The idea of initiating the treatment of infertility was conceived by me in 1983 following the tragic death of Dr. Subhas Mukherjee who had pioneered the delivery of the first ‘test tube baby’ in India and the second in the world. The initial experience was gathered at the original clinic at central Calcutta at CIT Road. A separate space was set up for the laboratory and OT purpose. In the mean time I took training at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, Australia, under the guidance of my Australian friend Dr. John Yovich.
A small team of doctors (all of them my students) was self created at CIT Road (where my old clinic was located); we devoted ourselves to clinical monitoring, laparoscopic oocyte retrieval, identification of oocyte, insemination, observation of fertilization and cleavage, and subsequently, embryo transfer. Somehow or other, with limited resources, we delivered a viable test tube baby in November 1986, immediately following the first documented delivery of a test tube baby in India by Dr. Indira Hinduja and Prof. Anand Kumar in Bombay.
In appreciation of all these efforts, the West Bengal Government offered 4.5 cottahs of land at Sector–I, DD Block, Salt Lake, and Institute of Reproductive Medicine building was constructed. In 1989 the institute was officially inaugurated and the governing body was formed.
With an increasing number of patients, and activities multiplying, it was soon realized that the space at DD block was inadequate. West Bengal Government was kind enough to allot another plot (10 cottahs) at HB-36/A/3, Sector–III, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, and a new building was constructed. The new building was officially inaugurated on 22 April 1999
The initial activities of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), including research and academic work, and OPD treatment, began at HB block (the new premises), while the facilities for indoor treatment were provided at the premises at DD block (the old building). An animal laboratory was set up in the old building in 2002.
While the initial efforts were personal, the current activities of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine are based on collaborative team-work, consisting of junior, intermediate, and senior medical clinicians, biotechnologists and basic scientists. As a consequence there have been, over the years, significant achievements in the clinical, scientific and academic performance of the Institute. We are one of the pioneer institutes of reproductive medicine in India, both in clinical research and academic activities.
Apart from delivering more than 4000 babies through ART so far, the Institute has published more than 55 scientific papers in renowned peer-reviewed journals, such as Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, The Lancet, American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Journal of Clinical Metabolism and Endocrinology, Journal of Assisted Reproductive Technology and Genetics, Andrologia etc. Every two months we hold a scientific seminar at the Institute, and we publish a quarterly bulletin, which contains current topics related to ART and reproductive medicine.