Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust

Who We Are

The Indore Cancer Foundation (ICF) was launched on December 27, 1988, in the presence of Dr. Jatin P. Shah, The Then Professor, and Chief, Head and Neck Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Late Mr. Sunil Dutt, former M.P. from Mumbai; Mr. Surendra Wadhwani, Hong Kong; and prominent citizens of Indore.

Dr. Digpal Dharkar

What is ICF ?

The Indore Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation working in the field of cancer in central India. It was set up in December 1988 by Dr. Digpal Dharkar.

The Foundation, a charitable trust registered under the Madhya Pradesh Public Trust Act, 1951, was settled on November 14th, 1989, by Smt. Usha Devi Holkar, ex-ruler of Indore, and her husband Mr. Satish Chandra Malhotra, Chairman, Empire Industries, Mumbai.

The highest decision-making body of the Foundation is the Board of Permanent Trustees, which is the legal owner of its movable and immovable assets. On the Board are eminent personalities of international repute.

Some of the significant objects of the trust, collectively referred to as “Project Cancer’, are: public education; medical education; programs in line with the National Cancer Control Programme; setting up a state-of-the-art institute, the first of its kind in the world, focusing on the commonest cancers in adult Indian men, the head & neck cancers, work on preventive strategies, diagnostic programs, and clinical & basic research; and offer palliative care to those beyond cure.

Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Patron, Project Cancer
Indore Cancer Foundation - Press conference on 27.12.1998

In June 1997, we had the opportunity to make an exclusive audio-visual presentation on the Institute to the then President of the Republic of India, the late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma who is on record for lauding the work of our Institute. It was, indeed, a red-letter day for our nascent Institute.

All that we have achieved thus far, we owe to the synergy of the tireless efforts and collective wisdom of all those involved, our partners in progress. However, there is much that still needs to be done.