IIT Delhi and AIIMS to carry out joint research on applications of Advanced Engineering in Medicine

The Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) has signed an MoU with All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) for collaboration in education, research and technology with an overall objective of building a more robust Health Care system by Engineering and Technology interventions through ‘cross-institutional interactions’ between the two premier institutes.

A joint workshop: Bridging Research and Building collaborations held at AIIMS on August 29 as a precursor to the collaborations, was well attended by the Directors, faculty members and students. It has been decided to initiate 20 joint projects in the areas of application of nanotechnology, robotics, artificial intelligence, precision engineering, advanced materials and polymers for drug delivery, surgical methods and medicine.

The six broad areas of collaboration under the MoU include regular joint colloquiums, faculty interdisciplinary research, providing a platform for interaction among the undergraduate students of both institutes, a joint Ph.D/supervision programme, provision for Adjunct Faculty for the partner institutes and building a Biomedical Research Park in Jhajjar, Haryana.

Speaking on the occasion IIT Delhi director Prof V Ramgopal Rao said this was a ‘historic’ day 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. We must strive to create an environ wherein the new faculty and new student who comes from the partner institute feels equally comfortable as in the parent institute. There should be opportunities to consult each other and write joint projects. We should also endeavor to have fruitful collaborations between the undergraduate students of both the institutes.”

Maintaining that technology has penetrated rapidly in the health care, Director AIIMS Randeep Guleria said. “Technology has become an integral part of health care. There is a need to see how this technology can be used. While collaboration between the two institutes have been going on for a long time, now is the time to take all the products to the next level. The MoU will provide a synchronized platform for a fruitful outcome.”

Observing that a lot of stress has been laid by both the institutes on interdisciplinary research, Dean (R&D), IIT Delhi Prof B R Mehta said: “This is the most interesting scientific interdisciplinary research that we will both be doing together. In the last few months, IIT Delhi has set up five Centers of Excellence, of which three are related to medical science. I am confident that this MoU will pave way for more scientific collaborations that will directly affect the society in a positive way.”

The programme was moderated by Dean (Research) AIIMS Dr Chitra Sarkar.

After the signing of MoU, faculties from both the institutions gave stimulating presentations on the existing collaborations. This was followed by a discussion by faculty members on the potential field of collaborations.

The programme ended with wide-ranging deliberations from the audience on the methods to take the partnership to a new level and translate the products for healthcare applications.

The two institutes have called for joint proposals, the last date for which has been extended to September 30