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To meet demand for faculty, PHFI sends trainees abroad: Indian Express

To meet demand for faculty, PHFI sends trainees abroad

With 7 to 10 public health institutes coming up by 2008, PHFI doesn’t want to make dent in faculty of existing

TOUFIQ RASHID
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 1

WITH seven to 10 public health institutes likely to come up across the country by 2008, the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is geared up for “developingtheirownfaculty.” With the aim that none of the existing institutes should be deprived of senior faculty members once the new ones come up, the Foundation is planning to train 100 faculty members in presti giouspublichealthinstitutesacrosstheworld. To start with, 16 selected persons have al- readybeensenttoinstituteslikeHarvardPub- lic Health School and Johns Hopkins in the USandLondonSchoolofHygieneandTrop- ical Medicine in the UK. Discussions are on withinstitutesinAustraliaandEuropeaswell. “Even prestigious institutes in developing countries will be considered as this will pro- videteachersfirst-handknowledgeaboutvar- ious issues concerning these countries and their solutions as well,’’ said Dr K Srinath Reddy, president of PHFI.

Called the ‘Junior Faculty Development Programme’, it is part of the three- pronged strategytogetpublichealthexpertstoteachin these schools. While the senior faculty would comprise recently retired members of top notch institutes in India, it would also include faculty presently teaching elsewhere in the country.will be The middle level the Indian diaspora who are publichealthexpertsabroad and want to settle in India. “The junior programme is more interesting as the peo pleareeitherfreshersorfromotherfieldslike doctors or nurses, who are being trained as faculty,’’ said Dr Reddy.

Though the PHFI has identified Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat and West Bengal as the places where the institutes are likely to comeup,thefinaldecisionwillbetakeninthe board meeting to be held in a few weeks time. It is also planning to upgrade institutes like Sri Chitra Institute in Thiruvananthapuram and University of Pune.

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