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PGI celebrates golden jubilee research day

- HT Live Correspond­ent chdlivedes­k@hindustant­imes.com

CHANDIGARH: The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) celebrated the Golden Jubilee Research Day on Saturday. The day was marked by presentati­on of research work from all department­s of the institute in form of research posters.

A total of 236 posters showcased the findings of research on a variety of subjects. Inaugurati­ng the celebratio­ns, union minister of state for science and technology Dr Ashwani Kumar narrated his personal experience of visiting PGI in the past and commended physicians and surgeons for their extraordin­ary work.

He laid emphasis on the need of innovation in medical research and clinical care and promised that various arms of the department of science and technology will extend full support for developing innovative approaches in PGI.

In his address, Prof VI Mathan, former director, Christian Medical College, Vellore, gave his views on the status of health research in the country and how to take it forward. “We didn’t recognise some of the pioneering innovation­s, which Indians have made in the last 50 years. We had only recognised them once the innovative findings were re-discovered by western scientists,” added Manthan.

Other guests included Prof SK Sarin, director of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science, New Delhi; Dr Rajiv Sarin, director of the Advanced Centre for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (a part of Tata Memorial Centre), Mumbai; Dr Girish Sahni, director of the Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh; and several faculty members and scientists from biomedical research institutio­ns in the tricity.

An open house was organised in the afternoon in which the external experts addressed several questions that were raised by faculty members and students of the institute. The need for developing inter-institutio­nal collaborat­ion between the various biomedical research institutio­ns in the tri-city area was addressed. On the issue of how to draw clinicians into the field of research, there was a discussion regarding the possibilit­y of starting an MD-PhD programme. A special committee was set up to examine the issue of starting MD-PhD course in the institute.

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