Good news for medical aspirants! IIT Kharagpur is all set to offer medical programmes by 2017.
The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, known for its engineering courses, would soon start offering MBBS courses as well. This move will make IIT Kharagpur the first one in the IIT system to venture into medical education.
According to a leading national daily, the hospital-cum-medical college, named Dr B.C. Roy Institute of Medical Science and Research, is likely to become operational by 2017.
Once this medical hospital and teaching institute starts functioning, IIT Kharagpur will offer courses such as MBBS, MD, MS and DM approved by the Medical Council of Indian (MCI).
IIT Kharagpur, in association with the University of California and Johns Hopkins University, will develop a teaching module which will comprise elements of modelling, simulation and virtual reality in-addition to conventional medical wisdom to produce a new breed of tech-savvy doctors. In the first phase, the main focus will be on postgraduate courses.
The institute is already offering a master's degree course in medical technology (Masters in Medical Science & Technology - MMST) for MBBS graduates, which is already quite popular.
This encouraged IIT Kharagpur to start a proper undergraduate medical course recognized by the MCI. But the plan met with both technical and legal hurdles as never before in the country had a technology school tried to offer medical education. Moreover, while the IITs are run by the ministry of human resources development (HRD), medical education is overseen by the MCI, which is under the health ministry.
Last week, the union health ministry cleared IIT-Kharagpur's decade-old demand to start specialized medical courses.
The medical college will award MBBS, MD, MS and DM degrees. But the focus will be on research - especially in biomedical, clinical and translational areas.