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HRD and Documentation Division

The Institute has pioneered in the field of Human Resources Development. It is involved in conducting the following training programmes to the TB Programme Managers positioned at different parts of the country.

1. RNTCP & TB-HIV Modular training Programme are conducted at NTI where STDCs, STOs, DTOs, MO-TCs and faculty of Medical Colleges participated.

2. Managing Information for Action (MIFA) Training .

3. Training in Preventive maintenance and minor repairs of Binocular Microscopes.

4. EPI Centre Training Workshop.

5. Workshop for Microbiologist for updating training material guidelines for National Reference Laboratories.

6. SAARC Regional Training of Microbiologist on Culture & DST of MTB.

7. TB Operational Research Workshop.

8. PCR based LPA Training.

9. Orientation programme of one day duration were organized for about 1181 undergraduate Medical, Microbiology and Nursing and Pharmacy students sponsored by different Institute across the country.

10. External Quality Assessment (EQA) has been given importance under RNTCP in the recent years. Training on the procedures of EQA was imparted to the Laboratory personnel of different parts of the country. Training in Culture & DST / Smear Microscopy are imparted to Microbiologists/Lab technicians.

11. Publication Activities: The faculty of the Institute publish research papers in the leading journals on TB. Make Presentations and Poster sessions on the basis of the research studies conducted by the institute in the National Conference on TB and Chest Disease.

The in-house publications of NTI Bulletin are undertaken.

12. As a large number of people are trained at various levels, however the details of the people trained are not available. Therefore, it is proposed to have a TB trained Manpower data base of the country at NTI.


Laboratory Division

1. Operationalise the EQA for sputum smear microscopy network in the states in conjunction with /STDCs or IRLSs. Carry out NRL responsibilities of EQA such as Onsite Evaluation (OSE). Panel testing (proficiency testing of lab staff) to ten states at least once in a year for 3-4 days (including one to two districts visits), and make visits as and when required depending on the priorities /necessity to improve and help the performance of labs. Eight. Prepared slides are used for panel testing during the visits.

2. Conducting quality improvement workshops for the state level programme managers with a view to find solutions to EQA related operational and technical problems faced in the field.

3. To implement and verify Random Blinded Rechecking (RBRC) producers and improve the performance of labs based on analysis of the RBRC data in conjunction with STDCs.

4. Capacity building and strengthening the ten state level TB laboratories (STDCs) with respect to proficiency in culture and Drug Susceptibly Testing including second line drugs.

5. Conducting Anti-TB Drug résistance surveillances of priority states involving processing of representative sample of the states to obtain information of prevalence of drug resistance, with a view to support logistics of DOTS – Plus programme under expansion of DOTS and RNTCP and conduct/participate in National Level disease prevalence studies/surveys.

6. The Lab team of the Institute carryout on site evaluation of STDC laboratories of different states and provides necessary guidelines to establish quality laboratory to undertake EQA and DRS studies.

7. Carry out Lab based research studies using modern diagnostic techniques and tools viz., Gene expert, Genetic Analyzer, HPLC for NTMs, LPA and MGIT 960.

Upgradation of Infrastructure

On a proposal submitted by FIND on behalf of UNIT AID the Govt. of India decided to establish an International Centre for Excellence in Laboratory Training (ICELT) at the National Tuberculosis Institute, Bangalore with the following Vision and Mission.

Vision: Establish a state of the art teaching and training facility for imparting quality laboratory practices for tuberculosis and other opportunistic infections and promote a healthier India and Asia.

Mission: To support the scaling up of laboratory capacity building in India and Asia by providing hands-on training courses in the diagnosis and monitoring of major infectious diseases such as TB, HIV/AIDS and Malaria.

International Centre for Excellence in Laboratory Training (ICELT) will provide Training to the personnel who are working in about 43 Culture Laboratories in different parts of the Country in Newer Diagnostic Tools for Diagnosing TB & Drug resistant TB. The ICELT was inaugurated on 20th January 2011.


Epidemiology and Research Division

The research studies/projects taken up by the institute are as follows:

1. Nodal centre for carrying TB Disease Prevalence Survey under RNTCP.

2. Nodal Centre for Repeat Zonal ARTI Surveys.

3. Study on “Routine Referral of TB patients to integrated Counselling & Testing Centre”.

4. Tobacco Cessation Intervention among the Pulmonary TB cases in selected treatment units of Bangalore District.

5. Assessment of documentation of HIV related information on TB treatment card & relevant records.

6.Review of Articles for journals – 10Nos.

7. Prospective Multi-centric cohort study to asses risk factors for unfavourable treatment outcomes, including recurrent TB, among sputum positive Pulmonary Tuberculosis Patients treated with CAT-1 regimen of RNTCP.

8. Disease Prevalence Survey in Nelamangala Taluk

Activities that are planned to be carried out:

i) Multi centric studies on (a) capture – recapture studies to estimate the incidence of TB, (b) TB diagnosis and treatment practices of providers in the private sector and public sector other than public health sector (c) uptake and barriers for HIV testing, ART and CPT among TB cases diagnosed under RNTCP (d) study on relapse and mortality in RNTCP:


Monitoring & Evaluation Division

With full coverage of RNTCP in the country, the Institute is not compiling the reports on NTP. At present, the monitoring activity is being carried out by the Central TB Division under DGHS.

