Director of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMR) Dr. Yogesh Chawla asserted that the present curriculum of engineering and medical studies was deficient in innovations.
Delivering 25th Gian Chand Memorial Lecture on 'Affordable Medical Innovations by Young India' at Lord Mahavir Jain School auditorium on Saturday, Chawla said that there was no intermixing of medical specialists, researchers and scientists to understand the emerging requirements of the profession and the researchers' capabilities of meeting those obligations .
Chawla claimed that intense interactions between physicians, doctors and engineers would yield positive results and would greatly cut down on cost of equipments.
He said 71% of the high-end instrumentation used in India was imported and costs $3 billion (Rs 18,000 crore) while in countries such as China and Brazil the percentage of imported equipment was between 10%-15%.
Chawla said that it was heartening that young scientists and entrepreneur have developed low-cost instruments such as incubators, speech synthesisers, wireless ECG, indigenous stent, pocket ultrasound, ICU patient bed and many more which would make the medical services affordable.
A large number of people from many cross-sections of the society attended the function.