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IQ to bites, ethics nod to 196 studies

The Patna Medical College's ethics committee met after a year on Saturday to approve 196 research papers to be undertaken and submitted by the postgraduate students of the institute.

By Our correspondent in Patna
  • Published 19.02.18
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The ethics committee meeting on Saturday. Telegraph picture

Patna: The Patna Medical College's ethics committee met after a year on Saturday to approve 196 research papers to be undertaken and submitted by the postgraduate students of the institute.

Determining IQ level from blood group, social parameters for suicides, effect of iodised salt intake on a person's growth, risk among marginalised people to contract non-communicable diseases and a person's vulnerability to animal bites - these are only some of the research papers that were approved.

The Medical Council of India has time and again pointed at the lack of research by students and faculty members of the college.

Principal Vijay Kumar Gupta said: "It is mandatory for postgraduate students to take up a research project. To conduct the research, the students need the approval of the ethics committee. It is supposed to check if the studies are in violation of ethics."

One of the ethics committee members spoke to The Telegraph about one of the topics approved - determining IQ level from a person's blood group. "A student from the medicine department submitted this. The committee had suggested the candidate to increase the sample size, and has also recommended Aryabhatta Knowledge University to allow a co-guide from the psychiatry department for the research," said the member on condition of anonymity.

The medical college runs under AKU, and the psychiatry department has been involved because the study involves the assessment of a person's IQ level.

A student has sought to research the social parameters and cause for suicides.

Preventive and social medicine head of department Rashmi Singh said: "The research on iodised salt intake's effect on mental and physical growth will be conducted in north Bihar where there is high prevalence of goiter. Another research from our department will be to detect how much are marginalised people at the risk of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, besides finding out epidemiology of animal bites." #

Gupta said while the ethics committee is supposed to meet every six months, in the absence of members, the meeting could not be held for the past year. "We have reconstituted the ethics committee and this time we have ensured outsiders and noted people from different fields," he said. "Retired additional director-general (CID) Rajvardhan Sharma is the chairman and members include Asian Development Research Institute member-secretary Shaibal Gupta.