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Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition

Department of Biochemistry and Nutrition of All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health is the first ever department in India to start Diploma in Dietetics course in 1950. M. Sc (Applied Nutrition) course was started in the year 2009 by this department. The Department of Bio-Chemistry and Nutrition is concerned with basic and applied teaching, and research in the science of nutrition and dietetics. Training is oriented towards the nutrition components of health problems at all levels, viz. individual, family, community, particularly relevant to India. These include identification of the nutritional needs of a community by assessment of nutritional problems and initiating appropriate intervention by mobilization of resources to deal with these problems.

Teaching Activities
Regular Diploma/Degree: Master in Science (Applied Nutrition)
Level: Degree (Post Graduate)
Duration: Two Year (Full Time)
Affiliation/Recognition: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).
Intake capacity: 20

Objectives:To develop trained manpower in the field of nutrition, food science and dietetics. Students after the completion of the course will be qualified to work in the hospitals and health care establishments, academic institutions, research institutions, industries, NGOs etc.

Eligibility Criteria: B.Sc. (Honours) in Food and Nutrition/ Dietetics / Food Science/ Biochemistry/ Physiology /Food Technology or B.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics with at least 50% marks from any recognized college under recognized University.

Enrollment procedure:Through Entrance Examination conducted by the WBUHS in the month of May/June every year. Information available on the website www.wbuhs.ac.in/www.wbuhsexams.in. Phone-033 2321-3461/2334-6602.

Diploma in Dietetics

Level: Diploma (Post Graduate)
Duration: One Year (Full Time)
Affiliation / Recognition: The West Bengal University of Health Sciences (WBUHS).
Intake Capacity: 31

Objectives:To generate trained Nutritionists and Dietitians who will work in Hospitals, Nursing homes, Clinics, Government programs, fitness centres or any other health facilities and also in organizations where Nutrition and/or Dietetics related works including diet planning, nutritional assessment etc. are conducted or consultant dietitian/nutritionist.

Eligibility Criteria:Bachelor degree with either Physiology or Chemistry; Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics; Food and Nutrition; Nursing or MBBS, BHMS.

Enrollment procedure:Through Entrance Examination conducted by the WBUHS in the month of May/June every year. Information available on the website www.wbuhs.ac.in/www.wbuhsexams.in. Phone-033 2321-3461/2334-6602

Short Courses/Training Courses Conducted:
1. Training Programme for Laboratory Technicians of IDD Monitoring Labs for the North Eastern States, Andaman & Nicobar Islands, Orissa & West Bengal, sponsored by Min. of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India, 2009.
2. Training programme on “Micro-nutrient deficiency” for Medical officers, 2009.
3. Conducted a short training program for School teachers from different districts of West Bengal on “Techniques of Assessment of Nutritional status” in 2012.

