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Chandan Sen, MD, associate dean in the College of Medicine at Ohio State, is already preparing for the Global Health Summit to be held in Kolkata, India, December 28 – 30. During his June visit to India, he and Priya Kurle, assistant director of the Ohio State India Gateway, met with delegates from the Indian Pharmaceutical Association as well as representatives from various companies to get their input on the Summit and encourage their future engagement.

The Global Health Summit is being held to engage with healthcare professionals and government officials of West Bengal in collaboration with Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and several leading professional associations, to enhance skills, and exchange knowledge and best practices. The goal is to address major diseases, and make quality healthcare affordable and accessible to all people.

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The first cohort of 20 students from the Certified Care Givers Program received their certificates at a ceremony in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. The program is the result of a partnership between IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Limited and Ohio State’s College of Nursing.

The course was developed with quality assurance training, education, employability and employment as key outcomes of the program. The modules were designed by experts in the field of nursing from Ohio State and IL&FS with a learner centric approach, and hands-on training provided through a simulated learning environment in a nursing home with mentoring by IL&FS facility. The trainees also underwent IT training and through the course gained the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to perform basic care services par excellence for a patient or resident under the supervision of a registered nurse or doctor.

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Vishnu Sundaresan, a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering hosted two professors in early May from PSG Institutions of Coimbatore, India interested in learning more about Ohio State’s James Cancer Hospital, biomedical engineering, chemistry and biochemistry and the Center for Automotive Research.

Conversations with faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and PSG Professors Radhakrishnan and Nandagopal focused on the possibility of joint initiatives related to a master’s program in chemistry and biochemistry. The overall goal was to develop programs where students from India would complete two semesters of masters-level courses at PSG before arriving at Ohio State for additional coursework and thesis research. During the second semester in India, the expectation is that they would have already identified a research mentor at Ohio State and would have started reading research publications and attending group meetings via Skype or using other technology. The overall length of the program would be 24 to 27 months, but could be longer depending on research goals.

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