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IIT-Kharagpur to offer MBBS by 2017, upgrades campus hospital into institute

IITIIT-Kharagpur, which is a pioneer in engineering courses in India, is now embarking upon the medical sciences too to ebceome the firts IIT in India to offer MBBS from 2017.

The construction work for a 400-bed super-speciality hospital, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, is likely to be ready by them and the government approval was already obtained, said IIT-Karagpur director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti.

“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,” Chakrabarti told media. The hospital will serve local population and also work on biomedical, clinical and translational research, he said.

With the medical sciences, the IIT-Karagpur 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 noted.

Some of the technologies that the institite is keen to explore include remote diagnostics, telemedicine, teleradiology, and expert systems leveraging outreach of cellular network, besides paramedic, nursing training, biomedical innovation unit and a medical outreach unit.

IIT-Karagpur, which is already collaborating with the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, in the US and the Imperial College in London on medical sciences, is familiar with running the school of medical science and technology which has an inter-disciplinary three-year post-graduate programme in medical science and technology now.

In addition, the erstwhile 32-bed B.C. Roy Technology Hospital for inmates will now take the shape of a full-fledged institute when the building finishes its construction in 2017.

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