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About Virology Division

CIF IVRI
Division of Virology at Mukteswar
CIF IVRI
Division of Virology at Mukteswar

The Division of Virology is located at Mukteswar, Nainital (Distt.) (Uttarakhand) at a distance of 169 km from the Institute Headquarters. The Division of Virology started as a serology section in 1931, which was later upgraded as “Pathology and Bacteriology” section in 1939 and as “Bacteriology and Virology” section in 1952. A full-fledged Division of “Bacteriology and Virology” was created in 1963 and a specialized “Division of Virology” was subsequently established in 1975. Dr J R Haddow, the British officer was the in charge of the serology section while Dr B R Rajgopalan was the first Indian in charge of the combined “Pathology and Bacteriology” section. Dr S Kumar was appointed as the first Head of the Division of the independent Virology Division. The Division presently has seven laboratories viz. National Morbillivirus Referral Laboratory, Rinderpest and Allied Disease Laboratory, Tissue Culture Laboratory, Poxvirus Disease Laboratory, Entero-respiratory Virus Laboratory, Biochemistry Laboratory and Clinical Bacteriology Laboratory. Beside these laboratories, a Central Instrumentation Unit (CIU) as well as Experimental Animal Facilities are also available. A well furnished library with collection of both rare and recent publications is also a centre of attraction. Recently, a well furnished Central Biotechnology Laboratory equipped with modern scientific instruments came in to existence. The Division also has an excellent auditorium with modern audio visual aids. Apart from these, a very good Veterinary Science Museum having collection of primitive instruments and vintage surgical instruments is worth watching. Two natural cold-rooms built for collection of serum samples are unique to see.