Hyderabad: City-based Genome Foundation today signed a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) with Kolar-based Sri Devaraj University for establishing a satellite diagnostic centre in Karnataka that would cater to the needs of rural people.
Genome Foundation (GF) Managing Director Lalji Singh and University Vice-Chancellor S Chandrashekar Shetty signed the MoU in the presence of University president and MP R L Jalappa at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology here.
Under the MoU, the University would provide land to the Foundation and also create necessary amenities for the proposed diagnostic centre.
The Foundation, in turn, would impart training to people in modern techniques of biochemical, chromosomal and molecular diagnostics. The entire process is expected to be completed in the next 18 months.
“The satellite diagnostic centre will serve the rural community by creating an awareness among them on several prevailing genetic diseases and also provide available cure and counseling as part of the Genome Foundation’s goal of reduc ing suffering from such debilitating diseases,” Lalji said on the occasion.
The Foundation aimed to establish various such branches across the country to make available its services to the rural masses.
The Foundation’s first such centre has already been established in Kalawari village in Jaunpur district of Uttar Pradesh, the GF managing director said. It would start full-scale functioning from June this year.