The Jawaharlal Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) now has a new facility – the International School of Public Health (ISPH). The center was inaugurated by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on June 24, Friday, in Pondicherry.
A statement from JIPMER Director Rakesh Aggarwal said the building housing the school was constructed at a cost of Rs 65.6 crore with state-of-the-art facilities. “The school envisions the highest level of public health education and would train scientists and practitioners in public health programs to build capacity for service and research in the health sector. The school runs a program master’s degree in public health since its launch in 2014,” the statement said, as reported by PTI.
He added that out of the 175 interns admitted so far, 136 candidates have successfully completed the course, most of them having found internships in various reputable organizations. It should be noted that JIPMER is an institute with central administration.
“A health technology assessment center supported by the Department of Health Research of the Union Ministry of Health is functional and is undertaking activities related to health economics. The school would operate in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, health departments of Indian and foreign universities and health organizations,” the statement also said.
Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan, Chief Minister N Rangasamy, Territorial Assembly Speaker R Selvam, MPs S Selvaganapathy, V Vaithilingam and P Ravindranath and Local Legislator V Aroumougame were also present at the inauguration.