INDIA — The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) has teamed up with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay) for health and innovation research.

MUHS inks pact with IIT-Bombay will work closely together on research projects covering different industry sectors to benefit medical and engineering students.

The joint statement said: “MUHS will send selected undergraduate medical students to undergo a summer internship programme at IIT Bombay. This programme will begin in the forthcoming summer season.”

The partnership agreement is expected to provide exposure to students of medical colleges affiliated with MUHS and students of IIT Bombay.

In addition, IIT Bombay has a centre for innovation where MUHS will work with experts on innovations and startups in the health sector.

Through an exchange programme, the pact will allow students of biotechnology and bioengineering of IIT Bombay to visit MUHS’s medical colleges and vice versa.

The signing ceremony was presided over by MUHS Vice-Chancellor Lieutenant General Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar, and Subhasis Chaudhari, the Director of IIT Bombay.

The ceremony was witnessed by Cabinet Minister for Medical Education Girish Mahajan, Dr Ashwini Joshi, Secretary of the Medical Education Department, and the Director of Directorate of Medical Education and Research (DMER) Dr. Dilip Mhaiskar.

Welcoming the research collaboration, MUHS Vice-Chancellor Kanitkar said: “MUHS and IIT Bombay will work closely for capacity building towards the digital health mission.”

He reaffirmed the students that the courses will be designed accordingly, and the faculties will be shared between the two institutions.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences recently entered into a strategic partnership with Microsoft for digital innovation and collaboration in healthcare services and medical education.

In July 2022, MUHS and Microsoft agreed to collaborate on engagements leveraging emerging technologies in the healthcare sector, including tech-led remote healthcare solutions, and patient care using mixed reality.

The agreement also presented a unique opportunity for Maharashtra University of Health Science to expand access to healthcare services and medical education using mixed reality technologies.

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