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.