"DST has granted 16 leading scientific institutions in India to conduct research on the effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on human health. This is the first time the government is going for a massive evaluation of the health aspects of the mobile radiation following an inter-ministerial committee's directive for the same in 2011," Telecom industry body COAI said in a note.
The information obtained under the Right to Information Act by Kaustav Sircar, mentioned that the department has allocated a total of over Rs 9.89 crore for various studies with a duration ranging between 20 and 36 months.
The key focus of these studies will be on the impact of EMF-related issues on dosimetry, brain-related effects, biochemical studies, reproduction pattern, comparison of animal and human models, plant system, remedial measures, etc, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) said.
Fund of over Rs 2.5 crore has been allocated to Delhi based All India Institutes of Medical Sciences for study which has to be completed within a period of 2-3 years. The other institutes include National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, Agharkar Research Institute in Pune, Amity University in Noida, IIT Madras, IITM Gwalior, AIIMS Rishikesh and Punjab University.
"As of now, the ICMR is undergoing the process to conduct a cohort study on these lines as recommended by the Inter-ministerial committee of 2011, with a target group of 4500 people in Delhi. The internationally reputed, Tata Memorial Centre (Mumbai) is independently doing research on this issue in Mumbai," COAI said.