Inauguration India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Inauguration India HPSR Fellowships Programme

The India Health Policy & Systems Research (HPSR) Fellowships Programme is delighted to invite you to the inauguration session of its first cohort


2:00 – 2:05 pm (IST)

Welcome address 

Rajeev Sadanandan, CEO, Health Systems Transformation Platform (HSTP)

2:05 – 2:15 pm

Introduction to the India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Prashanth N Srinivas, Assistant Director of Research

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru (IPH)

2:15 – 2:20 pm

Journey of the India HPSR Fellowships Programme 

N Devadasan, Technical Advisor, HSTP

2:20 – 2:30 pm

Inaugural remarks – Shri Rajesh Bhushan

Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Government of India

2:30 – 2:40 pm

Inaugural remarks – Dr. Soumya Swaminathan

Chief Scientist, World Health Organization (WHO)

2:40 – 2:55 pm

Introduction to the core faculty of the programme

2:55 – 3:00 pm

Vote of thanks 

Dr. Dorothy Lall Faculty, IPH

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

Planetary Health Interpretation Centre In Pakke Tiger Reserve

As part of the THETA project (Towards Health Equity & Transformative Action on tribal health), India Alliance fellow Dr Prashanth N Srinivas and his team at IPH Bengaluru plan to set up a Planetary Health Interpretation Centre in Pakke Tiger Reserve, Arunachal Pradesh, India, in collaboration with faculty from Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, key government officials from the Pakke Tiger Reserve Forest Department and community actors living around the tiger reserve.

The initiative will build on the results of the THETA study that examined health inequalities in communities living around Pakke Tiger Reserve in western Arunachal Pradesh, northeast India. A participatory and community-based planetary health interpretation engagement shall begin with the establishment of a centre housed within the tiger reserve administration where people can learn about public health and the natural world and understand the close interactions between these.

‘Planetary Health’ revolves around the relationship between humanity and the natural environment as a sustainable life support system, that is built upon a community of practice of planetary education, research and policy. The engagement shall be a two-objective process of co-creating a planetary health centre and institutionalizing it through building a local network of people who shall make use of the platform for community-based engagement on various aspects of improving health and wellness of local communities.

For more details on the center, Click HERE to see.

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Call for Application India HPSR Fellowships Programme

Deadline for submission of application December 1, 2020

India Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR) Fellowships Programme

The Fellowships programme will equip public health researchers with the ability to frame health policy and systems research questions, design and conduct a study to address the question and engage stakeholders (community, policymakers and researchers) with the research findings.

The programme takes a blended learning approach for a duration of 18 months with an online foundation component, a week-long workshop, followed by the opportunity to implement a research proposal through a seed grant of Rs. 6 lakhs. 

National and international HPSR practitioners have been involved in the development of the programme and will be actively involved as faculty and mentors. More details

The India HPSR Fellowships Programme is supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust & Access Health International.

Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID19 Crisis

Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID19 Crisis



11.00 AM – 12.30 PM




“Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System: Lessons from the COVID19 Crisis”


  1. Dr. Saradindu Bhaduri Associate Professor Centre for Studies in Science Policy Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)– New Delhi
  2. Dr. V.Sujatha Professor Centre for the Study of Social Systems Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)– New Delhi


  1. Dr. Sundar Sarukkai Founder Barefoot Philosophers Bengaluru.
  2. Dr. Harilal Madhavan Development Economist Indian Institute of Science and Education Research, Thiruvananthapuram


  1. Dr. Unnikrishnan P.M. Visiting Professor The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) – Bengaluru
In the first webinar of this series, we unpacked the concept of resilience and its origins in different disciplines and the role of pluralistic healthcare approaches in times of pandemic like COVID-19. In the second webinar, we will continue the theme, exploring the concept and role of frugal innovations and their relevance in strengthening the resilience of India’s plural health system. We will also have an exposition of the response of Siddha to the COVID pandemic, to add to our understanding of the resilience shown by various health knowledge systems
Webinar series on Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System

Webinar series on Strengthening the Resilience of India’s Plural Health System


11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Title: Lessons from the COVID-19 Crisis

The University of Trans-Disciplinary Health Sciences and Technology (TDU) – Bengaluru in collaboration with Institute of Public Health (IPH) – Bengaluru and Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharalal Neharu University (JNU) – New-Delhi

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up challenges on multiple fronts and health systems are not exceptional. In fact, even the developed countries with better health systems struggled or struggling to cope with the burden and impact of the corona pandemic. With COVID-19, the beliefs and systems that we follow are bound to change. We should not only focus on returning to normalcy, rather, the time is more relevant now than ever to revamp and rejuvenate the Indian plural health system and seek long term sustainable solutions. In this webinar we would like to highlight the key lessons from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the way forward to build resilience of India’s plural health system.

