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Annual intake capacity of students at Pune AFMC increased to 150

The DGAFMS also added that there was a visionary plan to establish a research wing at AFMC. The role of the specialised wing will be to guide, monitor and assess outcomes of all research activity within AFMS from the technical viewpoint.

pune Updated: Feb 08, 2018 16:01 IST
Nadeem Inamdar
Nadeem Inamdar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Lt Gen Bipin Puri address media on the sidelines of the 66th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference at AFMC on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

The annual intake capacity of students at the country’s prestigious Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) has been increased to 150 from the existing 130 from the next academic session, said Director General of Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) Lt Gen Bipin Puri while addressing the media on the sidelines of the 66th Annual Armed Forces Medical Conference at AFMC on Wednesday. Gen Puri said that the infrastructure and all other associated resource and associated infrastructure upgradation will be done gradually to accommodate the new batch of students.

He said that the structure of training at AFMC focuses on personality development as well as exposure to nature of healthcare in Armed Forces Medical services (AFMS) in addition to core academics. Lt Gen Puri reiterated that the expansion in undergraduate training facilities is aimed at meeting future healthcare needs of the Armed Forces in tune with the changing times.

The DGAFMS also added that there was a visionary plan to establish a research wing at AFMC. The role of the specialised wing will be to guide, monitor and assess outcomes of all research activity within AFMS from the technical viewpoint. The research will also act as an interface between AFMS and other institutions and agencies for large collaborative research projects involving many research workers and institutions.

Acting on the directions of the Joint Parliamentary Committeee (JPC) on defence, the proposals to seek status of autonomous institution within the administrative control of Ministry of Defence and status of institute of national importance have been initiated, he said.

The conference was inaugurated by Lt Gen Puri on February 6. The 56th annual meeting of Armed Forces Medical Research Committee (AFMRC) is taking place on February 7 and 8 . The forum provides direction and impetus to medical research in the Armed Forces. For 2018, more than 175 new research proposals will be discussed. AFMC, Pune has submitted 49 new research projects.

AFMRC 20018 will focus its special attention on formulating systems and strategies to ensure high quality research within the Armed Forces. A highlight of the conference will be a two-day workshop on ‘Research Methodology’.On February 6, highlights of the conference included presentation of award winning AFMRC projects and meetings of the Armed Forces Medical Academic Committee, AFMC Management Committee, MJAFI Governing Council and Governing Council of AFMS (O) Fund.

During the four-day conference there will be special sessions devoted to discuss areas of future research, to articulate a long-term vision of scientific enquiry within AFMS on the sidelines of the main AFMRC deliberations. There will be guest lectures by eminent personalities from the field of medical science, including Dr Rajendra Gupta, Adviser to Union Health Ministry on ‘National Health Policy’ and Dr Sanjay B Kulkarni on ‘Hospital Infection Control’.

On February 8 , there will be a session devoted to presentation of award winning research papers published during 2017.Specialists Conferences will be held separately by Departments of AFMC for practicing specialist officers of their respective disciplines. They will also review completed AFMRC Projects of their own disciplines.

There will a special session devoted to perspective challenges where medical administrative issues will be discussed with a view to improving quality of health care as well as development of human resources within the AFMS.On February 9, awards for excellence in academics in post graduate and in-service training courses will be presented by the DGAFMS. The deliberations will conclude with a closing address by Lt Gen Bipin Puri.

First Published: Feb 08, 2018 16:00 IST