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APCRI was mooted by Prof. Dr. M.K. Sudarshan and others in the year 1998 with a vision to make India Rabies Free. Since then, it has become a prime and one of the most vibrant scientific organization in the field of rabies elimination with a strength of about 750 life members. Now APCRI serves as a platform that brings together the best minds in the country comprising of medical professionals, veterinary doctors and others for Advocacy, Research & Information dissemination about prevention & control of Rabies. APCRI led by an excellent team of rabies experts and dedicated people and is actively involved in conducting rabies related research, organizing conferences, Continuing Medical Education (CME) programmes, symposia, lectures, trainings, scientific publications, book releases, etc. and has a pan India representation with global impact.
APCRI has its own official indexed and peer reviewed journal on prevention and control of rabies which is published biannually. It is indexed in Index Copernicus International vide ISSN 0973-5038.
APCRI, with the technical and financial assistance from World Health Organization (WHO) undertook the landmark national multi-centric rabies survey India during 2002-2004. In 2017, it conducted another Indian multi-centric rabies survey to assess programmatic experiences on rabies control with technical and operational support of WHO.

The Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India [APCRI] is registered society under the Karnataka Societies Act S-No 439, 2000-01. Main initiation was taken by Prof. Dr. M.K. Sudarshan (as Founder President), Late Dr. Tapan Ghosh (as Founder Secretary), Late Prof. Dr. S.N. Madhusudana (as Founder Editor), Dr. A.K. Dutta and with the help of other 39 members (Total 43 members) who provided their full dedication and expertise in the field of Rabies prevention and control in India. The main objective to form Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India was to initially have a scientific professional platform to focus on the dreaded disease of rabies and its control in India. The first conference named APRICON was held at Kolkata on 25th July, 1999 at Rotary Sadan. It was very successful and was well attended and ultimately Annual National Conference were held in July every year henceforth in Bangalore (2000), Amritsar (2001), Jaipur (2002), Bhubaneshwar (2003), Kolkata (2004), Shimla (2005), Jammu (2006), Hyderabad (2007), Lucknow (2008), Thiruvananthapuram (2009), New Delhi (2010), Chennai (2011), Kolkata (2012), Pune (2013), Mysore (2014), Hyderabad (2015), Bangalore (2016), Goa (2017), and Delhi (2018). APCRI Journal has been published every year since 1999 to 2006 at the time of APCRICON Summit. The APCRI Journal as well as APCRI Newsletter has been allotted ISSN from Index Copernicus International. From 2007 onwards the APCRI Journal and News letter are being published twice a year. The Journal is published in January and July, and Newsletter in April and October every year.

Annual Conferences on 6” July (World Zoonosis Day) or near about (On Saturday and Sunday only):

  • Kolkata (1999), Bangalore (2000), Amritsar (2001), Jaipur (2002), Bhubaneswar (2003), Kolkata (2004), Shimla (2005), Jammu (2006), Hyderabad (2007), Lucknow (2008), Thiruvanatapuram (2009), New Delhi (2010), Chennai (2011), Kolkata (2012), Pune (2013), Mysore (2014), Hyderabad (2015), Bangalore (2016), Goa (2017) and New Delhi (2018).

Workshops, Seminars & Training Programmes:

  • National workshop for APCRI trainers in modern WHO approved rabies prophylaxis at NIMHANS, Bangalore (2001).
  • National seminar on “ Intradermal Rabies Vaccination”, KIMS, Bangalore (2003).
  • National workshop on “Developing guidelines for Rabies Prophylaxis” at Hyderabad (2006).
  • National workshop on “Rabies Prophylaxis” at Alleppey, Kerala (2006).
  • National workshop on “Rabies Immunoglobin (RIG) Administration” at KIMS, Bangalore (2008).
  • National Seminar on Rabies Vaccines: Important Issues, at Vishakapatnam (Vizag), Andhra Pradesh (1st March, 2009).
  • National Workshops on Development of IEC Material on Prevention of Rabies for School Children and public at Mysore, Karnataka (20th & 21st March, 2010).
  • National Seminar on “Rabies Post Exposure Prophylaxis-Recommendations and Practices” at New Delhi (17th March, 2013).
  • National Seminar on Rabies Prophylaxis (2014), at Delhi (26th April, 2014).
  • Publications: APCRI Journal (Biannual), & APCRI NewsLetter (Biannual).

  • WHO sponsored “National Multi-centric Indian rabies survey” (2004).

