IIT Kharagpur to start offering MBBS courses too

In a path-breaking move, the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur will introduce medical education in its curriculum along with its renowned courses in engineering, humanities and social science.
With the inclusion of medical studies, Kharagpur became the first of the 16 IITs to take such a step.The Dr BC Roy institute of Medical Science, named after the former chief minister of West Bengal, is expected to be functional by the end of 2017. Media reports said the institute will include a 400-bed super-specialty hospital.

The central government had allocated Rs 230 crore last year for establishing the medical
college, which will be set up on three acres on the edge of the sprawling IIT-Kharagpur campus, authorities said.
“Construction will begin soon and is expected to be finished in approximately 26 months,” IIT-Kharagpur director Partha Pratim told the media.
“It will bring the two diverse disciplines of engineering and medicine together in education and research. Technology will be used to access and treat a large number of patients through satellite centres and secondary hospitals,” he said.

Authorities have reportedly applied for necessary approvals from the Medical Council of India (MCI), which oversees undergraduate medical education in the country.

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