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IPH Representation in South Asia Regional Consortium, SARC

IPH Representation in South Asia Regional Consortium, SARC

Dr. Upendra Bhojani was invited to be a member of a Technical Advisory Panel for the South Asian Regional Consortium Centre for Combating Tobacco (SARC-CCT), Colombo. Other members of the Technical Advisory Panel include Dr. Rana J Singh, Prof. Stella Bialous, Dr. Tara Singh Bam and Dr. Mary Assunta.

The SARC-CCT Technical Advisory Panel represents the regional and international experts who work in the tobacco control field, who are able to help advise and offer guidance to the SARC-CCT. This consortium has representatives from the South Asian states, including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, India & Sri Lanka. The consortium was first set up and inaugurated in July 2019 as a tobacco observatory, the main purpose of which is to monitor tobacco industry activities and implementation of FCTC Article 5.3 in the region of South Asia. The first meeting of the consortium was held on 30th July 2020 and is scheduled to occur once in three months. 

India Health Policy and Systems Research Fellowships program

India Health Policy and Systems Research Fellowships program

The India HPSR fellowships program is an effort towards the capacity building by

1) Providing HPSR skills and competencies to mid-career researchers and an opportunity to implement an HPSR project AND

2) Developing a national network of HPSR researchers, institutions, and stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of health policy and systems research work.

The program is being developed for the Indian context in consultation with experts in national and global HPSR, with attention to pedagogy and content to be covered. On 24 June 2020, a curriculum review workshop was conducted where 30 invited experts reviewed the curriculum drafted for the fellowship and provided feedback.

Dr. Upendra Bhojani (Director, IPH Bengaluru)

Dr. Prashanth N Srinivas (Assistant Director, Research, IPH Bengaluru)

Dr. Dorothy Lall (Assistant Director, Education, IPH Bengaluru).

Mr. Pramod Kumar (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Ms. Kanika Chaudhary (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Ms. Kranthi Vysyaraju (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Ms. Sumegha Asthana (Consultant)

Mr. Harish H N (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Mr, Yogin V A (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Dr. Mahesh K (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

Mr. Praveen Rao (Associate, IPH Bengaluru)

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We aim to identify about 20 Indian mid-career researchers, who have some experience with public health research, having led full/part of a research study that is published in a peer-reviewed journal or has good-quality publicly available scientific reports. Typically, between 3 to 7 years of experience in public health research. By education, the typical participant has a post-graduation level educational qualification in health/related field or comparable in experience to post-graduate training. S/he will have basic knowledge of research methods in public health even if their knowledge and/or experience is limited to a specific discipline/method. Participant selection is planned through an open and competitive call. A call for participants will be widely circulated and promoted to invite applications in mid of July 2020. Participants will need to support their application with a preliminary research question based on a health system problem they have identified, motivation letter and two recommendation letters. An initial screening process shall exclude applications that do not fit the criteria (age, educational qualifications, and experience). After that, a two-step selection process will be implemented. In the first step, a panel of invited peer reviewers shall grade each application based on a rubric that includes (a) Potential for the application of a systems/complexity lens to the health systems research question that is submitted, (b) Fit of motivation (as stated in the motivation letter) with overall objectives of the course, (c) Candidate fit in terms of qualification and experience based on CV & recommendation letters. In a second step, the candidates shall be ranked according to their scores and a selection committee shall identify 20 short-list and 10 wait-list candidates who shall be offered the fellowship. The selection committee shall consist of a panel of HPSR researchers involved in the curriculum drafting process and senior practitioners of HPSR. A transparent review process will be conducted to identify the first cohort for the training. We plan to enroll 20 fellows/ researchers as the first batch of HPSR fellows. Fellowship offered will be conditional to an agreement to participate fully for a period of 18 months including the blended training, contact classes, and mentoring and shall include a commitment to follow the full research cycle from developing the research question to publication and policy/public engagement. 


