Developing the Tata-National Institute of Nutrition Centre

In 2016, the Tata Trusts signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) towards establishing a Tata-NIN Centre for Excellence in public health nutrition within the NIN campus in Hyderabad, and conduct scientific activities broadly under the areas of:

  • Diet and nutrition surveillance
  • Biomarkers focusing on breast milk and blood samples collected through pilot surveys
  • Capacity-building of research staff through cross-learning programmes with international bodies
  • Stakeholder meetings to seek support from government departments to scale up initiatives and ideas

The main objectives of this programme are:

  • To serve as a knowledge hub to inform policy actions for improving nutrition outcomes in the country
  • To compile and analyse data generated under various periodical surveys on health and nutrition in the country so as to identify the time trends, ascertain limitations and convert them to actionable policy briefs
  • To conduct or facilitate scientific research studies and surveys on health and nutrition, and surveillance systems on a need basis from time to time


  • District-wide survey representing the entire Nalagonda district on health and nutrition indicators (such as vitamin A, D, B1, B2, B3 status, lipid profile, blood pressure profile, dietary intake, dietary diversity, etc.) captured from over 3,000 biomarkers and interview questionnaires
  • Collation of 100 national surveys over a period of 25 years and hosted at the Tata-NIN dashboard
  • Capacity building of NIN researchers by National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a gold standard survey on dietary intakes of Americans

Major Partners

  • National Institute of Nutrition, ICMR, Hyderabad
  • St. John’s Research Institute, Bangalore

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