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Advisor Bhatnagar reviews status of J&K’s major health projects

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Jammu, Dec 21: Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Monday chaired a meeting to review progress on major projects of the Health and Medical Education (H&ME) Department in Jammu and Kashmir.

The projects are being executed under PMDP, Centrally Sponsored and other schemes including AIIMS Jammu and AIIMS Kashmir.

The meeting was attended by Financial Commissioner H&ME, Atal Dulloo; MD Jammu Kashmir Projects Construction Corporation (JKPCC), Vikas Kundal; Director Health Services, Jammu, Dr Renu Sharma; Principal GMC Jammu, Dr Shashi Sudhan Sharma; Director Coordination New Medical Colleges Dr Yashpal Sharma; MD Jammu and Kashmir Housing Board (JKHB), MD Jammu and Kashmir Police Housing Corporation (JKPHC), Director ISM, Chief Engineer AIIMS CPWD, Chief Engineer R&B, Jammu and other concerned officials while Mission Director NHM, Bhupinder Kumar, Principal GMC, Srinagar, Dr. Samia Rashid, Director Health Services, Kashmir, Samir Mattoo; Chief Engineer R&B, Kashmir, Showkat Jeelani,  Principals of GMCs Anantnag, Baramulla, Kathua, Doda and Rajouri participated through video conferencing, according to an official spokesperson.

The meeting discussed the present status and impediments of various works in being executed by different agencies.

The advisor also reviewed the procurement of medical equipment and furniture for the newly established Medical Colleges of Anantnag, Baramulla, Doda, Kathua and Rajouri besides faculty position and status of paramedical staff was also assessed for these colleges.

Regarding AIIMS Vijaypur Samba, the advisor was informed that the work is going on in full pace with exterior works fully completed besides the classes for the first batch of MBBS for the academic session 2020-21 have been started from GMC Kathua on a makeshift arrangement basis.

Regarding AIIMS Awantipora, Advisor was informed that the exterior works are near to completion, construction of the approach road is going on in full swing besides arrangements have been made to start the first batch of MBBS for the academic session 2021-22.

Advisor Bhatnagar directed the concerned executing agencies to expedite the pace of work so that these prestigious projects can be completed within the fixed timelines and dedicated to the public at the earliest. He maintained that these reputable projects will revolutionise the health scenario of Jammu and Kashmir.

About the projects being executed by JKPCC like GMC Anantnag and GMC Baramulla, Advisor had a detailed project-wise assessment of the present status of the works being executed there.

MD JKPCC briefed the Advisor about the progress of its projects besides reasons for the delay in some projects which are running behind the given completion dates.

Advisor directed the MD JKPCC to speed up the works and remove the bottlenecks that are hindering the pace of the works and complete all the allotted projects within fixed timelines. He impressed upon the MDJKPCC to finish the works on classrooms and laboratories before the onset of the new academic session for which admissions are going on.

Regarding the projects executed by R&B Jammu like GMC Doda, Kathua and Rajouri, Advisor was informed that the work on these projects is going on smoothly and they will be completed well within the assigned deadlines.

Advisor was also informed that under Phase III of Centrally Sponsored Schemes two new medical colleges for Handwara and Udhampur have been sanctioned for which the requisite formalities have been started and PWD (R&B) has been engaged as executing agency for carrying out the civil works.

Advisor Bhatnagar directed the officers to start the work on these colleges at the earliest besides the process of creating posts as per MCI guidelines should also be initiated in advance.

Similarly, Advisor Bhatnagar also took a detailed appraisal of other health projects like Government Unani Medical College and Hospital, Ganderbal, Government Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital, Jammu and five Nursing Colleges at Jammu, Kishtwar, Sopore, Baramulla, and Anantnag (sanctioned under PMDP) being executed by different agencies like JKHB and JKPHC.

Officers from these executing agencies apprised the Advisor about the status of these projects and informed him that works are going on in full swing at these important projects.

Addressing the officers of the executing agencies, Advisor Bhatnagar directed them to gear up their men and machinery so that the desired pace can be maintained for achieving the results on the ground. He asked the senior officers of the agencies to personally visit the projects they are handling so that the issues be resolved.

