One of the rare distinction achieved by the Institute is its recognition as the approved centre for guiding the Ph. D. students under Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University which is an exceptional milestone reached by the Institute which has so long been identified as a nonteaching research Institute despite the fact that most of the faculty members had been substantially informed in research apart from being highly qualified and recognized guides/ co guides for various Universities outside Delhi for a long time.
Based on the profile of the Institute in terms of facilities available as well as the qualification and expertise of the faculty members, Guru Govind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi has recognized NICD as an Approved Research Centre of the University since 2004 and as many as 26 faculty members from different divisions have been recognized to be guides/ co guides for Ph. D. programme under the GGSIP University in the school of Medicine and Para Medical Health Services Abstracts/ Papers by Ph. D. candidates have been recognized by various International fora eg. Pan American Society of clinical virology, International Society for the study of Xenobiotics etc.