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IIT Kharagpur plans MBBS courses

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur is
planning to 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-KGP director Partha Pratim
Chakrabarti.

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, reported Indian Express.

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