Speaking during the meeting, Financial Commissioner, H&ME, Atal Dulloo asked the officers and representatives of executing agencies to expedite the pace of works so that the projects are completed in time and dedicated to the public.

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SKUAST-K to hold international conference on regenerative medicine 

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2-day event to be held jointly with KU, IIT Kanpur 

Srinagar, April 26: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir in association with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur and the University of Kashmir is organising a two-day international conference on ‘Recent Advances in Biomedical Sciences and Regenerative Medicine (RABSRM 2022) on May 6&7.

The conference is being organised as part of the Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) programme, Ministry of Education (MoE), Government of India, that aims at improving the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions. Department of Science and Technology, GoI & World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project for the institutional development of SKUAST-K are also supporting the event.

Department of Biological Sciences and Bioengineering, IIT Kanpur; Division of Animal Biotechnology, SKUAST-K; and Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Innovations, KU are jointly organising the event to be held at SKUAST-K, Shalimar campus and KU campus, Hazratbal on May 6&7 respectively.

To review the preparations for the international conference, a meeting was held at SKUAST-K under the chairmanship of Director Research, Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani and Dean Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, MT Banday in which scientists, faculty members and organisers of the conference participated. 

The mega-conference is being held under the patronage of VC KU Prof Talat Ahmad and VC SKUAST-K Prof Nazir Ahamd Ganai. Prof Ganai, in his message, highlighted the importance of the conference in the present scientific era and hoped that it will provide an opportunity to discuss and deliberate on the issues shared across related fields concerning the improvement in life and working of mankind.

The RABSRM 2022 conference aims to bring together experts, researchers, young scientists and academicians from around the world to disseminate knowledge from interdisciplinary backgrounds. The knowledge provided by the eminent speakers and researchers will help to foster the research culture in the area of biomedical sciences and regenerative medicine at the universities of Jammu and Kashmir and around the country. The conference will provide an opportunity to discuss recent developments in biomedical research in health and diseases and foster future directions in drug discovery and therapeutic interventions. The themes of the conference include Bioengineering, Regenerative Medicine, Cancer Biology, Drug Design and Delivery, Vaccine Biology, Tissue Engineering, Biomaterials, Molecular Therapeutics, Animal Biotechnology, Stem Cell Gene Therapy & Biomarkers.

The conference solicits contributions of abstracts for oral/poster presentations that address themes and topics of the conference. Participants are required to submit their research abstracts online. Students/Postdocs/Faculties can submit abstracts describing original and unpublished results in all the areas of Biomedical Science and Medicine and are invited for the presentation at the conference after the acceptance. The template of the abstract can be found on the website: www.rabsrm.org. Among the leading National and International scientists participating in the two days event include the names of Jukka Seppälä from Aalto University, Finland, Andreas Nüssler from Univesity of Tuebingen, Germany, Jouni Partenan Aalto University, Finland and Hanna Isaksson from Lund University, Sweden as Key International Invited Speakers for the event. 

The event will be one of its rear kind in this part of the world where the professionals across diverse disciplines will be deliberating on the theme interrelated across all the steams of concern. The event is expected to host renowned professionals from various national and international organisations for the two days here at Srinagar. 

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World Rabies Day | SKUAST-K discusses roadmap for safeguarding public health

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Srinagar, Sept 29: To commemorate World Rabies Day, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir held a daylong event, ‘Roadmap to Safeguard the Public Health from the Threat of Rabies’ at the Shuhama campus.

SKUAST-K’s Division of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry, in collaboration with the Directorate of Research under World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the university, organised the event.

Commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, Athar Aamir Khan, who was the chief guest at the inaugural event, assured full support to the university and other related organisations in controlling the stray dog menace, the main cause of rabies in Srinagar. He said new infrastructure, along with all technology support, would be put in place to augment the existing animal birth control facility and solid waste management in the city to keep a check on the canine population.

