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About I3TK

WELCOME MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY (I3TK) AT NEW TOWN, KOLKATA

I am pleased to have this opportunity to greet you and share some information about I3TK. Our Vision is to cultivate a healthier tomorrow through leadership in Public Health related issues in India. Our mission is to advance knowledge and scholarship and state of the art research in Public health through its core activities in research, collaboration, education, and service to enable positive public health outcomes in India Scientists at I3TK will focus on their specific area of expertise to help expand research collaboration.

I3TK’s research mission is based on 3 pillars: Focused team science, community engaged research, and disparities in health and health care equity. These pillars are supported by the Divisional areas and a range of cross cutting themes. First, collaborative research in clinical and translational applications has a strong emphasis at I3TK. Our Mission is to address disparities and access to care, and finding cure and vaccinations of malaria , Dengue, hepatitis, infectious diseases and cancer. Other areas of focus include autoimmune diseases, health disparities in relation to diabetes and to cancer prevention.

MISSION AND VISION

Mission
To follow and implement the educational philosophies through integrating research, education and professional service in areas related to health sciences, technology and engineering with special emphasis on innovation and technology.

Vision
Our goal is to build a unique institution where innovations and inventions in the field of Biomedical sciences will be translated to treat several diseases related to public health. Betterment of societal living quality will be attained through advanced diagnostic technology implied at molecular levels.

ABOUT THE FOUNDER & CHAIRMAN

Dr. Pradip K Ghosh
Dr. Pradip K Ghosh

Dr. Pradip K Ghosh moved to the United States for his graduate studies in 1968. His mission is to create forums where people can come together to help various social causes. The Ghosh family has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities for the past 35 years. His family has contributed more than forty crores of rupees for the operation of charitable hospital, maintaining more than 2500 orphan children, destitute and handicapped women, funding libraries, schools and athletic facilities and many community development projects in West Bengal.

Dr. Ghosh received his doctorate with major focus in economics and engineering from State university of New York, a diploma in international law from London and graduated in Leadership studies from Harvard University. He taught at major universities for twenty two years. He worked in the private sector as President of a Washington think tank, and as consultant to several international agencies. He served as commissioner of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. He has published twenty-two books and numerous research papers on international trade and development of third world countries. His twenty international development resource books by Greenwood Praeger Publishers, Most of them have been used by major universities as textbooks. Dr. Ghosh was awarded Outstanding Scholar in Third World Development by the Global Development Conference in collaboration with USAID, received First Prize in the Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest, a worldwide event organized by the United Nations and the Japanese government and first prize of $200,000 for Innovative research project organized by the World Bank.

He is the Chairman of World Congress of Religions. Received more than fifteen awards from various academic and research and social service organizations. Dr. Ghosh single handedly initiated, financed and developed the Washington Kali Temple on a 9 acre pristine land near Washington DC. A true Indian temple serving all religious faiths of India.

He is the founder of International Institute of Innovation and Technology, in Newtown, Kolkata, and West Bengal, India. His Current social venture is funding and operation of the International Institute of Innovation And Technology in Kolkata, India, a 156,000 square feet building to conduct research and education in public health-related subjects. His goal is to mobilize more than 100 scientists to find the cure for Malaria, Dengue, Hepatitis, infectious and other diseases. The building was inaugurated on January 1, 2018 by the Minister in charge of Information technology and Electronics honorable Bratya Basu. On January 6, 2020, Johns Hopkins university with best academic and research program in Medicine and Public Health has joined the I3TK as collaborating partner by establishing Johns Hopkins University India Maternal and Child Health Center, International Vaccine center and vaccine research center.

PLEASE JOIN US IN THIS SOCIAL VENTURE TO CREATE A MODEL OF PRIVATE –PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP IN HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM AND ADDRESSING PRESSING SOCIAL ISSUES IN INDIA AND GLOBALLY.

