Indian Public Health Association, (IPHA), Maharashtra Branch started first-of-its kind research fellowship for undergraduate medical students. When curriculum for undergraduate medical students does not provide any scope for research activities, this fellowship aims to provide scope through its research activities.
The aim of this fellowship is to inculcate research orientation among students in the undergraduate students. The medical students have welcomed this initiative as this would provide them with an opportunity which was otherwise not provided till now.
Dr M Tambe, Secretary of IPHA said, “No syllabus for undergraduate students suggests for research based activities. When these students go for their post-graduation courses, they are exposed for the research for the first time. In order to inculcate the habit of research from the undergraduate level, we started with this initiative since this year.”
IPHA, from this year onwards will select four best research projects. These research project fellows will get scholarship money for carrying out their further research in the said topic. They will also be able to get some expert advice on the topics.
“The research done in medical field is not very prevalent in India and ample scope to do so is there. But, only if there are incentives will students come forward and undertake some concrete research. Such kind of initiatives will give impetus to us students to take more and more research projects. Also, this will prepare us better for our post graduate research projects,” said Mrunmai Mangale, third year student from B J Medical College, Pune.