The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) had its origin as Central Malaria Bureau, established at Kasauli (Himachal Pradesh) in 1909 and following expansion was renamed in 1927 as the Malaria Survey of India. The organization was shifted to Delhi in 1938 and called as the Malaria Institute of India (MII). In view of the drastic reduction achieved in the incidence of malaria under National Malaria Eradication Programme (NMEP), Government of India
decided to reorganize and expand the activities of the institute to cover other communicable diseases. Thus, on July 30, 1963 the erstwhile MII was renamed as NICD to shoulder these additional responsibilities.

The institute was established to function as a national centre of excellence for control of communicable diseases. Thefunction of the institute also included various areas of training and research using multi-disciplinary integrated approach.


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Prof. (Dr.) Atul Goel,
DGHS & Director, NCDC

National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), earlier known as National Institute of Communicable Disease was established with a vision to function as center of excellence for control of communicable diseases. The institute has made significant accomplishments in elimination and eradication several diseases of public health importance such as Smallpox, Guinea worm, Lymphatic Filariasis and Yaws in the country. Emergence of disease like COVID-19, SARS, H1N1 infection, Avian Influenza Zika virus disease as well as re-emergence of infections such as Plague, Scrub Typhus, Leptospirosis etc. have posed continuous epidemic threats in the country. In all such instances, NCDC have always been in the forefront to undertake epidemiological investigation and controlling outbreaks.


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Training Programmes

  • Regional Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP)

  • Two-week Field Epidemiology Training Programme (FETP)

  • Regional Training Programme on Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases for paramedics

  • Epidemic Intelligence Services

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