Dr M S Valiathan, National Research Professor, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (Karnataka) inaugurated the new academic session of PGI Monday and delivered his enlightening address, “Biomedical Engineering and Health Care in India”.
Prof Valiathan during his address rued that the spirit of innovation was dead in India, as 90% of high-technology products in biomedical engineering were being imported and Indians had been paying twice or thrice the price of the products. “More than a billion people do not have access to modern medical treatment. The initiation has to come from institutes like PGIMER. Not a single device or instrument has been invented for decades. Engineers, and physicians have to come together to overcome this gulf between biomedical technology in India and abroad,” he said. Prof Valiathan, a pioneer in biomedical engineering, has been instrumental in making Chitra TTK valve, which has been successfully implanted in 75,000 individuals and exported to many countries. The multidisciplinary team at the Sree Chitra Institute led by Prof Valiathan had also developed a series of disposable devices such as blood bag, oxygenator and cardiotomy reservoir and vascular grafts which are in commercial production now.
Earlier Prof Y K Chawla, Director, PGIMER, introduced the chief guest to the audience. While addressing the new entrants he said, “A new year and a new session gives us an opportunity to remind ourselves of our aims and ideals at the PGI, as exemplified by our founder medical icons, Dr Tulsi Dass, Dr. S S Anand, Dr P N Chhuttani and many other distinguished former faculty members.”
While talking about various accomplishments of the PGI faculty, he said, “The PGI faculty has attracted around Rs 27 crore as extra mural grants for various research projects and has published more than 700 research articles during the last year.
This year 194 students have been selected for MD/MS courses in the July 2012 session and 146 in January 2013. Similarly in the two sessions 67 DM and 53 MCh students were selected.
PGI has a total of 16 MD, 4 MS, 16 DM and 6 MCh courses and the institute till date has produced almost 4,450 and 1,550 super-specialists besides a large number of postgraduate in allied and basic sciences.”