COIMBATORE: With a vision to make Karunya University an institution with a social concern for solving problems of humanity, courses and programmes will be designed in such a way that students are able to solve the problems of society using technology, the university’s Chancellor Paul Dhinakaran said here on Thursday.
Addressing presspersons, he said courses based on three crucial areas of food, water and health care would be introduced. “We have already initiated programmes in the areas of water and food. Now we are looking at health care and how we can use the technology available with us to extend it for the purpose of health”.
More than 25 experts from various areas of health care held discussions with the representatives of the university on collaborative efforts in courses, training and extension activities.
Geriatrics, palliative care, taking care of those with disabilities, training on setting up hospices and training personnel to work in hospices would be the main thrust areas.
The university would also take up new drug research and develop a therapy to provide immunity from diseases spread through water, food and environment.
“The area of bio-medical instrumentation will be strengthened to enable students develop gadgets for people who cannot handle themselves. Also, there are no qualified technicians to handle such equipment. All these will also be addressed,” Mr. Dhinakaran said.
To ensure smooth implementation of all these, a speciality hospital would be needed. “We might come up with a proposal of setting up a speciality hospital on the campus,” he added.