The Division of Virology plays a key role in the surveillance studies undertaken by the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases to understand the etiological role of different diarrhoeagenic viruses in and around Kolkata to gather information with relation to the disease burden; the Division also serves to impart training to graduate and doctoral students and staff so as to improve the human resources capable of studying diarrhoeal diseases across the country.
The research programs include intramural projects and extramural projects with national and international funding and collaborating scientists. The current programs are associated with ICMR, CDC Atlanta, Sapporo Medical University, Okayama University, Japan etc.
The Division has extended its activites to include studies on influenza viruses and has organized a routine surveillance program in collaboration with World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA for close monitoring of genetic diversity among circulating strains. The Division also maintains necessary laboratory facilities to carry out investigations during an outbreak of suspected viral diseases.