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JIPMER to tie up with universities in US for research projects
Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education will launch various initiatives with Boston Uni to promote public
health care programmes. Centrally sponsored Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research here
will launch various initiatives in association with the Boston University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in
New Jersey to promote public health care programme here.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting officials of the US Consul General in Chennai and the officials of the
JIPMER held recently. The US team of officials was headed by Consul General Jennifer McIntyre and had among others
the Public Affairs Officer David Gainer and Professor Kevin Joseph McGirr, the Fulbright Nehru Visiting Scholar from the
University of California, a release said.
A US-India joint collaborative research on Tuberculosis would be launched soon in JIPMER as the Indian partner and the
Boston University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey the as the US partner.
The research activity would be funded jointly by the US National Institute of Health and the Department of
Biotechnology on the part of India. JIPMER had also drawn up plans to host an International Summit on Emergency and
Trauma here for five days from February 12, 2014.
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US Consulate in Chennai tops in number of visas
The numbers of applications this year have increased by around 15%
The US Consulate in Chennai has processed the highest number of employment-based visas globally this year. Thus far in
the current fiscal, the Consulate has adjudicated over 208,000 visas, of which half were in the professional H and L work
visa categories, said US Consul General Jennifer Mcintyre. In the current year, there was a growth of 15 per cent in the
total applications processed in this category, it said.
At the Hindustan Chamber of Commerce's 67th annual session here, she said it is the US’ biggest visa adjudication posts
in the world and the number one globally in processing employment-based visas.
Pointing out that both the countries have been collaborating in education for decades through programmes such as the
US Fulbright grants as well as people-to-people exchanges, Mcintyre noted that more than 100,000 Indians were
currently studying in the US.
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Health a key pillar of Indo-US strategic partnership: Envoy
The shared vision for improved national and global health is a key pillar of Indo-US strategic partnership, an American
diplomat said.
Since 2004, US had contributed 260 million dollars to support India's implementation of its large scale multifaceted
HIV/AIDS project, with Tamil Nadu being a leader in the area, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai,
Jennifer Mcintyre said. Through establishment of a Global Disease Detection Centre in India, the US and Indian experts
were working together in area of disease surveillance and epidemiology among others, she said.
In her address to the 42nd biennial conference of Christian Medical Association of India, she also noted that there was a
need for quality universal medical care to facilitate interactive engagement of medical professionals with government,
private and public sectors. Mcintyre said global health was an issue that extended beyond individuals, institutions and
country.