasing concern. Dr Rakesh Kumar, Senior DDG, Admn, ICMR shared the “GOI perspective on key issues for women’s health. Dr Nomita Chandhiok spoke on the topic Women’s health : Road Travelled, Challenges ahead. During the key discussion Dr Nikhil Tandon, HOD, Endocrinology informed about the various metabolic disorders like diabetes and osteoporosis common in women. Dr Ravi Mehrotra, Director, NICPR stressed the need to enhance the IEC activities so that awareness is created among women about screening and prevention of various cancers. Dr Abha Singh from LHMC, New Delhi spoke on the health issues being faced by young girls, like sexual abuse, drug abuse, abortion, etc.
Workshop on Dissemination of Cancer Registry Report (2012-14 ) held on May 18, 2016 at ICMR headquarters under the Chairman ship of DG,ICMR Press Release.
A pledge ceremony on Swachh Bharat Campaign was organised on 16-05-2016 at 11.00 A. M. at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi. This ceremony was presided by Senior FA Ms Ritu Dhillon. The attendance was good and all present participated with lot of enthusiasm.
NIREH, Bhopal released a Manual of Mental Health Care for Medical Officers of Bhopal during a Workshop held on 5th May 2016 in the auditorium of BMHRC, Bhopal. The self instructional Mental Health Manual prepared under the guidance of Prof. R.S. Murthy, Retd. Prof. & Head of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore in association with well known Mental Health Experts of the Country by NIREH, is designed to share the diagnostic and treatment skills for mental health disorders with non mental health doctors of Bhopal. This Manual is unique in reflecting the current mental health needs of Bhopal population and the methods suitable for general medical officers of Bhopal to provide essential mental health care. It is hoped to doctors in both public and private sectors, using the Manual, shall be able to integrate mental health with their general health care.
MULTIDISCIPLINARY CLINIC FOR WOMEN WITH POLYCYSTIC OVARY SYNDROME (PCOS) AT NIRRH (MUMBAI) Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General ICMR & Secretary Department of Health Research, Government of India inaugurated this dedicated Multidisciplinary Clinic for women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) on 30th April 2016. PCOS is an emerging health problem of national concern. National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) has a multidisciplinary team conducting research in clinical, epidemiological and genetic aspects of PCOS. This PCOS clinic is first of its kind in India in a government health research institute to address most concerns of women with PCOS and will serve as a platform where services and research would meet. A multidisciplinary team of infertility specialist, dermatologist, psychiatrist, nutritionist and yoga expert will provide holistic management to women with PCOS.
29th - 30th April 2016
The workshop is jointly organized by ICMR and DST. Prof. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India delivered the inaugural address. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary Department of Health Research, Govt. of India & DG, ICMR presided over the inaugural session. Mr. Longvah, Director Incharge, NIN welcomed the gathering, Dr. Dey Biswas, Scientist G, ICMR gave an overview of the objectives of the workshop. Dr. Vishnu Vardhana Rao, Scientist F, NIN and co-convenor of the workshop proposed vote of thanks.
The two-day workshop focuses on various aspects related use of big data and analytics in public health, medicine, hospital settings and most importantly for furthering the broad field of epidemiology. The workshop will culminate on 30th April 2016 with some concrete multi-agency project proposals in this area.
Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR & Secretary Department of Health Research, Government of India launched the mobileApp on Dietary Guidelines for Indians in the presence of Prof. R. Chidambaram, Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India and Mr. T Longvah, Director Incharge, NIN.
The App is based on the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) for Indians prescribed by our Institute. Simplifying the nutrient-centred RDAs into practicable, easy-to-follow guidelines, this app provides succinct explanation and rationale behind each of the 15 guidelines. The users can access this information from the App ‘Google Playsotre’ as well as M-Gov AppStore.
The users can just follow the guidelines using this App as a ready-reckoner equip themselves for a healthy life.

A delegation from the Embassy of the Czech Republic met Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR on 2nd May, 2016 to discuss areas of mutual cooperation

A delegation from the Embassy of the Czech Republic led by Mr Milan Tous, Head of Economic Section, New Delhi accompanied by Mgr Roman Pasek, Project Manager for R&D, Czech Invest met Secretary DHR & DG, ICMR Dr Soumya Swaminathan and Dr Rajni Kant, Scientist F & Head, Research Management, Policy, Planning & Coordination to discuss possible areas of co-operation in Health Research on 2nd May, 2016 at ICMR Hqrs, New Delhi.

ICMR Directors Meeting held on April 26 and 27, 2016 at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi
Annual Day Programme of NJIL, Agra organized on April 22, 2016.
“Hands on workshop on cervical cancer screening “ for pathologists was organized by the division of Cytopathology, ICPO from 26th -28th April, 2016. 31 pathologists from all over India were enrolled for the workshop.

Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary DHR & Director General ICMR launched the website of ICMR 33rd Institute the National Animal Resource Facility (NARF,) Hyderabad on 27th April, 2016 during Director’s meeting at ICMR Hqrs New Delhi. The Institution will be the first of its kind for quality laboratory animals for basic and applied biomedical research in the Country. Dr Suresh Pothani, Director-in-Charge briefed about the activities of the Institute.

