Sir Robert McCarrison
National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as ‘Beri-Beri’ Enquiry Unit in a single room laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1928, emerged as full-fledged "Nutrition Research Laboratories" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958.At the time of its golden jubilee in 1969, it was renamed as National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).
The stepping stones
The Institute has been recognized by many national and international agencies as Centre for conducting advanced as well as ad-hoc training courses in nutrition and laboratory animal sciences. In addition, several reputed universities have recognized NIN as a Centre for Ph.D programmes in different disciplines.
It possesses sophisticated equipment and swell-equipped
modern facilities and for clinical, laboratory and community based research. Nutrition
Wards with adequate inpatient and outpatient facilities are available at hospitals
viz., Niloufer Hospital for Women and Children, Government Maternity Hospital and
Osmania General Hospital to carry out research in clinical nutrition.
The "Nutrition Museum" of the institute is an important teaching tool which highlights different aspects of food and nutrition and also covers the work undertaken at the Institute.
NIN's birth place at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu
To identify various dietary and nutrition problems prevalent among different segments of the population in the country.
To continuously monitor diet and nutrition situation of the country.
To evolve effective methods of management and prevention of nutritional problems.
To conduct operational research connected with planning and implementation of national nutrition programmes.
To dovetail nutrition research with other health programmes of the government.
Human resource development in the field of nutrition.
To disseminate nutrition information.
To advise governments and other organisations on issues relating to nutrition