Director Planning and Monitoring and PI NAHEP, SKUAST-K, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders in addressing the threat to Public Health due to various zoonotic diseases, including rabies.

Director Extension Prof Dil Mohammad Makhdoomi, who had several years back started the animal birth control and rabies vaccination programme, deliberated upon the progress of the Animal Birth Control programme and the milestones achieved.

Director Research Prof Sarfaraz A Wani, in his address, outlined the research support university is providing in the areas of solid waste management, food testing and Animal Birth Control and Rabies Vaccination Programme (ABC&RV). He stressed that multiple ABC&RV facilities need to be built in Srinagar city and other towns to control the stray dog menace.

Head SPM Deptt Prof SM Salim gave a detailed overview of the Rabies and dog bite scenario in the Valley, especially in relation to working at SMHS hospital for the cause.

Dr Javid A Rather, Municipal Veterinary, Officer gave a brief outlook of his activities to check stray dog menace. Dr Mudasir Ali Rather, Assistant Professor at Division of Veterinary Public Health, in his presentation, elucidated the models to curb and control rabies as is being done in other parts of the world successfully.

The expert from GADVSU, Dr CK Singh, dealt with the theme on all its aspects with a focus on practicality and applicability. He put forth his suggestions to check and control the disease of rabies. Prof Abdul Hai Head Div. of Veterinary & AH Extension presented the vote of thanks.

The event was attended by participants from diversified areas ranging from School teachers to Medical professionals to the Veterinarians from twin departments of Animal and Sheep Husbandry, besides the Faculty members from the Veterinary College.

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Adapt ‘One Health Approach’ for tackling transmission of diseases from animals to humans: Experts

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SKUAST-K commemorates World Zoonoses Day 

Srinagar, July 6: To better prepare for the public health challenges like the COVID19 pandemic, experts on Tuesday stressed adapting the One Health Approach for addressing the transmission of infections from animals to humans as 75% of the emerging diseases in the world are zoonotic in nature.

Human and animal health experts were speaking in a daylong conference held by the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir to commemorate World Zoonoses Day. The function was organised by SKUAST-K’s  Faculty of Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry under the World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) for the institutional development of the SKUAST-K. The event was jointly managed by FVSc’s Division of Veterinary Microbiology and Division of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry Extension.

Assistant Director-General of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Dr Ashok Kumar, highlighted the challenge of zoonotic diseases and said more than 75% of the emerging diseases among humans transmit from animals. He discussed the role of the One Health Approach, a WHO concept to address the issue of public health in an integrated manner,  for tackling zoonotic diseases.

Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, Prof JP Sharma, who addressed the gathering in virtual mode, highlighted the importance of animal agriculture and associated risks of zoonotic disease. He stressed on capacity building in terms of rapid and accurate disease diagnosis and enhanced quality of veterinary services that are affordable and accessible. Prof MS Khuroo in his presentation discussed the historical perspective about the discovery of Hepatitis –E. The hepatitis-E virus is an emerging global disease that is found almost everywhere in the animal kingdom.

Director Planning and PI NAHEP, Prof Nazir Ahmad Ganai, stressed upon integrating the veterinarians, medical professionals, environmentalists and Food technology experts to further understanding the “One Health Concept”. He stressed on capacity building in terms of infrastructure and human resources to take on the challenge of zoonotic diseases and bio-safety issues. Dean FVSC & A.H, Mohammad Tufail Banday in his opening remarks exhorted veterinarians & medical professionals to address the problem of Zoonotic diseases.

Prof. Shakil Ahmad Wani talked about the topic “Zoonosis-Role of veterinarians”. He highlighted the importance of the future generation to learn from failures in order to frame the success in future. Dr Saleem Kamli discussed the recent COVID19 pandemic and its mitigation strategies. He also discussed the positive side of Covid for bringing all walks of life together. Prof. Sarfaraz Ahmad Wani Director of Research was the guest of honour for the valedictory function. He highlighted the role of the World Zoonosis day” in the present pandemic scenario and the role of veterinarians in controlling emerging and remerging diseases. The symposium was held under strict Covid SOPs.

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