To initiate research focused on HIV/AIDS in adolescents,the South Florida University (SFU) has collaborated with three medical institutes in Gujarat — Baroda Medical College (BMC),INDU College of Medical Sciences and Vedant College in Ahmedabad to facilitate discussions through video conferencing.
On Tuesday,video-conferencing equipment was installed at Baroda Medical College. The technology will be utilised in the exchange of details of workshops,guest lectures and significant researches conducted in SFU to Indian colleges. The technology will also enable BMC to interact with other colleges in the country.
BMC has worked with SFU on several other projects earlier as well. “In fact,this is an extension to our earlier projects on HIV/AIDS only. We are the fifth US university to start such a venture but adolescent HIV is an area which has not been focused on earlier,” said Eknath Naik,assistant professor at SFU.
Through the newly installed technology,the colleges will be an audience to a workshop on research methodology while working on AIDS-related issues.
“There is not much research happening in this areas and while the previous work lacked technical accuracy. Such workshops will lead to better understanding of global requirement in research,” said Shyam Mohapatra,also an assistant professor at SFU.
Apart from the exchange of lectures,courses on capacity research training and leadership training programmes will also be included.