India’s largest Cancer Institute, National Cancer Institute (NCI), has opened on 18th December 2018 in Jhajjar, Haryana for public services. The National Cancer Institute will be formally inaugurated in January 2019. The National Cancer Institute has been established under a project of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Dr G.K. Rath, head of Institute Rotary Cancer hospital at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, will head the NCI.
1. The NCI is built at a cost of Rs 2,035 crore. Presently, NCI has a total of 710 beds out of which 200 beds have been dedicated for the treatment of cancer patients based on research protocols.
2. The NCI will be the premier institute for cancer treatment and research. It is tasked to conduct basic and applied research in areas like molecular biology, genomics, proteomics, cancer epidemiology, radiation biology, cancer vaccines and more.
3. NCI will also have the facilities for training and capacity building in cancer treatment.
4. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will act as the nodal institution for all cancer-related activities in India.
5. Development of human resource in various branches of cancer management is another area where NCI will work.
6. It will be linked to regional cancer centres and other cancer institutes of India.
7. It will work towards evolving new cancer control strategies, which include new models of prevention, early diagnosis and therapy, for the developing nations.