Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) is partnering with the National Institute of Siddha (NIS), a Centre of Excellence for Research and Higher Education in Siddha system of Medicine in Chennai, on training, research and clinical studies.
This partnership is expected to result in development of new collaborative teaching programmes and research in the areas of clinical research, molecular biology and in-vitro cell line studies and health system research, besides exchange of faculty members.
A MoU to this effect was signed recently by IIT-M Director Prof.V.Kamakoti and NIS Director Dr.R Meenakumari.
Kamakoti said “Siddha is a very important school of Indian Medicine. This collaboration will focus on establishing a scientific basis that explains the efficacy of Siddha medicines.”
The Institutes will also jointly organize seminars, workshops, webinars, conferences, continuing education programmes, including Continuing Medical Education (CME) and develop academic programmes.
They will also promote the exchange of students, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholars and faculty for teaching/training programmes. Meenakumari said this collaboration will open new avenues for knowledge sharing about the tremendous therapeutic potential of available Siddha medicine and the application of cutting-edge technology of IIT-M in scientific validation of Siddha formulations, identification of its bioactive molecule and mechanism of action.”