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family W elfare announced India’ s first public­private­partnership (PPP) agreement for research and innovation in preventive health between ICMR and Sun Pharma on April 25, 2016

आई सी एम आर मुख्यालय में भारत रत्न बाबा साहेब डॉ बी आर अम्बेडकर की 125वीं जयंती समारोह का आयोजन

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Department of Bacteriology, National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) of Japan signed a Letter of Intent on the sidelines of the meeting of the Health Ministers from WHO South East Asia Region and Western Pacific Region countries at Tokyo, in the presence of Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. Also present in the function were Dr . Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Professor , M C Mishra, Director , AIIMS and other senior officers of ICMR and the Health Ministry .
Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sri J P Nadda released “ICMR INdia Diabetes (INDIAB) Study” Report on World Health Day (April 7, 2016)

ICMR sponsored National Workshop cum Training Programme on Plant Drug Discovery and Development, at Arya Vaidya Sala, Kotakkal Kerala, from 7-9 April, 2016.

ICMR sponsored National Workshop cum Training Programme on Plant Drug Discovery and Development was held at Arya Vaidya Sala, Kotakkal Kerala, from 7-9 April, 2016. The workshop focused on the multidisciplinary integrated approach in the field of plant drug research leading to validation of therapeutic claims, establishing their safety and culminating in product. Eminent resource persons across the country shared their knowledge and came out with fruitful outcome. Participants from plant based drug industry and pharmaceutical academic institutes were greatly benefitted from the presentations and practical demonstrations on the entire pathway of drug discovery. The strategies and approaches emerged out of the deliberations were highly productive as well as motivating to the participants and may eventually lead to the development of new plant based drugs. Two volumes of the ICMR publications Reviews of Indian Medicinal plants vol 15 and Quality Standards of Indian Medicinal Plants vol 14 were released on this occasion by the M. P. (Lok Sabha) Shri E. T. Muhammed Basheer.

Hon’ble Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Sri J P Nadda released “ICMR INdia Diabetes (INDIAB) Study” Report on World Health Day (April 7, 2016)

The ICMR-INDIAB study is a landmark study providing authentic epidemiological data on diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and obesity from the various States of India. The study gains significance as it is collecting representative data from various States and Union Territories in India. The study has been completed in 14 states and one UT and the data obtained has been shared with the State health departments. Such data are invaluable, as they provide a snap shot of the existing burden of pre diabetes, diabetes, hypertension and obesity in the country. This data can be used to plan preventive interventions to reduce the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes which involves mainly changes in lifestyle, including a diet with more vegetables and fruits and less cereal, regular exercise and reduced consumption of sugar and salt.

Meeting with Mr. B.P. Acharya Principal Secretary Planning Telangana State.
The first meeting of the 33rd ICMR Institute "National Animal Resource Facility for Bio-medical Research (NARF-BR)" has been held in Hyderabad on 3rd March 2016 under the Chairmanship of Secretary DHR and DG ICMR Dr. Soumya Swaminathan. Members of the Programme Management Committee, Programme Execution Committee and Core Committee  have attended.
An Intellectual Property Rights workshop was organized by IPR unit of ICMR to sensitize biomedical scientists towards identification and protection of Intellectual property associated with their Research and Development at Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar on 15th & 16th March, 2016.
Division of Biostat & Epid., ICPO (ICMR), Noida organized the training course on “Application of statistical softwares in Medical Research” from 16th to 18th March, 2016. Thirteen participants from various parts of the country participated in the Workshop. Course material was circulated to the participants. Practical Training was imparted on SPSS Software Version 22 and Epi info software.
Dissemination Workshop on ICMR-India DIABetes (ICMR-INDIAB)” held on 15th March 2016.After the 1971-72 ICMR study of diabetes, this is the first time that ICMR has undertaken such a massive study on diabetes. The ICMR-INDIAB study is a landmark study as this is the first representative study providing authentic epidemiological data on diabetes, prediabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia and obesity from the various States of India. The ICMR-INDIAB study gains significance as it is collecting representative data from the various States and Union Territories in India. The study is completed in 14 states and one UT and the data obtained has been shared with the State health departments. Data such as these are invaluable, as they provide a snap shot of the existing burden of pre diabetes, diabetes, hypertension and obesity in the country. Further, it is important to use this data to plan preventive interventions to reduce the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes. This involves mainly changes in lifestyle, including a diet with more vegetables and fruits and less cereal, regular exercise and reduced consumption of sugar and salt. “
Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia Region, visited National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR), New Delh on 7th March, 2016 and inaugurated WHO's recognized malaria RDT lot testing laboratory. She also presented certificate of WHO's recognition of malaria RDT lot testing laboratory to NIMR
ICMR Participated in Festival of Innovations jointly organized by National Innovation Foundation in the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhawan from 12-18th March, 2016 and also took part in the Round Table discussions on Innovations and bio-technology. Around 50 technologies targeting mother and child care, tuberculosis, disability, safe drinking water, mosquito destroyer etc were displayed in the Exhibitions. Round Table discussions were graced by Shri Shripad Naik Union Minister of state for AYUSH (independent charge) & MOS Health, Govt of India, Secretary, Health Research and DG,ICMR Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary DBT, Dr Vijay Raghvan, Dr Anil Gupta, EVC, NIF, Secretary Pharmaceuticals, Director IIT, Kanpur, Addl Secretary Health, Dept of Health and Family Welfare
Hon'ble Union Min of Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda visited ICMR on February 1, 2016  in connection with the Governing Council Meeting at the ICMR Headquarters. Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Secretary, DHR & DG, ICMR welcomed the Minister . Hon'ble Minister also showed keen interest on the exhibits displayed on the occasion which highlighted the various activities & achievements especially the technologies developed by the ICMR which have great public health impact.