Infosys Foundation, the benevolent contributor of Infosys, one of India’s most reputed IT industry collaborates with Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (IISC) by signing a 5 crore Memorandum of Understanding(MoU). The memorandum will improve infrastructure and increase research activities. The grant will be used for research, training and create awareness about infectious diseases. IISc is a public university for research and higher education in all science and engineering disciplines.
As per the Infosys founder chairperson and social activist Sudha Murthy, it will benefit 25 faculty members and 250 students at IISC. It will also help in the development of new drug targets, drug delivery systems and novel diagnostic tools. While addressing the gather she also told that with this MoU, Infosys Foundation aims to set milestones in the area of research of infectious diseases. It will focus on motivating researchers to perform cutting-edge research, as well as train them to raise awareness about infectious diseases.
Previously in 2014, the Infosys foundation invested Rs 20 crore to bring to boost research in Centre for Infectious Diseases Research (CIDR) by bringing together different scientist involving biologists, chemists, engineers, etc. The recent outbreak of the Zika virus that caused abnormally small brains in babies have raised the alarm worldwide. The threat by infectious pathogens is real! Given these challenges, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) decided to facilitate the Centre for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR) in 2013 to focus research in this area with the translational goal and investigating in broader fields.
IISC is one of top ranking institutes of India, the band of which dropped from 201-250 to 251-300. Thus, with support from Infosys foundation, it’ll help them to increase research activities and hence climb up the band again and perform better. Meanwhile, Centre’s Union Higher Education Secretary, Kewal Kumar Sharma has announced all the students doing doctorate of Philosophy from IITs or IIFCs will be receiving 70,000 per month as a fellowship amount. With the combined efforts of Infosys foundation, it is believed it will facilitate an interdisciplinary approach, focusing on research related to infectious disease.