APCRI Journals

Welcome to APCRI Journals

APCRI Journal is a scientific journal published by the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India [APCRI]. It is published two times a year (bi-annual). It provides up to date and accurate information on all aspects of RABIES. Its ISSN is 0973-5038. It is Indexed in Index Coppernicus International.

It publishes only peer reviewed articles. The peer reviewers are all eminent persons working in similar fields as the authors. The articles are written by eminent scientists and professionals working in different fields concerning RABIES. Articles are about Rabies Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment, Development of new vaccines and immunobiologicals used in Rabies Prevention and Public Health measures required for control of Rabies in India and information about similar experiences from other regions and countries. The articles are of both Medical and Veterinary interest.

APCRI believes in the "One Health Approach" for Control of Rabies, so the articles are from both Medical and Veterinary Scientists working in different aspects of Rabies. The information from the World Health Organization, CDC Atlanta, OIE and the Global Alliance for Rabies Control are also published in the journal to keep its readers informed about the most recent and important information on the subject of Rabies, its prevention and its control.

About Our Association



The Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) was founded on Friday 17th April 1998 by this group of 17 committed and dedicated rabies professionals at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.

Founders of APCRI
  1. Dr. P. K. Das, Agartala, Tripura
  2. Dr. N.B.Saxsena, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Dr. Amlan Goswami, Calcutta
  4. Dr . Tapan Kumar Ghosh, Calcutta
  5. Dr. B.B. Patnaik, Cuttack
  6. Dr. P. Sangram, Hyderabad
  7. Dr. A .K . Chakraborty, New Delhi
  8. Dr. S. Kukreja, New Delhi
  9. Dr. G. P. Shahi, Gorakhpur , Uttar Pradesh
  1. Dr. M. N. Siddiqui, Lucknow , Uttar Pradesh
  2. Dr. Hariom Agarwal, Agra, Uttar Pradesh
  3. Dr. M. C. Dutta, Guwahati , Assam
  4. Dr. K. N. Patni, Aligarh , Uttar Pradesh
  5. Dr. S. P. Marfatia, Mumbai
  6. Dr. G. Sampath, Hyderabad
  7. Dr. A. K. Dutta, Delhi
  8. Dr. M . K . Sudarshan, Bangalore


The main proposal was mooted by Dr. Tapan Kumar Ghosh and was seconded by Dr. A. K. Dutta and Dr. Amlan Goswami .
At this meeting the following office bearers were unanimously chosen to form and establish the association.
  1. Dr.M. K. Sudarshan, President
  2. Dr.(Mrs) S. P. Marfatia, Vice Presidents
  3. Dr. K. N. Patni, Vice Presidents
  4. Dr.Tapan Kumar Ghosh, General Secretary
  5. Dr. Amlan Goswami, Treasurer
  6. Dr. A. K. Dutta+, Joint Secretary & Editor (April 98 to March 2000)
  7. Dr.R. S. Nadig +, Joint Secretary
  8. Dr.S. N. Madhusudana, Editor
  9. Dr. S. Kukreja, Zonal Representative (North)
  10. Dr. B. B. Patnaik, Zonal Representative (East)
  11. Dr. P. Sangram, Zonal Representative (South)

(Note: + Following the transfer of Dr. A. K. Dutta, Delhi, in April 2000, Dr. R. S. Nadig, Delhi assumed charge as Joint Secretary and Dr. S. N. Madhusudana, Bangalore, as Editor, APCRI Journal.)


The main objective for the formation of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India [APCRI] was to initially have a scientific and professional platform to focus on the dreaded disease of rabies and its control in India.

The first conference named APCRICON was held at Calcutta on 25th July,1999, at the Rotary Sadan in Calcutta. It was very successful and well attended. This was followed by very successful and largely attended annual conferences held in July every year at Bangalore in 2000, at Amritsar in 2001, at Jaipur in 2002, at Bhubaneshwar in 2003, at Kolkata in 2004, at Shimla in 2005, at Jammu in 2006, at Hyderabad in 2007, at Lucknow in 2008, at Thiruvananthapuram in 2009, at New Delhi in 2010, at Chennai in 2011 and at Kolkata in 2012.

APCRI Journal has been published every year from 1999 to 2006 at the time of the APCRICONs, in July. In 2006 the APCRI Journal, as well as well as the APCRI News Letter have been allotted ISSN. From 2007 onwards the APCRI Journal, as well as the APCRI News Letter are being published two times a year. The APCRI Journal is published in January and in July. The APCRI News Letter is published in April and in October.
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Activities of APCRI



Association for Prevention & Control of Rabies in India (APCRI) was founded on 17th April, 1998 & is registered as a scientific society under the Karnataka Societies Act S-No 439, 2000-01. It is an association of professionals, scientists & others who are committed to the elimination of rabies from India.

