On January 8, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, along with Dr Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, and Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, attended the opening of the ICMR-Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) annex building. He also laid the foundation stone for the BSL III Laboratory and the ICMR School of Public Health.
In order to expand the scope and results of medical research, Union Health Minister also emphasised the necessity of joint participation and cooperation between public and private research centres.
Dr Dharmendra Pradhan appreciated the ICMR for their assistance in developing a domestic vaccine and for their continued efforts to sequence the genomes of new variants of COVID-19 virus. He claimed that India had experienced a paradigm shift in healthcare under the direction of Narendra Modi. The fact that Odisha now has 10 medical colleges, up from just 3 in 2014, was another point he underlined.
Participants will get a professional, critical, and interdisciplinary education from the ICMR School of Public Health at the ICMR-RMRC, Bhubaneswar, equipping them with the knowledge and abilities to investigate and address contemporary public health concerns. The School of Public Health, Bhubaneswar, has been overseeing the Academic Public Health programme at the centre since 2018. This programme is approved by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha, and connected with Utkal University, Odisha (NAAC A+). This is the country’s second ICMR School of Public Health. Currently, admission of the fifth batch for MPH course (2022-24) has been completed.