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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
Newer accomplishment in research


President, Indian Society for Dental Research/IADR-Indian Division, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Former Chief, CDER, AIIMS, New Delhi; Former Director, General I.T.S Group of Dental Institutions, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Date of Web Publication12-Feb-2018
 

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Parkash H. Newer accomplishment in research. Indian J Dent Res 2018;29:1-2

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Parkash H. Newer accomplishment in research. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2018 [cited 2018 May 26];29:1-2. Available from: http://www.ijdr.in/text.asp?2018/29/1/1/225251



It is my great honor to be the President of prestigious Indian Society of Dental Research (IADR)-Indian Division. The Society has been growing for the past 30 years, and the official publication of the Society Indian Journal of Dental Research has become one of the most reputed dental journals in the region. It enjoys one of the top ranking in Indian Dental Journals as per ISI-Thomson Reuters Index.[1]

As per the objectives and mission of our society, we must work together to promote ethical and meaningful research in the country. During this year, the Head Office proposes to undertake several activities to promote relevant dental research among the members and young faculty. It has become essential to be in line with the growing needs and changing era in the 21st Century. It is remarkable that up till now, 30 national conferences have been conducted by our society with involvement and support of IADR and International Scientific Community. This has become essential to be at par with the international research being conducted worldwide.

Another important information to be brought to the notice of the members is that in October 2017, the Indian Council for Medical Research has released the new and revised National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research involving human participants [2] and Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research involving children.[3] This document is a complete guideline for conduct of medical research. It also has guidelines for composition and role of each member of Ethics Committee. It also touches upon research involving special conditions and process of taking consent in details. To the best of my knowledge, this is the most comprehensive and detailed document on Biomedical Ethics in the World. I hope that these guidelines will help the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) members in conducting Ethical Research and also help institutions in having meaningful Ethics Committees.

You will also be glad to know that ISDR has several awards for the young and senior members, and details of the same are available on the website. The IADR also institutes some of the awards/fellowships/travel grants, which are available to all IADR divisions including India. However, some of the awards need nominations through the Head Office of IADR-India Division. I am also proud to share that year by year, our society's participation in IADR activities is increasing, and number of presentations and awards are also increasing significantly.

Our researchers should know that Government of India has started several activities and programs which are useful for the young generation in dentistry who are interested in research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The main programs for our relevance are Make in India, Start-up India, and Skill India.

The Make in India program is a major national initiative designed to facilitate investment, foster innovation, enhance skill development, protect intellectual property rights, and build best in class manufacturing opportunities in India.[4] For us, this scheme encourages us to take up manufacturing of dental materials and equipment in our country to save foreign exchange and have self-sufficiency. To this direction, government is providing platforms for working together by various sectors and facilitates soft loans. The government is trying to create conducible atmosphere for manufacturing within India by identifying new sectors, new infrastructure establishments, and making the process simpler for the industry. Government is very keen to promote medical devices, drugs, and materials under this initiative.

The Start-up India program is meant for encouraging young professionals to be the entrepreneurs and take up smaller startups.[5] This program facilitates making linkages between various experts required for a good startup and it also helps in arranging soft loans and guidance to the youth. For example, startup meets and conferences are organized by the government where the young professionals present their ideas about new and innovative product manufacturing, the engineers, production experts, sales professionals, and government officials attend the same program. On finding a matching idea, they make a team and jointly apply for a loan with their plan. The government also appoints a professional guidance and monitoring mechanist for such initiative. This way, it is trying to harness the young talent of India for the country's progress and self-sufficiency.

The Skill India program aims to train the youth in the skills required in today's time.[5] It is heartening to know that dental assistants course has been started by some of the states under this program so that underprivileged section of the society can get these skills and fill the demand-supply gap of dental auxiliaries in our country. The details of each program and methods to apply are available on relevant government websites, and it will be definitely useful for ISDR members and dental profession as a whole in our country.

I appeal to all experienced and young members of ISDR to take advantage of the government schemes and IADR awards, to bring India to higher platforms of Dental Sciences and Research.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

 
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SCIMAGO Journal and Country Ranking for Year 2016. Available from: http://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?area=3500&Country=IN. [Last accessed on 2017 Dec 22].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Indian Council for Medical Research Guidelines for National Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical and Health Research Involving Human Participants. New Delhi, India. Available from: http://www.icmr.nic.in/guidelines/ICMR_Ethical_Guidelines_2017.pdf. [Last accessed on 2017 Dec 22].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Indian Council for Medical Research Guidelines for Ethical Guidelines for Biomedical Research Involving Children. New Delhi, India. Available from: http://www.icmr.nic.in/guidelines/National_Ethical_Guidelines_for_BioMedical_Research_Involving_Children.pdf. [Last accessed on 2017 Dec 22].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Make in India Initiative by Government of India. Available from: http://www.makeinindia.com/home. [Last accessed on 2017 Dec 21].  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Government of India Policy 2015. Available from: http://www.skilldevelopment.gov.in/National-Policy-2015.html. [Last accessed on 2017 Dec 21].  Back to cited text no. 5
    

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Correspondence Address:
Hari Parkash
President, Indian Society for Dental Research/IADR-Indian Division, Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Former Chief, CDER, AIIMS, New Delhi; Former Director, General I.T.S Group of Dental Institutions, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/ijdr.IJDR_782_17

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