 

 

DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INSTITUTE

Padma Bibhushan Prof. Nirmal Ganguly– Professor Nirmal Kumar Ganguly is an Indian, a pioneer microbiologist specializing in tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diarrhea. A Padma Bhushan Awardee for his achievements, Prof. Ganguly is a graduate of R. G. Kar Medical College, and then affiliated with the University of Calcutta. He did his MD in Microbiology from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research where he also served as Acting Director. Ganguly has been Emeritus Professor of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and was Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi (1998-2007).An elected fellow of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, he is currently President of the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  1. Professor Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay- Chairman Prof. (Dr.) Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, currently the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Kolkata, graduated as a Bachelor of Science from the Presidency College, Kolkata in 1973 with a major in Chemistry.He did his Masters in Science in Biochemistry in 1975 and completed his PhD in 1984 from Department of Biochemistry at Bose Institute, Calcutta. Prof. Chattopadhyay was the Dean, Faculty of Science at the University from 2003 to 2007 and was the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University from 2008 till 2015. He was also the Director at the Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology at the University during 2007 – 2015. He has received numerous awards, accolades and distinctions in his career. He received the prestigious UNESCO-IUMS-MIRCENS-SGM fellowship at the University of Texas. He was also the Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 2004 and Fellow of West Bengal Academy of Science and Technology in 2006. Dr. Chattopadhyay has lifetime memberships in various Organizations and Scientific Associations. He has a teaching experience of more than 35 years and guided many PhD students. He has around 102 research papers and 6 book chapters to his credit till date. Prof. (Dr.) Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay is a scientist and academic par excellence. He has an established track record of highly innovative ideas and in-depth research activities.
  2. Professor Nirmal Kumar Ganguly- Former Director Generals-Indian Council of Medical Research, India.
  3. Professor Anita Shet (USA)- Senior scientist, JHU
  4. Professor Mathu Santosham (USA)- Professor,Dept of International Health and Pediatrics, JHU
  5. Professor William Moss (USA)- Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center, Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  6. Dr. Kalyan Sehanobish (USA)- Sr. Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company
  7. Dr. Rana Chattopadhyay (USA)- Biologist, Department: Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
  8. Dr. Benubrata Das-Associate Professor & Welcome Trust/DBT Alliance Fellow, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science
  9. Dr. Amlan Chakraborty- Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology & Professor and Director at A.K. Choudhury School of Information Technology.
  10. Professor Siddhartha Roy- Bose Institute, Dept. of Biophysics
  11. Dr. Swarup Sarkar- CG Pandit National Chair & Global Health Adviser at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)
  12. Dr. Bevin Philip- Executive Vice-President of Eastern United States.

ETHICS COMMITTEE

  1. Honorable Debashis Sen, IAS- Chairman Shri Debashis Sen joined the IAS in 1985. He graduated from Presidency College, Kolkata and got his post-M.Sc. Diploma from Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics. He got his Diploma in Public Administration from ENA, France. He has been trained at the JFK School Harvard University and IMF Institute, Washington D.C., USA. Shri Sen has served in various capacities including District Magistrate
    for more than five years and Chief Electoral Officer for five years. He is presently posted as the Additional Chief Secretary to the Govt. of West Bengal, Information Technology & Electronics Department and Chairman-Managing Director, WBHIDCO which is a government company that is developing New Town, Kolkata. He is also the Chairman of New Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) and Naba Diganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA)
  2. Professor Nirmal Kumar Ganguly- Former Director Generals-Indian Council of Medical Research,India.
  3. Professor Santa Sabuj Das- Scientist F, NICED, Kolkata
  4. Padma Shri Prof. Indira Chakravarty- Public Health Specialist, Chief Advisor- Public Health Engineering Department, Government of West Bengal
  5. Professor Anita Shet (USA)- Senior scientist, JHU
  6. Dr. Atri Bhaumik- Finance Officer at West Bengal University and Technology.
  7. Dr. Bevin Philip (USA)- Executive Vice-President of Eastern United States.
  8. Ms. Mary Dutta- Advocate, Calcutta, High Court.
  9. Dr. Pradip K Ghosh (USA)- Founder/Chairman, International Institute of Innovation and Technology

