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IIT Kharagpur plans to offer MBBS courses

Updated on Tue, 23 June 2015 at 12:52 IST
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur

IIT Kharagpur is planning to offer Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) courses. IIT Kharagpur will be the first IIT to venture into medical education. The Institute has allocated 3 acres land for the 400-bedded super-speciality hospital named as Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research. This institute will be ready by the end of 2017. 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.

"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 told PTI.

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

"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.

IIT Kharagpur is globally known for its engineering courses and world class research facitlies.

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