Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research (NUCSER)

Nitte University has established a research centre, Nitte University Centre for Science Education and Research (NUCSER). Biomedical Science is an interdisciplinary science that involves the study of human health and disease. Biomedical scientists are trained in various disciplines to gain an understanding of how the human body is organized (anatomy), how the various organs and cells function (physiology, biochemistry and molecular biology), what are the structural and chemical changes taking place in human system in various diseases (pathology and clinical biochemistry), various causative agents of diseases (microbiology, non-communicable diseases, cancer biology), diagnosis (clinical pathology, microbiology, biochemistry and molecular biology) chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of diseases (pharmacology) and instrumentation (biophysics). Graduates and postgraduates in biomedical sciences are in great demand by the health care industry and play a role in diagnostic services, biomedical instrumentation, drug development, biotechnological industry, pharmaceutical industry contributing to development of new diagnostics or therapeutic agents and providing regulatory services.

Health care involves several stakeholders including hospitals, pharmaceuticals, diagnostic services, medical equipment supplies, medical insurance, regulators, research and development institutions. It has been estimated that the health care industry in India is growing at 15% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) and is expected to reach US$ 250 billion by 2020. Rising population, increasing disposable income, increasing lifestyle related health issues, cheaper treatment costs, thrust in medical tourism, improving health insurance penetration, government initiatives and focus on public private partnership (PPP) models are some of the major factors driving the health care industry in India. As the health care sector is growing in India, the employment opportunities for biomedical scientists are also increasing. Private sector accounts for 68% of health care expenditure in India and their contribution is steadily increasing. Private sector requires talented biomedical scientists trained in state of the art techniques.

Recognising the need for biomedical scientists in health care sector in India, Nitte University, which has been graded “A” by NAAC and by the Ministry of Human Resource Development Resource, has started B.Sc and M.Sc. Courses in Biomedical Sciences under a new Center called Nitte University Center for Science Education and Research (NUCSER), headed by Dr. (Mrs) Indrani Karunasagar, an internationally renowned scientist who has several patents and commercialised technologies to her credit. NUCSER works closely with other Medical institutions under Nitte University, so that the students get hands on training in different disciplines.