Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Bharati Pawar inaugurated two new Departments and two new Research Centres at International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) in Mumbai on Sunday.
According to an official release, new departments and Research Centres will focus on the well-being of different population groups and newer methods of big-data analysis. The newly inaugurated departments are ‘Department of Survey Research and Data Analytics’ and the ‘Department of Family and Generations’. The new Centres are called ‘Centre of Demography of Gender’ and ‘Centre for Ageing Studies’.
The new departments and centres will work in line with the vision of taking Indian institutions to a global level and making the country self-reliant.
The focus areas of these new departments and research centres are the well-being of girl-children, women and the elderly population.
“India has a huge population of 1.4 billion and so, using data analytics and artificial intelligence, we may be able to synchronise this huge data into metadata. International Institute for Population Sciences has the potential of broad segment analysis and preparing reports on these data, which will be useful not just for India but the world” Mandaviya.
Meanwhile, Pawar in her address focused on the importance of these new institutions in achieving the vision of Aatma Nirbhar (Self-reliance).
“The data generated by IIPS helps legislators in policy-making. The data of National Family Health Survey also shows there is need of more work in some districts and areas”, Pawar said.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, during his visit to Mumbai, helped a differently-abled man on Sunday wear a prosthetic leg and termed it as an “unforgettable moment” of his life.
The minister met the specially-abled man at the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AIIPMR). “Today, during my visit to Mumbai, I had the opportunity to visit the All India Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. During this, I helped a specially-abled person wear a prosthesis, which became an unforgettable moment of my life,” Mandaviya tweeted on Sunday and shared a picture.
Earlier in the day, the minister paid an unplanned visit to ‘Jan Aushadhi Kendras’ in Mumbai and conducted a surprise inspection, on the last day of his two-day visit to Mumbai.