Model Rural Health Research Unit (MRHRU)

Model Rural Health Research Unit (MRHRU) is a Scheme under the Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. The objectives of the Scheme are as follows:

  • Creating infrastructure for transfer of technology to the rural level for improving quality of health services to rural population.
  • Ensuring an interface between the New Technology Developers (Researchers in Medical institutions; State or Centre), Health System Operators (Centre or State Health Services) and the Beneficiaries (Communities in rural areas).
  • Ensuring geographical spread of health research infrastructure in the country.

ICMR-NICPR is the mentoring Institute for two MRHRUs as detailed below:

  1. MRHRU at CHC Khotpura, Panipat, Haryana (Link Medical College is Kalpana Chawla Medical College, Karnal)
  2. MRHRU at PHC Bilaspur, Gautam Budh Nagar, Uttar Pradesh (Link Medical College is Government Institute of Medical Sciences, Greater Noida)

The following is a list of projects that have been completed/ are being undertaken under the MRHRU at Khotpura, Panipat, Haryana:

S.No. Title of project Principal Investigator Date of start Date of completion Status
1. Sero-prevalence of Aspergillus in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and their clinical co-relation Dr. Prerna Aggarwal, HOD, Dept of Microbiology, Kalpana Chawla Govt Medical College (KCGMC), Karnal November 2021 November 2023 Completed
2. Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance in View of One Health Concept Dr. Prerna Aggarwal, Dept of Microbiology, KCGMC, Karnal November 2021 November 2024 Ongoing
3. Exploring the role of Bisphenol A (BPA) in pathogenesis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A comparative study between rural and urban population Dr. Richa Goel, Dept of Biochemistry, KCGMC, Karnal November 2023 November 2026 ongoing
4. Role of genetic factors associated with tobacco cessation Dr. Anuj Kumar, ICMR-NICPR November 2023 November 2025 Ongoing
5. Understanding psychosocial determinants and other mediators in tobacco cessation and their relationship with quitting: A longitudinal, quantitative study from Karnal district in Haryana Dr. Sudhir Tanwar, ICMR-NICPR November 2023 November 2025 Ongoing