Bhubaneswar, May 25: In order to facilitate inter-institutional learning and research, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration was signed between the Department of Psychology of Utkal University and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) & Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar was signed on Thursday.
The MoU was signed in the presence of the university Vice Chancellor Prof Sabita Acharya and PGIMER and Capital Hospital Director Prof Nibedita Pani.
As per the MoU, collaborative research would be undertaken where there are possibilities and opportunities in the interdisciplinary research areas. Provision of short term learning experience and exposure in the areas of Psychiatry, Public Health and other relevant interdisciplinary areas such as Positive Psychology, Mental Health, Stress Management, and Psychological Counseling through workshops would mutually benefit the stakeholders concerned.
Cooperation in internship opportunities for students of Department of Psychology would also be included in this collaboration.
Vice Chancellor Prof Sabita Acharya said that such collaboration would facilitate a holistic approach to health promotion in the State.
“Today, it is imperative to integrate both physical and mental health in addressing any disease or disorder,” said Prof Acharya.
PGIMER and Capital Hospital Director Prof Nibedita Pani said that the collaboration between two the leading institutions prioritizing public health and mental health will be beneficial.
Registrar Dr Avaya Kumar Nayak said that the collaboration will be mutually beneficial and all cooperation would be extended from the University for facilitating the partnership activities.
Prof Bhaswati Patnaik, Head of the Department of Psychology, Utkal University said that she was optimistic that such an agreement would boost quality interdisciplinary research in the coming days as the hospital is expanding with new PG Departments.
PGIMER & Capital Hospital Additional Director Dr LD Sahu, Medical Superintendent Prof. Sujata Misra and Utkal University Director (CDC & IQAC) Prof. Nigamananda Das were present on the occasion.