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Indian J Med Res. 2018 Nov;148(5):477-487. doi: 10.4103/ijmr.IJMR_2061_18.

National Institute of Nutrition: 100 years of empowering the nation through nutrition.

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Media, Communication & Extension Group, Extension & Training Division; ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India.
ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India.


The National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) has reached a remarkable milestone of completing 100 years of exemplary service to the nation. The long journey that started in a humble one-room laboratory at Coonoor (now in Tamil Nadu) in 1918 to a colossus of the nutrition research in the country today is dotted with several interesting vignettes. The NIN has always been at the forefront of need-based, pragmatic research. Its large-scale community-based interventions have been of great practical value in the nation's fight against malnutrition. The evolution of nutrition as a modern science almost coincides with the growth of the Institute. Being the oldest in the fraternity of institutes under the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the NIN has grown from strength to strength due to the sheer relevance of its contributions in furthering nutrition science and promoting public health in the country. This article provides a historical overview of the evolution and contributions of ICMR-NIN in the areas of nutrition, food safety, public health and policy.


Food safety; NIN; Nutrition Research Laboratory; nutrition; public health nutrition

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