(1st PPP Medical College In India under National Medical Commission Act )
    Supervised under Niti Aayog Approved By National Medical Commission
    Affiliated Teaching Hospital - Bolpur Sub-divisional Hospital
    (An initiative under PPP model with Government of West Bengal)
    Affiliated by West Bengal University Of Health Sciences
    Accredited by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India
    & Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal.


    SANTINIKETAN DIGITAL RESEARCH CENTRE is having the mission to introduce & to promote digitalization in health-care & agriculture sectors initially. But gradually, it will be a centre of excellence for research & development for all sectors that demand digitalization.
    The dramatic increase over the last two decades or so in computing power, in wired and wireless connectivity, and in the availability of data has affected all aspects of our lives. Our mission is to provide an accessible scope to the researchers for harnessing innovations in digital technologies to transform their research methods. We should know, how & why e-Research methods have emerged, including an account of the drivers that have motivated their development and the barriers to their successful adoption and how innovations in digital technologies are enabling the emergence of more powerful research infrastructure, services and tools.
    Digital platforms are increasingly used to reach people for research in health care, agricultural development and many other fields. ‘Digitally mediated research methods’ means the use of online and other digital technologies, such as online surveys, text messages and interactive voice response systems for research purposes.
    Digitally mediated research methods have several advantages compared with face-to-face methods. Digital health, the convergence of healthcare, health, digital technologies and the internet to improve and personalize healthcare delivery, is expanding access to care and promoting health and wellbeing for many people. Digital health can be broadly divided into 5 categories. Mobile health (mHealth) refers to mobile apps that can be used to educate patients and help them manage chronic diseases. Information technology (IT) involves the secure storage and sharing of health information, including electronic health records (EHRs). Wearable devices are used to consistently monitor vital signs or other health activity of users. Telehealth can connect patients and physicians remotely via the internet, and personalized medicine uses healthcare technologies such as genome sequencing to customize treatment options for patients. Federally-funded research has not only fueled the development of digital health technologies, but has made use of these technologies to improve health care delivery and health outcomes for everyone from newborns to patients living with opioid addiction.
    Digital technology is now transforming agriculture and offering new opportunities to improve productivity. The world’s first entirely machine-operated crop – a crop sown and tended without a human ever entering the field – was harvested in 2017, a milestone in digital agriculture, sometimes known as “smart farming”, or “e-agriculture”.
    Digital technologies—including the Internet, mobile technologies and devices, data analytics, artificial intelligence, digitally-delivered services and apps—are changing agriculture and the food system.
    Examples abound at different stages of the agri-food value chain: farm machinery automation allows fine-tuning of inputs and reduces demand for manual labour; remote satellite data and in-situ sensors improve the accuracy and reduce the cost of monitoring crop growth and quality of land or water; and traceability technologies and digital logistics services offer the potential to streamline agri-food supply chains, while also providing trusted information for consumers.
    Digital technologies can also help governments improve the efficiency and effectiveness of existing policies and programmes, and to design better ones. For instance, freely available and high-quality satellite imagery dramatically reduces the cost of monitoring many agricultural activities. This could allow governments to move towards more targeted policies which pay (or penalise) farmers based on observed environmental outcomes. In addition to monitoring compliance with environmental policies, digital technologies enable automation of administrative processes for agriculture and the development of expanded government services, such as in relation to extension or advisory services.
    Thus, digital technologies can support trade in agriculture and food products, by connecting private sector suppliers to new markets, and enabling new ways for governments to monitor and ensure compliance with standards and to provide faster and more efficient border procedures that are essential for perishable products.
    Three key questions highlight the actions needed from governments to ensure the opportunities offered by digital technologies are realised. Government policies and programmes appropriately facilitate the adoption of digital technologies by the agriculture and food sectors.Policymakers will need to consider potential benefits, costs and risks, and to understand the factors affecting technology uptake so that interventions can be targeted to where there is a market failure, or a public interest. Governments make use of digital technologies to design and deliver better agricultural policies. This requires understanding how technology can help in different components of the policy cycle, and may require government bodies to expand their skillsets, invest in technology and training, or partner with other actors (both government and non-government).
    Digital technologies may change the roles of government. It may create new roles or responsibilities for governments, including to enable the digital infrastructure (is there a case for governments to be a provider or a rule maker of new digital infrastructure, and under what circumstances); but on the other hand, if technology can reduce information asymmetries and transactions costs, less government intervention may be needed.
    The sustainable and inclusive uptake of digitatechnologies can improve agricultural value chain transparency, enhance food safety and combat fraud; and potentially enable new demand-side policies to promote sustainability.
    SANTINIKETAN DIGITAL RESEARCH CENTRE has been dreamt & to be designed to provide sufficient opportunities to the students/faculties/ researchers towards a new exploration for mankind.