IIT Kharagpur To Start MBBS Course With 50 Students In 2021-
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IIT Kharagpur is likely to roll out its ambitious MBBS programme with an initial intake capacity of 50 students from the 2021-2022 academic session. Professor Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, the officiating director, said: “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. The hospital's board of directors will be headed by the IIT Kharagpur director and will include senior IIT faculty. The hospital will be run on a cross-subsidy model in a not-for-profit model.

The intention is to create an entire ecosystem with a nursing college and a school to train paramedical and technical experts. An MoU has already been signed with AIIMS, Delhi. IIT Kharagpur had been exploring this idea since 2000 and in 2001, had set up a School of Medical Science and Technology.

Satadal Saha, project director, Dr B C Roy Super Speciality Hospital said, “Traditionally in IITs, we first set up postgraduate departments. Once these are fully functional, we set up their undergraduate schools. He added that health care data sciences or data analytics would also be one of the primary thrust areas as IIT ventures deeper into medical research.

The institute is also setting up mobile hospital units to cater to the immediate neighbourhood anticipating a heavy rush of people to the new hospital. “Basic diagnostics and treatment will be done by these mobile units, which will reduce the patient load in the hospital,” Saha added.