06-APR-2016: Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance organized an outreach programme on 'Funding opportunities offered in biomedical research in India' for the faculty members and residents of JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University.
Dr Sachin Sharma, Grants Adviser from Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance, Delhi briefed that the Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance was officially launched in 2008 and was registered as a charitable trust in India. He informed that the organization is an equal partnership between the Wellcome Trust, UK and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and the Alliance is an £160 million initiative which is funded equally by the two organizations. Dr Sharma further informed that the broad aim of the India Alliance is to build excellence in the Indian biomedical scientific community by supporting future leaders in the field.
He further stated that the India Alliance offers four types of Fellowship schemes to basic biomedical scientists, clinicians, public health researchers and veterinarians who wish to pursue academic research in India and abroad. Dr Sharma mentioned that the basic objective of all the schemes is to provide flexible and generous funding to enable the researchers in different stages of their careers, to bring out internationally competitive scientific research. He said that the schemes are highly competitive to ensure that standards are maintained to the highest international level.
Earlier, Prof. Tariq Mansoor, Principal and CMS, JN Medical College, welcomed the guest speaker and Dr Shahid Jameel, CEO, Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance. He informed that Dr Jameel, who has played a key role in arranging the outreach programme directed towards assisting research scholars, is an alumnus of AMU and a distinguished scientist of India.
Professor Jamal Ahmad, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, while expressing his views, said that in any field of study research plays an important role. He said that funding agencies have an obligation to ensure that the research they support is conducted in accordance with the highest standards possible.
Dr Syed Ziaur Rahman, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology coordinated the programme and also proposed the vote of thanks.
Prof Najam Khalique, Prof Rajiv Gulati, Prof Asif Ali Khan, Prof Asadullah Khan, Dr Fazlur Rehman, Dr M Salman Shah, Dr Anees Ahmad, Dr Tabassum Nawab, Dr Urfi, Dr Nafis Faizi, Dr Suboohi Afzal, Dr Tabish Khan, Dr Irfan Ahmad Khan, Dr Midhat Muttaqui and Dr Mohd Suhaib along with large number of PG scholars, SRs and teachers interacted and participated in the post-lecture discussion.