• Wednesday | 11-December-2019

From The Directors Desk

From The Directors Desk

Dr. Rohit Sarin

The National Institute of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases (NITRD) started from a humble beginning as a TB Hospital in 1956.It became an institute in 1991 and was glorified with its National status in 2013. The indomitable spirit of its leaders and the dedicated staff along with immense support of the Government of India and the Governing Body of the Institute, the Institute has achieved not only national but also international stature in patient care, training and research.

The Institute provides expert medical care for patients with tuberculosis as well as other respiratory disorders. We have a 470 bedded hospital and an Out Patient Department with an average attendance of 600 patients per day. In addition to our daily TB & respiratory OPD, we have specialized clinics for lung cancer cases, HIV medicine, sleep medicine, allergic disorders, tobacco cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation.  Our Thoracic Surgery department is one of its kinds in the country with patients being referred even from neighboring countries. Further, the Department of Respiratory Critical Care dedicatedly provides intensive care to cases with serious respiratory disorders and is the only centre which provides critical care services for sputum positive TB patients. The Institute has a State-of-the-art negative pressure ward for hospitalizing MDR TB patients and a 40-bedded private ward as well. The Institute also provides outreach facilities for diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis at the door step of the patients through the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP).

The Institute has always supported the TB Control Program of the country. Over the years, the Institute’s faculty has played a key role in developing various strategies and national policies for TB Control.  We have piloted Program initiatives like Programmatic Management Drug Resistant TB, Pediatric TB Management, Private Sector involvement and involvement of medical colleges and have facilitated in their implementation at the National level.

The Institute has been recognized as a Centre of Excellence by the WHO under its Tuberculosis Supranational Reference Laboratory Network. Our Microbiology department has BSL-III facility and is a National Reference Laboratory under the RNTCP. The Pathology and Biochemistry laboratories as well as Radiology department have the latest equipment and fully trained personnel.

Our Institute has a dedicated training division and conducts diverse kinds of training courses. We have trained around 17000 state and district trainers for RNTCP alone over the past two decades. Recently, the Institute has been given status of ‘WHO Collaborating Center for TB Training’ and has expanded training to South East Asia region countries

The institute is a major teaching institution in the field of respiratory diseases, and imparts postgraduate teaching to 42 post graduate doctors (DNB residency program) through the National Board of Examinations and has also been awarded the Scroll of Honor by the Board. We have super-specialty teaching programs also namely DNB (Thoracic Surgery) and DNB (Microbiology).

The Institute conducts high quality research in the field of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases and the research publications find a place in reputed indexed peer reviewed National and International journals.


Our vision is to be a global leader in tuberculosis and chest diseases through continued improvement and expansion. The Master Plan of the Institute is under formulation - the bed strength will increase and all departments will be further strengthened with latest equipments and additional manpower. The Thoracic Surgical department is exploring possibilities of involvement in Lung transplant and Robotic surgery. Research in areas of air pollution and smoking cessation is being prioritized and the Department of Critical Care is being upgraded to impart specialized training in the field.