1. Now, IIT Kharagpur all set to offer MBBS courses, produce doctors

Now, IIT Kharagpur all set to offer MBBS courses, produce doctors

Going beyond engineering, IIT Kharagpur would soon start offering MBBS courses as well.

By: | Published: June 22, 2015 11:14 AM
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IIT Kharagpur, known around the world for its engineering courses, would be the first one in the IIT system to venture into medical education. (PTI)

Going beyond engineering, IIT Kharagpur would soon start offering MBBS courses as well. On a three-acre plot on the edge of the campus, the 400-bedded super-speciality hospital, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, would be ready by the end of 2017.

“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,” IIT Kharagpur director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti said.

The authorities have already sought approval from the Medical Council of India (MCI) for providing undergraduate medical education courses like MBBS.

IIT Kharagpur, known around the world for its engineering courses, would be the first one in the IIT system to venture into medical education.

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.

“It will bring the two diverse disciplines of engineering and medicine together in education and research. Technology will be used to access and treat large number of patients through satellite centres and secondary hospitals,” the director said.

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, officials said.

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.

  1. Boray Sudhindra
    Jun 23, 2015 at 5:53 am
    CONGRATS! Please START the discipline of MOLECULAR MEDICINE - area to Understand Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Design! and see How one can UNDERSTAND on Molecular Basis the apparently different system of Medicine - AYUSH can be Understood / Integrated with current Allopathyic System. For MBBS students FIRST let them learn how to PHYSICAL Diagnosis CORRECTLY and use of Generic medicines! For most of common ailments in TROPICAL zone do not need any high equipments and BASICS can be taught to MBBS students. BEST WISHES.
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    1. Boray Sudhindra
      Jun 22, 2015 at 10:17 pm
      CONGRATS! Please START the discipline of MOLECULAR MEDICINE - area to Understand Molecular Basis of Drug Action and Design! and see How one can UNDERSTAND on Molecular Basis the apparently different system of Medicine - AYUSH can be Understood / Integrated with current Allopathyic System. For MBBS students FIRST let them learn how to PHYSICAL Diagnosis CORRECTLY and use of Generic medicines! For most of common ailments in TROPICAL zone do not need any high equipments and BASICS can be taught to MBBS students. BEST WISHES
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      1. Boray Sudhindra
        Jul 1, 2015 at 7:53 pm
        VERY GOOD INITIATIVE. BEST WISHES. Basic mbbs degree need training in good use " Physical Diagnosis". A Molecular Medicine dept be established to understand "Mlecular Basis" of Drug action of AYUSH system. Best Eished
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          Narendra M
          Jun 23, 2015 at 5:58 pm
          (1) IIT Kharagpur setting up a medical college is indeed a new development, Many citizens who live in West Bengal and the Eastern states would certainly welcome this decision to set up Dr .B C Roy Insute of Medical Science & Research. (2) But I wish to say something on this subject. Let us note that more medical colleges do not make healthcare affordable to thousands of common citizens. Hence question is how to make healthcare affordable. (3) Cost of medical education which has gone up rapidly during the last two decades. For a majority of citizens, there is really no relief from hardship as regards high cost of medical treatment. Question is do they need super-speciality hospitals? Most of them who live in rural areas (and also those who live in remote suburbs of big cities) need efficiently run primary healthcare centres which provide basic medical aid at an affordable cost. Unless steps are taken to revamp our existing healthcare system, more MBBS degree colleges would not make any difference to the lives of millions of Indians. This is the bitter truth.
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            Poda De
            Jun 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm
            Is not the Human Body the Best Example of Divine Design in every branch of Engineering ? So, IIT getting into medical education is good.
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              t p
              Jun 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm
              Very good development. best wishes for success & achieving new heights in engg & medical science.
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