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Best Citizen of India - Award
9th March 2019

Dr. R Rathinasabapati MA., MLIS., PhD Senior Library and Information Officer, has been honoured with "Best Citizen of India" Award by the Indian Institute of Oriental Heritage, Kolkata at its 42nd Annual International Conference on 9/3/2019. 






"Summer Camps for Children in Urban Slums “A great way for TB advocacy”" ||


“who made the ‘NIRT’ what it is today”

Remembering our HEROES
“who made the ‘NIRT’ what it is today”


Community engagement through community preparedness and community volunteers


Dr. R Rathinasabapati has been honoured with "Bharat Vidya Ratan Award" by the International Business Council on 22nd February 2019


Dr. M. Vasantha,  Department of Statistics, ICMR-NIRT received Achievers Award in recognition of her contribution in the field of Statistics organised by  Alumnae  Meet and Retired staff Reunion of SDNBV Vaishnav College for Women, Chromepet, Chennai on 9th March 2019.


22nd March 2019

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Visit of WHO Mission to ICMR-NIRT
27th February 2019

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MRC UK Workshop
08-09th February 2019

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Orientation on eOffice at NIRT
7th February 2019

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Homeless Study Field work

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Dr. M.Vasantha of Statistics Dept. has been conferred Smt. Surajkali Jain Award for the year 2017 by Indian Society for Medical Statistics in recognition of her contributions in Medical Biostatistics.




46th SAC Meeting at NIRT


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A Training on "Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation"

A training program on ‘Microsoft PowerPoint Applications' was organized by ICMR–National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai on 17 th October 2018. It was inaugurated by the Director-In-Charge Dr. Srikanth Prasad Tripathy. During the inauguration Director-In-Charge acknowledged the importance of PowerPoint Presentation to enhance the staff capacity in making effective slides to clearly disseminate their research findings in different forums. He expressed that PowerPoint is a leading tool in communicating our work or ideas in a compelling way to the research audience. The training was conducted by a Microsoft Certified Expert from Excel Prodigy, Chennai. Around thirty staff from various departments of ICMR-NIRT participated in the training session. The program included extensive hands-on training on the basic and advanced features of PowerPoint tools that was suitable both for beginners and regular users. A wide range of topics were covered that included formatting and organizing PowerPoint slides, working with graphics, adding multimedia, smart art presentations, keyboard shortcuts, built-in themes, slide layout, picture, shapes and animations. This training session benefited the participants in preparing effective presentations in a professional style. All the participants expressed that the training was much useful and interesting.



A Training on “Advance Microsoft Excel”

A training program on ‘ Advance Microsoft Excel ' was organized by Department of Health Economics, ICMR–National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis on 3 rd and 4 th October 2018. Dr. Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Director-In-Charge, inaugurated the training on the first day. The training was conducted by a Microsoft Certified Expert from Excel Prodigy, Chennai. The training was attended by more than thirty participants from all departments of the institute including administration and account departments. The two days training covered extensively on the most important functions and applications of Microsoft Excel. The topics covered were basic functions, cell reference ( relative, absolute and mixed ), if function, printing options, formula, different date formats, VLOOKUP, HLOOKUP functions, table formats, PIVOT table, graph template and formats, conditional formatting, data validation and basic statistical analysis . Training covered unknown k ey board shortcuts and methods to efficiently use excel through hands-on training. Participants who successfully completed the Advance Excel Training were issued completion certificates by Director-In Charge at the end of the training. Director-In Charge highlighted the importance of capacity building for the ICMR-NIRT staff in efficiently using Microsoft Excel and Power Point which will lead to time and resource saving in day to day activities. He also suggested organising similar training programs by Department of Health Economics.


