The Centre is set to double its spending on the health sector from the 1 per cent of the GDP to 2 per cent in the next five-year plan,Union Minister of State for Planning,Science & Technology and Earth Sciences Ashwani Kumar said on Saturday.
Kumar,while delivering his inaugural address at Research Day as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of PGMIER said the Department of Biotechnology will support creation of an open innovation centre in PGIMER with the involvement of local engineering and science institutions dedicated for creation of affordable technologies like vaccines,diagnostics,biotherapeutics,biomedical support system etc.
He added that a series of steps,including the development of postgraduate integrated research programmes and setting up centres of excellence,will be taken to combat infectious diseases like tuberculosis,malaria,HIV,diabetes,among others.
Earlier,PGIMER Director Professor Yogesh Chawla,in his welcome address,highlighted the achievements of the institute. The day was also marked by the presentation of research work from all departments in the form of research posters. A total of 236 such posters were on display.
While addressing the gathering,Professor V I Mathan,former director of the Christian Medical College in Vellore,emphasised on the value of looking after patients as an opportunity to learn and do research.
The PGI also announced that the institute will earmark funds to promote research and is actively considering the possibility of developing a separate stream of researchers,giving joint appointments and hiring adjunct faculty. A special committee has also been set up to examine the issue of starting MD-PhD course in the institute.