Research Activities: On-going research for PhD:
1. A study on the role of nutrition, socio-economic status and intelligence level on the academic achievement of primary school children.
2. An epidemiological study on metabolic syndrome among college students of Kolkata.
3. A study on the nutritional risk assessment of elderly women residing in the old age homes of Kolkata.
4. An epidemiological study on metabolic syndrome among post-menopausal women in a rural area of West Bengal.
5. Services provided: Nutrition awareness program was conducted at Boinchipota village in field area of RHU&TC, Singur in April 2013.
Publications in the Indexed Journal (Last 5 years):
1. Mondrita Majumder, Indranil Saha, Debnath Chaudhuri: Assessment of nutritional risk among community dwelling elderly persons (65-75 years) in Kolkata, India: J NutrGerontolGeriatr. 33, 126-134, 2014.
2. Chandrashekhar Shivaji Taklikar, Mangesh Balu Nanaware: Epidemiological characteristics of H1N1 positive deaths: A study from tertiary care hospital in western India ;Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2013; 2(2): 305-308.
3. Bidisha Maity, Debnath Chaudhuri, Minati Sen: A study on the assessment of nutritional status of elderly women residing in old age homes of Kolkata: The 20th World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics. The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Ageing: Vol. 17, Supplement, Abst no. pp 26 B-060. Page S760, 2013
4. Maity B, Sen M, Saha I and Chaudhuri D.: Risk for malnutrition among elderly women belong to old age homes of Kolkata, India and its relationship with depression. Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Journal on Business & Technology: 5, 147-149, 2012.
5. Paul (Das) T, Sen M, Saha I and Chaudhuri D. Facets of emergent pandemic of 21st century-obesity, a life sentence to non-communicable diseases. Institute of Science and Technology (IST) Journal on Business & Technology: 5, 135-139, 2012.
1. UGC sponsored National Seminar on “100 years for the Hypothesis of Vitamin Deficiency Diseases“ was organized by Dept. of Food and Nutrition Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis Mahavidalaya in collaboration with the Dept. of Biochemistry and Nutrition Department, AIIH & PH at Kolkata, September 25-26, 2013.
2. Dr. V. Verma, Dr. Asim Sarkar and Dr. Majumdar held a scientific session on Rickets, Osteomalacia and Osteoporosis, 3rd April 2013.
Other Recent Achievements of the Department
1. Prof. Asim Duttaroy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway, delivered lecture on DHA.
2. Prof. Asim Duttaroy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway delivered lecture on Lycopene.
3. Dr. Madhavan Nair, Scientist, National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, delivered lecture on Micronutrients.
4. Modernization of all the seven laboratories with installation of modular furniture and equipment.
5. Laboratory for Urinary Iodine Excretion (UIE) started functioning.
6. Opening of departmental library with reading facilities for 30 students at a time.
7. Recipient of National Research Scholarships viz. ICMR-JRF (1), DST-INSPIRE (1), UGC-NET-JRF (1) by the Ex-student.
8. Three students qualified in the UGC-NET-LS (lectureship).
9. M.Sc (Applied Nutrition) emerged as a high demand course with 100% admission every year.
10. Revision of M.Sc (Applied Nutrition) syllabus.
11. Up-gradation of the quality of need based research in Public Health Nutrition.
12. Dr. Ravindra Goswami, Professor, Dept. of Endocrinology, AIIMS, New Delhi delivered lecture on topic “Vitamin -D”, 27th September, 2013.
13. Dr. Asim Duttaroy delivered lecture on Role of DHA in Fetus- Placental development.
14. Dr. Nandini Ghosh Chowdhury delivered lecture on “Role of fish oil in control of breast-cancer growth” Feb 2014.
15. Dr. Sanjay Mishra delivered a lecture on “Awareness of Thalassemia” in Feb 2014


Department of Epidemiology

Introduction: The department of Epidemiology was established along with the formation of the Institute in 1932. The Department is one of the First Department of Epidemiology in an Institute in India. The Mission of the Department of Epidemiology in AIIH&PH is capacity development in Epidemiology and to contribute to the reduction of the disease burden in human populations through research, education, and other such services. The research mission is met by study into the risk of disease associated with inherent, acquired, social or environmental factors, and the development and application of methods to alleviate that risk. Faculty and students pursue this research mission through research projects conducted both by individuals and by multi-disciplinary teams. Graduates from the Department’s research and training programs are prepared to develop their careers as independent researchers and health managers, and all Departmental graduates are prepared to take up leadership positions in public and private agencies involved with health care or research. The department has played significant role in the development of the discipline of epidemiology and of community health in broader sense. The department has been acting as pioneering division in carrying out General Health Survey in the population of its rural field practice area in Singur. It has been involved in identifying the problem of Arsenicosis as a major public health problem in the country. It has been involved in carrying out many epidemiological investigations. Lal R.B. Roy S.C. conducted investigation of epidemic dropsy in 1930. The work was done on Chronic arsenic toxicity from drinking tube well water in rural West Bengal in 1980s.The Sonagachi Project launched in 1992 by the Dept, in Sonagachi red light area of Kolkata, has evolved into a multi-faceted community effort to empower sex workers (particularly women) in ways that go beyond HIV prevention. The Sonagachi Project has been identified as a World Health Organization (WHO) model.

Teaching Activities Regular Diploma/Degree Courses:Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM)
Level: Degree (Post Graduate)
Duration:One Year (Full Time)
MPH Epidemiology: The Institute has received letter of permission from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Govt. of India to conduct three year full time MPH Epidemiology Course from the academic year 2016-17. (Vide letter No.U.12012/56/2015- ME-I, Dated. 26.02.2016). Details are available under “Courses” section.

Other Courses
1. The faculty of the Department do take regular theoretical and practical classes of the Post Graduate students e.g. MD, PGDPHM, MPH (Epidemiology), DPH, DMCW, MVPH, DHE, MSc (Applied Nutrition) etc.
2. Lecture sessions are also taken for the students of MD (Tropical Medicine), DTM & H, from Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine (STM). The Department faculty guides and supervises the core course students in conducting Community Diagnosis survey, Survey for Geriatric Population, Non Communicable Diseases and Coverage Evaluation survey by 30 clusters and Lot Quality Technique at Singur, Hooghly and Family Care program in Chetla.