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Swachhta hi seva 2018
(15th september to 2nd October 2018)

As part of the Swachhta Hi Seva 2018 for Department of Health Research scheduled from 15th September 2018 to 2nd October 2018, the following activities were carried out at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai:

Public awareness program – St. Louis School and College for the Deaf and Blind in Adyar, Chennai

A team of doctors, nurses and other staff of the Institute (around 20 nos.) visited the school on 27 th September, 2018 and educated the children with hearing impairment regarding the importance of personal hygiene under the guidance of Dr. Mohan Natrajan, acting Director-in-charge and Head, Dept. of Clinical Research. Dr. Syed Hissar, Scientist ‘C' elaborated on the personal hygiene practices and its importance and the importance of environmental hygiene. He also explained in detail about the various diseases caused due to poor environmental hygiene. The importance of maintaining clean surroundings was also explained to them. Ms.Valarmathi Nagarajan, Public Health Nurse demonstrated the hand washing technique and oral hygiene. One of the teachers from the school communicated the messages in the sign language, so that the children could understand. Around 350 children and 30 school staff participated in the program. Tooth pastes and brushes were distributed to the children apart from refreshments. Cleaning materials including bleaching powder, broom sticks, buckets, mugs and mop sticks were distributed to the managing staff of the school.

Cleaning of the campus and kitchen of St. Louis School and College for the Deaf and Blind

The whole campus of St. Louis School and College for the Deaf and Blind including the playground was cleaned by the staff of NIRT. Cobweb dusting of the bath rooms was done. Cleaning of bathrooms and toilets were carried out and toilets and playground were disinfected with bleaching powder.

The importance of maintaining a clean kitchen, proper cleaning of vegetables before cooking, using clean vessels, covering of cooked food, segregating biodegradable and non-degradable wastes and kitchen waste disposal were explained in detail by Ms. Valaramthi Nagarajan. The kitchen was cleaned by the staff of NIRT and wastes collected were segregated into biodegradable and non-degradable waste and disposed appropriately.

Cleaning of the hostel of St. Louis School and College for the Deaf and blind

The hostel rooms of the school children were visited and the importance of keeping the surroundings clean, proper drying of the washed clothes and arrangement of the folded clothes in a neat way was explained. . Proper arrangement of shoes and sandals in the room and arrangement of toiletries were explained. The importance of personal hygiene and sanitation was emphasised to the students.

Cleaning of Public Space – Sathyamoorthy Park in Chetpet, Chennai

Around 50 volunteers from the Institute were involved in cleaning Mayor Satyamoorthy Park in Sathyamoorthy Salai near the office campus. The park was cleaned by volunteers from different departments of the Institute on 20 th September, 2018. The garbage mainly included fallen tree leaves, papers and plastic waste. Around 23 bags of garbage were collected, segregated into biodegradable and non-degradable wastes and were handed over to the Corporation staff for disposal.

Education of health and hygiene practices to patients seeking care from NIRT-Clinic

Health education programme was conducted to the patients and their care givers, who visited the clinic in NIRT on 28 th September, 2018. Dr. Prathiksha, Scientist ‘B', Dept. of Clinical Research explained in detail about good hygiene and sanitation practices, good nutrition and prevention of diseases. Ms. Mangalambal, Public Health Nurse educated about safe collection and disposal of sputum and cough etiquettes.

Awareness of children and parents regarding hand hygiene and personal hygiene in Institute of Child Health, Egmore, Chennai

Patients and parents of children attending sub centre of NIRT (Institute of Child Health) were demonstrated hand hygiene technique and were asked to repeat the demonstration. They were also educated regarding good sanitation, personal hygiene, good nutrition and prevention of respiratory diseases.

Voluntary Cleaning of Office Common Space

The staff of various departments of the Institute were involved in cleaning of the office space including proper rearrangement of files, office supplies, Lab supplies, organizing and installing newly purchased instruments, proper storing of old instruments for disposal, etc. Routine cleaning of the office space is being carried out.

Swachh Bharat activities were carried out at the campus of the field unit office of NIRT at Tiruvallur by volunteers from NIRT.