  • Award: APCRI was honoured with “Chiron vaccines award 2000” for its contributions to prevention & control of Rabies in India.

  • APCRI in association with Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP) and Rabies in Asia (RIA) Foundation, formulated the IAP Guidelines for Rabies Prophylaxis in Children (2008).

  • Slides on “Rabies Prophylaxis – Current Concepts & recommendations” prepared by an expert consultation (2001), revised in 2006 & now available on www.aprcijournal.com

  • Observed “World Rabies Day” in 8th September, 2007, 28th September 2008, 28th September 2009, 28th September 2010, 28th September 2011, 28 th September 2012, 28th September 2013, 28th September 2014, 28th September 2015, 28th September 2016, 28th September 2017 and 28th September 2018 throughout the country.

  • WHO-APCRI survey on Post Exposure Prophylaxis modialities in India (2007).

  • APCRI is regularly organizing Zonal/Regional conerences & CME programmes.

  • APCRI played a major role in implementation of Intradermal Rabies Vaccination (IDRV) in the country.

  • Manual on Rabies Immunoglobulin (RIG) Administration published in February, 2009.

  • APCRI Educational Portal in 2010. The Site can be visited at www.edu.apcri.org

  • APCRI-TATA Project on Rabies Control in Jamshedpur

  • Conducted CME’s Workshops and Training programmes throughout the country.

  • Conducted WHO-APCRI Survey report 2017, Sponsored by WHO

  • Observed World Rabies Day on 28th September, in Ranchi RIMS with posters, site and draw, in 2018.

  • Introduced Louis Pasteur Oration, Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. S.N. Madhusudana Oration, Young Scientist Award and Certificate of Merit Award regularly in every conferences.

  • To bring out regularly a bulletin of the association, which will cover the various scientific aspects of Rabies and will keep us updated regarding newer developments on this fatal disease. It should be the aim of the Editor to maintain a simple yet practical approach in thediscussion on various topics.
  • To undertake a national epidemiological surveillance to study the true figure of rabies deaths in our country so that we know the real extent of this disease and its distribution in our country.
  • To organize workshop/seminars/symposia/CME programmes on this subject in different parts of our country These programmes will be organized in collaboration with the local branches of Indian Medical Association, Indian Academy of Paediatrics, Association of Community Medicine, Association of Physicians of India, and other non-government organizations.
  • To work for improvement of stray dog control measures with a humane approach and strict implementation of laws of licensing ofpets by municipal authorities and routine immunization
  • To lay emphasis on the practice of proper post-exposure treatment procedure and increase vaccine coverage
  • To appeal to all authorities for the gradual phasing out of nerve tissue vaccine and its replacement by cell culture vaccine as early as possible in the Government hospitals and health centers.
  • To appeal to the medical community regarding the importance of serovaccination therapy of category II (WHO) cases and work for availability of safe and cheap rabies immunoglobulins at a subsidized rate from government sources.
  • To undertake multi-centric studies in the Government as well as private Rabies treatment centers regarding the pattern of bites, types of biting animals, categorization of exposure, type of therapy and proper follow-up.
  • To invite and involve veterinary medical personnel, public health nurses and social service workers in this group and to form a rational protocol of working together towards the cause of rabies prevention.
  • To establish relation with research groups in WHO and other important enters and organizations, both inside and outside the country who have dedicated and distinct work and contributions to this subject.
  • Conducting scientific programmes with WHO, APCRI since October 2016


Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) is the pioneer organisation established to serve as a glimmer of hope for the control of Rabies in India. APCRI was founded in 1998 by a group of committed and dedicated rabies professionals at a meeting in Bangkok, followed by in Bangalore at NIAS, IISC. Since then APCRI has evolved in to a national establishment that is leading the war against Rabies in the country.


1. To bring out regularly a bulletin of the association, which will cover the various scientific aspects of Rabies and will keep us updated regarding newer developments on this fatal disease.


"Individuals and Organisations can join India's fight against Rabies by registering for free with the APCRI Rabies Network. This enables you to receive Updates on recent Developments, APCRI programs and activity notifications, APCRI Newsletter, access to APCRI e-journal and more. Reports & pictures of your activities against rabies in your area can also be posted on the APCRI website."


"Comprised of Medical and Veterinary Professionals and Public Health Persons, APCRI serves as a platform that brings together the best minds in the country for Advocacy, Research and Information dissemination in the field of Rabies."