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Interactive Research School For Health Affairs (IRSHA), Pune


Interactive Research School for Health Affairs (IRSHA) is a unique constituent unit of Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University), totally dedicated to research. The institute was established in 2001. Dr Ulhas Wagh was the first Director. Dr P K Ranjekar succeeded him in 2006 and continued upto Dec 2014. Prof. Sahebarao Mahadik, Emeritus Professor, Augusta University, USA continued to play a key role of mentor to the institute throughout this period.

The institute is mandated to conduct research in priority areas of human health in co-ordination with other constituents of the university like Medical, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Dental colleges, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of IT & BT, Environmental sciences etc. The core area of research includes Mother and child health, Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Osteoarthritis & Herbal medicine. We have well equipped research laboratories to carry out work in biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology. Excellent and dedicated tissue culture laboratories and animal house facility are also available.

IRSHA has a vibrant and robust full time Ph.D. program. Many of the students receive fellowships from DST, ICMR and CSIR. IRSHA has published about 100 papers in National and International Journals with high Impact Factor.

IRSHA has received more than Rs. 5 Crores of competitive grants from Funding Agencies like DBT, ICMR, DST, Wellcome Trust. Due to their excellence in research, IRSHA scientists and students have received several honours and awards at national and international levels.

Recently ICMR has in principle approved a Centre for Advanced Research in preeclampsia with about Rs. 7 Crore funding to Understand mechanism leading to preeclampsia. The university is also chosen by ICAR for creation of an Advance Center for Linseed Promotion.

Extension of research to society is accorded high priority. Screening for cancer, diabetes, cervicitis at community level has been well lauded. Similarly senior citizen groups are provided free screening and advice by expert to better manage the problem. Availability of omega 3 fatty acids, 3 key nutrient to humans during development and subsequently at all ages is becoming scarce. Special effort is being made to increase production of linseed, a rich source of omega 3 fatty acid in nature, by promoting its cultivation in some parts of Maharashtra and creating value added product at commercial level in Bharati Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University).

The institute has made its presence felt both at the national and international levels which is evidenced by many national and international collaborations. It is involved on priority research in key areas and has an excellent future.


  • To be a world class university for Social transformation through dynamic education.


  • To become an acknowledged unique center of scientific expertise in human health and nutrition.
  • To tackle selected health related problems pervading our society and the underprivileged in particular.


  • To establish a well-integrated inter-institutional network of the highest caliber in biomedical and biotechnology research to ensure nutritional security to the society.
Tender Notice

Notice Inviting Tenders for Floor Model UltraCentrifuge (Due date extended till 9th July 2018)

Conducted free health check up camp for screening of metabolic syndrome:

On the occasion of birthday of Hon. Dr. Patangrao Kadam (Chancellor), and Hon. Dr. Vishwajeet Kadam (Secretary), Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Obesity-Diabetes lab in collaboration with Dept. of Community Medicine, Medical college, Bharati Vidyapeeth. It was held on 8th – 13th Jan 2018 from 10 am to 1pm at Anganwadi hall, Dandekar Bridge.

Blood donation drive:

BVU-IRSHA in association with Rajiv Gandhi ITBT and Bharati Hospital Blood Bank also jointly conducted a blood donation drive on 15th Jan 2018 at BVU-IRSHA. Dr. Sahebrao Mahadik, Georgia Regent University, USA inaugurated the camp by cutting the ribbon. Dr. D B Vani, In-charge of Bharati Blood Bank addressed the gathering and encouraged the staff & students to join for the noble cause. A total of 37 persons have donated blood in this camp.

Celebration of World Obesity Day & National Ayurveda Day

Dr Geeta Dharmatti (PhD Nutrition, Consultant) delivered a talk on Diet in Obesity (Modern Perspective) and Dr Rupali Pendse (M.D. Ayurved) on Diet in Obesity (Ayurvedic Perspective) Ethanopharmacology meeting was held

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