New Building of ICMR-NITM under construction in Belagavi

Bhoomi Puja of ICMR NITM (National Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Traditional Medicine) New Building was performed by Late Shri. Suresh Angadi, Minister of State for Railways who laid the foundation stone for New Building of ICMR NITM on 29th January 2020. Dr. Prabhakar Kore, Member of Rajya Sabha and Mr. Anil Benake, MLA, were also present on the occasion

The new building under construction in existing premises in Nehru Nagar, Opp. KLE Hospital

CPWD Officials visited institute on 16th March 2020 meeting was to assess the on going construction at the site.

Current status : Construction of New building for ICMR NITM on full swing, as per recent update, Foundation construction completed. ground floor work has began. Building will have G+4 floors.

(More details awaited)

RMRC to NITM : The establishment of RMRC at Belagavi was approved by EFC in 1994 at a total cost of Rs. 17.58 Crores. However, due to various constraints, after acquiring 25 acres of land and construction of boundary wall residential quarters, guest house, and electric sub-station, all construction activities halted and no staff was appointed for more than a decade.

Since 2004, the Council started to revive the Centre by transferring some posts from other ICMR Institutes to Belagavi, and efforts were made to mandate the Centre with activities related to the health needs and requirements. It was decided that RMRC Belagavi would work with Traditional Medicine as the thrust area of research, in tune with the National Health Policy of the Govt. of India, and with the widespread use of Traditional Medicine in the Western Ghats region.

CPWD Officials visited to institute on 16th March 2020 meeting was to assess the on going construction at the site.

ICMR – NITM Centre : The Centre was envisaged as a major resource center for the development of herbal technologies and products for the prevention and treatment of major diseases like metabolic and hepatic disorders, ulcers, enteric diseases, etc. It was given the mission to bridge the gap between traditional and herbal medicines.

The Centre was dedicated to focusing on medicinal plant research to develop as alternate modes of therapy for chronic diseases, cancer, and drug-resistant infections, targeted mostly for the marginalized and poorer sections of the society.

Indian Council of Medical Research an autonomous body under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The objective of establishing this centre is to carry out scientific evaluation of herbal medicines, both from codified as well as non-codified systems. The centre will also conduct studies on diseases of regional importance and the utility of traditional medicines in treatment of these diseases.

The Centre has taken up research on scientific validation of Herbal and Traditional Medicine, through studies in phytochemistry, efficacy, safety, mode of action and clinical evaluation of herb, its ingredients and traditional formulations, as the thrust area. NITM is also involved in studies on prevalence of various diseases at regional level, and lending active support to the State health authorities in investigation of outbreaks, laboratory confirmations, as well as providing infrastructural support and expertise in the relevant fields of interest. Furthermore, NITM Belagavi is serving as a nodal Centre for execution of various Task Force projects and Schemes of the ICMR and DHR. Raising to the current occasion of COVID 19 pandemic, all the scientists in the institute are currently engaged in development of traditional medicine formulations to combat this viral infection.

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