Wednesday, 12 December 2012

West Bengal goverment announces India's first stem course

Logo of Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine announces stem cells courseThe Government of West Bengal, recently announced a new course in stem cell biology at the School of Tropical Medicine under the name of "Regeneration Medicine and Translational Science".

According to the registrar of West Bengal University of Health Sciences, Manoj Ghosh, there is no other similar course in India, thus making West Bengal the first state to introduce a stem cell related course in the country.

The course will start in 2013 and last for one academic year. Around 20 post graduates medical students will be accepted. Applicants will be required to give an interview and a written test. Aim of the course is to introduce medical students on how dead tissues of brain, kidney and other organs can be used in stem cell clinical research.

The course has already been accepted by the Health Department of West Bengal, however the Medical Council of India has yet to recognise it. Officials of the course say, that once it is successfully finished they will apply for recognition.


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