Wednesday, 18 December 2019

35 Year Logo of Excellence of IIHMR University lunched by Shri Bhanwar Singh Bhati and Dr. Subhash Garg

State Minister for Higher Education, Mr. Bhanwar Singh Bhati  and Minister for  Technical and Sanskrit Education, Dr. Subhash Garg, unveiled the 35-year logo of excellence at the 3rd Annual Higher Technical Education and HR Conclave 2019 held in Jaipur today. The Minister was accompanied by Mr. Pradeep Kumar Borad, Commissioner, College Education & Special Secretary, Higher Education, Ms. Shuchi Sharma, Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, and President, IIHMR University, Dr. Pankaj Gupta among other dignitaries on the dais. This year is marked as 35th year of Excellence of IIHMR University.

On the Occasion, Dr. Pankaj Gupta said that we are thrilled to have launched our 35 years of legacy logo in a glittering ceremony by Hon’ble Ministers Sh. Bhanwar Singh Ji, Dr. Subhash Garg Ji, secretaries and other dignitaries of the Government of Rajasthan. The logo represents 35 years - and counting - of our commitment to health management and health research.

Monday, 9 December 2019

SAARC Regional Workshop for “Implementation on TB - Tobacco collaborative activities and development of Guidelines on TB – Tobacco”

A 2 Day SAARC Regional Workshop for “Implementation on TB - Tobacco collaborative activities and development of Guidelines on TB – Tobacco” was at IIHMR University on 4 & 5 December 2019. Almost 25 participants from 8 SAARC Countries – Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka  actively participated  to set guidelines on TB-Tobacco. The workshop was Jointly organized by SAARC Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS Centre, (STAC) Nepal, Central TB Division, India, and IIHMR University, Jaipur. Director, SAARC TB & HIV/AIDS Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal, Dr Ramesh K. Kharel and Joint Director – TB, Central TB Division, MoHFW, GoI, Dr Sanjay K. Mattoo were the keynote speakers for the program.

The objective of the program was to increase awareness and sharing of best practices regarding the important of integrating tobacco cessation into TB programs; enhancing leadership skills to affect policy development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation as well strategic communication and establishing partnership and knowledge sharing between tobacco control and TB experts. The workshop had various sessions including Understanding Tuberculosis and Tobacco Control in SAARC; Developing a strategic leadership mindset; and Monitoring Tobacco free health care.

On the occasion, Dr Pankaj Gupta, President IIHMR University said “We are committed to handling the issue of tobacco, in this regard, our campus has recently pledged to being smoking free. While we are working on TB, we should be aware about what’s working and what’s not working and use this data for future reference and discussion. We will do well when we create ‘next practices’, so let’s work together and focus to create these next practices.

On his theme address, Dr S D Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University said “Approximately 10 million new cases of TB are recorded every year and almost 2 million die of TB every year. The ratio between the new cases and death due to TB is 1/5. We are facing two epidemics; one is TB and the other of smoking. They are both interrelated and a cause of concern. Smoking increases the risk of TB by 20%. If we reduce smoking, the deaths due to this associated risk can be significantly reduced.  Byintegratin tobacco cessation in TB control program we can reduce TB deaths by at least 20%. India’s commitment to lower TB deaths by 2025 is and advancement of 5 years with respect to the SDG which are to be achieved by 2030. This huge commitment needs all of us to come together.

On his Keynote address, Director, SAARC TB & HIV/AIDS Centre, Kathmandu, Nepal, Dr Ramesh K. Kharel,  said that Tuberculosis is a central issue globally. It is preventable and curable, but we have been fighting for more than five decades and there are many gaps. Today, we have infections related to TB, MDR, XDR and we don’t know what’s next. TB is related with poverty. A common guideline for TB and Tobacco is very important and we have assembled here to address this issue.

Joint Director – TB, Central TB Division, MoHFW, GoI, Dr Sanjay K. Mattoo, said that AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria are some of the gravest communicable diseases in the public health sector. Of the three, tuberculosis presents the biggest challenge in terms of morbidity and mortality. It’s an ancient disease and one we’ve not been able to eradicate. Almost 25% of new tuberculosis cases are in India and almost 35-40% cases are from SAARC countries.