The spots inside the campus of the Institute, which are vulnerable to unhygienic conditions, have stagnant water or mounds of garbage were identified and cleaned. Renovation and maintenance works were carried out in toilets and other identified areas.

Display of Swachhta Posters in office campus

Posters containing various cleanliness messages were displayed in various departments, lunch rooms, restrooms, front office etc.

Taking of Swachhta Pledge

The staff of NIRT took Swachhta Pledge on 1st October, 2018 at the Institute premises and vowed to keep their private and public spaces clean and to spread the Swachhta message to their family and friends.


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Annual day celebration @ NIRT Madurai Unit

NIRT Annual day celebration was held at Madurai unit within the campus of the unit at Ward 62, Government Rajaji Hospital(GRH), on 29/08/2018 from 11.30 am to 3.30 pm. The staff members participated enthusiastically in the event. On behalf of the Dean of Government Rajaji Hospital /Madurai Medical College, Dr.Shanmuga Sundaram, Medical Superintendent of GRH, presided the event. Accepting our invitation, Dr.Prabhakaran, HOD of Thoracic Medicine, and Dr.Rajaprakash, Deputy Director- Medical service(TB)/ DTO Madurai felicitated and all doctors from Thoracic Medicine and RNTCP cell, GRH participated.

The three NIRT Madurai unit staff members namely M/s. P. Pandeeswari, M/s. M. Rathinam and Mr.C. Nagaraju were honoured for completion of 25 years of meritorious service by awarding the Watches and Certificates given by our NIRT, was presented to them by the Chief Guest.

We started the event with prayer song, welcome address was given by Dr. V. Poorana Gangadevi, Scientist C. Dr.S.Ramesh Kumar, Scientist E, delivered a presentation on 'NIRT Genesis and Achievements'. Dr.K.Chandrasekaran, Principal Technical Officer(Statistics) delivered the vote of Thanks. Mr.Rajasakthivel, Medical Social Worker, compered  the event and the event ended with the National Anthem. Lunch was served and some enthusiastic cultural events by the staff took place.

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72nd  Independence day celebration

The 72nd Independence Day was celebrated on a grand scale at our institute on 15th Aug 2018. It is the institute's practice that the flag be hoisted by a staff who is going to attain his/her superannuation during that year, as a ceremonial reverence.   The ceremony began with the hoisting of the National flag by Dr. N S Gomathi, who will be superannuating in June, 2019.

The Independence Day celebration was well attended by the staff and families.  All attendees were given breakfast and a special meeting was conducted to commemorate the Heroes of Independence.   Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-charge, NIRT presided and addressed the gathering. Mr Sreekantan (Senior Administrative Officer, NIRT), Dr N.S Gomathi (special guest), Dr. N. Saravanan (Chairman, sports committee) and Dr Beena Thomas (Scientist 'E') also addressed the gathering.  Mr. S. Rajendran (senior sports committee member) coordinated the meeting. 

As part of Independence Day celebration, it is a regular practice to conduct sports events for all the staff members of NIRT (permanent, project and housekeeping) and their family members. With regard to this, the DIC appointed Sports Committee, coordinated and conducted nearly 200 matches which included cricket, volley ball, throw ball etc., and achieved a tremendous success in conducting the events. Prizes for the successful participants (staff members and their family members) were distributed by the Director-in-charge during the function. After distribution of sweets to all the attendees, the function concluded with vote of thanks by Dr. N. Saravanan followed by the National Anthem. 

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Observance of Sadbhavana Diwas




Workshop on ‘Updates in ICMR Ethical guidelines'

NIRT-Institutional Ethics Committee organised a Workshop on ‘Updates in ICMR Ethical guidelines' on 21st July, 2018 (Saturday) in the Main conference room, Patient care facility building, ICMR-NIRT, Chennai. The workshop was attended by representatives from ICMR-NIRT, YRG care, Chennai and SRMC, Porur. A total of 52 participants attended the workshop.