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

  1. Dr. Pradip K Ghosh (USA) Founder/Chairman International Institute of Innovation and Technology DH-6/24, Street No.:317, Action Area- ID, New Town, Kolkata- 700156, USA Address: 4465 Montgomery Road, Ellicott City, Maryland 21043, USA
  2. Ms. Kumkum Ghosh (USA) – Vice President of Dr. Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation.
  3. Dr. Bevin Philip (USA) – Executive Vice-President of Eastern United States.
  4. Ms. Rebekah Ghosh (USA) – The Chief Executive Officer of Shamit Management Inc.
  5. Professor Nirmal Kumar Ganguly- Former Director Generals-Indian Council of Medical Research,India.
  6. Professor Mathu Santosham (USA)- Professor,Dept of International Health and Pediatrics, JHU
  7. Dr. Samayug Bhaumik – Member of the management board with Dr. Pradip & Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation, a trust set up for conducting charitable activities in India.
  8. Sri Tapan Sengupta- Member of the management board with Pradip & Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation, a trust set up for conducting charitable activities in India.
  9. Advocate Kausik De – Chief Legal Officer, Calcutta, High Court.

INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD

  1. Professor Nirmal K Ganguly, Chairman
  2. Professor Pradip K Ghosh- Founder/Chairman, International Institute of Innovation and Technology
  3. Professor Mathu Santosham (USA)- Professor,Dept of International Health and Pediatrics, JHU
  4. Professor Anita Shet (USA)- Senior scientist, JHU
  5. Professor William Moss (USA)- Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center,Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  6. Professor Amitabha Ghosh- Senior Scientist of the Indian National Science Academy, & Distinguished Professor,Bengal Engineering & Science University
  7. Padma Shri Prof. Indira Chakravarty- Public Health Specialist, Chief Advisor- Public Health Engineering Department, Government of West Bengal.
  8. Dr. Samayug Bhaumik- Visiting consultant at AMRI Salt Lake Hospital, ILS Hospital North City Hospital and Divine Nursing Home.
  9. Dr. Shibashis Bhattacharya- Director Of Hematology & Oncology, Calcutta Medical College & Hospital
  10. Dr. Sharmita Banerjee – Professor, Department of Economica, Serampore College
  11. Sri Tapan Sengupta- Member of the management board with Pradip & Kumkum Ghosh Family Foundation, a trust set up for conducting charitable activities in India.
  12. Advocate Mary Dutta, Calcutta, High Court.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH JHU

Memorandum of Understanding
The overall objective of this collaboration is to improve child health by focusing on key interventions such as vaccine-preventable diseases and building public health capacity in India.

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) through its Department of International Health and the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) will collaborate with the Dr. Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh Foundation, and the International Institute of Innovation and Technology (I3TK) to establish a Johns Hopkins India Maternal and Child Health Center. The mandate of this Center is to support efforts to achieve the child health-related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in India. To help achieve this ambitious goal, the Center will focus on accelerating the introduction and effective implementation of existing child health interventions in India, with a particular focus on vaccine-preventable diseases and difficult-to-reach populations. Building public health capacity in India and in West Bengal in particular, is a key outcome of this partnership. Model programs developed and established in West Bengal can be scaled up to other states and the entire country. The proposed approach is based on knowledge translation principles, which harnesses the strength of scientific evidence to inform health policy and practice. In order to sustain these goals, it is critical to build public health and technical capacity in India.

Incorporating Knowledge from Immunization Programs & Public Health Successes

Immunization systems are among the strongest and most successful health programs around the world. Vaccines were central to the global eradication of smallpox. Vaccines have also contributed substantially to the reduction in child mortality in India, and the country has made encouraging progress toward introducing new vaccines, eliminating polio and increasing routine immunization coverage. This progress has not occurred within a vacuum. Investments in research and advocacy activities have helped to overcome many of the “know-do gap” challenges in India. The proposed Center will draw upon the unique experience of immunization programs in India and around the world. There are several renowned immunization and nutrition researchers at JHSPH, as well as social scientists and health systems policy faculty, with expertise in vaccines and child health issues who will be facilitators and mentors for the Center.

I. Illustrative Research Activities
Below are illustrative activities that could be undertaken by the proposed Center, along with overall projected budgets and timelines:

Cost-of-Illness Study: The Center proposes to lead a study aimed at understanding the cost-of illness (COI) associated with childhood diseases both in West Bengal and other states. Such evidence can be used by policy makers when considering new public health programs and interventions, including the introduction of new vaccines. Based on the findings of such a study, the Center would support the development of relevant policies and advocate for their adoption.

