ICMR-NIRTH, Jabalpur


Field Station, Keylong


           ICMR-NIRTH Field Station at Keylong, Himachal Pradesh was initiated in June 2015 based on the recommendations of XII plan proposals and High Power Committee recommendations towards expanding ICMR outreach activities in un-served and difficult remote inaccessible areas.  This activity was further supported through a consensus statement and collaborative agreement between Himachal Pradesh Govt signed by then Honourable Chief Minister Shri. Vir Bhadra Singh in June, 2015. Currently, the field station is housed in the 3 rooms of the Regional Hospital at Keylong. Pursuant to the efforts of ICMR, the state Govt. has allocated 6 bigha land for construction of the field station’s own premises. Keylong is the District head quarters of Lahaul & Spiti District and lies at altitude 3080 meters above sea level. It is 126 km north of Manali and 120 km from the Indo-Tibetan border.




The broad objectives of the field station is:

(i) To identify local health issues pertaining social, behavioural, infectious and genetic disorders due to high altitude, socio-cultural ethnicity

(ii) To develop suitable remedies that would be sustainable in harsh climatic and geographic conditions and provide support to the local health functionaries through technical expertise for  meeting  local health needs.


Currently, studies on identifying hemoglobinopathies, Viral Diseases and Socio-cultural practices are under way.


      In all 17 staff members including 5 scientists, 1 Section Officer, 1-Technical officer, 1-Administrative assistant, 1-Field worker/Project assistant, 1Laboratory Technician, 1-Data Entry operators and 2 Drivers are sanctioned. Currently 2 Scientist posts (1, Medical and 1 non-medical), 1 administrative assistant and 1 Driver post is vacant.

Project staff working at ICMR-NIRTH, Field Station, Keylong:

S.No. Name of Staff Designation E-mail ID Phone Number
1. Mr. Naveen Minhas

Scientist-B (Non-Medical)

Laboratory Scientist (Microbiologist)



2. Dr. Bandhu Scientist-B (Non-Medical) Social Scientist    
3. Mr. Mohan Kumar Shukla Scientist-B mohankumarshukla@gmail.com 9993849408
4. Mr. Sachin Kumar Project Technical Officer/Statistician Sachinbiotech27@gmail.com 9418487627
5. Mr. Ashwani Section Officer ashwanisenpa@gmail.com


6. Mr. Mukesh Kumar Sahu Project Assistant/Field Supervisor mpsahu2130@gmail.com 9459577023
7. Ms. Bimla Data Entry Operator-B    
8. Mrs. Priyanka Devi Data Entry Operator-B    
9. Mrs. Manjita Negi Project Technician-III    
10. Mr. Jiyan Lal Chandrawanshi Project Assistant/Research Assistant (Lab) jiyan.chandrawanshi@gmail.com


11. Mrs. Nirmala Devi Project Technician-Field Worker    
12. Ms. Geeta Project Technician-Field Worker    
13. Mr. Vinod Kumar Project Technician-Field Worker beenukirpa@gmail.com 8988270322
14. Mr. Pankaj Project Technician-Field Worker pankjthakur33@gmail.com 9418573933
15. Mr. Sunil Kumar Driver sensunil4607@gmail.com 9418774150