IIT Kharagpur to soon offer MBBS courses
India Institute of Technology Kharagpur: Engineering School to Begin Offering Medical Courses
Adding to its international appeal, the authorities are also collaborating with Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and Imperial College, London on medical science. Since 2001, IIT-Kharagpur has been running the school of medical science and technology which has an inter-disciplinary three-year post-graduate programme in medical science and technology. For its faculty, employees and students, the IIT has the B C Roy Technology Hospital inside its campus with 32 beds, including ICU and isolation ward.
IIT Kharagpur, a whirlpool of technological studies, will soon have students pursuing MBBS courses. Producing innumerable technical minds in the various fields of engineering and one of the monumental flagships among the technical institutions of our country since its inception in 1951, the institute is all set to have its own Medical College, christened, Dr. B C Roy Institute of Medical Science and Research for which an amount of Rs. 230 Crores has already been sanctioned by the Central Government during the General Budget for the FY 2014-15. The construction work commencement is in offing and is expected to be over by end 2017, said a bulletin given by the Hon’ble Director to the PTI.
The government has already sanctioned a grant of Rs. 230 crore last year for this purpose. Construction work will start soon and is expected to be completed within 26 months.
The authorities have already sought approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for providing undergraduate medical education courses like MBBS.
IIT Kharagpur, famous around the world for its engineering courses, would be the first one in the IITs system to venture into Medical Study.
Besides serving the local populace, the hospital will also work on biomedical, clinical and translational research.
Drug design and delivery will be other key research areas to which the hospital will contribute.
The hospital is planning to use technologies like remote diagnostics, telemedicine, teleradiology, and expert systems leveraging outreach of cellular network.
Also proposed are a paramedic, nursing training facility, biomedical innovation unit and a medical outreach unit.
In the next phase, the hospital would be upgraded to 750 beds.