K. Mohandas, Vice-Chancellor of the Kerala University of Health and Allied Sciences (KUHAS), has stressed the need to strengthen research and development in the field of medicine.
Dr. Mohandas was inaugurating the Pushpagiri Research Centre attached to Pushpagiri Medical College in Thiruvalla on Saturday afternoon.
According to him, medical research in the State was not up to the mark, compared to it in various other parts of the country.
Lack of interest on the part of students was said to be one of the reasons for this. Declining interest of medical fraternity was a global phenomenon, Dr. Mohandas added.
In his lecture on ‘Future of research in medicine,' Dr. Mohandas said medical research was an integral part of medical education and it should not be left as a neglected field.
Research also played an important role in industry-academia interaction, so essential for development of medically related products, he said
He said research at the level of undergraduate medical students had got a bright future and the medical university would initiate steps to promote research in the field of medicine.
Metropolitan Archbishop of Thiruvalla, Thomas Mar Coorilos, presided over the function.
Fr. Thomas Kodinattumkunnel, Chief Executive Officer of the Pushpagiri Medical College, welcomed the gathering.
C.K.K. Nair, Professor in Radiation Biology at Amala Cancer Institute, Thrissur, delivered a lecture on ‘Interdisciplinary research in the field of medicine.'
K. Abraham Jose, Pushpagiri Medical College Principal; Mathew Mazhavancherril, Research Centre director, and Santhosh Mathews also spoke.