The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, with the objective to build a global team science consortium by leveraging the best of biomedical informatics to address key questions of biomedical sciences, has entered into an agreement with Open Health Systems Laboratory (OHSL), USA to set up an International Centre of Excellence (CoE) on Computational and Biomedical Sciences.
The MoU was signed by Prof V Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi and Mr Anil Srivastava, President, OHSL, USA, on February 9, 2020.
The major areas that will be addressed are the integration of Ayurveda and Western medical sciences for cancer biology and therapy, reconfigurable computing, systems biology approaches for cancer, drug development and discovery.
The CoE is being setup on the above areas with a view towards bringing together excellence in knowledge and expertise for the advancement of cutting-edge scientific research, reports indiatoday.in.
The research activities of the CoE will be initiated with the initial funding of Rs 10 crore from the OHSL. In addition to the initial funding, IIT Delhi and OHSL will jointly seek funding from national and international resources.
Welcoming the partnership, President OHSL, Mr Anil Srivastava also mentioned that both partners will benefit immensely with such collaborations and the CoE will be the natural culmination of the long association between IIT Delhi and the OHSL. The focus will be on international collaboration in multidisciplinary research areas.
The research activities undertaken through this MoU will make the best utilisation of already existing infrastructure, expertise and vast experience of both the collaborating partners.
Prof Rao, IIT Delhi Director, in his remarks, also stressed the importance of these emerging areas including the research on Ayurveda.