In 1962,a group of like-minded nutritionists, dietitians and workers in the allied health fields resolved to form a scientific body to highlight the importance of dietetics and nutrition in the maintenance of health, and in the prevention and treatment of diseases. Thus, the Indian Dietetic Association was founded, with Prof. Kalyan Bagchi as Secretary and Dr. C. Gopalan as President. The association was affiliated to the International Congress of Dietetics in 1975.The Headquarters of IDA is located in Kolkata. Golden Jubilee celebrations of IDA was held in 2012 at Hyderabad.
Aims and Objectives of the Association
- To promote the cause of science by encouraging the spirit of active pursuit of knowledge and original scientific research particularly in the field of Nutrition and Dietetics.
- To facilitate social, scientific and cultural fellowship and cultivation of goodwill among its members.
- To promote close contact and interaction between persons following different branches and thus facilitate the development of a wider outlook and the integration and application of available scientific knowledge for the welfare of society.
- To safeguard the interests of scientists generally and its members in particular and work for their welfare.