New Delhi: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Health Research (DHR) unveiled ICMR and DHR Centre of Excellence (COE) in 7 IITs all across the country.
The ICMR-DHR-Centre of Excellences was unveiled at IIT-Bombay, IIT-Delhi, IIT-Guwahati, IIT- Hyderabad, IIT-Kanpur, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Madras. These centres have been developed with a goal to develop the products/technologies in synergy with the requirements of the National Health Mission, Ayushman Bharat and Public Health Programs of the government for their potential deployment, an ICMR statement said.
India’s health care sector imports 80 per cent of its medical device needs. Research, Innovation and prototype developments will take place in IITs along with ICMR’s strength in conducting clinical trials, validation and health technology assessment will usher a new paradigm in Make-in-India product development in the country, the statement said.
The COE centres will be collaborating with medical institutes to develop driven needs, affordable and inclusive healthcare solutions for their wider adoption, it further stated. To support pandemic preparedness, ICMR-DHR has established the Medical Product Gateway of India (mPRAGATI) at IIT Delhi under Pradhan Mantri Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM) scheme to develop diagnostics and medical technologies for epidemiological preparedness.