The Chairperson of NIRT-IEC, Dr.Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaran welcomed the participants and emphasized the importance of getting appraised about the recent ICMR Ethical guidelines. Dr Mohan Natrajan, Head of the Department of Clinical Research welcomed the faculty members. The lectures commenced after the self-introduction of workshop participants. Dr Vasantha Muthuswamy, Former Senior Deputy Director General, ICMR, New Delhi provided insights on the Evolution of ICMR Ethical Guidelines. She highlighted the essentials in the National Ethical guidelines for Biomedical and Health research involving human participants, 2017. Dr Nandini K Kumar, Former Deputy Director General (Sr. Grade), ICMR, New Delhi elaborated on the categorisation of risk involved in research studies and the type of review to be performed by Ethical committee. Dr Paul Kumaran, Scientist E, ICMR-NIRT, Madurai outlined the ethics in public health research. Dr Shuba Kumar, Founder Member & Secretary ‘SAMARTH', Chennai described ethics in the context of socio-behavioural research. Dr Roli Mathur, Scientist E & Head, ICMR Bioethics Unit, ICMR-NCDIR, Bangalore presented the draft ICMR Guidelines for Common Review of Multicentre Research. Ethics in research on biological materials and datasets was highlighted by Dr Nandini K Kumar.

The queries from the participants were clarified by the faculty members. The workshop ended with the felicitation of the faculty by Dr.Vijayalakshmi Thanasekaran, Chairperson of NIRT-IEC.

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‘Irular' is one of the tribal groups of India, also known as the second largest tribal group of Tamilnadu. They mainly reside in the lower slopes of Western Ghats at present which cover the states of Tamilnadu and Kerala in South India.

The Department of Social and Behavioural Research (DBSR), National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai has adopted Arunkundram and Kunnapattu villages in Kancheepuram district, Tamilnadu to formulate a model tribal village. The main approach behind this is to adopt a holistic and need based, and focus on the overall development and access to health care among the tribal groups in collaboration with NGOs and other public as well as private organizations. This programme was initiated in the year 2014 and has been in progress till date.

The department has linked with the Madras Atomic Power Station, Kalpakkam in giving vocational training on tailoring to the tribal women in Arunkundram village. Apart from this, we have undertaken need assessments, community awareness programmes on TB and alcohol in Panchathriti in Kunapattu village, providing sanitation facility and renewable energy support (Solar panel) for the tribal community with the help of State Tribal Welfare, TamilNadu.

We have been able to linked a 2 year old child from Panchathirti village who was diagnosed TB and was given treatment and has completed the treatment. Also, one 18 year old boy from Manamai village, who had congenital heart disease, was identified and had undergone Angio process in Madras Medical Mission Hospital, Chennai.

Kancheepuram district was one of the most affected places during the flood that hit some parts of Tamilnadu during the month of November and December 2015 . In aid to this issue, flood relief work was carried out at Panchathirti and Arunkundram villages as these villages were severely affected due to the flood. This relief work was carried out in network with NGOs and other sponsors where nearly 150 families were given support and assistance.

The NIRT team has also been networking with the villagers and the District Collectorate for accessing ration cards and pattas (land agreements). So far, 42 ration cards have been obtained and the process for land agreements underway.

We also approached the CSR wing of the Kalpakkam Nuclear Plan for a provision of toilet facilities in the area. In May 2018, fifty two toilets have been sanctioned and work is underway. We were also asked to provide feedback on how the CSR could be involved in strengthening the health services infrastructure in the PHC near Kalpakkam which the team was able to provide.




International International Yoga Day Celebrations 2018

The International Yoga Day celebrations started with the invocation to almighty by Mr.SriRamachandran. The event was hosted by Mrs. Girijalakshmi. This was followed by meditation for 10 minutes.

