National Institute of Medical Statistics

Indian Council of Medical Research

(Department of health and research)

The NIMS supports excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through technical consultation and statistical service, research, education, publications, dissemination and advocacy. Our members serve in government and academia, advancing research and promoting sound statistical practice to inform public policy and improve human welfare.

  What is NIMS?

NIMS is one of the permanent institutes of Institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research, (ICMR), New Delhi & known as National Institutes of Medical Statistics(NIMS).
The Institute came into existence in the year 1977 with the mandate of the Institute to provide technical expertise on research methodology, programme evaluation, mathematical modeling, data analysis etc. It also provides technical assistance to institutes throughout india. Institute for Research in Medical Statistics (IRMS), an institute of Indian Council of Medical Research, established in 1977 will be known as National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS) from 9th November 2005.

  The role NIMS plays towards scientific research in India?

The tremendous involvement in the areas of medical statistics, bio-medical and bio-behavioral research, surveillance of communicable and non-communicable diseases, epidemiology, nutrition research, reproductive and child health and cancer research necessitated the renaming of the IRMS as NIMS. The move will enhance not only the status of the Institute but will also enable it to develop E-database of health sector reforms in India apart from strengthening its resources base and capacity building.
The Institute provides statistical back up for designing and analysis of disease surveillance clinical trials of drugs and vaccines, and RCH. It provided valuable inputs to the estimation of HIV infection in India. It has examined access and utilization of AYUSH in general population and population covered under CGHS. Exercising surveillance of ICMR's various research programs for ensuring statistical adequacy and validity is one the important areas from its mandate. Organizing training programs in the areas of research methodology in biomedical research has been the feature of the Institute. In fact, it is the only Institute of Medical Statistics in India.

  Major Achievements

  • India’s only institute to coordinate and standardize the collection of medical and health statistics in the country.
  • Establishment of India's first Clinical Trials Registry, in collaboration with DST and WHO.
  • Chair, National Family Health Survey.
  • Assisted NACO in HIV sentinel surveillance and estimation of HIV burden in the country.
  • Integrated Behavioural and Biological Assessment on National Highways (IBBA-NH) among truckers for HIV epidemic in the country.
  • Identified as the National Nodal Agency for the implementation of IDSP- NCD risk factor survey.