Inception, Major Milestones – Our History:

The institute of Pulmocare & Research was born officially as a society on October 18, 2000 with motto of research, education and patient care. It was conceived by Dr Parthasarathi Bhattacharyya.

The beginning:

The institute started acting at a small nursing home (Orchid Nursing Home), at Phoolbagan, an out-patient and a very small in-house activities. (The initial consultants were Dr. Parthasarathi Bhattacharyya, Dr. Dipankar Sarkar, Dr. Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya and were supported by residents as Dr. Saikat Nag, Dr. Sushmita RoyChowdhury, Dr. Saibal Ghosh, Dr. Sujan Bardhan, Dr. Anirban Sarkar, Dr. Liaquat Ali, and others (many of them have subsequently became renowned in the fraternity). It soon gathered a strong goodwill despite a lot of logistic limitations. We could innovate several broncoscopic procedure in that small place as “bronchoscopic endobronchial sealing for hemoptysis” (published in CHEST), endobronchial treatment of emphysematous bullae (published in European Respiratory Journal), and others procedures (as bronchoscopic treatment of broncho-pleural fistula (published in Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences).

The DST, Govt. of India on 07.07.06, recognized the institute as a SIRO (Scientific and Industrial Research Organization) and we have been continuing the status since then.

The institute remained active to fulfil its motto since the very inception and in the academic front; it started it annual ALL INDIA respiratory update (the PULMOCON) from the year 2003. This theme based two-day conference has gained popularity in the country and it is regularly awarded CME points by the Medical council of India.

Picture of the Orchid Nursing Home (Phoolbagan)

After the days at Orchid Nursing Home:

During working at the Orchid Nursing Home, the institute felt the need to grow and focus on other areas more vigorously. It rented the ground floor of a building in salt lake (CB-16) in 2005 and shifted the OPD activities there. During this time, it had extended innovative research activities to a much wider field to include DPLD, COPD, Chronic asthma etc. In all these domains the institute could place our original innovative ideas in different indexed and peer reviewed national and international journals although for logistic reasons, the generation of high quality evidence was not possible to translate many of its work to practice recommendations. The institute started its publication as ‘The Pulmoface” around 2006 -07. We also indulged into collaborative research during this period making MOU with IICB (Indian Institute of Chemical Biology), IIT (Indian institute of Technology, Kharagpur), Calcutta University, National Institute of Bio-genomic Research like organizations of repute to serve our research quest.

Picture of the building (CB-16, Saltlake, Kolkata 700064 – where the institute remained at the ground floor from 2005 onwards till mid 2015.

Meanwhile, the institute decided to close its activities at the Orchid nursing Home for pragmatic motives. The indoor activities and the intervention works, however, continued dispersed to several local nursing homes. We could not convince any corporate or even a small infrastructure that to open a respiratory focused unit at that point of time.

By 2008 it bought a land at New Town from the Government of West Bengal, by 2010 the architectural plan was sanctioned and it took us 5 years to build the basement, the ground and the 1st floors to shift by 2015.

Shifting to our own campus at DG-8, New Town, Kolkata-700156: By July 2015, we started our extended OPD services at new campus which was partially constructed with a completion certificate for the ground and the first floor in July 2015. Benevolent donations by Smt. Jyotirmayee Nag (34 lakhs), Mr. Prasanta Chatterjee, MP (donated Rs.25 lakhs from the MP Lad fund) helped us a lot. Soon we withdrew from CB-16 completely and brought our all activities in our own campus. Subsequently, a CSR support of INR 93 Lakhs from the COAL India Ltd. helped us to complete the construction of the ground floor, and the second floor.

The Present Campus:

Picture of the building of IPCR (DG-8, Action Area–I, Newtown, Kolkata – 700156)

Today, the institute has been an ISO 9001:2015 certified organization. During the pandemic period, whenever we were functional, we maintained the best possible preventive exercise at the institute, we received a safety and hygiene certification.

ISO 9001:2015 certificate

Safety and Hygiene (WASH) certificate

The institute aspires to grow and glow to fulfil our motto (“Research, Education and Patient care”) and continue innovations in every sphere to help the fellow countrymen and humanity at large. Our vision is to build a unique world class institute engaged in human welfare for decades and centuries to come.

We wish to adopt the conventional and also a non-orthodox ways to cater to humanity. We are backed by a very capable scientific and research council, an academic council been formed by eminent researchers and academicians. Our governing council has been a pro-active one as regards supporting our activities. We also have an institutional ethics committee to guide and monitor our research activities.

A glimpse of our organisation (YouTube video link)