Diabetes Foundation ( India )

  • In India, about 63 million people suffer from diabetes, and this figure is likely to go up to 80 million by 2025.
  • Delhi alone has more than 30 lakh people suffering from this disease (Indo-US collaborative study).
  • A study conducted by Dr Anoop Misra, showed that 37% of urban south Asian Indians suffer from Diabetes and pre-Diabetes.

Professor Man Mohan Singh Ahuja
August 16, 1929 to July 12, 1998

Dr MMS Ahuja was born in Multan (now in Pakistan) on 16 August 1929. He began his MBBS at Lahore Medical College, but shifted to Madras Medical College after the Partition of India in 1947. He secured an MRCP at the first attempt at the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1956, and thereafter did his residency at Hammersmith Hospital, London.

He returned to India and joined All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in 1958 as Registrar in Medicine, then as Associate Professor of Medicine in 1963 and later as Head of the Department of Medicine in 1969-82 and thereafter as Head, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism from 1982-89 and also as Dean AIIMS (1988-89), until his retirement in August 1989. He was appointed as supernumerary Professor from 1989-91 after he was bestowed with the prestigious Nehru Fellowship in 1989.

Dr Ahuja was instrumental in introducing the DM (Endocrinology) course at the Institute. He further completed his Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians, London in 1981, and was also awarded the prestigious Dr. BC Roy Award for Medical Research in 1982. He was also the recipient of several WHO Fellowships and AIIMS-New Zealand Exchange Program Fellowship.

He published more than 150 original articles and has written 7 high standard books for post graduates in Medicine, Endocrinology and Diabetes. He was an expert in various examinations and selections of UPSC, NBE, ICMR, CSIR, DST and several Universities and public examination boards.

He founded the Research Society for the Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) in 1972 for advancement of diabetes research in India, which completed its Silver Jubilee in 1997.

He was awarded the civilian honour Padma Shri in 1993 for his tireless service in the field of Medicine. He also served as personal physician to then President of India, Shri R Venkataraman.

After his retirement from AIIMS, he joined Sitaram Bhartiya Institute of Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, and worked there until his death in 1998.

He founded DIABETES FOUNDATION (INDIA) in 1986 for further advancement in diabetes and metabolic research.


Dr MMS Ahuja was a visionary who foresaw the impending diabetes epidemic that India and the world is facing now. As the founding father of Diabetes Foundation (India), he strove to fulfil the acute need for path-breaking diabetes and metabolic research in the Indian context.

After his death in 1998, DFI carried forward his contribution towards diabetes research, under the able guidance of accomplished doctors and nutritionists from the world of health and medicine.

DFI is committed to high standards of clinical research and seeks collaborations for research studies from organizations within India and abroad, to carry forward Dr MMS Ahuja’s dream.

The new building of Diabetes Foundation (India ) at Plot no. 3, Pkt B-11, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi was inaugurated on Sunday 10 February 2013, by its president Dr MG Karmarkar, in the presence of all the Governing Body members.

A comprehensive free health camp was organised at the new premises. The following services were offered free of cost:

  • anthropometric measurements (height, weight, waist circumference)
  • BP check
  • ECG
  • Random sugar check
  • Lipid profile
  • Uric Acid
  • Doctors' consultation - general, diabetes screening, neuropathy and eye check up
  • Free nutrition, diet and lifestyle advice


Dr. Ranjita Misra, PhD, CHES, FASHA ,Professor & Research Director, Center for the Study of Health Disparities (CSHD),Member, Intercollegiate Faculty of Nutrition,Department of Health and Kinesiology , Texas A& M University, USA, accompanied by her students visited Diabetes Foundation (India) and Fortis C-DOC Diabetes Hospital, during their study abroad program to India in May 2012.

The purpose of the visit was to enhance the students’ understanding of the health issues, diseases, and services available for Indians in India. After a briefing by Dr. Anoop Misra, Dr. Ranjita Misra and her team of students were taken on a tour of the facility. Dr. Seema Gulati, Head Research team, DFI and Dr. Swati Bhardwaj, Vice head, Research, gave presentations on ongoing research projects under the aegis of DFI. This was followed by a brief presentation on Fortis C-DOC by Dr Ritesh Gupta, Clinical head, Fortis C-DOC and a meeting with researchers and doctors followed over tea and snacks.

"WDF Peer Programme”: Fortis C-DOC, N-DOC & DFI

The Board of the World Diabetes Foundation initiated a new training program called the "WDF Peer Programme”. The aim of this program was to support capacity building in the peer’s area of excellence i.e. capacity building for primary prevention.

With regard to this, Fortis C-DOC. N-DOC and DFI supported a Hosting Programme for a WDF Peers (participant) Dr Manoj Fernando for a period of 45 days i.e from April 2 - May 15, 2012. A training programme was devised primarily to apprise Dr Fernando about our health initiatives, school and community programs and our achievements in this regard.

Dr. Fernando is currently a part of the faculty of medicine, University of Colombo, and a lecturer in health promotion at Rajaratna University of Sri Lanka, and lecturer in Drug Abuse Management Diploma conducted by University of Colombo and National Dangerous Drugs Control Board.

Dr Pramod Khosla, PhD, Associate Professor, Graduate Officer, Secretary, Union Reps - AAUP, Dept. of Nutr. and Food Science, Wayne State University, Detroit, visited Fortis C-DOC and had a long meeting with Dr Misra and his research team, on further opportunities for research and collaboration. he also took a brief tour of the Fortis C-DOC facility. The meeting was followed by refreshments.

Diabetes Foundation India,
Plot No. 3 Pocket B-11, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi 110070 INDIA
Tel: +91-11-4134 5550

Diabetes Foundation (India) (Regn no.- S/16551/8) is a non-profit organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI of 1860 on 24 April 1986. FCRA approved. All donations are exempted according to the Income Tax Act 80 G of the Government of India.