The department started functioning in the August 1987 with a small
outpatient clinic and a temporary laboratory. It currently has several
well equipped laboratories, 10 senior residents, 10 PhD students, many
research fellows and a 24-bed indoor facility. In addition, the department
runs two general outpatient clinics and two specialty clinics (Autoimmune
Rheumatic Disease Clinic and Hemato-Oncology Clinic) every week.
The department's objective has been to develop a composite approach
to Immunology. The clinical spectrum of autoimmune connective tissue diseases,
immunodeficiency diseases and immunomalignancies were included in the curriculum
of Clinical Immunology and laboratory investigations to support these clinical;
activities were developed. A strong training program in basic immunology
was also started
The department's laboratories provide a wide range of investigations.
A small group of well-trained and dedicated technicians help in providing
the best clinical immunology lab service in the country.
On the training front, 6 PhD students and 12 DM students have completed
their training; all of them have found excellent teaching or research positions
in India and abroad. The department also encourages short and long term
trainees to spend time in the department and has also conducted two workshops
(of three-week duration each) on basic immunology and two one-week workshops