Gandhigram Institute
of Rural Health & Family Welfare Trust , Ambathurai
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The Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust (GIRH & FWT) is popular for its health promotional efforts since the early 1959 as the Institute laid its ground through the pilot health project for controlling population.

The Institute is a pioneer one in the achievements of successful family welfare programs and to serve the rural community in different aspects of health.  It has demonstrated the impacts of sanitation, nutrition, maternal and child health and family planning in the rural areas.  The primary focus is to improve people’s health seeking behaviour in rural areas.

Since the inception, the Institute is producing health professionals by rendering health education course and organising community health nursing programs.  Presently the cardinal functions like capacity building, skill development and field oriented research are carried out through the following departments;


I. Central Training Institute

      • Central unit
      • Health & family welfare training center
      • Media Division
      • Post Graduate diploma in Health Promotion and Education
      • Administrative Unit


II. Regional Teachers Training Institute (RHTTI)

III. Population Research Centre (PRC)

Central Training Institute (CTI)

Central Training Institute (CTI) is the main stay of most of the training programs conducted in the GIRH & FWT and it was established in the year1973.  The GOI recognized the institute as one of the seven CTI’s in India with the objective to provide guidance for the teaching faculties of the health and family planning training centers and the central family planning field units in the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala.

The CTI conducts short and long term training programs in health promotion and education, health management, communication and produces education/media materials for out reach programs.


The CTI consists of the following units:

  • Central unit conducts training programs for the state level officials and health personnel on current health programs.


  • HFWTC Organizes training programs for the district level health personnel of various categories.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Health Promotion and Education Unit  conducts one year PGDHPE course affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai for the health professionals working in Government  and Non-Government sector.


  • Media Division  provides information, Education and communication training to various categories of communication personnel and also organizes and conducts community based educational programs and community out reach programs.  It produces contents for printed, projected and non-projected aids on health and family welfare themes to suit the needs of training programs.


Administrative Unit:  is one of the supporting unit for all the training and research programs

II. Population Research Centre (PRC):  Population Research Centre at our Institute has been established in the year 1980 with the support of the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India.  The research activities of the Institute spread through to meet the needs of the program planners and the policy makers. The major areas of research are population, fertility, mortality, Family Planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, rural health, communication, evaluation of health programs etc.,

III. Regional Health Teachers Training Institute (RHTTI):  Recognizing the Institute’s contribution in community health nursing, the Government of India established RHTTI in 1979 at The Gandhigram Institute of Rural Health and Family Welfare Trust (GIRH & FWT). Our RHTTI is one among the six RHTTIs in the country.

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The Regional Health Teachers Training Institute (RHTTI) established in the Institute in 1979, was part of the implementation of the Government of India plan to establish
6 such centers in the country region wise in order to train nursing tutors, nursing education and administration specialization.


Objectives of RHTTI

  • To train Public Health Nurses / Nursing supervisors / nursing tutors for the southern region through DPHN/DNEA courses.
  • To organize specific learning experiences in community health for Under Graduate / Post Graduate Nursing students through short term courses


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Our Faculty

S. No.


Name of the Faculty & Photo
(Stamp size)

U.G. &  Name of Institution & University

P.G.& Name of Institution & University

Any other Nursing related Qualification

Professional experience

Registration Details of Tamil Nadu








Mrs. J. Punitha Selvi


B.Sc., Nursing, Christian college of Nursing, Ambilikkai,

Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


M.Sc., Nursing,
Christian college of Nursing, Ambilikkai,

The Tamil Nadu  Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai


 Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


18 years







Public Health Nursing Officer


Mrs. S.Arulmary


GNM, St. Joseph Hospital, Dindigul

B.A. (Psychology)
Annamalai University, Chidambaram

B.Sc. (N), Indira Gandhi National Open University


M.A. (Sociology), Annamalai University, Chidambaram



GIRH & FWT, Gandhigram


27 years







Public Health Nursing Officer


Mrs. K. Alageswari


B.Sc. (N),
SRM College &  Research Institute, Chennai The Tamil Nadu Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai


M.Sc. (N), 
Christian Medical College, Vellore
The Tamil Nadu  Dr. M.G.R. Medical University, Chennai


GIRH & FWT, Gandhigram


10 years







Senior Sanitarian Officer


Mr. R. Ganesan


Certificate course in Sanitary Inspector
Gandhigram Rural Institute (Deemed


M.A. (Sociology)
Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai


GIRH & FWT, Gandhigram


10 years




S. No

Name of the Staff





Mr. A. Balakrishnan


M.A. (History)

26 years



Mr. K. Ilango Samuel Peter

Senior Technical Officer (Communication
& Media)

M.A. (Mass Communication)
M.Sc. (Physics)
PGDCA, Diploma in Photography
Diploma in Communication

11 years


Dr. J. Joseph Durai Selvam

Coordinator, Regional Resource Centre (RRC)

M.Sc. (Statistics)
M.A. (Population Studies)
Ph.D. in Population Studies

13 years


Mr. K. Rajaperumal

Health Education Instructor

M.A. (Political Science)
M.A. (Population Studies)

9 years


Mr. S.K.Selvarajan

Senior Sanitarian

M.A., Certificate
 course in Sanitary Inspector

12 years


Mrs. K. Kala Maheswari

Public Health Nursing Instructor

B.Sc. (N) with Midwifery

15 years


Dr. R. Shanthini

Health Education Officer

M.Sc., M.A., PGDHPE, Ph.D

10 years

The courses Conducted are,

1. Diploma in Nursing Education and Administration course (DNEA)
2. Proposed to start promotional training for ANM / MPHW (F)


  • The Indian Nursing Council believes with additional knowledge on principles and practices of teaching and administration along with reinforced knowledge of Nursing and sciences applied to Nursing through a formal course, registered and qualified nurse-midwives will be competent nurse teachers, administrators and able to practice at top, middle management and supervisory level both in institutions as well in community field.
  • The Indian Nursing council believes that teaching learning process should be learner centered.
  •  The Indian Nursing council believes that adult learner’s (belonging to a professional discipline) needs and potentials are different thereby calling for an individualistic approach to teaching.
  • The Indian Nursing council believes that the prospective Nurse Teachers will be properly motivated when they have an understanding and insight into of values in Nursing and its relationship with human quality improvement through transactional analysis etc.,

          The course aims at preparation of Teachers, Administrators and Clinicians for undertaking higher responsibilities in Community Health Nursing services, teaching in the community health Field, clinics, institutions (hospitals) and teaching and administration in hospital and school of Nursing according to the specialization they undergo.

I. Diploma in Nursing Education and Administration Course

  • Duration – 10 months (July-May)
  • Eligibility – GNM with RN, RM of minimum 5 years clinical experience
  • Male Nurses- are eligible with equivalent qualification in lieu of


  • Method of selection – Institutional
  • Annual intake – 25 students
  • Curriculum – Revised by Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi
  • Recognition – Recognized by both Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi

  and Tamil Nadu Nurses and Midwives Council, Chennai.