New Delhi, Mar 26 : AIIMS director Prof Randeep Guleria on Tuesday highlighted the importance of research in the medical arena and importance of AIIMS like institutions in the field.
Launching a new initiative namely the inaugural annual research day at an event, he said, "the aim of this event is to connect students and residents, scientists with faculty to learn and pursue further interdisciplinary and transnational collaboration in areas of mutual interest."
"AIIMS values the commitment of its students and faculties who have made AIIMS a front-runner research institute in the country. It has signed MOU's for research collaborations with IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur," he said.
"Also central co-research facility with High-end equipment for genomics, proteomics, BSL-2/3 is already underway and should be ready any time this year, added the Professor.
Prof Guleria said in order to facilitate "Combined Research ", a central lab would come up in three months time at AIIMS.
Indian pediatrician and clinical scientist. Prof. M.K Bhan in his speech highlighted his research journey in making Rota virus vaccine and delivering it for public use thus, bringing to fore the crucial importance of research in 'healing' in today's times.
Among the panelists, NITI Aayog member Prof VK Paul said, "research in India should also focus on child health. Though Disease prevention in children has been robust since past two decades, but quality of research ought to improve further."
On being queried whether the research and findings have been consistent and up to the mark so far in medical institutions, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology , Govt of India, prof Ashutosh Sharma stated, ," We need to focus on our weaknesses vis-a vis medical research and do a SWOT analysis for providing better healthcare which is the need of the hour. We are lagging behind in Bio-Medical field and need to catch up with advanced research being done across the world.
The research day is celebrated on 26th March and the students responded upbeat with their presentations.
Signifying research Dean research Prof Chitra Sarkar said 423 abstracts submitted by students and residents had been selected for poster and platform presentations and submissions of these research work were by M.B.B.S students, M.Sc. students, P.hd students and junior and senior residents.
The panel discussion moderated by Prof Rakesh Aggarwal, Director JIPMER, Puducherry saw the presence of NITI Aayog's VK Paul, Prof Balram Bhargava (Director General, ICMR,) and Prof Renu Swarup, Secretary Department of Bio-technology.