Employee Login
ICMR - National AIDS Research Institute
Logo Thing main logo
Logo Thing main logo


Designation : Scientist D
Division : Clinical Sciences
Email ID : [email protected], [email protected]
Area Of Interest : Epidemiology, HIV/AIDS, Maternal and Child Health and Adolescent Health
Completed and Ongoing Projects
Awards and Honours
  • Dr M.V. Kulkarni prize for the paper entitled “Stress level among mothers and their effect on child rearing practices” at the 36th National conference of IAPSM on 23/01/2009.
  • Received ICMR-Short Term Scholarships in 2002 and 2003
Work Experience

Work experience:






Scientist C

(Clinical Sciences)




Till date

Associate Professor

Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune



Assistant Professor

Dr D Y Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune



Assistant Professor

SmtKashibaiNavale Medical College & General Hospital ,Pune




Assistant Professor

T.N.Medical College & BY L Nair Ch Hospital , Mumbai




 Research Scientist I,

On project titled “Preparing sites for conducting effectiveness trials of microbicides in India

ICMR- NIRRH, Parel, Mumbai




List of Grant Recieved

List of grants received


Title of Project


Funding Agency



A systematic review on risk perception, attitude, barriers and facilitators with the focus on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections among adolescents in India.


1.5 year






Conference/Training/Workshop Attended

Trainings attended

  1. Induction training for newly joined Scientists which was an initiative by ICMR was held at ICMR- National Institute of Epidemiology , Chennai  from  10-14th July 2017. Got oriented to writing of research proposals.
  2. Attended a training programme on Ethical Research Initiative, Pune. On 23rd August 2017 at NARI Auditorium training was  conducted by Dr. Ravindra Ghooi and Dr. D. N. Bhalerao,
  3. Gave a lecture on “Study designs” in “Clinical and Laboratory Medicine Research” workshop  on 28th August 2017 which was organized by ICMR –NARI and Moving Academy of Medicine and Biomedicine. The participants were medical students, post graduate students and faculty from multidisciplinary areas.
  4. Attended expert consultation on finalizing strategic priorities for evidence generation towards achieving 90:90:90 . on 12th December 2017 where the priorities were discussed and implementation of these priorities .
  5. Workshop attended on Systematic Review & Meta-analysis , ICMR –National Institute of Cholera And Enteric Diseases, Kolkatta 7-9th March 2017 . We learnt the techniques and methods and hands on experience on software “Revman”
  6. Coordinator for the workshop on ‘Infectious Disease Epidemiology –Laboratory and Public Health’  ICMR NARI in collaboration with Moving Academy of Medicine and Biomedicine
  7. Attended 2 days workshop ‘Evaluation of Impact of Antiretroviral Therapy under National AIDS Control Programme in India”[The ART Impact Evaluation- India Study (ARTIE-India)]’ 3-4th April 2018 which involved finalization of primary and secondary data collection tools
  8. Coordinator for the workshop on ‘Infectious Disease Epidemiology –Laboratory and Public Health’ ICMR NARI in collaboration with Moving Academy of Medicine and Biomedicine from 16th to 20th April 2018.
  9. As a Resource person for the workshop on ‘Assessment of EID Program in India’ on 15th May 2018 and 8th October 2018 at ICMR-NARI. Capacity building for Research Assistants.
  10. Attended the Workshop on Good Participatory Practices at Chennai from 26th to 27th June 2018. Organized by International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
  11. Gave a lecture on on Global trends and epidemiology of HIV ‘ for M.Sc (Virology) students on 16th July 2018.
  12. Panel discussion for (India International Science Festival) IISF students on 24th Sept 2018 as a part of National Science Day
  13. Attended training on ‘Safe work Method: risk assessment, permit to work and Lock out and Tag out’ held at ICMR-NARI on 3rd January 2018 which was conducted by Learners and Winners Training and Consultancy Pvt Ltd.
  14. Attended‘Ethical Guidance for Biomedical Research’ at ICMR-NARI to be held during 17th-18thJanuary, 2019 in collaboration with National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), Bengaluru.
  15. Attended Online International Symposium on Novel Ideas in Science and Ethics of Vaccine against COVID-19 pandemicon 30 July 2020.
  16. 'Curtain Raiser Event' (Digital)  for The IISC - Health Research Conclave. ICMR-NARI organised a webinaron 'Communicable Diseases & Innovative Public Health Interventions' on 12th December 2020. Participated in organization and attended the webinar
  17. “Publishing Webinar- Tips from the Editors” on Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Capacity Building