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

IIHMR University’s global conference ‘Pradanya 2019’ concludes with a call to support healthcare innovators

The 24th edition of IIHMR University’s annual international conference Pradanya 2019 successfully concluded on 25, 2019. The theme of the three-day event this year was “Future of Healthcare: Globalization, Local Innovations and You.” More than 45 experts from India and abroad in the fields of healthcare, pharmaceuticals, the development sector and allied industries addressed the audiences. They were engaged in six panel discussions organized around sub-themes of the conference such as Using technology to enhance healthcare efficiency; Value-based healthcare and tackling price transparency; New directions in preventive healthcare; Purpose-driven start-up’s and innovation for health impact; and Strategies for effective implementation of SDG’s 2030.

An array of policy makers from states and the Center graced the event with their presence. Some prominent names include Shri Yaduvendra Mathur (IAS), Special Secretary, NITI Aayog; Dr. Sujata Saunik (IAS), Addl. Chief Secretary, Dept of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt. of Maharashtra; Shri Naveen Jain, Secretary, Dept of Skill, Employment & Entrepreneurship Development, Govt of Rajasthan; Dr. Manish Diwan, Head, Strategic Partnership & Entrepreneurship, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), Govt. of India; Dr. Nimesh G. Desai, Director, Institute of Human Behaviour & Allied Sciences (IHBAS), Govt. of India; and Dr. Harsh Shah, State Program Manager, National Health Mission, Govt. of Gujarat.

Other participating dignitaries included Dr. Kapil Garg, Director, Paras Hospitals Group, Jaipur; Dr. Sheenu Jhawar, Director, Apex hospital, Jaipur; Dr. Pankaj Gupta, Head-Digital Health, Access Health International; Dr. Narayana Prasad, Director, Public Health Literacy, Boston; Dr. Gaurav Talwar, GM, IBM; Dr. Mala Airun, Zonal Clinical Director, Narayan Multispecialty Hospital; Dr. Sudarshan Jain, Secretary General, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance; Dr. Rahul Pandey, Operations Officer, The World Bank; Dr. Devendra Khandait, Deputy Director, India Office, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Dr. Richa Singh Debgupta, Vice President, Fortis Healthcare.

Said Dr. Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University, Jaipur: “Since the last 23 years, ‘Pradanya’ has been focusing on the most relevant and burning topics of healthcare that have immense significance for India and rest of the world. The intellectual churning generated during the event will give a long way in giving all stakeholders and upcoming industry leaders a better understanding of how to effectively meet the gaps in Indian healthcare and prepare it to meet the challenges of the future”.

Pradanya 2019, successfully concluded on 25 November with distribution of awards to deserving students for the research papers and posters submitted on various themes of healthcare. The names of winning students for best papers and posters are given below:

LIST OF WINNERS – Papers and Posters
The names of winning students for best papers and posters given below:

LIST OF WINNERS – Papers and Posters


Name of StudentCourseUniversityTopic
First Prize
Mayank Chhabra (author)MBA – Hospital Management (1st year)IIHMR – JaipurFabrication of non-invasive paper-based digital health device for early diagnosis of non-communicable diseases
Vinit Yadav (co-author)MBA – Hospital Management (1st year)IIHMR - Jaipur
Second Prize
Atharva Bahad (author)MBA – Hospital Management (1st year)IIHMR - JaipurSolar dis-infection of water to enhance healthcare efficiency
Dr.  Vinay Dureja (co-author)MBA – Hospital Management (1st year)IIHMR - Jaipur
Third Prize
Ms Minal Chawla (author)MBA-Health (2nd year)SVDU VadodraLevel of awareness of government schemes among patients in Dhiraj Hospital
Mr.  Bhavin Zanje (co-author)MBA-Health (2nd year)SVDU Vadodra