After a peaceful start, the Welcome Address was given by Dr. Mohan Natrajan, HOD, Clinic followed by the YOGA demonstration by the Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY) group members trained by the Sky instructors, Mr. SriRamachandran and Mrs. Girijalakshmi. This demonstration was attended by around 75 staff members while 10 of them performed various “asanas” led by their instructors.

Prof. A.G. Latha Kumar, the Chief Guest for the programme explained the importance of practising yoga on a daily basis. Her language was so very simple that kept the audience involved throughout her oration. This was followed by the speech from Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-charge who stressed on the need to practise yoga and also on the ways of doing it. Dr. Rathinasabapati, Senior Library and Information Officer explained the need and the ways of maintaining a good body and soul by practising yoga.

Mr. Sreekantan, Senior Administrative Officer delivered the vote of thanks and appreciated the staff for their active and zealous participation.


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Second Dr. V. Kumaraswami Endowment Lecture

The Second Dr V Kumaraswami Endowment lecture was held on 18 th June, 2018 at NIRT.

Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-Charge, NIRT, welcomed the gathering. Dr S.P. Tripathy, Former Director-General, ICMR and Dr. P.R. Narayanan, Former Director, NIRT were the special invites for the event.

Recorded video messages from Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Dy. Director General, WHO Programs, Geneva and Prof. K.V. Thiruvengadam, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, were telecasted with regard to Dr. V. Kumaraswami oration and book release. Dr. Eric Ottesen, MD, Director NTD-SC, Global Task Force, Atlanta, USA presented the oration on the topic titled “Solving the Lymphatic Filariasis problem by research”. A memento was presented to Dr. Eric Ottesen by Dr Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Director-in-Charge.

During the session, two books were released.

1. Human Lymphatic Filariasis – Current understanding edited by Dr. Rajasekaran S. released by Dr. Eric Ottesen.

2. A booklet about Dr.V. Kumaraswami titled “The many – splendored personality” was released on behalf of NIRT released by Dr.S.P. Tripathy.

Senior retired staff of NIRT and friends and colleagues of Dr V Kumaraswami together with his brother Mr. Murali Vasanthapuram attended and graced the function.

The program was concluded with a vote of thanks delivered by Dr.K.R. Uma Devi, Head of Department of Immunology, NIRT.


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Hyperlink from today's The Hindu (19.6.19) about the event on 18 th June, 2018


Dr.V Kumaraswami Endowment Lecture - 18th June 2018


International Workshop on Genomics of Tuberculosis and HIV

Genome sequencing is revolutionizing the pathogen diagnosis, genotyping, detection of virulence, and detection of resistance. It has opened the path for advanced translational research in the TB.

An International workshop on 'Genomics of Tuberculosis and HIV” was organized and conducted by the ICMR- National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) from 14th to 16th May 2018. This symposium was jointly organized by the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis and University of Sydney with Central TB Division, New Delhi.

This workshop brought together experienced scientists, clinicians and public health specialists from the University of Sydney and NIRT with expertise in WGS, bioinformatics, public health and clinical aspects of TB and HIV drug resistance.

Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director in charge, NIRT welcomed the gathering during the Inaugural session and Dr. Soumya Swaminathan,   Deputy Director General, WHO provided the keynote address through a video recording and stressed on the importance of developing such new technologies and encouraged the clinicians and researchers to address the lacunae in pediatric TB diagnosis and treatment. This was followed by three sessions spread over three days with three themes namely updates on tuberculosis control, current status, whole genome sequencing preparation and troubleshooting and whole genome sequencing data analysis.

