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Indian Phenotype and Unique DNA: Implications for Health Data

Union Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, emphasized the distinctiveness of the Indian phenotype and DNA, highlighting the need for separate health data for Indian citizens. Speaking at the 6th National Convention of Vigyan Bharati (ViBha) at MIT-ADT University in Pune, Dr. Singh, an esteemed diabetologist, pointed out the prevalence of central and visceral obesity in India, which are significant risk factors for metabolic diseases such as heart disease and hypertension

Integrated and Holistic Health Approach

Dr. Singh stressed the significance of combining traditional knowledge with modern treatment to properly manage these health conditions. He said, “The Indian phenotype is different; our DNA varies from the rest of the globe, therefore some diseases are more common in India.” To fight these, we require an effective and holistic strategy that combines our ancient wisdom with modern treatment.”

Need for Separate Health Data

Advocating for distinct health data for Indians, Dr. Singh remarked, “We should have separate data on health.” He underscored the value of traditional knowledge, calling it an “exclusive asset,” and highlighted the Department of Science and Technology’s initiative to create a Traditional Knowledge Digital Library to integrate traditional and modern medicinal practices.

Changing Perceptions of Oriental Medicine

Dr. Singh noted that the Covid-19 pandemic altered perceptions towards oriental medicine, leading to greater acceptance and appreciation. He highlighted India’s progress in science and technology over the last decade, including establishing unique standards that align with international benchmarks.

Growth in Startups and Innovation

He also pointed out the significant growth in India’s startup ecosystem, mentioning that the number of startups increased from 350 in 2014 to nearly 1.5 lakh. Additionally, Dr. Singh shared that India has risen from 81st to 40th in the Global Innovation Index and ranks third globally in the number of PhDs in science and the startup sector.

Recognition as a Frontline Nation

Citing these achievements, Dr. Singh concluded, “The so-called developed nations have now accepted that India has become a frontline nation.” He encouraged science students to base their beliefs on evidence, stating, “Our belief in Indianness is not just out of national pride but is based on sound scientific research.”

Source: Inputs from various media Sources 

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