Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) takes pride in announcing the launch of its MBBS course from 2019. The institute has received a go ahead on this from the human resource and development ministry. With this, it will become the first IIT to offer medical courses.
The batch is set to start with a total of 50 students. The campus shall encompass a hospital with a 400 bed capacity. Confirming the news, Deputy Director IIT-KGP, Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya said, “For the first MBBS batch, we will restrict the number of candidates to 50”. Talking about the reason for inclusion of medical course, Bhattacharyya said, “The purpose is to cater to the needs of local patients as well as the institute. We want this to be a research hospital and patients should benefit from the technological developments at IIT”.
This would be a super speciality hospital that would include an emergency ward, a medical diagnostic centre and departments such as neurology, orthopaedic and cardiology. “The hospital will run as a special purpose vehicle under a registered society with a Board of Governors at the helm. The society will be registered under the West Bengal Registration Act. The IIT-KGP director will be the chairman of the board”, confirmed Bhattacharya.
The management at IIT-KGP is in talks with various reputable hospitals to manage their hospital operations. With the focus being on research, it aims at employing specialised staff. This will give a good exposure to the students and prepare them better for the medical profession. The doctors shall also get the opportunity to conduct medico-technical research.
The institute also aims to introduce videography while conducting treatments with the prior permission from the patients. This will help them gather information that can be shared with doctors in any part of the world so that they can go through it to make recommendations.
The admission process is yet to formulate however sources reveal that IIT-KGP might conduct a separate entrance exam and not admit students on the basis of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET). “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”, shared a source.