|Modern medical research involves increasingly
sophisticated statistical tools and computerized systems for data management
and analysis. There is an acute shortage of trained manpower to take up
this challenge and to bridge the gap between statistical practice and biomedical
research. This fellowship program has been designed to train young statisticians
in the area of biostatistics. It is of three-year duration. Openings for
two candidates are available during January and July each year.
Candidates with M Stat, M.Sc ( Biostatistics/Statistics/Applied
Statistics) or MCA (Master of Computer Application) degree with statistics
or mathematics at graduate level are eligible. Awards are made through
a written test and personal interview. NET or GATE qualified candidates
are exempted from written test.
Training is delivered in the form of lectures
and computer laboratory sessions. The fellows are supposed to work under
the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Biostatistics.
Training includes orientation to health care system, basic epidemiology
and medical terminology, computer programming, extensive training in statistical
computing , use of statistics packages like SAS, SPSS, SPLUS, etc., application
of advanced statistical methods in medical research, working out problems
coming form other specialties for statistical consultancy and advice, development
of study design and protocol for hospital and community based studies and
use of statistical methods for health care evaluation.