Indo-Russian Centre For Biomedical Tech Proposed

New Delhi | Updated: Sep 28 2004, 05:30am hrs
The government is planning to establish an Indo-Russian Centre for Biomedical Technology for indigenous development of biomedical equipment. The proposed centre will be set up at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Biomedical Technology at Thiruvanantapuram with a satellite centre of non-invasive imaging at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi.

The centre will be set up under the integrated long term programme of cooperation in science and technology between India and Russia, popularly known as ILTP. This is one of the flagship programmes of department of science and technology (DST) for international scientific collaboration, DST secretary Prof VS Ramamurthy said. It will be a centre of excellence on the lines of existing centres on polio vaccine production, advanced computing, biotechnology, gas hydrates, ayurveda research and seismology, under the ILTP programme of DST, he said.

Collaboration between Russian and Indian R&D institutions engaged in biomedical technology development will bring the required synergy to provide impetus to this activity, Prof Ramamurthy said. Russians have developed infra-red thermograph, radio frequency imaging, oximeter, etc, which could be used in our hospitals, he added.

According to DST officials, there is a huge market for biomedical equipment in India and abroad. Presently, most of the biomedical equipment, devices and materials are imported, which make the healthcare segment expensive and hence unaffordable and unaccessible to rural population. There is an urgent need to augment the indigenous development of biomedical equipment and devices.

Giving details about the ILTP programme, Prof Ramamurthy said, This is an ideal example of bilateral collaboration between India and Russia. It has provided an excellent forum for Indian and Russian scientists to interact and undertake collaborative research and development in the areas of biotechnology and immunology, materials science, laser science, computers and electronics, oceanology and oceanic resources, among others. The programme has resulted in the establishment of seven joint centres of excellence. About 300 joint projects have been successfully implemented under the ILTP programme and 140 projects are presently under implementation.