The first-day symposium focused on the updates on tuberculosis control and current status. International and national experts from the field of Mycobacterial whole genome sequencing and drug resistance, participated in the symposium and delivered lectures on their contributions towards Tuberculosis, HIV and emphasized on the need for Whole Genome Sequencing in these fields. The prominent speakers in the order of their presentations were, Dr. Shailendra Sawleshwarkar Senior Lecturer and Education Lead, The University of Sydney, Prof. Vitali Sintchenko Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology (CIDM) Public Health, Sydney West LHD and Pathology West. Dr. Barend Jacobus (Ben) Marais, Professor, The Children's Hospital at Westmead Clinical School, Sydney, Dr. Nishant Kumar, DADG-TB, MoHFW, Dr. K R Uma Devi, Scientist D, NIRT, Chennai, Dr. Mohan Natrajan Scientist F NIRT, Chennai and Dr. Luke Elizabeth Hanna Scientist E NIRT, Chennai. The first day of the meeting was attended by 50 or more participants. In addition, inputs and concerns towards implementation of this technique into the program were discussed with the experts.

On the panel discussion, pros and cons of the utility of this WGS technique were widely discussed and recommendations were made to move forward with whole-genome sequencing and data management for national program and research which will lead to the development of a national database for genotypic and phenotypic drug resistance tuberculosis strains in India. The meeting was concluded with valedictory remarks and vote of thanks proposed by Dr. Luke Elizabeth Hanna Scientist E NIRT, Chennai, who thanked the participants, speakers and her entire organizing team members and staff for making this event remarkable and successful.

This was followed by 2-days hands-on workshop for a focused group of 13 participants. They were provided with lectures on sequencing technology and a demo on the sequencing protocol. Participants had the opportunity for a brief hands-on training on CLC workbench to enable extraction of sequencing reads belonging to a specific pathogen, detect mixed infection of multiple strains of the same species etc. The participants for this 2-day workshop included all the sites which have been installed with MIseq system by Central TB division of India. The resource persons for the hands-on workshop include Dr. Nathan Bachmann and Dr. Ranjeeta Menon from the University of Sydney and Dr. K R Uma Devi NIRT Chennai, Dr. S Siva Kumar Chennai, Dr. S. Tamilzhalagan, Dr. Suresh and Mrs. Suganthi from NIRT, Chennai.

Participants also had the opportunity to interact with the faculty from the University of Sydney and NIRT to increase their knowledge on mycobacterial sequencing. Participation certificates were issued for all the participants who underwent the 2 days hands-on workshop.

The organizers thanked the participants and Central TB Division for sparing their time and taking up the opportunity to learn the latest cutting-edge technology that could serve as a major tool for TB control and prevention.


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Launch of “Manage TB” – an Online Course for Doctors

The Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (ICMR-NIRT) launched an Online Course for Doctors entitled “Manage TB” on 3rd of May 2018 at a function organised at the Institute premises in Chennai. This 8-week course was designed by the scientists of the NIRT in technical collaboration with the National Programme for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL) of the IIT, Chennai. After a brief welcome address by Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-Charge of NIRT, Dr. Banu Rekha, Scientist, presented an overview of the online course. She said that the course had been prepared in consultation with experts in the field of TB management and covered the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of TB as a public health problem

The course was officially launched by Shri. Madhusudhan Reddy, IAS, Deputy Commissioner (Health) of Greater Chennai Corporation. He said that A course like this was very much needed in view of the End TB strategy and the TB free Chennai initiative that have been rolled out recently. He said he would urge all the doctors in the Corporation of Chennai to enrol in the course and requested the IMA President to help to disseminate the information to the larger body of practicing doctors. He also said that courses aimed at the paramedical staff involved in TB control would be very helpful.

A message from the Director General of the ICMR was read out by Dr. Tripathy. Dr. Sanjay Mehendale, former Additional Director General of the ICMR recalled that it was the Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) of which he was the Director, that had first ventured into online teaching in collaboration with NPTEL with their course on Fundamentals of Health Research. He expressed his happiness at the launch of the course on TB management but urged the scientists to carefully evaluate the course periodically.

