The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) cooperates with the National Institute of Siddha (NIS), a center of excellence for research and higher education in the Siddha system of medicine in Chennai, in the fields of training, research and clinical studies.
This collaboration is expected to result in the development of new collaborative teaching programs and research in clinical research, molecular biology, in vitro cell line studies and health systems research, in addition to in exchange for educators.
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An MoU for this effect was recently signed by Prof. V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, and Dr. R. Meenakumari, Director, NIS, in the presence of Prof. Ravindra Gettu, IIT Madras. Prof. dr. V. Kamakoti, director of IIT Madras, emphasized the impact of this collaboration: “This collaboration will focus on establishing a scientific basis that explains the efficacy of Siddha drugs.”
The institutes will also jointly host seminars, workshops, webinars, conferences, continuing education programs (including Continuing Medical Education (CME)) and develop academic programs. They will also promote the exchange of undergraduates, PhDs, postdoctoral scholars and teachers for education/training programmes.
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Speaking of the intended outcomes of this partnership, Dr. R Meenakumari, Director of the National Institute of Siddha (NIS), “We hope the collaboration will open new avenues for sharing knowledge about the therapeutic potential of available Siddha drugs and the application of technology from IITM in scientific validation of Siddha formulations, identification of its bioactive molecule and mechanism of action.”
Furthermore, said Dr. Meenakumari: “The collaboration of the two institutes will also raise students’ awareness in the important field of herbal research and technology. The institutions also hope to jointly organize high-impact events in the field of technological intervention in the traditional system of medicine. We look forward to working with IITM for mutual benefit and for the advancement of the Siddha health care system.”
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