About I3TK

HISTORY & PROFILE

What are we?

Based in New Town, Kolkata in the State of West Bengal, the International Institute of Innovation and Technology (I3TK) is one of the major drivers advocating and implementing innovative large-scale solutions for challenges and threats to public health related being faced in recent times.

Having partnership alliance with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, I3TK aims to identify the causes of various non-communicable, transmissible & infectious diseases and find vaccines/remedial answers to address these severe public health concerns.

The institute firmly believes that with its team of public health researchers, educators, practitioners and the collaborative alliance with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health for exchange of ideas, learning process and implementable delivery of solutions will aid in the vision and mission of the institute to reach out to the community and address their health related concerns.

Coming into being

A professor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist Dr. Pradip K. Ghosh is the Founder Chairman of Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh family Foundation. Originally hailing from Khardah, a place near Kolkata in West Bengal, Dr. Pradip K. Ghosh has been actively involved in numerous charitable activities in West Bengal and USA, through his family Foundation since 1986. The indomitable spirit of Dr. Ghosh has made it possible to create forums where people have come together to help various social cause. The family has extended large financial contributions for social wellbeing that ranges from smooth operation of charitable hospitals, maintaining more than 2500 orphan children, destitute and handicapped women, funding libraries, schools and athletic facilities and many community development projects in West Bengal.

In 2016, Dr. Ghosh collaborated with and formed a group of scientists from National Institute of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Maryland, to explore the possibilities for improvement of current public healthcare scenario in India. Dr. Ghosh nurtures a dream to mobilize more than 100 scientists to find the cure for Malaria, Dengue, Hepatitis, infectious and other diseases to improve the quality of life of people of West Bengal.

Dr. Ghosh started International Institute of Innovation and Technology in Kolkata, India, a 156,000 square feet State-of-the-Art building dedicated to conduct research and education in public health-related subjects. Prof. Nirmal Gangly, Former Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Prof. Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, Former Vice Chancellor of Amity University were highly instrumental in guiding Dr. Ghosh to organize the most needed programs, absolutely essential to open new frontiers of research, in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The I3T Kolkata Campus was inaugurated by Shri Bratya Basu, Minister-in-Charge, Information Technology and Electronics Department on January 1, 2018, in the presence of distinguished scientists, academicians and industrialists.

                                                                                       Signing ceremony of partnership- I3T and JHU-SPH

 

MESSAGE FROM FOUNDER/ CHAIRMAN

"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 the International Institute of Innovation and Technology, Kolkata (I3TK) will focus on their specific areas of expertise, to help expand research collaborations.

I3TK’s research mission is based on three strong pillar namely 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 for Malaria, Dengue, Hepatitis, Infectious Diseases and Cancer. Other areas of focus include autoimmune diseases, health disparities in relation to diabetes and for cancer prevention."

 

MISSION AND VISION OF I3TK

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.

 

KNOW OUR FOUNDER/ CHAIRMAN

A professor, entrepreneur and a philanthropist Dr. Pradip K. Ghosh is the Founder/ Chairman of Pradip and Kumkum Ghosh family Foundation. Originally hailing from Khardah, a place near Kolkata in West Bengal, Dr. 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 and support various social causes. The Ghosh family has been involved in numerous philanthropic activities for the past 35 years and 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 also worked in the private sector as the President of a Washington think tank, and also as consultant to several international agencies. He served as commissioner of the Howard County Human Rights Commission. He has more than twenty-two books and numerous research papers on International Trade and Development of third world countries to his name. Most of his twenty International Development resource books published by Greenwood Praeger Publishers have been used by major universities as textbooks. Dr. Ghosh was awarded the Outstanding Scholar in Third World Development award by the Global Development Conference in collaboration with USAID. He is also the recipient of the First Prize in the Eisaku Sato Memorial Essay Contest, a worldwide event organized by the United Nations and the Japanese government and also received the first prize of $200,000 for his Innovative research project organized by the World Bank.

Dr. Pradip K. Ghosh is the Chairman of World Congress of Religions. He has received many awards from various academic, 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 facility to conduct research and education in public health-related subjects. His aim is to mobilize more than 100 scientists to find the cure for Malaria, Dengue, Hepatitis, infectious and other diseases. The I3TK facility was inaugurated on January 1, 2018 by Shri Bratya Basu, Hon’ble Minister- in –charge, Information Technology & Electronics. On January 6, 2020, Johns Hopkins University with its best academic and research programs in Medicine and Public Health has joined the I3TK as a collaborating partner by establishing Johns Hopkins University India Maternal and Child Health Center, International Vaccine center and the Vaccine Research Center.

