IIT Kharagpur to introduce MBBS course by 2020-21

IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) is expected to introduce the MBBS course in its medical college by 2020-21. In the first phase of its construction, the hospital and ancillary building were getting ready, while in the second phase, residential towers for doctors, students and support staff will be undertaken, an official said.

“The first phase of construction of Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research will get over by June this year and we are working towards making the hospital operational from 2018,” IIT-KGP Deputy Director and incharge of setting up the Medical College, Prof Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, said.

“Then, as per regulation, we can start offering MBBS programme in another three-year time in 2020-21,” said Bhattacharyya,.

The Ministry of Human Resource and Development has allowed to setup Dr B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research on 18 acre land in Balarampur, the area adjoining IIT-KGP campus. The ministry has sanctioned 150 crore for the 400 beds’ hospital would later have 750 beds costing around 230 crores. Rest of the funds are expected to be raised by the donations.

About healthcare facilities, Bhattacharyya said, “We will be collating details of the patients by videographing and with their permission can disseminate it to a doctor abroad. So if a patient wants to seek the opinion of a doctor in the US, he/she can easily do it.”

“As per rule, IITs cannot offer medical courses. So this project will work as a special purpose vehicle. We will not run it directly but create a registered society. IITKGP will sign an MoU with the society so that functioning of the hospital can be in sync with IIT system,” he said.