Name of StudentCourseUniversityTopic
First Prize
Himadri VermaMBA – Health (2nd year)IIHMR - JaipurImplementation of interventions in CHC Sanganer, Jaipur – value based-healthcare model and Kayakalp parameters
Amritesh MishraMBA – Health (2nd year)IIHMR – Jaipur
Second Prize
Amitoj KaurMBA-HM (1st year)IIHMR - JaipurRadio frequency ablations – an alternative to hysterectomy
Vidushi BhardwaMBA-HM (1st year)IIHMR – Jaipur
Third Prize
Dr. Chaity SarkarMDS (1st year)Maulana Azad Institute of Dental ScienceAssistive m-health technology for mother and child healthcare: An innovative approach
Dr.  Vikrant MohantyMDS (1st year)Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Science

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

IIHMR University alum Prof. Shibu John describes the crucial role of health care managers in the future

“Healthcare managers have a huge role to play in current scenario. They can improve accessibility and affordability of healthcare for the masses and make a big difference,” says Prof. Shibu John, IIHMR University alum. Since completing his Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management in 1998, Prof. John has had a prolific career in industry as well as academia. The Professor at Jamia Hamdard University reveals how the PGDHM paved the way for a satisfying career and what lies ahead for future professionals in the field.

Prof. John started his career as Executive – Project Planning and Coordination with Fortis Healthcare. He asserts that his time at IIHMR University had prepared him for the challenges he would face in the industry. “The strength of faculty team at IIHMR University is unparalleled. Many of them have gained International exposure working with the big players in the healthcare sector including the WHO and UNICEF. Being trained and mentored by them is a huge advantage when you start your career,” he reflects.

According to Prof. John, the faculty team at IIHMR University leads by example. Their work on the ground in the healthcare sector inspires students to be hands on at the grassroot level. He believes this practical exposure along with a holistic learning experience at the university moulds responsible professionals for the healthcare sector. “The University has created an all round encouraging environment for students to realize their potential. Evolving, industry oriented curriculum to well equipped library, everything is geared to transform students into strong health care administrators and managers,” he asserts.

Equipped with the required skills, graduates from IIHMR University make their mark in various roles in the healthcare sector. Talking about the scope in the industry, Prof. John claims that most jobs in the field today have to do with resource management. “Doctors have to offer medical care to a lot of patients, but they have limited resources. So, the industry requires professionals with managerial skills to make optimum and effective use of the resources,” he says reminding future professionals of their crucial role in the industry.

Alum Mr. Gulshan Baweja tells us how IIHMR University laid the foundation for his rewarding career

“In the competitive landscape, the most important attribute for students graduating from management institutes is leadership. When combined with requisite knowledge, leadership qualities can help students make their place in any field they choose,” says Mr. Gulshan Baweja, Founder and CEO, Yuva Healthcare Skilling. The IIHMR University alum batch 1996 – 98 himself went on to gain further credentials from top institutes before building a prolific career in the industry. He breaks down the formula for success in healthcare industry.

INSEAD, ISB are just of the institutes where Mr. Baweja honed his skills. But he knows that things began when he enrolled for his program at IIHMR University, Jaipur. As a part of the first batch, he admits that there were some issues initially, but things sorted out in the second year of the program. “Soon everyone was talking about the change we could bring to hospitals and healthcare sector. It’s almost like a case study of how hospitals are performing efficiently after employing someone from management cadre,” he says proudly.

On an individual level Mr. Baweja believes that his time at IIHMR University was of a complete metamorphosis as he went from being a young student to a well groomed professional with a solid knowledge of the industry. Highlighting the unique aspects of learning at the institute he says, “It is indeed a great institute for learning and the collaboration with Johns Hopkins University gives it an advantage. Nobody else brings that kind of experience and pedagogies to the table to give students the competitive edge.”

According to Mr. Baweja, all graduates of the university carry a proud lineage and legacy. It encourages them to be Champions at everything they do. With the government’s focus on Ayushman Bharat scheme, he believes there will be more avenues and opportunities for new graduates to prove themselves. “Healthcare is multifaceted and includes pharma, providers, technology etc. The government wants to partner with private healthcare providers to provide services to 50 crore people. The sector is opening up and trained managers in the field will lead the way,” he says pointing towards a brighter future.

