After PGI, George Institute signs MoU with CMC Ludhiana

The George Institute for Global Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Christian Medical College Ludhiana Society to further collaboration in the area of public health education and research.

The MoU which has been signed between Dr. Abraham G. Thomas, Director and CEO, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana and Professor Vivekanand Jha, Executive Director of The George Institute for Global Health in India will put in place a collaborative framework for undertaking research with a view to bringing new and innovative approaches to transformative health care.

The MoU comes close on the heels of a similar agreement signed with Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh last year, and is part of the organization’s strategy to promote institutional exchanges by inviting faculty and students to be part of joint projects and also facilitate joint honorary appointments of academic staff to GII and vice-versa.
The George Institute, through its offices in Oxford UK, Sydney Australia and Beijing China and partnerships with Oxford and Sydney Universities, will bring international expertise and ensure that they are applied in the Indian context. The resulting innovative models of health care delivery that will be implemented in India would lead to change in healthcare delivery practices in other countries.

Affirming the value of international collaboration, the MoU seeks to promote academic and scientific activities including joint research project in fields of mutual interests; exchange of academic publications and reports; sharing of experience in innovative teaching methods and course design; organization of joint symposia, workshops, and conferences; opportunities for faculty development and exchange including joint appointments; and mutual exchange of students and research scholars.

The George Institute for Global Health – India and CMC, Ludhiana are already working on a research project  that might change the stroke rehabilitation is being managed in the country. CMC, Ludhiana is one of the 13 centres where a trial involving family members in stroke rehabilitation known as the ATTEND trial is being conducted.  Dr. Jeyaraj Pandian, who is the head of the department of neurology at CMC, Ludhiana, is the principal investigator for this project and holds a honorary professorship with the University of Sydney.