The year 2019-20 is memorable for IIPS in addressing the infrastructural deficiency. Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India laid the foundation stone for the new Academic & Administrative Building of IIPS on February 22, 2020. The Hon’ble Minister was joined by several other dignitaries for the ceremony. Shri Rajesh Tope, Hon’ble Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra was also present on the occasion. In his presidential address, the Hon’ble Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated the national importance of IIPS and praised its contribution. He valued the excellent teaching program and high quality scientific research and stated that the proposed Academic & Administrative building for which he is laying the foundation stone would provide a much needed boost to the Institute in the years to come. The Hon’ble Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Maharashtra stated that he holds highest regard for work done by IIPS in the field of population and health. The program began by a formal welcome of the dignitaries on the dais by Prof. KS James, Director and Senior Professor IIPS. Smt. Smt. Ratna A Jena, DG (Stat), MoHFW spoke about the achievement and contribution of the Institute in creating high quality demographers in India and neighboring countries. She also lauded the role of IIPS in improving the database in the country. Smt. Usha Batra, Speical DG, CPWD gave a brief introduction about the Infrastructure project of the IIPS.
Hon. Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhanji unveiling the Foundation Stone in the presence of Shri. Rajesh Thope, Hon’bel Minister, Government of Maharastra, Smt Ratna Jena; Smt Usha Batra; Shri D.K. Ojha and Prof. K.S James