National Cash Transfer Benefit Scheme Implementation Research: A recent example of a national cash transfer program launched by the Government of India and focused on improving maternal and child health is the Pradhan Mantri MatritvaVandana Yogana (PMMVY). The Center will work to assess the barriers and facilitators to implementation of the program, and its effects on women and children in order to strengthen and potentially adapt the program to include additional interventions.

Vaccine Implementation Research for the ‘Zero-dose’ Child: While it is well known that vaccination is a public health measure that has saved the most lives, a substantial proportion of children are missed by the health system and remain un-identified and unvaccinated. Such ‘zerodose’ children may exist in health-related blind spots where preventative and curative services are not robust, and where health literacy needs are not met adequately. The Center will help strengthen national efforts to identify vulnerable children and bring them into mainstream care. The lessons learned from West Bengal could be transferred to other states and help implement programs to reduce the proportion of zero-dose children in India.

This collaboration with I3TK will build research capabilities in all areas of public health; for example, research on the prevention and treatment of malaria, dengue, hepatitis and other infectious diseases that affect children the most.

I3TK will bring funding from different governmental and private agencies to supplement costs toward the Center’s programs.

Timeline for Research Activities

  • The Center will devote Q1 and Q2 of 2020 working with the Ministry of Health and other partners in West Bengal to identify research priorities in child health. The Center plans to begin implementation of the first project in Q3 and Q4 of 2020 and to implement two to three additional research projects in child health in 2021.
  • Based on research results from the above projects, and in consultation with the Ministry of Health and local partners, the Center will further refine its approach in Q1 and Q2 of 2022 and look to expand those projects in Q3 and Q4 of 2022 through 2023. Knowing that the Center has funding in place for these projects is essential to the long-term success of our work.

II. Capacity Building: Learning Through Structured Courses
JHSPH has a rich tradition of offering and supporting academic training in areas of public health, with topics ranging from human rights to infectious diseases modeling, from vaccine science to public health economics. This Center will conduct assessments of public health competencies to support and implement competency-based public health training model in West Bengal and provide assistance and support to local instructors to conduct academic training sessions in-person or via online courses modeled after courses taught at the JHSPH. The school will further strengthen academic and research expertise in public health through capacity building by recruiting qualified candidates to pursue doctoral degrees at the JHSPH. The Center would specifically focus on recruiting those who would return to India to teach at public health institutions related to I3TK. Two illustrative examples of didactic courses are:

  • Short Courses in Epidemiology and Biostatistics: Epidemiology is an integral component of public health practice and aims to provide the basis for disease prevention and health promotion. Courses will focus on training participants to design and interpret measures of health burden of vaccine preventable illnesses in India, association of risk factors, and effectiveness of suitable vaccine and non-vaccine interventions. Fundamental and advanced concepts in biostatistics tailored to the needs of vaccine research and child health can be integrated into the courses.
  • Vaccine Science and Policy Courses: Blended and online short courses may be offered to enhance knowledge on vaccine science and policy, from clinical research to manufacturing strategies, global finance policies and implementation programs in India.
  • Offering academic and research programs jointly with I3TK in all program areas of public health. Approximately twenty percent of the financial support will be used for capacity building and training.

Timeline for Capacity Building and Training

  • First short course in epidemiology, public health and biostatistics to be conducted in Q2 2020, with 2-3 additional short courses conducted in Q3 to Q4 2020. During 2021, more extensive courses on vaccine science and policy will be offered. These course, and additional courses based on need and demand, will be offered in 2022-2024.
  • Recruit two doctoral candidates in 2021 and 2022 (total of four students), providing full tuition, stipend, health care and travel funds to support four years of training, per student.

Stewardship

The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC), in collaboration with the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Office of External Affairs, will prepare annual reports, outlining progress on each of the activities listed above. These reports will include updated timelines, as well as updates on budget allocations for each area.

Signing ceremony of partnership- I3TK and JHU-SPH

Dr. Ghosh and Dr. N.K Ganguly are with the dean and the administrators of JHU, Bloomberg School of public health

Dr. Ghosh with Dr. Balaram Bhargava,
Director General of ICMR.

I3TK-JHU members at the I3TK premises