Goal: Rabies Free India by 2020. Activities till date

The Aims and Objectives of APCRI


  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. It should be the aim of the Editor to maintain a simple yet practical approach in the discussion on various topics.
  2. 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 Pediatrics, Association of Community Medicine, Association of Physicians of India, and other non-government organizations.
  3. 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.
  4. To work for improvement of stray dog control measures with a humane approach and strict implementation of laws of licensing of pets by municipal authorities and routine immunization.
  5. To lay emphasis on the practice of proper post-exposure treatment procedure and increase vaccine coverage.
  6. 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.
  7. To appeal to the medical community regarding the importance of serovaccination therapy of category III (WHO) cases and work for availability of safe and cheap rabies immunoglobulins at a subsidized rate from government sources.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To establish relation with research groups in WHO and other important centers and organizations , both inside and outside the country who have dedicated and distinct work and contributions to this subject.

History of the APCRI Journal



The first point in the "Aims and Objectives of the Association for Prevention and Control of Rabies in India [APCRI]" is "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 the discussion on various topics”. .

In order to comply with the Aims and Objectives of APCRI, the APCRI Journal has been published every year from 1999 to 2006 at the time of the National Conferences on Rabies called APCRICONs, held every year in July. In 2006 the APCRI Journal was allotted ISSN. From 2007 onwards the APCRI Journal, is being published two times a year. The APCRI Journal is published in January and in July of every year.

The Editors of the different issues of the APCRI Journal were as Follows:

Dr. Anil Kumar Dutta - 1999 - Volume:1 (July 1999).
Dr. S. N. Madhusudana - 2000 to 2003 - Volumes: 2 (July 2000), 3 (July 2001), 4 (July 2002) and 5 (July 2003).
Dr. Mahesh Prasad Sharma - 2004 - Volume: 6 (July).
Dr. Amlan Goswami - 2005 to 2013 - Volumes: 7 (July 2005), 8 (issue: 1, July 2006) , 8 (issue: 2 January, 2007), 9 (issue: 1, July 2007), 9 (issue:2, January 2008), 10 (issue:1, July 2008), 10 (issue: 2, January 2009), 11 (issue: 1, July 2009), 11 (issue:2, January 2010), 12 (issue:1, July 2010), 12(issue:2, January 2011), 13 (issue:1, July 2011), 13 (issue: 2, January 2012), 14 (issue: 1, July 2012) and 14 (issue: 2, January 2013)and 15 (issue: 1, July 2013).

Submission of Articles

APCRI Executive Committee


Founder President-Mentor:      Dr. M.K. Sudarshan
mksudarshan@gmail.com
Immediate Past President:Dr. G. Sampath
dr.gsampath11@gmail.com
President:Dr. S. Abdul Rahman
shireen@blr.vsnl.net.in
Vice-Presidents:Dr. Thomas Mathew
thomasmathew08@gmail.com
Dr. Sumit Poddar
drsumitpoddar@gmail.com
Secretary General:Dr. Amlan Goswami
goswami.amlan@gmail.com and amlan_kolkata29@rediffmail.com
Joint Secretary:Dr. A.K. Gupta
guptanift@gmail.com
Treasurer:Dr. G. Sukhdas
sukhdas.gangam@gmail.com
Editor:Dr. Amlan Goswami
goswami.amlan@gmail.com and amlan_kolkata29@rediffmail.com
Zonal Representatives:
North >>Dr. J.S. Hanspal
jairajhans@yahoo.co.uk
Dr. Charan Kamal Singh
rabiesck@gmail.com
East >>Dr. Durga Madhab Satapathy
drdurgams@rediffmail.com
Dr Krishna Kumar Singh
kksingh29@gmail.com
West >>Dr. Kshirsagar Vikas
drvikasdrvikas@yahoo.co.in
Dr. S.W. Kamble
drsanjivkamble@rediffmail.com
Central >>Dr. M.N. Siddiqui
drsiddiquimn@gmail.com
Dr. Lakhan Ahirwar
South >>Dr. V. Srinivas Rao
drsr.velagapudi@gmail.com
Dr. M.Vinay
drvinaym@yahoo.co.in
H.O. Liason Officer:Dr. D.H. AshwathNarayana
dhashwathnarayana@gmail.com
Hon. Advisory Board:Dr. R L Ichhpujani
Maj. Gen. (Dr.) R.M. Kharb
Dr. B.J. Mahendra
Dr. Veena Mittal
Dr. Mala Chabbra
Dr. S. Elango