About Us


The International Institute for Art, Culture and Democracy (IIACD) is a Bengaluru-based not-for-profit research institute. It was founded in 2008 by a multidisciplinary group of academics and practitioners. IIACD has two interdisciplinary centres: Centre for Cultural Heritage and Tourism Studies (CHATS) and Centre for Health Education and Technology (CHET). Both centres aim to democratize peoples’ access to information and enable them to become active participants and informed decision makers.


The focus of the Centre for Health Education and Technology (CHET) is on affordable and equitable healthcare and education for disadvantaged populations in rural and urban areas. Democratizing technologies that provide access to information, education and public health interventions towards universal healthcare is also a driving theme in work at CHET since its inception in 2009. Some of the main features of the activities and programmes under the Centre are:
  • Health equity work at CHET which has a strong focus on the vision of “No DIsease Orphan by 2030” with a helpline and outreach to people with orphan diseases including rare genetic disorders, Autism and other under-served patient communities.
  • The outreach programme of CHET helps generate awareness through workshops, exhibitions and other activities under the Blue Ribbon and Autism and Rare Disease Awareness (ARDA) programmes.
  • The Public Health Research, Policy and Practice (PHRPP) programme undertakes research on the public understanding of health policies, interpretation and use by communities through advocacy and communication.
  • The recently instituted Project RASA (RaspberryPi Applications) in digital access to STREAM for school children is in a pilot programme at CHET. More advanced education in public health related subjects like digital epidemiology have also been developed at CHET by the faculty.
  • An early focus of CHET faculty was on the use of handheld and mobile technologies for public health applications. The use of the Simputer in pedagogy on TB awareness and a broad based ethnographic study of information flows in TB and vector borne diseases like malaria and dengue in North Bangalore Taluka are some examples of these programmes.


In September 2015, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building on the principle of “leaving no one behind”, the new Agenda emphasizes a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all.
CHET plans to make this list 18 whereby there will be



To promote an active dialogue among stakeholders in orphan diseases with a view to create a better world for persons with these disabilities and to support the efforts by patients and their caregivers to attain the audacious goal of “no diseases orphan”


We acknowledge support from Metastring Foundation and OPFORD Foundation in the creation of this site.