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IIT and AIIMS Team Up to Create Lab-On-Chip Devices | India News


NEW DELHI: In a rare case of medical and engineering researchers coming together to advance healthcare research, the Indian Institute of Technology in Dhanbad and AIIMS Deoghar in Jharkhand signed a 10-year memorandum of understanding to go carried out joint research on drug design and laboratory on -chip devices that can perform various analyzes generally performed in a laboratory.
The move comes at a time when the Covid-19 outbreak has put the focus on R&D in healthcare as a priority for educational institutes in many countries.
The memorandum of understanding between the two institutes signed on November 16 establishes that the initiative will facilitate the exchange on health sciences between staff and will develop joint programs on biotechnology, biophysics and computer engineering.
“We are hiring new teachers for this initiative,” said Rajiv Shekhar, director of IIT-Dhanbad. He said that many other IITs are taking similar initiatives to collaborate on diagnostics, vaccines and therapies and using biopharmaceuticals to tackle the pandemic.
Godda MP Nishikant Dubey, a member of the governing council and board of directors of AIIMS Deoghar, said such memoranda of understanding will help unite academics to find affordable and affordable healthcare solutions to address future pandemics. “Recently, IIIT Bhagalpur developed an X-ray device to track Covid-19 symptoms. Our institute is only one year old and such a memorandum of understanding will add impetus to young doctors in rural inland areas to actively undertake research to manage and treating deadly diseases with a practical approach, “Dubey said.

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