Studying at Harvard is a dream of every student. But only a handful go on to realize this dream and make it huge. To ensure that this dream doesn't go away, the premier institute is contemplating on opening up a School of Public Health in India.
India to witness experts in the field of health as recently the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health announced that they will open a center in Mumbai. This is bound to improve health of India and around as this collaboration.
To further help the center's collaboration Alumni's of Harvard, Dr Swati and Ajay Piramal, have provided the space for the centre at the first floor of Piramal Tower Annexe. They both are at the helm of Piramal Enterprises Ltd and Piramal Group respectively. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has been in action before as it had conducted research and programmes in India (since 60's); however there has not been a centre unlike Harvard Business School.
As the facts say India has made tremendous progress in the past years. It had worked to alleviate poverty and to make economic growth increase by record percentage. Infant mortality rate fell from 64 to 41 per 1,000 live births from 2000 to 2013. Life expectancy at birth has increased from 62 to 66 years, and the maternal mortality ratio has fallen from 390 to 189 per 100,000 live births. This was said by David Hunter (acting Dean of Harvard Chan School). This is an opportunity for the two institutes to expand interactions with each other and both state and central governments to improve health, he further added.
Dr Swati also added that there is a need for these collaborations as health has been the prime focus for them and in order to solve India's health problems, what is required is innovation and research in clinical and public health.