One way in which we are doing this is by developing a strong focus on training and capacity building. A conducive atmosphere that encourages creativity in innovation for both, students and faculty is facilitated to generate skilled personnel. To this end, we have been striving towards fostering world-class research in medicine and engineering through collaborations with reputed national and international institutions.
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Division of Research and Patents
The Division of Research and Patents facilitates faculty and student research by providing inputs on design, execution, biostatistics, reporting, patents and publication of research studies. This division also helps identify research and funding opportunities for collaborative research, both in India and abroad. When required, skill development training is conducted to plan, organise and deliver research activities.
Central Research Laboratory (CRL)
This exclusive facility for basic and transnational medical research was created in March, 2014. The 7,000 square feet lab is located in the Medical College Hospital and caters to genomics, cell and tissue culture, advanced molecular diagnosis and imaging along with teaching and training facility for 30 members. CRL has overseen the publication of two reviews, four book chapters and fourteen international publications of original research.
Five research grants have been applied to the Department of Biotechnology, ICMR and Government of Karnataka from the unit, and two of them are under consideration for funding.
Voluntary Body Donation Programme
‘Live Well, Leave Well’ is an initiative by the Medical College that encourages individuals to donate their bodies to help further the purpose of medical education and scientific studies.
Body donation under this programme helps medical students learn the specifics of human anatomical structures and improve psychomotor skills through dissection. These bodies are also used by surgeons to experiment with innovative surgical skills and procedures in cadaver labs and workshops at the Advanced Learning Center.
Donations made under this programme help in the creation of cadaver banks that include brains, skin and vessels. These samples are later used for conducting molecular research and cadaver grafting.
With an increase in the number of medical colleges and a scarcity of cadavers, Voluntary Body Donation is an important initiative for the betterment of medical science.
INDIC SPECIALTY AYURVEDA
Microbiome, genomics and the dosha prakruthi
In keeping with the long-term goal of mainstreaming authentic ideas of Ayurveda, a research project from SERB (Science and Engineering Research Board), which falls under the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology was recently accepted.
Ayurveda has long believed in the genetic connotation of microbiome (or gastrointestinal flora). During the 3-year project, Indic Specialty Ayurveda will collaborate with the renowned NCBS (National Centre for Biological Studies) to explore this link between microbiome and genomics.
By isolating the microbiome and studying its unique DNA within each individual, the project seeks to validate the discipline of Ayurveda and thereby foster a futuristic model of healthcare wherein every individual receives customised treatment and tailor-made medicines.
This project extends the research already conducted by Dr. GG Gangadharan, head of Indic Specialty Ayurveda. His research analysed the blood of around 3000 individuals in the 25-40 age group to demonstrate that there was a strong correlation between genomics and a person’s dosha prakruthi (psychosomatic constitution) that is the vatha-pitha-kafa (The principle of movement, the principle of change, and the principle of cohesion).
We are proud that the work done by Indic Specialty Ayurveda strongly reflects the mission and purpose of the Ramaiah Group.
Integrative Medicine Model
It is believed that, given the lifestyle changes we are currently witnessing, no one stream of medicine will be able to effectively treat chronic ailments in isolation. Instead, a more collaborative and integrated system of medicine that takes into account the efficacy of different streams of medicine at various stages of the disease, is the need of the hour.
Indic Specialty Ayurveda has proposed designing ‘whole system’ clinical studies that will employ an evidence-based, integrated model, in the treatment of chronic degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis and migraine, and lifestyle diseases like metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovarian disease.
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INSTITUTE OF NURSING EDUCATION & RESEARCH
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Ramaiah Institute of Technology (RIT) signed a memorandum with Boeing on October 16th, 2016 for the first ever institutional R&D lab, private or Government to be set up on the RIT campus.
This multi-disciplinary lab will benefit key departments of Engineering at the Institute, such as civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electronics and instrumentation engineering, physics and chemistry.
The lab will also open up research opportunities for the faculty and students of RIT, both as a partner and as a consultant, not only in the industrial sector but in the academic arena as well.
Other Research Projects
The institute is carrying out several innovative research projects that can have a significant impact on our society, especially in the Medical, Bio-technology, Aeronautics, Electrical and Agricultural sectors. Research partners include the Stanford University, USA, Department of Biotechnology, VGST, Department of Science & Technology, Central Power Research Institute, Centre for Airborne Systems, Aeronautical Development Agency, University Grants Commission, Government of India, to name a few.
In order to bring a stronger emphasis on research, RIT is in the process of forming a separate R&D organisation. The R&D organisation will facilitate inter-disciplinary projects, foster collaboration with external entities, both in the academia and industry, to streamline the management of intellectual property. In doing so, RIT hopes to transform itself from an institution renowned for “quality education” to one that will be recognised for “research and innovation” in niche areas. For example, a Centre of Excellence for Imaging Technologies has been recently established in collaboration with the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), General Electric, Lucid Software Solutions, Boeing, and Philips. The centre aims to develop competencies in the field of Imaging Sciences and explore applications in healthcare, structural health monitoring, disaster management, and others.
UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
The research centres undertake Sponsored Research from various national and international organisations which are in the Government, and public and private sector. The prominent organisations that are sponsoring research are DRDO Laboratories, ISRO, NPOL, CFTRI, ICMR, ICSSR, KCTU, BHEL, BEML, BEL in addition to DST.
The Techno Centre, a part of the University, manages Consultancy, Product Design & Development, and business incubation activities. It harnesses the research and problem solving abilities of the faculty members, in addition to the teaching resources and practical skills to work on real life projects.
Industries, businesses and research & development organisations who may want to work on challenging problems, are interested in developing a new product concept or new product development and commercialisation or would like to invest in new technology development can access the ecosystem that exists on the campus to meet their requirements. Students and entrepreneurs can also gain access to the University’s resources for this purpose.
The Techno Centre aims to bring the University, industry, business and communities together for their mutual benefit.
Indic Specialty Ayurveda is focused on promoting the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda in India. Through research, it aims to bring the rigour of science to the time-tested practice of Ayurveda so that its scientific basis is not only validated but also acknowledged globally.
While many institutions are involved in studying the benefits of individual herbs and plants, Indic Specialty Ayurveda seeks to introduce research methodologies into the fundamental tenets and processes of Ayurvedic treatment.
The Institute of Nursing Education & Research (INER) works closely with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Bangalore on several research projects.
Keeping in mind the research focus of the Ramaiah Group, it organises an annual, state-level workshop to impart knowledge and skill on research methodologies to 30-50 novice researchers and nursing teachers in Karnataka.
One of the top priority areas of the University is applied research. To this end, the University has created 21 research centres. The research activities at RUAS are inter and multi-disciplinary in nature.
The University has actively worked with national and international organisations in the public and private sectors, as well as with various departments of the government to carry out applied research and generate knowledge that will help society.
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