23 February 2019
Khurda: In a bid to add a new dimension to the educational hub of Odisha along side of IIT, NISER and AIIMS, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today laid foundation stone of Asian Institute of Public Health (AIPH) University at Haridamada under Jatni assembly segment in the district here.
As per a press note, the university campus will be built in phases and will house the most sophisticated labs and teaching infrastructure making it a coveted platform to teach and learn for best talents from India and abroad.
Notably, AIPH was inaugurated in 2009 by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to bring the much needed expertise in various domains of public health to Odisha and the region.
Several other courses at Master's level were added and in 2018, AIPH received the Odisha State Assembly nod to become the first unitary public health university.
AIPH University will offer courses at BSc, MSc, and PhD level and various health-related management domains, said Dr J. Mahapatra, Vice Chancellor of AIPH University.
New research areas will include Cancer Epidemiology, cardio-vascular and chronic diseases, environmental exposures, big data analytics, and microbiome, according to Dr B.S. Das, Head of Research and Development.
A press note issued on the occasion also stated that world class research in neonatal and infant infections was launched from University of Maryland and headed by Prof Pinaki Panigrahi with funding from the National Institutes of Health, USA.
Community-based research conducted over 450 villages in Khurda and Sundargarh districts in partnership with the State Government led to drastic reduction of NMR and IMR in those districts.
Other programmes in birth asphyxia, malaria, water sanitation and hygiene, TB, and women's health were added in collaboration with Duke University, UC Davis, Emory, and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Apart from publications in the Emory, best journals, the clinical research finding on probiotics in prevention of sepsis and infection was published in the journal Nature and was selected as one of the top 100 innovations in the journal Discover.
Microsoft founder and world-renowned philanthropist Bill Gates and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had then tweeted on this path breaking discovery.
Among many dignitaries, Prof Goura K. Rath, Head of the National Cancer Institute of India, Mr Gokul Patnaik, Chairman of Agri Systems-Delhi, and Dan Mishra, CEO, Canadian Systems International participated in the foundation stone laying ceremony while it was also attended by over 1500 people.