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IIM Indore Signs LoI with AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd

An LoI between IIM Indore Signs and AstraZeneca Pharma India Ltd. aims to contribute to the development and establishment of better health care delivery services. Among others it aims to also focus on research in new technology and management frontiers like Big Data, AI, SMM, etc.
The LoI was signed by Prof. Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore and Mr. Gagandeep Singh, Country President, AstraZeneca Pharma India Limited on October 12, 2021. Prof. Himanshu Rai noted that the purpose of the LoI is to contribute to the expansion and establishment of better and robust healthcare delivery services through a mutual academic-industry partnership. ‘We at IIM Indore are always keen to contribute to improving the quality of life for people around us, and a big component of that is health. We are pledged to create a healthier India and hence, we are pleased to collaborate with AstraZeneca, for our support to the healthcare sector’, he said. He noted that the collaboration would focus on the joint use of research equipment and facilities for research in modern technology and management frontiers like Big Data Analytics, AI, Communication, GIS, Video Analytics, Knowledge & Information Management Systems and Lean and Agile Techniques. ‘We would also incorporate managerial aspects like Negotiation, Service Improvement, Social Media Management, Authentic and Inclusive Leadership Development, etc.’, he added.
Mr. Gagandeep Singh noted that IIM Indore is amongst the top B-Schools in India with a Triple Crown accreditation. ‘We are happy to sign a Letter of Intent with IIM Indore and join hands for research and projects with its talented faculty members. Apart from publishing research studies on mutually agreed topics, the collaboration also aims to review the existing identification, diagnostic and treatment regime in public health setup. We look forward to the recommendations from the IIM Indore team for further strengthening of the system’, he said.
IIM Indore and AstraZeneca would also work for research and publications, conducting skill development and awareness programmes in the areas of public health, public health policy, public/private health organizations for improving access to health and innovation.
The collaboration is an umbrella of multiple projects with an objective to raise awareness about public health and health policies. A team led by Prof. Himanshu Rai, consisting Prof. Sneha Thapliyal & Prof. Sayantan Banerjee, Faculty, IIM Indore, would be working on these projects for the LoI valid for three years.