‘Harvard in India’ is the vision of Union health minister , Harsh Vardhan. He said on Thursday that institutes must start co-ordinating and linking their latest research to create a cluster of excellence in health and medicine.
Harsh Vardhan was in Mumbai to inaugurate a three-day international conference for women’s reproductive health. He referred to Tata Memorial Hospital, KEM hospital, Haffkine Institute, National Institute of Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH) and National Institute of Immunohaematology, all located in narrow lanes of Parel, and said, “I visited that area today. In this digital era, everyone should know the latest research to help each other. PhD students can benefit and share knowledge. In a set time frame we can work to improve coordination of all these institutes so that they become a cluster of excellence,” Harsh Vardhan said.
He added that three women-centric Bills, on surrogacy, assisted reproductive technology and medical termination of pregnancy, have been approved by the cabinet and will be passed in the upcoming session. “These are three historic legislations that will be passed by Parliament over next few weeks,” the minister said.