Friday, 17 May 2019

IIHMR University Embarks On A Celluloid Journey To Uphold The Sanctity Of Climate Change

Mankind is advancing rapidly, a feat that is both beneficial and detrimental for the environment, especially the climate. To throw light on this, IIHMR University Jaipur, in association with Future Health System (FHS), has made a film on climate change and its effect on children. Aptly titled “Children of an Uncertain Climate”, the content of the film is based on “Decoding Child Health Impact under Climate Crisis”, an eminently illustrious study by FHS.

This short film delves into the ways Climate Change is impacting child health in India, keeping in context Sundarbans – a climatically exposed and vulnerable region. The FHS study states that the Sundarbans, the mangrove forest delta shared both by India and Bangladesh is among the worst hit regions of climate change in the world. 

There is no bigger threat to humanity than that of climate change, which is steadily undermining the years of progress made in sustenance and development. Here, the most vulnerable strata come from the children, who would have to bear the brunt of adult’s follies. Hunger and malnutrition are directly linked to the shift in a climate, which in turn creates a disorder in the production cycle. The rise in temperature, water scarcity, and air pollution have joined hands to create an inhospitable scenario where children will face a full-forced impact of both water-borne diseases and dangerous respiratory conditions. Unless addressed and tackled properly, the future that one has envisioned for his/her progeny is about to be at stake.

“India, along with the world, is set to move towards a perilous era, plagued in complications caused by our own short-sightedness. Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) predicts that loss of snow from the Himalayas will result in a rise in the sea levels and reduce the flow of water into the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna (GBM delta) basins. This threatens to leave millions of people homeless, lacking water, food, or access to basic services like health care”, said Dr Pankaj Gupta, President, IIHMR University.
To embolden the cause, the film “Children of an Uncertain Climate” was shown at the World Conference on Health and Climate Change that took place on 15 – 16 April 2019. Held in Cannes, France, the conference, called the first ever ‘humanitarian COP’, brought together international experts, operations specialists from various national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, public and private sector decision-makers, researchers, international organizations and members of the media. 

This conference has been created to update the variances in modern scientific research, presenting innovative solutions to take up the biggest public health challenge of the 21st century.
“It’s about time policymakers take the cause of children into consideration while drafting climate change policy, research and action. Evidence suggests that children are most likely to experience adverse health effects caused by environmental factors. WHO states that predictions by the IPCC envisage that changes in extreme weather events, undernutrition and the spread of infectious diseases will increase morbidity and mortality due to climate change by 2030 Therefore, we need to ensure that the specific needs of children form the centre of any climate change policies”, said Dr S.D. Gupta, Chairman, IIHMR University.

The film and the study aim to create a powerful conversation which results in the following proactive measures:
  • Identify climate change as a risk factor for food security, especially in the island pockets where resources are limited
  • Adopt long-term community-led adaptation strategies in the food production system instead of short-term emergency response
  • Build climate-sensitive infrastructure in climatically vulnerable pockets for uninterrupted care services
  • Undertake state-led innovative measures for supplying vegetables and fruits through the Public Distribution System to improve the food availability of the region
  • Undertake strong surveillance to monitor the growth of the children, especially in the worst-hit regions for prompt action on food insecurity at the household level

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

The MBA in Rural Management is different from Traditional Management Programmes (MBA HRM,MBA Marketing,MBA Finance etc.)

In India with more than 60% of population living in villages, the future is as rural as it is global. Our economy is growing rapidly, but still a massive 47% of it breathes in Agriculture. The flagship missions of the state be it in livelihoods entitlements or basic services like health and education or skilling and entrepreneurship are increasingly investing in creating opportunities and careers. For the corporates too this dynamic geography lies at the frontiers of their growth strategies. 
The MBA Degree in Rural Management programme by IIHMR University, equips students with perspectives and competence to play a professional role in the expanding engagement with rapidly changing rural India be it for services and entitlements or diverse sectors of rural marketing ranging from agriculture, handicrafts, services FMCGs. A step up and stand out from the regular management programmes, it is the platform to launch successful careers with top organizations committed to the vast expanse of the country.