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Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth hosts health research convention

The convention sessions spanned academics, research, patient care and entrepreneurial skills in health science disciplines.

The convention sessions spanned academics, research, patient care and entrepreneurial skills in health science disciplines.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

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Experts stress on the need for a research culture rooted in ethics

Experts have advocated a research culture rooted in ethics across higher education institutions.

Participating in the recent three-day International Health Research Convention (IHRC) hosted by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) at its main campus in the city and off-campus in Chennai, the experts who discussed various facets of scientific research said that while fostering scientific research in higher education was important, it was equally essential to promote ethical values in such endeavours to ensure global validation and relevance for humanity as a whole.

The convention sessions spanned academics, research, patient care and entrepreneurial skills in health science disciplines. The event, which hosted 15 workshops, 12 conferences, two stakeholders meetings and three startups, was supported by a host of organisations including the World Health Organization, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, Medical Council of India (MCI), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), Madras Medical Mission besides two overseas universities — the IMC University of Applied Sciences, KREMS, Austria and Angila Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Over 50 international speakers, 200 national speakers and nearly 1,500 delegates participated.

The stakeholders meeting pertained to Scrub typhus and Entoamoeba histolytica, recommendations pertaining to prospective policy changes in health education and a workshop on “Writing and formulating evidence based research paper” led by the Vice-Chancellors of various universities.

Among the guests of honour at the convention were Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Director, National Institute of Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai, S.R. Rao, Adviser, Department of Biotechnology, New Delhi, Government of India and Siva Subramanian, Georgetown University Hospital, US.

Subhash Chandra Parija, Vice-Chancellor of SBV, said earmarking human resources and workforce for infrastructure alone would not project the higher education institution positively in the comity of universities.

Era of globalisation

“In an era of globalisation, there occurs an immediate need to advocate and embrace artificial intelligence, data mining and dig data, besides Internet of Things (IoT), he said.

M. K. Rajagopalan, Chancellor of SBV, released the souvenir of IHRC 2019 in the presence of P. Karthikeyan, Head, Department of ENT, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute, organising secretary general of IHRC.

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