THE INDIAN JOURNAL OF CHEST DISEASES AND ALLIED SCIENCES is published quarterly, by the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi in association with the National College of Chest Physicians (India). The Journal covers the Clinical and Experimental work dealing with all aspects of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences. It publishes Original Articles, Review Articles, Radiology Forum, Case Report, Short Communications, Book Reviews.
The Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences (IJCDAS) is owned and managed under the auspices of Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), University of Delhi, in association with the National College of Chest Physicians (India), and Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd is the publisher.
The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) is a unique postgraduate medical institution devoted to the study of chest diseases. It is a University of Delhi-maintained institution and is funded entirely by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The institute is ideally located in the heart of the main campus of the University of Delhi, providing the requisite academic environment. The institute fulfils the national need for providing relief to a large number of patients in the community suffering from chest diseases. It has eminently discharged its role and earned a unique place in the field of chest medicine. The main objectives of VPCI have been to conduct research on basic and clinical aspects of chest medicine, to train postgraduates in pulmonary medicine and allied subjects, to develop new diagnostic technology and disseminate scientific knowledge related to chest medicine to other institutions in the country, and to provide specialised clinical and investigative services to patients.
Brief History: The need for a teaching and research institute in chest diseases was spelled out in the Bhore Committee Report (Ministry of Health) by highlighting an acute paucity of trained personnel in the specialty of chest diseases in the country. The Directorate of the Ministry of Health, Government of India, therefore, approached Sir Maurice Gwyer, the then Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, to start a course in chest diseases at the earliest possible date. In 1946, the committee constituted by the Vice-Chancellor for this purpose recommended the establishment of a Chest Institute. A proposal to this effect was accordingly formulated by the Vice-Chancellor and submitted to the Government. Utilizing the teaching and training facilities of the Lady Hardinge Medical College, Irwin and Silver Jubilee Hospitals in Delhi, a diploma course in chest diseases was started in 1947 with Dr. R. Viswanathan, the then Deputy Director General, Health Services, Government of India, as the Honorary Director of the course. Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister of India, laid the foundation stone of the Institute on April 6, 1949. Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, the then Union Minister of Health, formally opened the Institute on January 12, 1953, and Dr. R. Viswanathan was appointed as the first Director of the VPCI. The hospital wing, Viswanathan Chest Hospital [formerly known as the Clinical Research Centre (CRC)], was started around 1956. It was inaugurated by the then President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on October 24, 1957.
The IJCDAS was founded in the year 1959 by (late) Prof. Raman Vishwanathan, the Founder-Director of the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI), as an official publication of the VPCI and the Indian Association for Chest Diseases [renamed as the National College of Chest Physicians (India) in 1976]. The journal was published as "Indian Journal of Chest Diseases" from 1959 to 1975, and it was renamed "The Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences" in 1976. Prof. Viswanathan single-handedly nurtured this journal to make it an authoritative medical journal in chest medicine. The publication of a journal 50 years ago, when there were no computers and other technologies as of today, was a herculean task. It would also have been an uphill task to have quality scientific papers when only a very few medical institutions in India were engaged in serious medical research. The first issue of the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases was released in July 1959 under the chairmanship of Prof. R. Viswanathan. After the demise of Prof. Viswanathan, Prof. Autar Singh Paintal, an eminent physiologist and former Director of VPCI, was the Editor-in-Chief of the journal from 1983 to 1998. He continued the tradition set up by Prof. Viswanathan and took this journal to new heights. Dr. V.K. Vijayan was the Editor-in-Chief of this journal from 1999 to June 2011. Prof. S.N. Gaur was the Editor-in-Chief from July 2011 to 20/11/2012 and 01/03/2015 to 31/05/2017. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was the Editor-in-Chief from 21/11/2012 to 28/02/2015. Prof. Arunabha Ray became Editor-in-Chief from 01/06/2017 to 31/10/2017. As of November 1, 2017, Prof. Raj Kumar is the Editor-in-Chief. Many eminent scientists and clinicians have served as the editors, editorial board members, and reviewers of the journal, and all of them have contributed immensely to the growth of the journal.
The Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences publishes quarterly focussing on all aspects of chest diseases and allied sciences.
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