The 15th Institute Advisory Committee meeting held in March 1975 had recommended pooling all the Statisticians in the institute and bringing them under an independent Department with Professor of Biometrics as the Head. Subsequently, in the year 1987, a faculty in the discipline had joined as Associate Professor of Biometrics and was temporarily placed in the Department of Preventive & Social Medicine till an independent Division of Biometrics became functional in the year 2001.
The Standing Academic Committee (SAC) of Institute in its first meeting held in July, 2009, had agreed in principle and subsequently, in the third meeting held in November 2010, approved the initiation of PhD programme and Post-Graduate courses in Medical Biometrics (Biostatistics) at the earliest after the creation of essential faculty, at least two Assistant Professors and Technical staff positions, apart from establishing the Department with adequate infrastructure and facilities.
During past five years the load of teaching and research consultations has increased immensely. Therefore, since January 2011, an independent full-fledged Department of Medical Biometrics and Informatics has become operational along with initiation of the process of upgrading the existing infrastructure and facilities.
The only faculty position sanctioned for the department is one Professor of Biometrics, currently being supported by the borrowed services of one Lecturer in Statistics & Demography under Post-Partum Programme (PPP). It is expected that the institute administration would soon make arrangements to post at least two (2) Assistant Professors and adequate Technical and Computer software professionals; data operators and programmers along with essential administrative staff as had already been recommended by the Standing Academic Committee (SAC) of Institute.