Only 4.1% of our GDP is spent on healthcare
"…India has a large, unregulated, poor quality, expensive and dominant
private health sector, and an inadequately resourced, selectively focused and declining public health sector…"
-Cehat, Review of Healthcare in India.
Chennai: 15th Oct, 2014: The IIT Madras International Symposium, to be held between the 3rd and 6th
of January 2015, will focus on these questions and what they imply for a country whose economic growth in the last decade has been unprecedented and is well on its way to be a global superpower. Every year, Shaastra, IITM's annual tech fest, apart from a melee of technology-based competitive events, also hosts the Symposium. The Symposium is platform for young minds from various academic fields to meet and learn about new perspectives in policy-making, technological innovation and social disparities in the country.
This year, the theme of the Symposium is 'Transforming Healthcare'. It has two broad tracks- technology and health policy- under which topics like big data, affordable technology, health consumerism,
intellectual property rights in pharmaceuticals, health insurance and the socio-economic barriers (like gender, caste, level of urban settings) that have lead to disproportionate access to healthcare.
The Symposium is open to students from all academic backgrounds. One may visit
http://symposium.shaastra.org/ for more details on participating in the event or contact Vedant Trivedi (
firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details.
The uniqueness of this event lies in the fact that delegates from prestigious universities of the world will be
coming down to understand the healthcare scenario in India, and compare it with the same in their countries. With events like field trip in near-by village, cultural excursions and case study competition which involves team-work
planned, there is huge networking opportunity for all participants to interact with students of similar interest groups. What gives strength and meaning to this 4 day symposium is that, the results of the discussion and case study
solutions will be presented to healthcare ministry officials of local and state governments and also the representatives from healthcare industry.
With the likes of Dr Devi Shetty (Founder, Narayan health),
Dr Manu Prakash (Inventor, cheap foldable microscope, Stanford), DrSomilNagpal,(Chief, Healthcare, World Bank) and other experts of international acclaim, this symposium boasts of stellar mentor and keynote series.
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