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Resource Centre in terms of expertise, infrastructure and technologies for biomedical research especially in the area of herbal medicines.


  • To bridge the gap between traditional herbal medicine and modern medicine through scientific research and validation.
  • To conduct research on diseases of local health importance.
  • Human resource development and capacity building.
  • Collaborations with TRM practitioners of the region:

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.


  • ICMR-National Institute of Traditional Medicine (Formerly known as RMRC Belagavi), Belagavi has prepared :
    • A database on Ethno medicinal Plants of Western Ghats as a priced edition CD.
    • A directory of the local traditional practitioners (non-codified) of Belagavi district.
  • Established a museum for Ethnomedicinal plants of Western Ghats and a Herbal Garden for Medicinal Plants of the Western Ghats Region with more than 200 medicinal plants in its campus.
  • The institute has been providing diagnostic & research support to state health services, IDSP centres, Government Medical Colleges and Health Service personal.
  • Helping State Government & Health Institutions in investigation of outbreaks of water borne & vector borne diseases.
  • Provides informatics support and Imports training to researchers & academicians in the region through our Biomedical Centre.
  • Played a major role in the capacity building of the region.
  • Provided services to neighbouring research institutes and NGOs in respect to:
    • Identification and Authentication of Medicinal Plants/Plant drugs
    • Information on collection, cultivation and utility of medicinal plants
    • Preliminary screening of phytoconstituents and biological activities
    • Consultation for experimental design and statistical analysis