• Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre
  • Regional Medical Research Centre


ICMR –NITM is one of the younger institutions of ICMR family that is engaged in leveraging knowledge of Traditional Medicines (TM) in development of cost effective healthcare. NITM is envisaged as the lead ICMR institute for research on TM. The strength of NITM is its strategic location at the foothills of Western Ghats with rich medicinal plant resource, a young team of researchers from various fields and an excellent network of committed and networked collaborators. NITM utilizes modern scientific knowledge and technology to validate traditional medicinal practices in its attempt to bridge the gap between traditional systems and modern medicine

Scope of Activities

Situated at Belagavi in Karnataka, the ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine (Formerly known as RMRC Belagavi) conducts research on traditional and herbal medicines and on diseases of local health importance.


The Institute is envisaged as a major Resource Centre for development of herbal technologies and products for prevention and treatment of major diseases including metabolic and hepatic disorders, ulcer, enteric diseases etc. The current thrust areas of research include:

  • Documentation of local traditional medical practices/ medicinal plants
  • Scientific validation of herbal medicine (efficacy, safety and mode of action)
  • Extraction, purification, characterization and pharmacological screening of useful plants/ their phytoconstituents
  • Chemoprofiling and Genotyping of major useful medicinal plants
  • Development of chemical and molecular markers for identification of useful medicinal plants
  • Preservation and propagation of germplasm of important species
  • Research on diseases of regional importance to understand their etiology and epidemiology
  • Improvement of infra-structural facilities and strengthening human resources in the area of Herbal and Traditional Medicine
  • Close collaboration with traditional and herbal medicine practitioners in the region to:
    • Create general awareness
    • Promote scientific temperament and
    • Collect, collate and disseminate relevant scientific information of herbal medicine.


  • The Institute is conducting Ph.D & Post Doctoral research programmes on its thrust areas.
  • The Institute provides hands-on training to Undergraduate and Graduate students of life sciences and medical sciences.
  • Training is provided on demand to technicians/field workers on various aspects of identification, biological screening, phytochemistry and molecular biology of medicinal and aromatic plants.
  • The Institute provides infrastructure to the neighbouring institutes for R & D activities.
  • NITM also provides statistical consultations for MD/Ph.D students of neighbouring institutions and involved in propagating Bioethics to biomedical researchers in North Karnataka region.


All the scientists of the institute are recognized guides/co-guides for PhD and MD (Ayurveda) students of the KLE University and other National Universities.

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