IIT Kharagpur to start the MBBS course under the existing School of Medical Science and Technology (SMST) from 2021 with a starting capacity of 50 students. The program is likely to roll out with OPD services in the 400-bed super-specialty hospital by the end of the year.
Professor Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, the officiating director of IIT Kharagpur has said to the Times of India, "We plan to start the OPD services this year. By early next year, we plan to start the indoor facilities in the first phase with 400 beds. Once the hospital is operational, we plan to roll out the MBBS curriculum as per MCI guidelines."The plan in the second phase is to scale it up to a 750-bed hospital and increase the intake capacity to 100 MBBS students", he added.
Mr. Bhattacharyya also said, "IIT Kharagpur will award the MBBS and postgraduate degrees, chart out the curriculum and manage the academic affairs while the day-to-day hospital management will be run by the special purpose vehicle floated under Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. The hospital’s board of directors will be headed by the IIT Kharagpur director and will include senior IIT faculty.”
The institution not only aims to start only the MBBS but nursing and training the paramedical and technical experts. The Project Director of Dr. B.C. Roy Super Speciality Hospital Satadal Saha has said, " We have been in consultation with AIIMS, Delhi and several other medical colleges in India and abroad. An MoU has been signed with AIIMS, Delhi
The IIT director has mentioned that in the case of IITs, the postgraduate departments are set up first and then undergraduate departments. But in the case of medical, it is reversed. MBBS is introduced first and then postgraduate departments are established.
IIT Kharagpur is setting up mobile units where basic diagnostics will be done in order to tackle heavy rush in the new hospital. Not only IIT Kharagpur, sources have said that IIT Kanpur is also planning to add the same with a 500-bed hospital of its own.
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