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The Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VPCI) is a unique postgraduate medical institution devoted to the study of chest diseases. It is a University of Delhi maintained institution and is funded entirely by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The institute is ideally located in the heart of the main campus of the University of Delhi, providing the requisite academic environment. The Institute fulfills the national need for providing relief to large number of patients in the community suffering from chest diseases. It has eminently discharged its role and has earned a unique place in the field of Chest Medicine.

Post : Senior Research Fellow


Applications are invited for Senior Research Fellow (SRF) for DBT project , “Smart regulation of antibiotic use in India: understanding, innovating and improving compliance” under India-UK initiative on ‘Antimicrobial Resistance’. The positions are with the Principal Investigator of the project, Dr. Anita Kotwani, Professor & Head, Department of Pharmacology, Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi University, Delhi 110007. Appointments shall be initially for a period of one year renewable for another one year.

Project Brief:
Project title: Smart regulation of Antibiotic use in India: Understanding, Innovating and Improving Compliance.
This is an innovative collaborative project between Department of Biotechnology, Government of India and Research Councils UK.
Indian team - PI, Prof. Anita Kotwani, Department of Pharmacology, V.P. Chest Institute, University of Delhi, Delhi. Co-PI, Dr. Jyoti Joshi, Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP) and Amity University, Co-Is, Dr Nagendre Hegde (National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad), and Dr Anjana Sankhil Lamkang (CDDEP), New Delhi.
UK Team - Dr. Gerard Porter, University of Edinburgh, UK, (PI)

Project Summary: The containment of AMR is a multi-faceted task that needs a one-health approach as suggested in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2015 Global Action Plan (GAP) on AMR. Countries including India have aligned their National Action Plans (NAPs) on AMR with this international guidance. One of the important links for various activities for AMR containment is the appropriate use of antibiotics to reduce selection pressure on microbes. According to the GAP, effective regulation will be a key tool for ensuring that national standards aimed at optimising the use of antimicrobial medicines in human and animal health are followed in practice.
The core idea of this project is to apply the ideas and methods of 'smart regulation' to better understand the underlying problems and co-produce innovative regulations with regulators and regulatory subjects that will likely lead to mutually acceptable regulations and improved compliance. Three central design principles of smart regulation include: a) the use of a range of 'softer' regulatory options to shape behaviour in conjunction with 'traditional' regulatory measures of fines and legal penalties; b) effective stakeholder engagement and input into regulation; and c) an emphasis on identifying win-win outcomes in regulation. We will implement the 'smart regulation' approach through, inter alia, interactive workshops that bring regulators and other stakeholders in AMR-related sectors together to share perspectives and discuss viable regulatory options. We will focus on four particularly important sectors for AMR containment. We will also offer regulators a range of ‘softer’ approaches


Key sectors and Locations for the study:
Taking a one health approach, we have chosen four key sectors particularly affected by AMR that will be studied in detail in three geographical contexts i.e. within two Indian states and at the national level. The four sectors are:
1. OTC antibiotic sales at pharmacies without valid prescription
2. Poultry farmers using antibiotics (including as a growth factor)
3. Hospital AMR containment
4. Pharma industry effluents and AMR


  • Consolidate project knowledge base by helping in drafting project reports and scientific publications.
  • Consolidate the work already done on the project and writing draft papers
  • Conduct a structured literature search on antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic usage in health care, food animals’ esp. poultry farms and environmental pollution from the pharmaceutical industry
  • Assist the Pl and investigators by taking on interdisciplinary collaboration with research collaborators.
  • Conduct in-depth interviews with the crucial academics, government officials, industry, researchers, civil society members, the community at the national, state and district level for 4 case studies.
  • Assist in collating and analysis of data collected and prepare timely reports for research publications and projects.
  • Ensure systematic data collection, cleaning, storage and analysis within the project timelines.
  • Writing scientific papers, research outputs including project reports, workshop relevant background documents, project summaries and other documents associated with the project.
  • Assist in organizing workshops with crucial stakeholders, project reports and updates to the donor and other partners and coordination among other research partners within and outside the institution.
  • Support in any other research and work needed with the everyday functioning of the organization as specified by the study investigator.
  • May have an opportunity to enrol in a PhD course with the project.


Essential Qualifications:
Postgraduate degree in Pharmacology/ Public Health/basic sciences/ social sciences/ mass communication/ biotechnology/ Veterinary Sciences; Graduate/ postgraduate in medical professional courses, chosen with a procedure described via any of the following:
a.Selected with National Eligibility Tests – CSIR-UGC NET including lecturership and GATE
b.The selection process through National level exams conducted by central government departments and their agencies and institutes such as ICMR, DST, DBT etc.

Skills: Excellent scientific writing, great communication abilities, competent in using Microsoft Office and data analysis software.

Experience: 2-3 years.

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