The George Institute for Global Health in India (TGI) and the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) have joined hands to promote public health research in India. This will also help to build capacity of budding researchers to do cutting edge research in the area.
The partnership is focused on addressing real world health challenges through the development and testing of innovative solutions that bridge the gap between research and policy.
As part of the partnership, researchers from both institutions would work together to promote evidence based research. This will be done by creating a system whereby researchers from the two institutions will work together in the spirit of cross fertilization of best ideas and solutions to health challenges facing the country
Announcing the partnership, Prof Vivekanand Jha, executive director, George Institute for Global Health India said, “George Institute works with world-class institutions across all its offices, including the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; University of Oxford, UK and the Peking University Health Science Centre, Beijing, China. We hope this partnership evolves along similar lines. As the popular saying goes, a journey of a thousand miles begins with a small step”.
Welcoming the initiative, Dr. H Vinod Bhat, vice chancellor, MAHE, said “We are excited about this partnership and will work together to promote excellence in the field of public health and produce high-quality outputs. MAHE has a high tradition of promoting research and excellence and we see this partnership as a stellar example further accentuating our recent recognition as an “institution of eminence”.
“As part of the affiliation agreement, eligible TGI researchers will receive faculty affiliations at MAHE and develop joint proposals for conducting world-class research. “Capacity building of future researchers in the area will be the focus of the partnership,” added Dr Jha.
TGI is an independent medical research institute. It conducts research that targets preventable illnesses and injuries that are the leading causes of death and disability worldwide, including heart and kidney disease, stroke, diabetes, and injury. It is ranked in the leading ten research institutions in the world for research impact by the SCImago Institutions Rankings World Reports.
TGI India’s research uses innovative approaches to create system-wide change for people at the bottom of the pyramid, develop affordable and scalable solutions, and to empower people to improve their own health.
Over 28,000 students from 57 different nations live, learn and play in the sprawling MAHE University town, nestled on a plateau in Karnataka’s Udupi district. It also has nearly 2,500 faculty and almost 10,000 other support and service staff, who cater to the various professional institutions in health sciences, engineering, management, communication and humanities which dot the Wi-Fi-enabled campus.
MAHE has off-campuses in Mangaluru and Bengaluru, and off-shore campuses in Dubai (UAE) and Melaka (Malaysia). The Mangaluru campus offers medical, dental, and nursing programs. The Bengaluru campus offers programmes in Regenerative Medicine.