Chandigarh, August 19–After a successful and result-oriented visit to New York, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, reached the capital of USA Washington D.C. by road today.
During his stay in the US capital he is scheduled to interact with World Bank officials, members of US-India Business Council, Honeywell top brass and some industry giants.
On the way, he made a halt at Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore. Addressing senior associates and the faculty members there, the Chief Minister sought cooperation and guidance from its Bloomberg School of Public Health for upgrading the Kalpana Chawla University of Health Sciences which is being set up at Karnal in Haryana as a Centre of Excellence.
He also stressed the need for working out realistic avenues for cooperation and collaboration with Haryana Government in the area of health and medical care. The Haryana Industries and Commerce Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu, was also present on this occasion.
Johns Hopkins University, the first research university in the United States, has been ranked among top universities of the world. During the last 140 years, as many as 36 Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with Johns Hopkins. The university has a reputed school called John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
The Chief Minister said the Haryana Government was setting up world class Kalpana Chawla University of Health Sciences in the memory of Indian-origin astronaut Kalpana Chawla who was born and brought up in Karnal. She was the first Indian-American astronaut and first Indian woman to go into space. This institute would be developed as a Centre of Excellence to improve the health of the people through best clinical care, innovative research and by imparting education to the future leaders in medicine and allied fields. While inviting participation from Johns Hopkins in the construction, maintenance, expert training and research activities of the university, the Chief Minister said the Haryana Government desired to promote super specialty services in the health sector so that the people could get specialist healthcare services in the state.
The faculty of the university made a Power Point presentation on brief history of Johns Hopkins and its works in India.
The Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Mr Sanjeev Kaushal, made a brief presentation on the Kalpana Chawla University of Health Sciences. The state government is looking for your guidance in establishing the university to improve health outcomes in the state. He also highlighted the improvements registered by Haryana in health sector.
Those present on the occasion included Principal Secretary, Industries, Mr. Devender Singh, Managing Director HSIIDC, Mr Vineet Garg, DGIPR, Dr. Abhilaksh Likhi, Prof. Walter Andersen, Director, South Asia Studies Program, School of Advanced International Studies/Johns Hopkins University, Mr Stephen Gange, Dr Suresh K. Gupta, Mr. Heath Elliott, Dr. Krishna Rao, Ms Shruti Mehta and other dignitaries.
Later, the Chief Minister paid rich tributes to Mahatma Gandhi after offering flowers at his statue in Washington DC.