Sweeping changes are needed to boost research in India, say researchers

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 28 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6473
  1. Priyanka Pulla
  1. 1Bangalore

Indian biomedical researchers have echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent admission that India is lagging behind in medical research. Modi made his comments in an address at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, on 20 October.

Researchers told The BMJ that acknowledgment of the problem by the prime minister is a good sign, but widespread structural changes are needed for the problem to be addressed effectively.

Satyajit Mayor, a biologist and the director of the National Centre for Biological Sciences in Bangalore, said, “That clinical and biomedical research is at a very low ebb in the country is absolutely true, even though there is a huge opportunity because of the genetic diversity among our people. It is a major matter of concern in terms of the policies the government should put in place.”

One reason for the lack of progress in medical research, the researchers said, is …

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