INSTITUTIONS OF IAF
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It started as School of Aviation Medicine at Bengaluru on 29 May 1957. The school was re-designated as Institute of Aviation Medicine in 1968 owing to its widened role and contribution to aviation medicine and aviation community. In the year 1989, the institute was re-designated, once again, as the Institute of Aerospace Medicine following recognition by Russian Space Agency and NASA as a centre for medical evaluation of astronauts and conduct of life sciences experiments in space.
ROLE OF IAM
- The important milestones in the growth of IAM include the following:-
- (a) 1968 - Re designated as Institute of Aviation Medicine.
- (b) 1968 - Affiliated to the Bangalore University for Post Graduate Diploma in Aviation Medicine (discontinued since 1984).
- (c) 1978 - Post Graduate Degree, MD (Aviation Medicine) was commenced under affiliation to Bangalore University.
- (d) 1980 - Recognized by the National Board of Examination for Training and Examination for the Diplomat of National Board of Examination.
- (e) 1982 - Selection of candidates for joint Indo-Soviet manned space flight.
- (f) 1984 - Participated in the Joint Indo Soviet manned Space Flight with Indian Cosmonaut as member of the team. Medical monitoring of the cosmonaut and medical experiments on-board.
- (g) 1985 - Recognition by NASA for selection of Astronauts and payload specialists.
- (h) 1986 - Joint cooperation in the field of Aerospace Medicine with Soviet Union under the aegis of ICMR.
- (j) 1989 - Re-designated as the Institute of Aerospace Medicine.
- (k) 1997 - Institute affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.
- (l) 2005 - Institute was conferred with Presidential Colours by honorable President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam.
- (m) 2009 - Commissioning of High Performance Human Centrifuge.
- (n) 2011- Grade 'A' accreditation by NAAC.
- (o) 2015- Awarded "Centre of Excellence" by Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Ktk.
- (p) 2015- Awarded Unit Citation by Chief of Air Staff in recognition of the operational role of the Institute.
- The Institute, being the only one of its kind in the country, has a multifaceted role as following:-
- (a) Training of medical officers, aircrew and paramedical personnel.
- (b) Aero medical research.
- (c) Medical evaluation of military and civil aircrew.
- (d) Aero medical and human engineering consultancy to the aerospace industry and DRDO laboratories.
- (e) Aero medical support to Indian Human Space Programme.
- (f) Therapeutic activities through Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.
- (g) Primary Healthcare to HAL based units.