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Facelift for Ronald Ross Institute

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Renovation taken up by departments of Archaeology and Roads & Buildings

New look: Renovation work is in progress at Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Parasitology at Begumpet. — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
New look: Renovation work is in progress at Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Parasitology at Begumpet. — Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

Sir Ronald Ross Institute of Parasitology, Begumpet, the building where Nobel laureate Sir Ronald Ross found the link between mosquito and malaria, is being renovated from scratch by the Department of Archaeology in collaboration with the Department of Roads and Buildings. The renovation works have already started. The renovation of the building is significant because it is being carried out after a span of 14 years. The decrepit building has developed cracks at several places, has a leaky roof, the flooring has come off at several places and the tiled roof needs relaying. The paint on the walls has peeled off at many places. The ‘Rudraram' stones used for flooring the ‘verandah' have also cracked.

While the much-delayed renovation works are finally underway, the struggle to reviveand sustain the institute into a research and training centre on tropical diseases continues. Efforts are on to introduce a one-year diploma programme on Public Health Management.

“We have submitted a detailed report to the UGC for approval of the course. We are also planning to hold seminars, symposiums, lectures and provide a platform to present research papers by scientists on tropical medicine at the institute,” said Director of the institute B. Reddya Naik. Efforts from Osmania University authorities are already underway to alienate a piece of empty land, coming under the control of the Airport Authority of India, near the research facility for development of the Institute.

“We have approached the PMO over this issue. In fact, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) had recently collected documents related to this building and have sent it to PMO. We need that space to develop the research centre,” Dr. Naik maintained. Very soon, a new society, dedicated to spread the significance of the research work of Sir Ronald Ross and take up research and outreach programmes, will be launched.


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