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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-3

Need-based medical research and education in India!

Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication13-Mar-2013

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B V Ramana Reddy
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, SIBAR Institute of Dental Sciences, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.108503

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Ramana Reddy B V. Need-based medical research and education in India!. J NTR Univ Health Sci 2013;2:2-3

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Ramana Reddy B V. Need-based medical research and education in India!. J NTR Univ Health Sci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Jun 19];2:2-3. Available from: https://www.jdrntruhs.org/text.asp?2013/2/1/2/108503

India presents itself to the world with diverse cultures, traditions, linguistic states, and has the most ancient history than any other country. India introduced to the world the various walks of life through the ancient VEDAS. The Atharvana Veda that dates back to about 1100 BC introduced the world to certain diseases and the various plants of medicinal value, which can fight back the diseases. The Charaka Samhita, a compendium of Charaka, was the earliest text written on Ayurveda, roughly dating back to 100 BC. This was later followed by another great work by Sushrutha, Sushrutha Samhita, which paved the way to many surgical modalities of treatment. This is a proof of the ancient medical knowledge and the medical research in India, which was later introduced to the world.

From thereon, many researchers aspired for the upliftment of the medical profession by their relentless contributions. From the age where primitive techniques were followed to the present era, where painless procedures are the mainstay and also involves nanotechnology/robotic technology for various medical procedures, there has been a sea of change in the need-based research in the medical field. With the evolution and increased strange habitual practices, a changing trend has also been observed in the diseases affecting the human race.

With the current population explosion in India, the need for proper medical facilities has increased. However, India lags behind many countries in terms of providing quality medical care in spite of the large number of highly qualified doctors. This is partly because of the dull research scenario in the country, which has not been able to tap the intellectual capability.

Research is a process where professionals constantly learn, find out things, study information, acclimatize their performance according to the information received, and improve and adapt to the modern needs and demands.

Quality medical care can only be achieved when the medical research focuses on the needs. The need-based research should be inculcated in the minds of the aspiring medical professionals, right from the beginning of their career. Many government and private institutions providing medical education are coming up all over the country, but the infrastructure pertaining to research seems to be a lacuna in most of the institutes. This, when taken care of, may lead to a much healthier system of medical education. In addition, the students should also be encouraged regarding the problem-oriented approach in the medical field. They should be encouraged to do indigenous research based on the local need to address the locally prevalent public health issues.

Postgraduates should be motivated toward a more research-based approach in their respective medical specialty, apart from their regular dissertations, which have to be submitted to the universities. This can pave way for a more analytical and evidence based-approach by them toward the public health problems.

All health universities have to support and make it a norm that research has to be taken up at the institutional level. In this regard, the efforts taken by the Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences have to be appreciated as they established a separate research funding for the institutions and also granted funds to some of the institutions in Andhra Pradesh. This initiative, when taken up by many other health universities and respective health councils of India, can set a new standard in the field of medical education.

The vast clinical material available here could not be utilized to the fullest extent to build up on the problem-based research. Apart from this, we are mostly dependent on the foreign technology, which in turn, is increasing the cost of medical services and rendering them out of reach to the poor people. If various government organizations, universities, and the public and private sector companies work hand-in-hand, the quality of medical education and medical health services in India can definitely see a new era.


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