IIT Roorkee hosts international workshop

IIT Roorkee Department of Humanities and Social Sciences organized an enlightening workshop.

It was titled ‘Social Determinants of Lifestyle Related Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases among Adult Women in India.’

The event took place on the 10 January 2024 at the Department of HSS Auditorium located on IIT Roorkee premises.

IIT RoorkeeThe workshop commenced with an Inaugural Session featuring esteemed guests and experts in the field.

Inaugural at IIT Roorkee

The inaugural session was marked by the presence of key figures Prof. Anindya J. Mishra, the Convener, extending a warm welcome to guests, and Prof. S. P Singh, Head of Humanities & Social Sciences, offering insights into the department’s significance.

Prof. Sabu S. Padmadas, the International Principal Investigator from the University of Southampton, provided a comprehensive overview of the project.

Co-Principal Investigator Prof. Tapas Mishra outlined impactful pathways. Notably, the session also highlighted the crucial roles of Co-Convenors Prof. Pooja Garg and Prof. Falguni Pattanaik, emphasizing their pivotal contributions to the organization of the workshop.

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This collaborative effort of distinguished individuals exemplifies the workshop’s commitment to excellence and the seamless coordination essential for its success, say sources from IIT Roorkee.

Resource persons

The workshop at IIT Roorkee was graced by esteemed resource persons like Dr. Yutaro Setoya of WHO, Prof. Pradyot Ranjan Jena from NIT Surathkal, and Dr. Swati Sharma from VIT Chennai Campus, showcases a convergence of global perspectives on NCDs and co-morbidities.

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Their valuable insights contribute to a nuanced understanding of lifestyle-related chronic diseases among adult women in India, say sources from IIT Roorkee.

IIT RoorkeeChief Guest

The Chief Guest, Dr. Sanjeeb Kumar Patjoshi, IPS, Government of Kerala, delivered an insightful address, emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary collaborations to address the complex issue of lifestyle-related diseases.

He remarked, “IIT Roorkee’s initiative to delve into the social determinants of health is commendable.

Such collaborations between academia and industry are pivotal for developing effective strategies to tackle health challenges in our society, he said.

‘He also emphasised pivotal role of rural Panchayats and almost 14 lakh women elected representatives in these local self governments in awareness campaign, aggregating data, secondly focusing on nursing staff mostly women in India for their hands on experience insights in this research.’


The Director of IIT Roorkee, Prof. K. K. Pant, expressed his enthusiasm for the workshop.

He said guided by a legacy of 176 years, IIT Roorkee stands as a beacon of excellence, continually striving to illuminate the path of knowledge and societal progress.

In hosting events like the International Workshop on Social Determinants of Lifestyle-Related Diseases, we not only bridge academia with real-world challenges but also reaffirm our commitment to shaping a healthier and more enlightened society, said director of IIT Roorkee.

Focused on addressing the escalating burden of chronic diseases, especially among vulnerable populations, this initiative aims to bridge research gaps and deliver evidence-based solutions, he said.

By concentrating on women of reproductive age in northern states, the project seeks to disseminate vital health knowledge and make a lasting impact on individuals, communities, and states, said director of IIT Roorkee.

‘This workshop underscores IIT Roorkee’s commitment to societal well-being and the pursuit of knowledge that transcends boundaries.’


This event not only underscored IIT Roorkee’s commitment to academic excellence but also emphasizes its dedication to societal contributions.

The inclusion of international perspectives, represented by Prof. Sabu S. Padmadas and Prof. Tapas Mishra from the University of Southampton, highlights the institution’s global outreach and collaborative ethos.

The workshop’s sessions, led by eminent speakers like Prof. Anand Krishnan and Mrs. Kusum Ghildiyal, delve into critical aspects of gender and non-communicable diseases, utilizing population-level datasets and addressing intricate social determinants, reflecting the workshop’s diverse expertise, say sources from IIT Roorkee.

IIT RoorkeeConclusion

The workshop concluded with valuable insights during the Deliberations and Way Forward session, led by Dr. Tulika Bhattacharyya from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) India Office.

The event concluded with a Vote of Thanks by Prof. Anindya J. Mishra, and participants left with a sense of collective commitment towards addressing the challenges highlighted during the workshop.

It served as a beacon of the institution’s legacy and its ongoing contribution to the betterment of society for over 176 years.

IIT Roorkee continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the future, not just through technological advancements but also by addressing critical social issues that impact lives.

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