 

OUR DIRECTOR GENERAL

Padma Bhushan Prof. Nirmal Ganguly is the Director General of International Institute of Innovation and Technology (I3T) and a pioneer microbiologist specializing in tropical diseases, cardiovascular diseases and diarrhea. Recipient of the civilian award -Padma Bhushan for his achievements, Prof. Ganguly is a graduate of R. G. Kar Medical College. Kolkata. He completed his MD in Microbiology from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and had the opportunity to serve in the same institution as Acting Director.

Professor Nirmal Ganguly has been the Professor Emeritus of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research and was Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi from 1998 to 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.

 

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT

PRADIP AND KUMKUM GHOSH FAMILY FOUNDATION

NAME PROFESSIONAL OCCUPATION DESIGNATION ADDRESS
Dr. Pradip K. Ghosh Philanthropist, Social Entrepreneur & Educator CEO/ Founder Chairman DH-6/24, Newtown, Kolkata
Ms. Kumkum Ghosh Educator, 

Philanthropist

Vice Chairman DH-6/24, Newtown, Kolkata
Ms. Rebekah Ghosh Education, Administrator President DH-6/24, Newtown, Kolkata
Dr. Bevin Philip Scientist, 

Education,

Administrator

Vice President DH-6/24, Newtown, Kolkata
Dr. Samayug Bhowmik Medical Practitioner Member AC-151, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata- 700 064.
Ms. Anuradha Bhowmik Managing Administrator Member AC-151, Sector-I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata- 700 064.

COMMITTEES

SENIOR ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Virander Singh Chauhan

Dr. Virander Singh Chauhan is an Indian scientist , currently working in International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in the fields of genetic engineering and biotechnology and known for his contributions to the development of a recombinant vaccine for malaria. He is a senior advisor in International Institute of Innovation and Technology, Kolkata (I3TK). He completed both his graduation and post-graduation in Chemistry from University of Delhi. He has been awarded with Rhodes scholarship from University of Oxford for his doctoral study. Dr. Chauhan then worked as post-doctoral fellow at University of Georgia. 

Before the doctoral program Dr. Chauhan worked as a faculty member in Stephen’s college, and continued to do that after completion of Ph.D. also. Later, he worked in IIT, Kanpur as Assistant Professor till 1982. Before joining ICGEB in 1988 he continued his work in his alma mater University of Delhi as a professor. 

He is a pioneer in the research of drug development. His team has developed the first recombinant vaccine in India. His research on drugs of malaria involving artemisinin and chloroquine is also very significant, which helped to high throughput screens for drugs discovery of malaria. His other works helped in treatment of HIV, diabetes as well. He received Dr. MOT Iyenger Memorial Award from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and he is a fellow of Academy of Sciences for Developing World (TWAS). In 2012, he has been awarded fourth highest civilian award Padma Shri, from Government of India.

Prof. (Dr.) Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay

Prof. (Dr.) Dhrubajyoti Chattopadhyay, currently the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Sister Nivedita University, Kolkata and former Hon’ble Vice Chancellor of Amity University, Kolkata, is another senior advisor of the Scientific Advisory Committee, International Institute of Innovation and Technology (I3TK). Professor Chattopadhyay 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 and is also the recipient of 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. With a teaching experience of more than 35 years, Professor Chattopadhyay has around 102 research papers and 6 book chapters to his credit till date. He is a scientist and academic par excellence with an established track record of innovative ideas and in-depth research activities.

Subhajit Biswas, Member, Scientific Advisory Committee

Subhajit Biswas is principal scientist, currently working in CSIR- Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in the field of Infectious Diseases and Immunology. He completed his master degree in veterinary science from Indian Veterinary Research Institute (IVRI). After that he went to the most prestigious University of Cambridge for his doctoral study and later worked there as post-doctoral research associate as well.

After completion of his study, he joined School of Life Science in University of Lincoln, UK as Lecturer. After a year he was promoted to Senior Lecturer and worked there for another year. In the year 2014 he joined Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSir) as assistant professor and after 4 years he became Associate Professor and continues to serve this till now. He has been engaged in the research in different kind of virus study and respective antivirals. His research area includes virus replication, viral protein translation, viral genome packaging and virus assembly in order to develop new strategies, diagnosis method and possible antivirals and vaccines.

Professor Biswas has done extensive research on black fever, dengue, herpes, rotavirus and currently focusing on corona virus. He received several grants from CSIR, SERB Department of Science and Technology, India and Department of Biotechnology. He also worked on hepatitis B virus prevalence and mechanisms of escape of immune detection.

