Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh joined hand with two neighbor IITs, IIT Mandi and IIT Ropar, to study and expand the research on the cancer treatment in India. The bonhomie between the medical and technology institutes will cause to improve the facility of cancer treatment in the country.
IIT Mandi and IIT Ropar has initiated this program with the investment of 1 crore rupees as seed funding and decided a roadmap of seven to eight projects. Albeit both IITs are newbies, they possess a strong faculty expertise and good research programmes in biomedical life sciences.
A few meeting were held early this year to improve the networking among the institutes and with clinicians to improve the research and technology development to the established goals. In the meeting, it was proposed that the two directors of IITs will provide support with seed funding of 10% of the total cost of the projects. And, the faculties of three institutes were instructed to execute joint support for the projects and apply for outside funding. In March, six project proposals were presented and got the funding of up to 20 lakh.
As for the teamwork, the area of work has been divided among the three institutions. Required interactions are done through meetings and face to face video conferencing.
The major areas are to be focused on the research development are biomedical instrumentation, imaging and diagnostic, low-cost MRI, biomedical nanotechnology, biomechanics and laser therapy and cancer therapy.
Among these area of projects, three projects have been given seed grants of 48 lakh. The work towards these projects is underway which deals with low-cost MRI, determination of mechanical and biological osteoporotic bone for Indian patients and surface modified upconversion nanoparticles for executing diagnosis and therapy in cancer.
This association of three institutes will work towards the betterment of the existing technology in the medical field like MRI and CT scans in the hospital require sophisticated analytical tools to classify and obtain accuracy in the results. The team of IITs would provide some techniques to improve the analysis process.
The goal of this association is also to obtain the resource within the country rather contacting the institutes of abroad and IITs are well known for the innovation and technology. The brilliance of IITs and research scholar of PGIMER will bring some effective and affordable solution in the market which is currently facing difficulties.