Every nation must give topmost importance to healthcare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday as he inaugurated the Centre for Brain Research (CBR) and laid the foundation stone for a multispeciality hospital here.
The CBR has been set up at a cost of Rs 280 crore at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) campus, the foundation stone of which was laid by the Prime Minister himself.
Noting that he is glad to inaugurate the CBR at IISc, the PM said, "The joy is greater because I also had the honour of laying the foundation stone for this project. This Centre will be at the forefront of research on how to manage brain related disorders".
The CBR is developed as a one of its kind research facility and focuses on conducting vital research to provide evidence-based public health interventions to manage age-related brain disorders, officials said.
Karnataka Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, and co-founder of IT major Infosys S Gopalakrishnan and his family were among those present at the event.
The CBR was established as an autonomous, non-profit research organisation in the IISc, with the generous gift from Gopalakrishnan and his wife Sudha Gopalakrishnan, officials said.
Gopalakrishnan has also provided funds for the construction of the state-of-art building for use by CBR within IISc campus, and his philanthropic gift is the largest support provided by an individual for scientific research in the history of India.
Modi also laid the foundation stone for the 832-bedded Bagchi-Parthasarathy Multispeciality Hospital.