New Delhi, Nov 26 (UNI) The Delhi Government today signed an agreement with the Public Health Foundation of India(PHFI) to set up an Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH) in the capital.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for this purpose was signed by the Delhi Principal Secretary, Health, Vivek Rae and President of the PHFI, Prof K Srinath Reddy.
The IIPH, Delhi, part of the PHFI's national network of public health institutions, will come up on around 51 acres of land in the Kanjhawala area in northwest Delhi, which is being provided on lease by the city-state Government. It will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 140 crore.
Under the terms of the MoU, the IIPH will be set up as an autonomous, registered Society in Delhi with representatives of the PHFI, Government of NCT of Delhi and other stake holders on its governing body.
The core objective of the IIPH will be to contribute to the improvement of public health in India in general and Delhi in particular, through sustainable educational activities, research, training and policy advocacy.
Emphasis will be on providing evidence-based, context-specific and resource-sensitive education, training and research on prioritised public health problems.
The MoU signed between the Delhi Government and the PHFI provides for 20 per cent of the seats in the academic and training programmes conducted at the IIPH to be reserved for students from Delhi and Delhi Government employees respectively.
PHFI will support the Government in the development of public health training programmes at all levels and assist in strengthening the public health system of Delhi in an advisory capacity.
Plans are to establish a network of up to eight such national-level Institutes in various parts of the country.
A number of State Governments have expressed interest in entering into partnerships with the PHFI for the establishment of the Institutes.
The PHFI has already been allocated land for establishing IIPHs by the Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat and two campuses will be coming up in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh and Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
Each IIPH will provide multidisciplinary education and capacity development for the advancement of public health in India. A number of academic and training programmes in disciplines such as health in India.
A number of academic and training programmes in disciplines such as health management, epidemiology, bio-statistics and data management and health economics among others will be offered.
The PHFI is an autonomously-governed public private partnership managed by an independent Governing Board, which is chaired by Mr Rajat K Gupta (former Managing Director, McKinsey&Company), and includes senior Government officials, eminent Indian and international academic and scientific leaders, civil society representatives and corporate heads.