The department of anatomy has a vibrant group of faculty members and scientists who are involved in developing various kinds of teaching- learning activities and addressing several research queries. A "blended learning" platform, which is conceptualized and developed in house, is available for teaching/learning and assessment of undergraduate and graduate students. For the first time in the country a full fledged plastination laboratory is established in the department with an aim to supplemnt the use of fresh cadavers. Plastinated specimens of various human organs are regularly used for the teaching learning activities. The department also facilitates the organization of cadaveric workshops for many clinical departments of the institute and is in the process of developing newer embalming techniques for the purpose. The department also has a body donation and banking facility.
The undergraduate anatomy curriculum was originally revised by the founder head of the department, the Late Professor N. H. Keswani, and later adapted by the Medical Council of India (MCI) for the whole country. It is time to revise the curriculum again as newer technologies are being adopted in clinical medicine, for which the preclinical subjects need to prepare the ground. More emphasis is required on functional, clinical, surface and radiographic anatomy.
On the research front, the department has collaborations with other departments both within and outside the Institute. The faculty is involved in understanding the pathophysiology of pancreatitis, pain, placental factors in preeclampsia, and the development and ageing processes in the sensory and enteric nervous systems. Animal models of arsenic and fluoride toxicity are being used for understanding the mechanisms and devising strategies for prevention and treatment. The genetic and molecular basis of various diseases and infertility are being studied. Major equipments for morphological research including electron microscopy and molecular biology research are available in the department. The laboratory facilities and postgraduate training in the department is of international standard.