PGI to start an­nual sci­en­tist awards

Decision has been taken to boost morale of fac­ulty

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Live - - IN & AROUND - Vishav Bharti­dus­tan­

CHANDI­GARH: To hon­our its sci­en­tific tal­ent and im­prove qual­ity of re­search, the Chandi­garh’s Post Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Re­search (PGIMER) will start an­nual sci­en­tist awards. The decision was taken last month in a stand­ing aca­demic com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to sources in the PGI ad­min­is­tra­tion, the com­mit­tee has asked to start these awards from this year only. The idea of in­tro­duc­ing the awards was strongly up­held by the Golden Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tion Com­mit­tee of the in­sti­tute.

The com­mit­tee said it was the need of hour to boost morale of the PGIMER fac­ulty so that fur­ther im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of re­search could be brought. Cit­ing the ob­jec­tive of the in­sti­tute for car­ry­ing out high-qual­ity re­search to win over tremen­dous dis­eases in the in­ter­est of pa­tient care and to gain world-wide fame in the med­i­cal field, the com­mit­tee pro­posed, “The in­tro­duc­tion of this award sys­tem will give recog­ni­tion to the high-stan­dard re­search at in­sti­tute level, which will en­cour­age all sci­en­tists of the in­sti­tute to bring out fur­ther im­prove­ment in the qual­ity of their re­search.”

The sources said the award would carry a cash prize as well as a tro­phy, how­ever, the amount of the award had not been de­cided so far.

The pro­posal was strongly rec­om­mended by the dean of the in­sti­tute Dr Amod Gupta also. Be­sides pro­vid­ing the best of pa­tient care and med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion, the fac­ulty of the PGIMER car­ries out med­i­cal re­search with high-class publi­ca­tions in re­puted jour­nals ev­ery year.

Last year, the doc­tors of the in­sti­tute publ ished more than 700 re­search pa­pers most of which were pub­lished in high im­pact fac­tor jour­nals.

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