The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) is partnering with the National Institute of Siddha (NIS), a center for research and higher education in Siddha Medicine in Chennai, on training, research, clinical studies.
The partnership is expected to develop new collaborative education programs and research in the areas of clinical research, molecular biology, in-vitro cell line studies and health systems research, in addition to the exchange of faculty members.
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Director of IIT Madras Prof V Kamakoti and Director of NIS Dr. R. Meenakumari, recently IIT Madras Prof. An MoU in this regard was signed in the presence of Ravindra Getu. Highlighting the impact of this collaboration, Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras said, “This collaboration will focus on establishing the scientific basis that explains the efficacy of proven drugs.”
The institutes will jointly organize seminars, workshops, webinars, conferences, continuing education programs (including Continuing Medical Education (CME)) and develop educational programs. It will encourage exchange of students, PhD, postdoctoral scholars and faculty for teaching/training programs.
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Talking about the expected results from this partnership, Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director, National Institute of Siddha (NIS) said, “We hope that this collaboration will open up new avenues to share knowledge about the therapeutic potential of available Siddha medicines and their uses. IITM’s technology for scientific validation of proven formulations, identification of its bioactive molecules and mechanism of action.
Further, Dr Meenakumari said, “The collaboration between the two institutions will increase the exposure of students to the important areas of herbal research and technology. The Institute hopes to co-organize high-impact programs in the area of technological intervention in the traditional medical system. We look forward to working together with IITM for mutual benefit and advancement of a proven healthcare system.”
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