All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has joined hands with the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi (IIT-D) for setting up a Biomedical Research Park in Jhajjar and Haryana. The two institutions entered into an agreement that will help them embark on interdisciplinary research for a 'robust health care'. The pact will also include a provision for adjunct faculty for the two institutes and a joint Ph.D. supervision programme.
BR Mehta, Dean Research, and Development, IIT-Delhi, said the work on the research park is yet to start but the IIT-D and AIIMS have already started working on 20 projects. He said that their mandate extends to the development of machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, drug delivery system, robotics, advanced materials etc. "The work on research park is yet to start, but the work on 20 projects is already underway. Both institutes will be using their own funds for research. We didn't apply for special grants from the government since we wanted to begin as early as possible," Mehta said.
Expressing happiness over the agreement, IIT-Delhi director V. Ramgopal Rao termed the development "historic" for both the institutes. "While the MoU will provide a detailed structure to all the collaborations, it will also open a plethora of opportunities to work together on a larger scale," a statement by IIT-D said quoting the director.
"Technology has become an integral part of health care. There is a need to see how this technology can be used," AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said. Both the institutes have called for joint proposals, the last date for which is September 30. Earlier, the two institutes announced that they will exchange research proposals to develop technology driven low cost medical solutions along with developing new items and equipment which can be used for conducting diagnosis and other medical tests.