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Bengal varsity, Metalogic Systems ink MoU for rural healthcare projects

PTI Kolkata | Updated on July 29, 2011 Published on July 29, 2011

Bengal Engineering and Science University (BESU) and software firm Metalogic Systems have begun a collaborative research project for applications in rural healthcare through the use of mobile phone-interfaced devices.

The BESU Vice-Chancellor, Mr Ajoy Ray, said: “a new horizon has been opened up in teaching, learning and research related to IT.

“Metalogic Systems has been one of the first private companies to sign a MoU with us for carrying out research projects that would evangelise the spread and use of healthcare applications like ultrasonography to the masses in rural areas at 2 to 3 per cent of the current costs,” he said.

“Some big houses have evinced keen interest in the Metalogic Systems-BESU model and are talking to us for similar tie-ups,” Mr Ray said.

He said that the project was expected to open doors for more such industry-academia partnerships in R&D.

Metalogic Systems is a leading provider of software re-engineering services that use automated processes to significantly reduce costs and time taken to complete projects.

“This will greatly reduce the cost of ultrasonography by generating preliminary medical data for doctors to determine the course of treatment,” BESU sources said.

BESU has also set up a Centre for Healthcare Services Technology and a sponsored research consultancy cell to spearhead research activities.

The sources said BESU had recently received Rs 25-crore fund for research and development and much of it was through grants in-aid from the government and its various agencies.

Published on July 29, 2011
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