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Centre for Medical Entomology & Vector Management

Mailing address


Centre for Medical Entomology and Vector Management, National Centre for Disease Control, 22- Sham Nath Marg, Delhi 110054.

Tele Fax. No. 01123987704

Name, Designation and contact details of  Head of the Centre


Dr. L. J. Kanhekar, Joint Director & Head

Tel. No. (O) 011 23987704

E. mail   lj@ncdc.gov.in

Other officers of the Centre

  1. Dr. Roop Kumari, MSc, PhD, MS, DLSHTM, Joint Director
  2. Dr. T.G. Thomas, Msc, PhD, Joint Director 
Broad Activities of the Centre
  • Undertakes entomological investigations of outbreaks of vector-borne diseases in the country and recommends appropriate vector control measures
  • Undertake assessment for potential of vector borne diseases and their control in areas affected due to natural calamities like earthquake, flood, tsunami and cyclone.
  • Undertakes laboratory and field evaluation of various formulations of pesticides against   vectors and pests of public health importance
  • Undertakes insecticide susceptibility tests of natural population of vectors in the country   and study cross resistance, if any
  • Maintains a reference collection museum of preserved specimens of arthropods of medical importance to facilitate identification of the collected material
  • Maintains live cultures of arthropods of medical importance for teaching, supply and research purposes for scientific workers within and outside the institute
  • Conducts various ad-hoc and regular training courses on vector-borne diseases and their control
  • Maintains fish hatcheries of larvivorous fishes viz. Gambusia affinis and Poecilia reticulata for supply to various agencies in the country for the control of larval breeding and to initiate fish culture
  • Carries out Dengue and JE virus detection in mosquito vectors
  • Taxonomy, ecology and biology of vector arthropod species and dynamics of disease transmission.
  • Identification and supply of live and preserved specimens of arthropods of medical importance to various health institutions in the country for teaching and research purposes.
  • Support to the National Health Programme:  Support to NVBDCP for
    1. In monitoring and evaluation of VBD programme implementation in different states
    1. Support in monitoring and evaluation of indoor insecticidal spray under taken for the control of VBD in different states
  • Support to Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP): Provide support in Entomological surveillance and control of VBD through coordination and monitoring of IDSP entomologist posted at HQrs different states.
Units within the Centre




Insecticide Laboratory


Virus and Sporozoite Antigen Detection Laboratory


Acro.Entomology Laboratory


Entomological Museum




Name of the  Branch under the supervision of the Centre : National Central for Disease Control, Patna Branch, Patna (Bihar)
Routine Activities:
Unit 1: Insecticide Laboratory: Broad Activities
  • Laboratory and field evaluation of insecticide samples received from various National and International agencies
  • Evaluation of newer formulations of insecticides
  • Monitoring of susceptibility status of vector species  of arthropods of medical importance
Insectiside Testing Laboratory
Unit 2: Arthropod Blood Meal Identification Laboratory: Broad Activities
Detection of source (host) of blood meal ingested by the mosquitoes. Mosquito based blood meal samples of Culex quinquefaciatus are tested against human, cow, buffalo, goat, dog and pig antiserum and other mosquito species. 
Unit 3: Virus Antigen Detection Laboratory: Broad Activities

Detection of antigens from mosquitoes

  • JE virus antigen detection
  • Dengue virus antigen detection
Virus Detection Laboratory
Unit 4: Acro-Entomology Laboratory: Broad Activities
  • Entomological surveillance for vector of plague, scrub typhus and other tick borne diseases in the country.
  • Outbreak investigation of VBD due to flea, ticks and mite-borne diseases and to suggest suitable control measures
Unit 5: National Reference Entomological Museum: Broad Activities

Demonstration of arthropods of medical importance to the trainees of various short term and long term training courses undertaken at NCDC, Delhi

Entomology Museum
Oldest Collection of Mosquitos
Other Arthropods
Unit 6: Insectary: Broad Activities
Maintenance of stock cultures of arthropods of medical importance and mosquito larvivorous fishes for different research activities.
Insect Colony
Insect Colony

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