ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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CPI(M)-No Basic Quarrel

when the other sponsor was the once premier state government-run research establishment, the Haffkine Institute The event raises many issues. Haffkine Institute, among the earliest research units established in colonial India, may well be said to have pioneered public health research under the guidance of Haffkine whose pioneering research on plague not only contributed to medical knowledge but also established research methodologies. Even later, when it was sidelined, more because of the politics of the day than anything else, it continued to pursue medical research, though in time the rot set in with neglect. A collaboration such as that referred to above, even if only for a symposium, raises the question of whether it does not compromise the scientific objectivity of a public health research institution which willy-nilly is being obliged to lend its name to the company's product advertisement campaign? Moreover, there is also the possibility that, having obtained legitimate entry into the funds starved research community, companies such as this will increasingly seek to use public facilities either for product research or for initiating projects which are inherently biased.

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