From the Director's Desk

Brief Profile

I welcome you to the website of the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW). It is, truly, an honour to be the Director of NIHFW, the Institute which is committed to make Public Health, Family Welfare and Health Management System more efficient and effective in the country.

NIHFW is an autonomous apex technical Institute of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Since its inception on 9 March 1977, through a multi-disciplinary approach, the Institute has been addressing a wide-range of issues related to public health, family welfare and health management. This Institute is not new to me; I’ve been an integral part of this esteemed organisation since 1983. I owe a lot to all my well-wishers and mentors. Also, I must say, during my odyssey, this Institute has grown in leaps and bounds. To continue this momentum, I’m committed to maintain the ‘directorship’ immaculately and to take the integrity of the Office of the Director, to greater heights.

The Institute doesn’t require an introduction. It is widely known for its Post-Graduate education programmes like three-year MD in Community Health Administration; and two-year Diploma in Health Administration; both affiliated to the University of Delhi; and recognized by the Medical Council of India. The Institute also conducts a one-year course- Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM), in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India and supported by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare; and PG Diplomas in Health and Family Welfare Management, Hospital Management, and Health Promotion through distance learning mode. More and more scholars are relying on NIHFW for their Doctoral (Ph. D.) and summer internship programmes.

In-service training of health personnel of various categories, undertaking multi-disciplinary research studies/projects; especially, operational research, and establishment of institutional mechanisms for coordination with health planners, health care providers and managerial experts; have been the major thrust areas of the Institute. Started with the support from the European Commission, the Professional Development Course in Management, Public Health and Health Sector Reforms for District Medical Officers has been rolled out across the country. This course trains the Medical Officers in the service bracket of 12 to 16 years. The Central Council of Health and Family Welfare has made the completion of the course mandatory for promotion to CMO/Civil Surgeon. It has been able to constantly sustain the momentum of collaborations with various international agencies such as WHO, GTZ, UNICEF, USAID, Partners in Population and Development (PPD), INCLEN, Futures Group International, European Union, IHBP, etc. Very recently, NIHFW has been made the Key Resource Centre (KRC) of WASH, Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.

I’m elated to share with you that for the first time in the history of its existence, NIHFW has won the third position in the Indira Gandhi Official Language Awards for the year 2012-’13 for implementing the Official Language Policy in Category-A states. In September 2014, I had the honour to receive the award in person from the hands of the Hon’ble President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan.

New initiatives in various arenas of health and family welfare have been in progress. Some significant initiatives of the institute include Mother and Child Tracking Facilitation Centre, National Health Portal, Training Management Information System (TMIS), National Cold Chain and Vaccine Management Resource Centre, besides its contribution to NHM / RCH-II and Annual Sentinel Surveillance for HIV Infection. NIHFW has been publishing an inter-disciplinary quarterly Journal- Health and Population: Perspectives and Issues (HPPI) since 1978 as well as a quarterly Newsletter since 1999 and a Hindi publication Dhaarna. Hitherto, the Institute has published more than one hundred and fifty technical reports, training modules for various categories of health personnel and scholars. Among other specialised services, Clinical- in the field of infertility, Mother and Child Health (MCH) services, Adolescent Clinic, Menopausal Clinic; and Computer, Documentation, Printing and Reprography, Art and Projection deserve mention.

It gives me an immense sense of pride when I put it in writing that I’ve noticed four Ds- Dedication, Determination, Devotion, and Discipline; among all my staff that has helped me weaving so many success-stories during my stint as the Director. All my personnel have proved their mettle in their respective areas of expertise. Their incessant passion and indefatigable commitment to reach the pinnacle of success in their works have earned many laurels to the Institute. As the Director, I’ve only removed the stumbling stones from their paths; and provided them an environment to think critically, to innovate and to be creative in their endeavours. I’m pretty sure, with this fire in us, we together, will turn NIHFW into an ‘Institute of Excellence’ at the global level very soon. Before concluding these few lines, I quote Henry Ford, “Coming together is the beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success.”

Prof. Jayanta K. Das