 

MEDICAL RESEARCH ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Dr. Utpal Kumar Dutta, Chairman, Medical Research Advisory Committee

Dr. Utpal Kumar Dutta is currently working as professor in physiology in KPC Medical College & Hospital, The KPC Group. After completing Premedical from Presidency University, he received his MBBS degree from Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata in 1975. After that, Dr. Dutta got his Doctor of Medicine degree in Physiology, general from IMS, BHU in 1983. Starting from 1984 to 1994 he pursued his PhD study on same field.

Dr. Dutta started his duty life as a principal of North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling and continued till 2004. After that, he was appointed as principal in R.G Kar Medical College. Completing the period of 5 years, he joined Medical College, Kolkata as principal. During the period, Dr. Utpal worked as special secretary in MES as well. From December, 2018 he continued his journey as Professor in KPC Medical College. He is very renowned and respectable professor and physician.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Name Professional Occupation Designated in the Committee as
Dr. Virander Singh Chauhan Senior Scientist, ICGEB Senior Advisor
Dr. Dhrubajoti Chattopadhyay Vice- Chancellor, Sister Nivedita University Senior Advisor
Prof. Nirmal Kumar Ganguly Former DG, Indian Council of Medical Research ( India) Member
Sujata Law Assistant Professor, Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine Member
Dr. Subhasis Barik Senior Scientific Officer, Department of IVCCC, Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata Member
Prof Anita Shet Senior Scientist, John Hopkins University Member
Professor Mathu Santosham (USA) Professor,Dept of International Health and Pediatrics, JHU Member
Professor William Moss (USA) Executive Director, International Vaccine Access Center, Professor of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Member
Dr. Surajit Karmakar Dean, Administration and Professor (Scientist F) Institute of Nano Science and Technology Member
Dr. Debapriya Dutta Head, SEED and State S&T Programme(SSTP) Member
Prof. Jagmohan Singh Chief Scientist, IMTECH Chandigarh Member
Dr. Kalyan Sehanobish (USA) Sr. Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company Member
Prof. Susanta Roychowdhury Chief, Basic Research, Saroj Gupta Cancer Centre & Research Institute, India Member
Dr. Navendra Chirmule Chief Executive Officer, SymphonyTech Biologies, Bangalore Member
Dr. Rana Chattopadhyay (USA) Biologist, Department: Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Member
Dr. Benubrata Das Associate Professor & Welcome Trust/DBT Alliance Fellow, Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science Member
Dr. Amlan Chakraborty Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology & Professor and Director, A.K. Choudhury School of Information Technology. Member
Professor Siddhartha Roy Bose Institute, Dept. of Biophysics Member
Prof. Stanley H Weiss Epidemiologist, Professor, Physician, Rutgers University, USA Member
Prof. Amitava Banerjee Professor & Head Community Medicine, Dr. D Y Patil Medical College, Pune Member
Santanu Palchaudhuri, PhD Assistant Director, Amity University of Biotechnology, Kolkata Member
Mr. Tim Gilday Emergin Technology Director, General Dynamics Information Technology, USA Member
Dr. Roopa Biswas Professor, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda Member
Dr. Swarup Sarkar CG Pandit National Chair & Global Health Adviser at Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Member
Dr. Bevin Philip Executive Vice-President of Eastern United States. Member
Dr. Gajendra Raghava Professor, Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi,India Member
Subhajit Biswas Principal Scientist, CSIR IICB Member

 

MEDICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Name Professional Occupation Designated in the Committee as
Dr. Utpal Dutta Professor in Physiology, KPC Medical College and Hospital Chairman

 

ETHICS COMMITTEE

Name Professional occupation Designated in the Committee as
Professor Nirmal Kumar Ganguly Former Director Generals-Indian Council of Medical Research, India. Member
Professor Santa Sabuj Das Scientist F, NICED, Kolkata Member 
Padma Shri Prof. Indira Chakravarty Public Health Specialist, Chief Advisor- Public Health Engineering Department, Government of West Bengal Member 
Professor Anita Shet (USA) Senior scientist, JHU Member 
Dr. Atri Bhaumik Finance Officer at West Bengal University and Technology Member 
Dr. Bevin Philip (USA) Executive Vice-President of Eastern United States Member 
Ms. Mary Dutta Advocate, Calcutta, High Court Member 
Dr. Pradip K Ghosh (USA) Founder/Chairman, International Institute of Innovation and Technology Member 

 

Dr. Ghosh and Dr. N.K Ganguly are with the dean and the administrators of JHU, Bloomberg School of public health
Dr. Ghosh and Dr. N.K Ganguly are with the dean and the administrators of JHU, Bloomberg School of public health
I3TK-JHU members at the I3TK premises
I3TK-JHU members at the I3TK premises
Dr. Ghosh with Dr. Balaram Bhargava,
Director General of ICMR.
Dr. Ghosh with Dr. Balaram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR.