Mumbai: TISS's 20th edition of healthcare conference sees a huge turnout

Updated: Nov 27, 2017, 09:26 IST | Faisal Tandel

The weekend was all about Clairvoyance 2017 - the 20th edition of the annual National Conference of the School of Health Systems Studies of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which was held on the TISS campus in Deonar

The weekend was all about Clairvoyance 2017 - the 20th edition of the annual National Conference of the School of Health Systems Studies of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which was held on the TISS campus in Deonar.

(From left) Venkat Changavalli, Sarvmitra Sharma, Dr Akash Rajpal, T Sundaram and Bal Rakshase at Clairvoyance 2017. Pic/Datta Kumbhar
(From left) Venkat Changavalli, Sarvmitra Sharma, Dr Akash Rajpal, T Sundaram and Bal Rakshase at Clairvoyance 2017. Pic/Datta Kumbhar

Focussing on the theme 'Innovate, Integrate and Inspire' - signifying the evolution of the health sector and its functioning in an integrated manner towards achieving health and well being for all and inspiring future health professionals - the event saw participants from colleges in Gujarat, Maharashtra, New Delhi, Hyderabad and Karnataka among other states.

Dean of Health System Studies, TISS, Mumbai, T Sundaraman said, "The aim of our annual event is to bring leaders from the field of public health sector on one platform. We discussed a few key areas in which India should emerge a leader - data and management, social entrepreneurship in healthcare, and healthcare financing. Our platform helps the students to understand how to choose their job, and over the past few years, we have seen that this has led to 100 per cent placement."

The event saw Sarvmitra Sharma, director, Jagran Pehal; Smita Mahale, leading research scientist; Shankar Prinja from Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh; Ravi Ramaswamy from Philips India; and Venkat Changavalli, an advisor to the Government of Haryana, among others in attendance.

Sharma, who was the Chief of Honor for the event, said, "It's a privilege for us to attend this event. A majority of our work force comes from TISS. They are the ones who bring about positive changes in people's attitudes regarding use of toilets, and overall hygiene and health. We hope that more of them come and join Jagran. Also, because we have a presence in several villages, it will give talented youngsters the opportunity to test their potential."

Changavalli, a senior advisor to Tata Trust and the first to launch the 108 ambulance service in Hyderabad, said, "It was heartening to see the huge number of participants and their enthusiasm, and a great feeling to share my skills with them and help the students."

About the event
The annual programme selects its themes to address pertinent issues in the transitional healthcare system of our country. It aims to bring forth various ideas and innovative ways of promoting health through a multi-sectoral channel, and start a dialogue between community stakeholders by offering a platform to discuss the challenges present in providing universal health and healthcare.


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