We plan to deliver this training program for over one and a half years. The content will be delivered in a blended format using both the online (e-learning) and face-to-face training methods. The phases of training are designed to achieve the learning outcomes. Backward design is used in developing the curriculum and training plan. Backward design is a method in curriculum development that is driven by the learning outcomes and assessments envisaged. The course is designed to be pedagogically sound and relevant to the real-world scenario. It promises to be a rich experience with national and international HPSR experts being involved in the preparation and delivery of knowledge, along with their personal experiences, some of whom will be involved as mentors during the final phase of the course. The fellowship will cover the tuition fees for the course, the travel and accommodation expenses for the face to face session and a seed research grant for select participants who have completed the online and face to face sessions with honors.



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Sixteenth webinar in the Equilogues

Sixteenth webinar in the Equilogues


3.00 PM – 5.00 PM




“Differential Experience to COVID-19 and its Control Measures in India”


  1. Md. Gufran Alam from Aman Biradari Trust (New Delhi) 
  2. Rohini Chhari from Bhoomi Gramotthan Evam Shabhagi Gramin Vikas Sanstha, Morena (Madhya Pradesh) 
  3. Lilawati Waghare from Amhi Aamchya Aarogya SathiGadhchiroli (Maharashtra) 
  4. C. Mahadeva from Zilla Budakattu Girijana Abhivruddhi Sangha 
  5. Atish Indrekar from Budhan Theatre 
  6. Dilfaraz from SAMARA
Context setting by Rakhal Gaitonde, HENI Steering Group member and Professor at  Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology, Trivandrum and one of the authors of the recent paper on BMJ Global Health titled Bridging a false dichotomy in the COVID-19 response: a ‘public health’ approach to the lockdown debate.
Moderated by Prashanth NS, HENI Secretariat member and Faculty lead at Health Equity Cluster, Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru.

“learning together” workshop-cum-webinar to collectively understand the differential effects of COVID-19 on individuals and communities. Members from underrepresented and marginalized communities will share their community’s experience of living through the pandemic and the lockdown’s impact on livelihood.

It will kindle discussions among the participants on the following key questions:
  1. What can we learn about the pandemic’s experience in particular individuals/communities/contexts?
  2. What brought about such a vulnerability in the first place?
  3. How could we mitigate the effects of such vulnerability in similar contexts?

IPH Annual Day Oration 2020

IPH Annual Day Oration 2020


Dr. Gita Sen



About the Speaker

Dr. Gita Sen
Founder & Member of the Executive Committee of Development Alternatives with Women.
Currently serves on the Scientific & Technical Advisory Group of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research.
Co-chair of PAHO’s Technical Advisory Group on Gender Equality and Health.
Gender & Health Scholar with Multiple academic affiliations to Indian and Global academic centers of excellence.

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Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell, Gov of Karnataka

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell, Gov of Karnataka

Consultancy project with the State Anti-Tobacco Cell

In a project commissioned by the State Anti-Tobacco Cell (Dept Health and Family Welfare Services, GOK), Riddhi and Upendra, researchers at the DEEP project at IPH, with the help of intern Neema Joseph, historically mapped and analyzed various tobacco-related litigations in Karnataka high court in order to identify the stakeholders as well as common laws/arguments used by these stakeholders in shaping tobacco regulations in Karnataka. The project sought to answer two main questions:

1.     What have been the legislations and major arguments used by petitioners in litigations challenging tobacco control regulations in Karnataka?

2.     Who have been the stakeholders engaged directly in litigations related to tobacco in Karnataka?

Upon completion of the study, we presented this work to members of the Tobacco Control Alliance in a meeting organized by the department on 26th July 2020 and later submitted a report of the study physically to the Deputy Director, Dr. Selvaraj who also leads the tobacco control initiative. We discussed a possible follow-up to the study, centred around convening of lawyers and select petitioners, and studying a few key litigations in Karnataka. We believe such insights can help the state government pre-empt legal challenges as well as develop an effective stakeholder-specific response to legal challenges. The team hopes to write and publish a paper based on this work.

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