FOGSI and ISRO join hands to launch FOGSI - ICOG Satellite School

MUMBAI: The Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India (FOGSI) in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced the launch of a satellite based educational program for medical students and practitioners in the country.

Under this novel academic initiative, COSME Farma Laboratories Limited (CFLL) will install the satellite dishes with technical support from ISRO. A class-room like teaching module will be adopted wherein the course content developed by FOGSI doctors will be disseminated live via satellite to over 100 Municipal and Government medical colleges of India. The satellite based teaching methodology will be an ongoing program which will be held atleast once a month.

This facility can also be used in future to carry out training of various medical officers and students of nursing on various aspects of ObGyn such as emergency obstetric care, demonstration of various techniques, etc. The Programs will be conducted by the Indian College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ICOG).

Speaking on this innovative initiative, President, FOGSI Dr. Duru Shah said, ?FOGSI has successfully undertaken various educational initiatives like conducting free surgical workshops for resident doctors. Our health care program especially has gained great credence amongst the youth. The satellite school concept is a path breaking inventiveness in terms of providing in-depth medical knowledge and technical developments in the field of ObGyn. Through the satellite school, we intend to reach out to the entire student community simultaneously?.

One of the major application of ISRO? satellite communication venture has been for education. Special attention has been given to linking of schools, colleges/universities, educational institutions, continuing education and up-gradation of professionals (for example, doctors, lawyers, etc). In continuation with this initiative, ISRO? joining hands with FOGSI reiterates it?s thrust on taking education to every nook & corner of the country.

The Satellite Centers have already been launched in the Medical Colleges in Jaipur, Jammu, Gorakhpur, Patna, Guntur, Manipal, Baroda and Goa.

Commenting on CFLL?s role in the satellite based educational programme, Managing Director, CFLL P.R. Hegde, said, ?We are extremely happy to be associated as a partner in such a novel initiative. It would be our endeavor to provide medical students an access to latest treatment methodologies which in turn will assist them to provide best medical services to the people of India?.

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