Koraput, Dec 24: The Central University of Orissa (CUO), Koraput signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Research in Tribal Health (ICMR-NIRTH), Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh on Thursday to promote research on tribal health.
CUO Vice-Chancellor, Prof.Sharat Kumar Palita and ICMR-NIRTH Director, Dr. Aparup Das, signed the MoU in presence of visiting Professors, teachers and officials of the CUO and the ICMR-NIRTH.
During the MoU Prof. Palita highlighted various objectives of the MoU including that it will cover research collaboration on tribal health, nutrition and ethnomedicine along with training of students and faculty on the above aspects. It also covers faculty and scientist exchange, joint project supervision and research guidance. The students and faculty of Departments like Biodiversity & Conservation of Natural Resources, Anthropology, Sociology, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication and Statistics of CUO will benefit out of the MoU.
Prof. Palita said “Undivided Koraput is one of the tribal populated regions of the country and the major population here are with poverty and poor health conditions. The MoU with ICMR-NIRTH is a landmark event expected to work jointly towards alleviating health related issues of the tribal rich region of Odisha.
Dr. Aparup Das, Scientist ‘G’ & Director, ICMR-NIRTH on a two day visit to CUO interacted with faculty, research scholars and students. He informed the house about several new and out-of-box research initiatives undertaken by ICMR-NIRTH, Jabalpur on the health of tribal communities in India.
He specifically emphasized connecting the tribal traditional healers to the public health system (connecting the unconnected). He said “health issues are one of the components of development. If we think about the development we must focus on the good health condition of the tribal population. He expressed that the MoU with CUO has opened up opportunities to reach the unreached and work for their development through taking up health and nutrition related issues. He expressed his satisfaction that the University has already adopted five adjacent villages where the research on health, highline and social condition can be carried out.