In a first, IIT Kharagpur to offer MBBS course from 2020-21

To cater to the needs of local patients as well as the IIT Kharagpur institute, Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research is being set up in Balarampur area adjoining IIT-KGP campus on an 18-acre land.

Going beyond engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT, Kharagpur) will be the first technology institute to churn out doctors. IIT-Kharagpur is expected to induct the first batch of MBBS students in its medical college by 2020-21, after its hospital starts operation three years earlier. However, as per the rule, IITs cannot offer medical courses. So this project will work as a special purpose vehicle. Hence, IIT-KGP is also in the process of setting up a society to run the hospital and the medical college. IIT-KGP will sign MoU with the society so that functioning of the hospital can be in sync with IIT system.

While addressing the media personnel about healthcare facilities, IIG-KGP Deputy Director Prof Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya said, “We will be collating details of the patients by video-graphing and with their permission can disseminate it to a doctor abroad. So if a patient wants to seek the opinion of a doctor in the US, he/she can easily do it.”

The first phase of construction of this institute will get over by June this year and the hospital will be operational from the year 2018. For the same, the Union HRD ministry has sanctioned Rs 150 crore to start the hospital with 400 beds. As the project would cost around Rs 230 crore, there are plans to raise the rest of the funds through donations.

The MBBS degree will be awarded by IIT-Kharagpur, which is yet to formulate the admission process. It might not necessarily offer the admission based on NEET, they might conduct their own separate exam because the IITs are governed by a separate law, which enables them to hold their own admission exams, like for engineering courses. Admissions to engineering take place through IIT-JEE (Advanced). A final decision is yet to be taken.

In the first phase of construction, the hospital and ancillary building were getting ready, while in the second phase, residential towers for doctors, students and support staff will be undertaken. Currently the institute is busy procuring equipment for cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, diagnostics, pathology and Out-Patients Department.

IIT-KGP is ensuring that the hospital is run on no-profit-no-loss mode. IIT-KGP has been running the School of Medical Science and Technology from 2001.


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