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Research has no geographical boundaries: VC of University of Bristol

Posted on Monday, December 17, 2018

India is less likely to lose its doctors to the west, if its research base becomes stronger, Hugh Brady, vice chancellor and president, University of Bristol talks to Sheetal Banchariya

Research in India is still in the initial phase with only a few educational institutions stepping in to contribute. But, with the changing technologies in the medical industry, India needs to carefully re-examine the medical education system.

Hugh Brady, vice chancellor of University of Bristol says India is undergoing interesting and rapid growth in research. Academicians from the University along with Indian co-authors have published more than 3,000 collaborative research papers in the last five years. “India has more research expertise than what it gives itself credits for. There is a huge collaboration among the Indian researchers. Catalysers are needed to develop a global community of researchers, for which University of Bristol is working to launch a joint PhD programmes with some research centric Indian institutes,” adds Brady. 

“As India’s research base becomes stronger, it is less likely to lose doctors internationally, especially to the US and the UK. Strong research base with clinical advancements will act as a magnet for hundreds of Indian doctors who are working overseas to return to the roots,” says Brady.

Telemedicine uses telecommunication and information technology (IT) to provide clinical health care from a distance. High-end technologies available in the US and the UK might not be available in India, but clinical training of medical students and doctors in India, says Brady, is certainly at a par. “India has the potential to become a world leader in telemedicine domain as high-quality healthcare is being provided in the remote villages.”

India, at the moment, is facing a national challenge of shortage of doctors to serve the citizens of one of the most populated nations across the globe. “There is clearly a human resource challenge, which needs combination of efforts such as setting up more civic and private medical colleges and reducing the industry-academia gap by exposing students to industry experience,” adds Brady.

Interdisciplinary research collaborations, says Brady, will lead local actions to global impacts. “Grand challenges facing the planet such as climate change, food security and severe diseases can only be solved through researches that cross limitations of cultures and borders. To increase the two-way mobility of academic ideas, we are offering as many as 50 Think Big UG and PG level scholarships for Indian students in 2019,” he adds.

In addition, University of Bristol will launch Global Leadership programme in India in June 2019 in collaboration with International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B) where 50 Bristol undergraduate students will join Indian researchers to tackle issues facing businesses, governments and societies worldwide and develop leadership skills and ability to work across cultures.

 

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