RSSDI was founded in 1972 by Prof. M.M.S. Ahuja who conceived the idea for establishing the society for ensuring academic activity and research and holding scientific meetings and providing training facilities for research.
It was registered on July 29, 1972; the Society’s office was located in the department of Medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). From a small beginning in 1972, RSSDI has grown to be a truly national organisation.
Today, Research Society for Study of Diabetes in India (RSSDI) is the largest organisation of Diabetes health care professionals and researchers in Asia. It has over 6000 members from amongst physicians, diabetologists, endocrinologists, as well as paramedical personnel such as nurses, dieticians.
To function as a scientific body encouraging and assisting research as well as all such activities that are likely to benefit people with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in India.
To encourage, educate, update and train registered medical practitioners, dieticians, qualified nurses and other appropriately qualified paramedical personnel in the field of Diabetes Mellitus and expand knowledge on health care delivery through organization of lectures, continuing medical education programs (CME), seminars, discussions, conferences, update sessions, workshops, training camps, correspondence courses and any other method or measure that may be considered suitable from time to time for the purpose at local, regional, national and international levels.
To institute post-graduate studies in Diabetes Mellitus for medical practitioners in due consultation with the Medical Council of India.
Diabetes awareness & patient education.
To conduct and facilitate research in the field of Diabetes in our country, which has a direct bearing on the clinical practices, prevention and management of Diabetes.
Since 2003, RSSDI has been supporting the formation of State level chapters of RSSDI, which function in regional wings of RSSDI to increase the pace of activities of the society at the local level. These activities include Continuing Medical Education (CME) Programmes for local physicians, Diabetes research for Indian researchers interested in diabetes research and Diabetes awareness programmes for patients.
Certificate Course in Diabetology: starting 2009 RSSDI has been involved in accrediting centres interested in running cer tificate course in Diabetology if they full fill the criteria required for the same. 10 institutions have already been accredited from all over the country.
Diabetes awareness activities: RSSDI as the national nodal organisation focused on Diabetes is working on a series of events on its own and in collaboration with the Sate Governments to create aware-ness about Diabetes and ways to prevent it, through a healthy lifestyle.
Publications & Newsletters
RSSDI Journal (IJDDC) : International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries (ISSN 0973-3930) targets a readership consist-ing of clinicians, research workers, paramedical personnel, nutritionists and health care personnel work-ing in the field of Diabetes. Original research work and reviews of interest to the above group of readers will be considered for publication in the journal. The International Journal of Diabetes in Developing Countries has a goal of serving as an important resource material in Diabetes for its readers, mainly in the developing world.
RSSDI text book of Diabetes Mellitus
Another important milestone in the journey of RSSDI was the publication of “RSSDI Text Book of Diabetes Mellitus” in 2005.The 3rd edition of this textbook was recently published in 2013. This textbook gives an Indian perspective to Diabetes & provides a wealth of data drawn from Indian experiences that would be very useful for the primary physician in our country in his Diabetes practice.
Dr.Samar Banerjee "RSSDI is the largest body of diabetes care professionals in Asia and has been involved in several activities for the betterment of the lives of people with Diabetes for more than forty years. These have included empowerment of physicians in terms of training programmes, conferences, workshops and certificate courses in Diabetes, together with the patient and public awareness campaigns, diabetes research funding, dissemination of Diabetes resource material including dedicated diabetes textbook, journal, newsletters and advocacy in diabetes care.
It is indeed a privilege and honour to be part of the IDF and contribute to global efforts in improving the quality of diabetes care. Affiliation to IDF is a milestone and recognition in the journey of RSSDI and gives us the unique stimulus and opportunity to partner in IDF’s initiatives for patients with diabetes to reinforce our own. This should help people with diabetes not only in India but all over the world.
I take this opportunity to declare our commitment to unite for Diabetes and request everyone to support IDF for their noble cause. Long live IDF."