Assam Government Signs Memorandum of Understanding with IIT Guwahati to Establish Health Research Institute | Latest India News

GUWAHATI: In a first such initiative in the region, the government of Assam on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IIT-G) to establish a research institute for innovations in the health sector.

The Assam Advanced Health Innovation Institute (AAHII) will be a project with an initial investment of 546 crore and will also have a post-graduate medical school and a 350-bed multi-specialty hospital.

“It’s a historic start. Today, a public institution and a government signed an agreement to research chronic problems in the country’s health sector and find innovative technical solutions to them,” 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 universities, policy-making and industry was missing. There was no friendship, compatibility or network between these three. It may have been late, but now that connection has been made,” Pradhan said.

“Half of the world’s need for herbal products can come from the northeast. But for that to happen, it all has to be centered around research. Your research should focus on benefiting the poorest of the poor and the needs of the northeast region,” he added.

Speaking on the occasion, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the institute will focus on artificial intelligence, wearable health monitoring devices, bionics, surgery robotics and simulation laboratories.

“This collaboration between an academic institute and the state government to create a state-of-the-art health innovation institute is the first of its kind. While our medical faculties mainly focus on clinical aspects, the new institute will focus on technology and research to facilitate innovation in the medical field,” he said.


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