GUWAHATI, Nov 30 - Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi laid stress on taking up more research activities in the field of medical science for improving healthcare, while deliberating in the first convocation of Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences here today.
A total of 240 students were awarded post-graduate and PhD degrees at the convocation.
The Chief Minister, who is also the Chancellor of the university, said that the right to health is a basic right of every individual and all sections of people should enjoy it.
�It is true that we have not been able to provide necessary health facility to all sections of people equally, but we are constantly striving towards achieving that,� said Gogoi, stressing the need to improve the indigenous medicines and treatment process with the help of modern scientific research.
�Our indigenous medicines have been designed according to our climate and lifestyle specific to our regions. With effective research works in the fields of homoeopathy, ayurveda etc., a large number of people could be benefited,� he added.
Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Health Sciences started functioning from February 2009, temporarily from the Gauhati Medical College building. Recently, the State government allotted 120 bighas of land in Pacharia village under Pub Bongshar Mouza of Hazo revenue circle for its permanent campus.
Earlier, delivering the welcome address, Professor UC Sarma, Vice Chancellor of the university said that the university was established to maintain uniformity in standard of education in all faculties of health science. The university has affiliated 24 government and 21 private institutions, and is running PhD programme and 118 scholars are registered so far and 28 research projects are being funded.
Dr Nazrul Islam, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, while speaking on the occasion, said that the State has made much progress in the field of medical science, but still has a long way to go. �Other than the three new medical colleges, the government has proposed four more medical colleges in the State,� he said.
Professor Gautam Biswas, Director of IIT Guwahati and Dr Manoj Kumar Choudhury, Registrar of the university were also present on the occasion.