Indian Council of Medical Research
A commemorative postage stamp on the Centenary of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), apex body for formulation, coordination & promotion of biomedical research in India :
Issued by India
Issued on Nov 8, 2011
Issued for : India Post is happy to issue a commemorative postage stamp on the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Stamp/FDC : Kamleshwar Singh
Cancellation : Alka Sharma
Type : Stamp, Mint condition
Colour : Multi Colour
Denomination : 500 Paise
Stamps Printed : 0.3 Million
Printing Process : Wet Offset
Printer : SPP Hyderabad
- To fund various research activities related to medical science, the officers of the then Indian Medical Service established the Indian Research Fund Association in 1911. After independence, it was rechristened as the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). What was started to conduct “enquiry” into health problems, has blossomed into a vibrant network of 30 permanent institutes / centres and over 70 field stations, employing over 5000 personnel including 750 scientists. The budgetary allocation of the Council has also grown over successive plan periods and stands at Rs. 4496 crores in the 11th Plan.
- The Mission of the ICMR is to provide better health through research. The Council has evolved over the years in line with changing health research needs, effectively addressing the new challenges that have emerged as a result of the economic, demographic, nutritional and epidemiological transition of the country.
- The ICMR provides stewardship and conducts & supports research through its institutions. It also encourages research through grants-in-aid projects in non-ICMR institutions. The strategy of ICMR is to have close interaction with health systems, including disease control programmes which are supported by continued exploration of scientific and technological advances from basic to applied, biomedicine to health sciences and from laboratory to field research.
- The research priorities of the Council coincide with the health policy and priorities of the country. The Council works very closely with the national programmes, which have well designed targets for control, elimination and eradication of diseases. The ICMR is actively engaged in various aspects of research for control of communicable diseases, infectious diseases, non-communicable diseases and improving maternal and child health including nutrition. It has a special focus on health of marginalised and under privileged sections of society.
- The ICMR has adopted a twin track approach to meet its objectives – intramural research (through its institutes) and extramural research (through grants-in-aid to projects in non-ICMR institutions). Currently, the ICMR spreads about 25% of its budget on extramural research programmes. With globalisation, international collaborative research has also increased. The Council plays an important role in defining the limits of collaborative research and ensuring that such research is conducted in an ethically acceptable manner.
- Text : Based on the material provided by the proponent.