Public Health

Rama V Baru, Professor, Centre of Social Medicine & Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Rama V Baru conferred
SKOCH Challenger Award for Public Health

New Delhi, 26th March 2022: Rama V Baru’s academic pursuits have focused on health policy, international health, privatisation of health services and inequalities in health. She has published extensively on private healthcare and health services at school level in India. She is a rare academic with ground-level experience, whose expertise has been sought by the Government of India, World Health Organisation and Indian Council for Medical Research. She also engaged with UNDP. She has supported research at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, outside the confines of a medical college so that it could enrich itself through wider interaction with various disciplines of natural and social sciences. Baru has also worked on provider payment mechanisms on health system performance in light of the public sponsored health insurance schemes.

About SKOCH Award

SKOCH Award, independently instituted in 2003, is India’s honest civilian honour conferred by an independent organisation as a third party assessment. It is the only award in the country that is based on felt-needs assessment and outcome evaluation based on evidence. It therefore, recognises people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award is non-competitive and conferred for having made a definitive impact on governance improvement and growth of India. These are based on primary research and recommendations by the Collegium of past SKOCH Challenger Awardees and the Distinguished Fellows of SKOCH Development Foundation. 

SKOCH Challenger Award comes with a backing of reputation of more than two decades. It is distinctive for its approach of selection of awardees. The SKOCH Challenger Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers – organisations and individuals – but also spurs institutional guidance and best practices. 

About SKOCH Group

SKOCH Group is India’s leading think tank dealing with socio-economic issues with a focus on inclusive growth since 1997. The Group companies include a consulting wing, a media wing and a charitable foundation. SKOCH Group is able to bring an Indian felt-needs context to strategies and engages with Fortune-500 companies, State Owned Enterprises, Government to SMEs and Community-Based Organisations with equal ease. The repertoire of services includes field interventions, consultancy, research reports, impact assessments, policy briefs, books, journals, workshops and conferences. SKOCH Group has instituted India’s highest independent civilian honours in the field of governance, finance, technology, economics and social sector.

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