IIHMR University, Jaipur has been selected from India to implement the second phase of TDR’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (2022-2026). TDR’s Postgraduate Training Scheme will provide a full academic scholarship though IIHMR University for selected students from Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). Students will obtain master’s degrees focused on implementation research on malaria, TB and neglected tropical diseases.
TDR is a Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases. As a global programme of scientific collaboration TDR helps, facilitate, support and influence efforts to combat diseases of poverty. It is co-sponsored by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO).
IIHMR University, Jaipur has been selected from amongst many potential applications, which were reviewed as per a structured process of TDR’s scientific working group for research capacity strengthening. The scientific working group selected the IIHMR University based on multiple criteria; including university’s profile; expertise in implementation research; experience of faculty in teaching implementation research; sustainability, relevance of the proposal and feasibility. This is the only university from India identified to implement the second phase of TDR’s Postgraduate Training Scheme (2022-2026).
Dr. S.D. Gupta, Trustee Secretary, IIHMR and Distinguished Professor, IIHMR University, said that this distinction is testimony to the contributions made by this institution in the field of public health and that the program will usher in a new era of creating resilient and responsive health systems by instilling implementation research capacities among future leaders in public health.
Dr. P.R. Sodani, President, IIHMR University stated that IIHMR University will be one of the pioneering institutions in India to train the next generation public health leaders and programme managers in implementation research, to establish careers in research and public health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs). We take pride in this recognition and to help prepare confident and competent implementers.
Dr. Vinod Kumar SV, Dean-In charge SD Gupta School of Public Health, IIHMR University termed this as an important milestone to help deliver a top-class master’s program in implementation research which will go a long way in strengthening implementation skills of public health professionals in countries where is most needed.