Selected as a mentee for capacity building for disease burden and estimation  and focal area identified as Sexually Transmitted Infection. Funded by ICMR Headquarters

Number of Publications : 9
List of Publications



  1. Kamble T, Dandekar A, Velhal GD. Study of practices related to home deliveries in rural area. Study of practices related to home deliveries in rural area. PRESM Journal of Community Medicine. 2008Dec;10(1-2):16–21.
  2. Rao AP, Chavan MK. The effect of health education on knowledge about anemia and on compliance to oral iron therapy among anemic pregnant women in an urban slum of Mumbai. Bombay Hospital Journal . 2012Jul;54(3):396–400.
  3. Solat S, Velhal GD, Mahajan H, Rao A, Sharma B. Assessment of Awareness about HIV/AIDS and operationalisation of interventions in rural population of Raigad district ,India. International Journal of Scientific Research &Publication. 2012Nov;2(11):1–14.
  4. Velhal GD, Sawant S, Mahajan H, Rao A. Work related perceptions among nursing staff about roles and responsibilities in a tertiary level health care institute. Journal of Nursing and Health Science . 2013;1(4):48–55.
  5. Velhal GD, Sawant S, Rao A, Mahajan H. Awareness among nursing staff about roles and responsibilities in a tertiary level health care institute, india” . International journal of general medicine and pharmacy . 2013May;2(2):75–80.
  6. Rao Amrita, Chavan MK. Does Health education increase the compliance to oral iron therapy among pregnant women? Indian Journal of Forensic & Community Medicine . 2015Jan-Mar;2(1):50–55
  7. Rao A, Velhal GD, Khismatrao DS. Patient’s Comprehension of Prescriptions at Municipal Urban Health Centre, Mumbai . JCDR. 2016Mar;10(3):LC15–LC17.
  8. Rao Amrita, Banerjee A . Janani Suraksha Yojana -Implementation in Maharashtra state of India. Asia Pacific Journal of Medical Humanities and Social Medicine Jul- Dec 2016 3(2);47-49
  9. Ghate M, Zirpe S, Shidhaye P, Gurav S, Rao A, Verma V, Bamrotiya M, Sachdeva KS, Gupta RS, Gangakhedkar R. A Retrospective Study of Characteristics of HIV Infected Individuals OptingOut from Antiretroviral Treatment under National Programme. J Krishna Inst Med Science Univ. 2019 Jul-Sep; 8(3):19-26.
  10. Rao A, Patil S, Aheibam S, Kshirsagar P, Hemade P, Panda S. Acceptability of HIV Oral Self-Test Among Men Having Sex With Men and Transgender Population: A Qualitative Investigation From Pune, India. Infect Dis Res Treatment 2020; 13:1-7
  11. Rao A. HIV self-test during the time of COVID-19, India. Indian J Med Res 2020;152:164-7
  12. Patil S, Rao A, Pathak P, Kurle S, Mane A, Nirmalkar A, et al. (2020) Unsterile injection equipment associated with HIV outbreak and an extremely high prevalence of HCV—A case-control investigation from Unnao, India. PLoS ONE 15(12):e0243534. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0243534


Reports :

  • Epidemiological Perspectives of Common Communicable Diseases in Mumbai –An analysis of Disease Surveillance Data of Epidemiological Cell ,Public Health Department , MCGM in collaboration with UNICEF and T.N. Medical College and B.Y.L Nair Ch hospital .Dr GajananVelhal , DrPrasadWaigankar , DrSudamSuryawanshi, Dr Amrita Rao
  • Report titled ‘HIV Self-Test Acceptability : A Qualitative Study From Pune, India’  written by Dr Samiran Panda, Dr Amrita Rao and Dr. Sandip Patil


  • Report titled ‘Preliminary Guidelines For Mapping, Size Estimation & Risk Behaviour Survey among Key Populations In Virtual Space’ written by Dr. Samiran Panda, Dr. Amrita Rao, Dr. S.M. Shahabuddin and Ms. Akshada Gopale in consultation with Dr. Shankar Talwar, Mr. Tamseel Hussain, Dr. Tarun Roy and Dr. D.C.S. Reddy 


  • Report titled ‘Sustained and Timely HIV/AIDS Response: community engagement in Mizoram’ written by Dr Samiran Panda, Dr Amrita Rao, Dr Megha Mamulwar.