Fusion between medicine, technology is way forward: AIIMS Delhi director

M Srinivas addressed the PGIMER 9th annual research day event and said fusion between medical and engineering is unseen but the way forward.

Fusion between medicine, technology is way forward: AIIMS Delhi director All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. (Picture: Official Website)
Press Trust of India | Nov 18, 2022 - 10:49 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Under the 'Make in India' campaign, the fusion between medicine and technology is the way forward, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, director, M Srinivas said on Friday.

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M Srinivas was addressing a gathering here on the occasion of the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research's (PGIMER) 9th Annual Research Day. "These endeavours towards research are a step forward towards collaboration, towards bringing in fusion between medical and engineering, which is commendable as we have not seen these initiatives much in India," he said.

Complimenting PGIMER, Srinivas said, "The kind of research that is on display, with less resources, without scientists and despite the huge workload is appreciable". "It is a great thing that the past and present luminaries have brought this institute to this level of clinical and research experience and the quality and the standards is clearly visible in the outcome of the research," he said.

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Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, London, CEO, Tamar Ghosh encouraged the young researchers to apply for funding with her organisation. "Whether the research project be in a lab, a field-based project with communities or policy-based project, whatever it is, it does not matter what disease area, it is in the area of health. The point is we want to stimulate the new leaders and the new innovators by taking that first plunge doing their first projects," she said.

IIT Ropar, director, Rajeev Ahuja, emphasised research as the mother of innovation as he said: "You cannot be an innovative country until your research is very strong. The most innovative countries in the world are small nordic countries which are in the top 10 in innovation. However, in India, we are below 40. Though we have made a lot of progress, there is still a long way to go," he said.

Highlighting 'collaborative efforts' of the agreement signed between PGIMER, Chandigarh and IIT, Ropar. PGIMER, director, Vivek Lal cited India as the pioneer in research and highlighted the rich research and scientific heritage of PGIMER.

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