November 22, 2010

MCI plans central platform to give boost to research

In a bid to encourage research in medical science in the country, the Medical Council of India (MCI) is considering setting up of a central platform for researchers. The new set up will give awards for superior research work in the area of medical science as well as come up with research facilities at the institute level.

The MCI is also considering to start an MD-Ph D programme under which a student enrolled in MD programme can simultaneously pursue Ph D so as to boost research work in the field of medical science.

Dr SK Sarin, chairperson of the Board of Governors, MCI, announced this during the Research Showcase held at Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University here on Saturday.

“We do not recognise our researchers, the young talent of the country. By 2011, the MCI is trying to have a research platform at the central level for the recognition of good researchers of the country,” said Dr Sarin.

Talking to The Indian Express, Dr Sarin said: “We will very soon initiate a dialogue with the Indian Council of Medical Research for this platform where we can have separate research cell as well as awards for significant medical research. I will be meeting Dr VM Katoch (Director General, ICMR )in this regards very soon as it is in ICMR’s mandate to establish such a platform,” said Dr Sarin.

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