NIN (National Institute of Nutrition) was founded by Sir Robert McCarrison in the year 1918 as ‘Beri-Beri’ Enquiry Unit in a single room laboratory at the Pasteur Institute, Coonoor, Tamil Nadu. Within a short span of seven years, this unit blossomed into a "Deficiency Disease Enquiry" and later in 1928, emerged as full-fledged "Nutrition Research Laboratories" (NRL) with Dr. McCarrison as its first Director. It was shifted to Hyderabad in 1958.
The Institute is located on the salubrious campus of Osmania University with spacious buildings surrounded by lush green vegetation. The Institute's strength lies in the dedicated and devoted scientists belonging to diverse disciplines such as medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, biochemistry, pathology, community health, social sciences, dietetics, statistics, communication and other related areas.
NIN's birth place at Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.
The Institute has been recognized by many national and international agencies as Centre for conducting advanced as well as ad-hoc training courses in nutrition and laboratory animal sciences. In addition, several reputed universities have recognized NIN as a Centre for Ph.D programmes in different disciplines.
It possesses sophisticated equipment and swell-equipped modern facilities and for clinical, laboratory and community based research. Nutrition Wards with adequate inpatient and outpatient facilities are available at hospitals viz., Niloufer Hospital for Women and Children, Government Maternity Hospital and Osmania General Hospital to carry out research in clinical nutrition.
The Institute's library, well stocked with books and journals is considered as one of the best science libraries in India. In addition, computer facilities are available for sophisticated data analysis and information retrieval from database.