16 January 2013 | News | By BioSpectrum Bureau
Five-fold funding boost for ICMR in 12th Plan
DHR and ICMR are expected to receive five times more funding in the 12th Plan period
More than â‚¹10,000 crore are earmarked for the department of health research (DHR) and Indian council for medical research (ICMR) in the 12th Five Year Plan, which is almost five times more than the funds received in the 11th Plan. This was revealed by the union health minister, Mr Ghulam Nabi Azad recently at the inauguration of Asia's first biosafety level-IV laboratory at Pune.
According to Mr Azad, "It is a matter of satisfaction that "Health" has been given a central position in the 12th Plan and the outlay for health, including health research, has gone up substantially."
The major schemes to be rolled out in the area of health research during the 12th Plan period:
â– Establishment of multidisciplinary research units in 150 government medical colleges
â– Setting up of 50 rural health research units at block level
â– Establishment of a network of 250 laboratories at regional, state and district level for managing epidemics
â– Grant-in-aid to researchers on projects involving development of affordable technologies, reagents and methods for public use
â– Strengthen the existing ICMR institutes and set-up new centres in deficit areas
â– Suggest and regularly update standard treatment guidelines
â– Bench mark and cccredit health research institutions
â– Support human esource development for producing qualified researchers