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‘ICMR to oversee 80 more medical colleges by year-end’

What new initiatives have been taken by the Indian Council of Medical Research?
ICMR is constantly developing new ideas and innovation in the field of medicine and always aim towards the welfare of public health, especially the under-privileged sections of the society.  At the moment, we have nine new functions under the process of implementation and five  of these schemes for several states have been planned and approved which will be functional hopefully by March end this year. As of now, total of 33 medical colleges have been well coordinated with the scientific developments at ICMR branches. By the end of 2014, we will have 80 more medical colleges under the supervision of ICMR.

People generally remain confused between DHR and ICMR, so how do you intend to bridge the gap?
Well, we aim to bridge the gap between DHR and ICMR through new young governance that must work towards betterment of society especially the rural poor who ultimately affect the overall development of the society as they share a direct relation with the problem. Therefore, I reiterate on the commitment of the DHR and ICMR to work for the health of Indian population. Under the twelfth plan,  there has been a  good period of expansion seen since 2011. The ICMR should now strongly strive hard to consolidate the gains and take the new initiative forward to face the fresh challenges.  He urged the doctors, scientists and all employees of the ICMR to use their knowledge, talent and potential to their utmost level and make the ICMR the fulcrum of the DHR (Department of health Research).

What are the undaunting challenges faced by the ICMR today?
I feel there are couple of challenges that need to be addressed soon. Firstly, we have inadequate resource as compared to the population we are catering to.  Secondly, inadequate funds which lead to utter chaos and aggravates the problem of getting the solutions implemented the grassroots level. Thirdly, inadequate management control and project management skills like online process and billing must be chalked out soon. Finally, I feel there has to be rapid transition from the unconventional methods to high level modern technicalities in the entire Indian medical system.

What are your expectations for the States research teams and the Central government?
Basically, l want all states to come forward and take initiatives in solving the problems related to health and also make health as topmost priority in their life. This will automatically solve the problems at bigger level. This is to say because it’s all a part of vicious circle that goes in our society. For example, I admire the rigour of north eastern states that are competing against other states of our country in political system, bureaucracy and overall medical system. The state’s effort towards periphery of change and advancement in technology is commendable.

What message do you have for all the people related to the medical fraternity?
I would like to say that have absolute faith in themselves, and don’t resort to shortcuts for success. They must compete with none but themselves. Besides, the young should never sustain on borrowed standards, ideas or technology. They should practice patience and the adage ‘Patience bears sweet fruits’ is most appropriate for all scientists and doctors across the globe.
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