Dr. Rupak Singla, Head of Department of TB and Respiratory Diseases, National Institute for TB and Respiratory Diseases, (NITRD), Delhi and Dr. Uma Shankar,Head of Epidemiology &Research Division of the National TB Institute (NTI), Bangalore and Dr.Lakshmi Murali,DTO, Thiruvallur also addressed the gathering and congratulated the NIRT for having coming up with this course. Dr. J A Jayalal, President of IMA, Tamil Nadu expressed his support in dissemination of information about the course to the IMA fraternity and suggested to explore accreditation for the course or in the awarding of CME credit points. Prof Andrew Thangaraj of the NPTEL briefly described the organisation and functioning of the NPTEL and highlighted the huge reach of it courses, mainly in the field of engineering.Mementoes were distributed to the faculty of the course and the meeting concluded with a vote of thanks by Dr. Mohan Natrajan, Head of Department of Clinical Research, NIRT .


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“Paediatric TB Symposium”

A symposium on “Tuberculosis and Children” was jointly organized by ICMR-NIRT, Chennai, India and The University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Barend Jacobus (Ben) Marais, Professor in Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases, The University of Sydney was the faculty of the symposium. The symposium was held in NIRT as well as telecasted online through the Zoom platform. The various topics covered includes prevention, diagnosis, treatment and drug resistant TB in children. The meeting was attended by paediatricians, pulmonologists and representatives of different institutions in person as well as online.

Invitation 15th May, 2018.


Swachhta Pakhwada (April 1st – April 15th)

As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada for Department of Health Research scheduled from 1st April to 15th April, 2018, the following activities were carried out at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), Chennai:

Two public parks and one corporation playground which were near the office campus were cleaned by the staff of NIRT who volunteered from different departments on 12.04.2018. Around 20 bags of garbage were collected, segregated into biodegradable and degradable waste and handed over to the Corporation staff for disposal. The staff of various departments of the Institute were involved in voluntary cleaning of the office space including proper rearrangement of files, office supplies, lab supplies, organizing and installing newly purchased instruments, proper storing of old instruments for disposal, etc. A team of doctor, nurses and other staff of the Institute visited a corporation middle school on 13.04.2018 which also had an orphanage attached. The children were educated regarding the importance of personal and environmental hygiene. Toiletries were distributed to these children. Necessary cleaning materials were distributed to the managing staff. The whole campus including the school and orphanage which was situated above the school were cleaned by the staff of NIRT.

A special lecture on “Environmental hygiene and quality of life” was delivered by Dr. B.M. Shrinivasa, Scientist ‘B' of our institute, who is a Public Health specialist on 11.04.2018 stressing the importance of clean environment and the impact on human life. Posters containing various cleanliness messages were displayed in various departments, lunch rooms, restrooms, front office etc. Posters depicting the theme of World Health day 2018 “Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere” were displayed for staff awareness. Many trees inside the campus were destroyed during the last rain-storm which struck the city. New tree saplings and plants were planted in the garden to maintain the official campus as a green and clean environment.


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Awareness Lecture on Anti-Women Sexual Harassment at Workplace

Dr. Sudha Subramanyam, Scientist ‘E' & Chairperson, Anti-Women Harassment Committee of NIRT organised a talk on the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) on Monday, 26 th March, 2018.

The talk was delivered by Shri. P Murugesan (STO, Social Scientist of NIRT) in coordination with Shri. C Saravanan (STO of NIRT). The talk was in Tamil (local language) for the benefit of the contractual and daily wages-based women workers. The audience comprised largely of women with a sizeable number of male colleagues. The talk was divided into three parts-

•  Prevention
•  Prohibition and
•  Redressal.

Each of these were presented in detail with examples from situations arising from daily work routine. There was good attendance and the interactive session was very much useful wherein questions were raised and answered appropriately. The concept of SHE- box (Sexual Harassment Electronic-Box) launched by the Ministry of Women and Child Development was explained to the audience.


