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IIT- Kharagpur plans to offer medical courses

The Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur is planning to start offering medical courses like MBBS, MS and MD on its campus. The reputed institution will be submitting a project report for the same to the Human Resource Development Ministry in July 2011.

“We believe that the ministry is all set to table a bill to amend the existing statute of the IITs to allow them to introduce medical studies as well as to allow us set up a hospital. Till now, we had churned out efficient engineers. Now, we will also be committed to producing world-class doctors,” said IIT Kharagpur’s deputy director AN Mazumdar.

IIT Kharagpur may become the first among the six IITs to set up a medical school if it gets parliamnet’s nod in the monsoon session.

The report prepared by IIT Kharagpur talks about introducing postgraduate courses in technology oriented medical education. It also seeks to set up a seven-storied building for a medical hospital. “Initially, we had plans to open a 700-bed hospital. Now, the plan has been modified into 450 beds to start with. The new hospital will have major departments like oncology, cardiology, radiology and neurology,” added Mazumdar.

The medical school will only be set up after getting an approval from MHRD and the Medical Council of India.

“Our strength is technology-driven research. We have thus emphasized on introducing technology-oriented medical education. We had initially planned to start postgraduate courses like MS and MD. However, due to guidelines and restrictions of the Medical Council of India ( MCI), we will also introduce MBBS courses. Under the guidelines, we can only start a postgraduate programme in medicine if we have an undergraduate programme as well,” added another senior professor of the institute.

The admissions to the proposed medical school will be done in a phased manner.

“In each phase, we will take 50 students for the undergraduate medical course. There are a few options for admitting students. One is to introduce a biology paper in the existing IIT-JEE examination. Another is to admit students through the All India Pre-medical Test. The mode of admission has not yet been decided and a final call will be taken soon. Once the approval comes, other modalities will be chalked out,” said Mazumdar.

[Source: Times of India]

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