The activities that are planned to be carried out are:

1)Web based Operational Research Registry System for monitoring OR activities

2)Development of National TB Register

3)Model DOTS area development

4)To have individual patient wise monitoring using modern technology demonstrated by hand held based mobile data management system


Communication and Sociology Division

1. The Scientific Gallery has been established to disseminate the general information on TB the evolution of the programme and achievements of the Institute since its inception. Considering the needs of various categories of trainees, two methods of display units viz., Photo Display and Projection facility and Information Kiosk are available.

2. One day Awareness Programmes are held by the Division for the Medical and Para medical students from different institutions of the state and neighbouring states, orientation to students of medical colleges and other teaching.

3. The Division is planning to carryout research on sociological aspects of TB.


Administration Division

1. The administrative division facilitates for the comfortable stay of the participants who come for Training /Workshops/Seminars by taking care of there accommodation by proper upkeeping of Hostels and Guest Houses.

2. It also takes care of the Transport requirements for the Operations research and Field visits of Trainees.

3. It is also responsible for security, upkeeping and proper ambience of 23 acres of the sprawling NTI campus.

Other important Activity

1. The Faculty and the technical staff participated in the appraisal and Central Evaluation of RNTCP districts as and when called upon to do so and given the technical support for implementation of RNTCP.


Director Desk

DiretcorThe National Tuberculosis Institute was set up in 1960 with the primary objective of evolving a programme for the control of Tuberculosis. The Institute has been recognized as a WHO collaborating centre since 1985 for excellence in training and research activities. "National Tuberculosis Institute (NTI), Bangalore" has been on the Internet for the past one year. The address of  Website is http://ntiindia.kar.nic.in  When the National Tuberculosis Programme (NTP) was introduced in India (in 1962), it was hailed as the biggest medical intervention in the history of the world. It drew the attention of the world community, as it was the first major effort in amalgamating preventive aspects of medicine with people’s perspectives. Even though shortcomings hindered its efficiency, a better programme could not have been evolved under the given situation. India is better placed than most countries as it has a fairly sound health infrastructure with which the NTP was integrated.

The NTP was under implementation in most parts of the country during the past 4 decades and a large number of key personnel have been trained in tuberculosis (TB) control. To rectify the organizational and administrative shortcomings, the NTP was revised in 1993. The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has Directly Observed Treatment Short course (DOTS) as the main theme. About 50% of the population of India is now covered under RNTCP. The RNTCP has been found to be effective in curing people and saving lives. Sputum microscopy is the mainstay for diagnosis of TB cases in RNTCP. Systems have been put into operation under the programme for ensuring Quality Assurance in Sputum Microscopy and ensuring cure of diagnosed TB cases by providing Directly Observed treatment and providing anti TB drugs in blister packs.

The National Sample Survey to estimate the Annual Risk of Tuberculous Infection (ARI) in different parts of India in collaboration with Tuberculosis Research Centre (TRC), Chennai is almost complete and the survey findings are awaited. These investigations are critical in estimating the extent of TB problem in the country and for evaluating the programme performance. It has also been proposed to repeat the survey in some of the states where the RNTCP is fully implemented, to assess the future trends.

The Directorate General of Health Services (DteGHS), New Delhi, has given priority to short and long term operations research. What are the future plans of NTI? With the revised strategy firmly in place, what type of operational research NTI will undertake? NTI intends to focus on operational research to improve the performance of the RNTCP. Some of the problem areas taken up for study include identification alternative DOT providers from the community more accessible and acceptable to the patients, and studying relapses and deaths among TB patients after completion of treatment. A study has also been undertaken to bring out the Current Status of functioning of TB and Chest Diseases Hospitals (Sanatoria) in Karnataka. The results of the study would enable a review of the infrastructure, manpower and treatment practices for better utilization of this services. The Institute is also planning to study the status of DOTS Implementation in RNTCP Districts and the impact of the programme on deaths among TB patients in rural areas. The findings of these studies should help the programme managers in improving the functioning of the RNTCP.

The rapid expansion of RNTCP will necessitate the training of a large number of field staff at various levels. The Institute is gearing up for this challenge. The training curriculum is being reviewed to meet the emerging needs of the programme. Few of the training programmes which will be taken up shortly are Revised regular training for all the key staff of RNTCP; Training for state programme managers and staff working in the State TB Demonstration Centres and Training of Trainers (TOT). In addition CME’s, Workshops, Seminars and trainings will be organised for Postgraduate students, NGO's, the Private Sector and Medical College faculty. The Institute has also been training the fellows deputed by the World Health Organization. Expanded implementation of RNTCP will also bring in the need for 'Re-Training'. The Institute is ready to take up this challenge also.

NTI is also not immune to absorption of latest laboratory techniques and environment. The opportunities opened up with the establishment of a Bio-safety level: PIII lab for animal experimentation, involving a low dose aerosol infection system, which simulates the conditions of TB in humans, will be utilized optimally.

The NTI will work with commitment to reduce the burden of Tuberculosis in India and the world.

26th August 2002



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