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Farewell to Dr.Soumya Swaminathan-DG, ICMR

A felicitation cum farewell event was organised for Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, Director General, ICMR on obtaining the post of Deputy Director General, WHO, Geneva. This was attended by the staff of NIRT existing, retired and Scientific Advisory Committee members.

This event was creatively done and stood apart from usual farewell function held in NIRT (ICMR). It started with our Director General been escorted with female staff holding light up Diya on their palm while she entered the gathering seated in the atrium. This entry was accompanied by loud music “waving flag (football anthem)” and an energetic dance from different corners by the staff holding up balloons. After the lighting of the lamp there was a song by the staff with catchy lyrics and own composition.

Celebrate people celebrate (2)

She is our Hero

She is a shining Star

She is the global face

India's Pride

Who is she?

Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Celebrate people celebrate (2)

She is the warrior

Mentor friend and guide

She's the DG

Now the DDG




Celebrate people celebrate (2)


This was followed by classic renderation of Dr. Soumya Swaminathan favourite song titled “Mahro Pranam Banke Bihari Ji“. Tribute was given by Dr. P. R. Narayanan, Dr. Srikanth P. Tripathy, NIRT Welfare Association and Senior Administrative Officer Mr. Jagdish Rajesh.

A surprise item on the agenda was a song sung by our Director General accompanied by few staff of NIRT. This reflected the hidden talents of singing of our Director General who is internationally recognised for our scientific expertise and leadership quality. Following this was a take home message rendered beautifully by our Director General going down memory lane of how she started her career at NIRT and reminding the staff on the need to keep the NIRT flag flying high through commitment to team works, development of scientific research and the need for a holistic multi-disciplinary approach.

We wish our Director General the very best in the future as she takes up a prominent leadership role as Deputy Director General, World Health Organisation, Geneva.


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World TB Day Programme at NIRT

The World TB Day (March 24) is designed to build awareness on the global epidemic of tuberculosis and on the elimination of TB. It commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr.Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB. The World TB Day celebrations 2018 at ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) was held on 23 rd March, 2018. The programme was very much in line with the World TB Day theme “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-Free World”. Dr. Srikanth Tripathy, Director-in-charge of ICMR-NIRT welcomed the gathering and stressed on the need to eliminate TB epidemic by 2025, as envisaged by the Hon'ble PM of India.

The cultural programmes emphasised the need for public awareness about the early diagnosis, treatment initiation and continuance and the importance of alcohol and smoking cessation. An interactive session with treated TB patients was also held where the patients shared their experiences. All health care workers were updated on the Latest TB guidelines. A booklet on “Prof. Wallace Fox, a Pioneer in TB research” was released in the gracious presence of Dr. S Radhakrishna, Ex-Director, IRMS, Shri Paul Somasundaram, Dr Santha Devi, Dr M.S. Jawahar, retired senior scientists of our institute. The scientists of NIRT gave an over view of the future projects namely the ‘Manage TB” – A Online TB Course for Physicians, TB-Free Chennai initiative and use of Next Generation Sequencing for TB Research.


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Research Methodology and Biostatistics workshop for
Medical Professionals

ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai conducted the Research Methodology and Biostatistics workshop for Medical Professionals from 1st -12th January 2018, which was funded by the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Fifteen participants from various Medical Colleges in India including North East participated in this workshop. The participants included mid-level Medical College Faculty and Post Graduate Students. They were trained on various aspects of research methodology including identifying health problems, framing the right research question and objectives, choosing appropriate methodology, data collection, analysis plan and presentation of data. Hands on exercise was given on doing literature search using Pubmed, reference management using Mendeley and data analysis using Epi-Info. The participants developed and presented a concept note an identified research topic.

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A training session & demonstration on Fire Safety will be conducted by Mr. A.K. Kumar, Fire Safety Officer, Tamil Nadu Fire and Rescue Services 7th March, 2018.


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