Guwahati: For the first time in the region, the Assam government on Friday signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IIT-G) to set up a research institute for innovations in healthcare.
Assam Advanced Health Innovation Institute (AAHII) is a project with initial investment ₹546 crore and will also have a postgraduate medical college and a 350-bed multi-specialty hospital.
“This is a historic beginning. Today, the public agency and the government have signed an agreement for the research of chronic problems in the health sector of the country and find innovative technological solutions, said Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education, Skills Development and Entrepreneurship.
The agreement focuses on the intersection of engineering, medical science and industry. There will be research collaborations with leading global universities on stem cell therapy, diagnostics, therapeutics, molecular biology and regenerative medicine.
“In the past, the link between academia, policy making and industry has been missing. The three had no friendship, coordination or network. It may be late, but now that connection is established, ”said Pradhan.
“Half the world needs of herbal products can come from the Northeast. But for that to happen, everything has to be research-centric. Your research should focus on the needs of the poorest of the poor and the Northeast region, ”he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said the company would focus on artificial intelligence, wearable health monitoring equipment, bionics, robotic surgery and simulation labs.
“This collaboration between the educational institute and the state government is the first step in establishing an advanced health care innovation institute. While our medical colleges focus primarily on clinical aspects, the new institute focuses on technology and research to facilitate innovation in the medical field, ”he said.