The National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) was commenced by the Indian Council
of Medical Research (ICMR) with a network of cancer registries across the country
in December 1981.
The main objectives of this Programme were:
1. To generate reliable
data on the magnitude and patterns of cancer
2. Undertake epidemiological studies
based on results of registry data
3. Help in designing, planning, monitoring and
evaluation of cancer control activities under the National Cancer Control Programme (NCCP)
4. Develop training programmes in cancer registration and epidemiology.
With these objectives three Population Based Cancer
Registries (PBCRs) at Bangalore, Chennai and Mumbai and three Hospital Based Cancer
Registries (HBCRs) at Chandigarh, Dibrugarh and Thiruvananthapuram were commenced
from 1 January 1982. The PBCRs have gradually expanded over the years and as of
now there are 23 PBCRs under the NCRP network .