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AIMS and CSIR-IIIM tie up for research

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Jammu and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine (CSIR-IIIM) Jammu have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for close scientific collaboration.

The MoU was signed between AIIMS Jammu director Shakti Gupta and CSIR-IIIM director D. Srinivasa Reddy in the presence of Union minister of earth sciences Jitendra Singh.

The minister, who was at AIIMS Jammu to inspect upcoming blocks and inaugurate some facilities, expressed confidence in developing AIIMS Jammu as an Artificial Intelligence-based medicine hub. A 30-member faculty has already been inducted, he said.

“Today, Artificial Intelligence and Digital Medicine have taken over in a big way. The COVID-19 pandemic showed us the importance of tele-consultation and tele-medicine, while Artificial Intelligence provided an interface between the patient and the doctor. I am sure we can develop AIIMS as an Artificial Intelligence-based medicine hub of north India,” Singh said.

Lauding the contributions of CSR-IIIM Jammu, the minister said the institute was working on a maiden project to make cannabis-based drugs. Clinical trials of the drug can be started in the AIIMS and Government Medical College and the cooperation between the two institutions can be very productive.

Signh said it was an irony that CSIR-IIIM Jammu and Government Medical College Jammu existed in the close vicinity but even though both the institutions were dedicated to medical research, there had hardly eve been any collaboration between the two in the past.

Every effort would be made to ensure closer integration of IIIM with GMC and also between IIIM Jammu and AIIMS Jammu, both of which happen to be central government institutions, Singh said.

Appreciating the progress made at AIIMS Jammu, the minister suggested that in order to develop an exclusive identity for the institution, the focus should be on futuristic areas such as Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence (AI). AIIMS could be a pioneer in north India in developing AI-based healthcare infrastructure, he added. PTI

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