IIT Kharagpur awaits govt nod to start Medicine course this year
Times of India (March 2, 2021)
The intake capacity of the Medical college is expected to be between 50 and 100 in the first year
The Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kgp) is expected to start the MBBS programme from this academic year. As per the initial plan, the Institute is preparing to start the medical course with an intake capacity of 50-100 from July/August 2021.
Speaking to Education Times, Tamal Nath, registrar, IIT Kharagpur, confirms the opening of the medical college is under process. "The institute initiated the process to start the medical college more than a decade ago and is expecting the approval from the Education ministry soon, to start the MBBS programme from the academic session 2021-22," says Nath.
Once the ministry gives a nod, the academic committee will decide whether the admission will be based on NEET score or IIT will have a separate entrance examination to shortlist the candidates.
Being a government institution, the institute will decide on the admission process with the concurrence of the Union Education ministry, adds Nath.
IIT Kharagpur has a School of Medical Science and Technology which has been running since 2001. The school offers various joint MSc-PhD programmes in Medical Physics, Molecular Medical Microbiology, and Nuclear Medicine. It also offers a three-year Master in Medical Science and Technology (MMST) and a Master of Science (MS). A specialised MTech programme in Medical Imaging and Image analysis is also available at the School of Medical Science and Technology.
The school will continue to operate separately as a department of technology, while a separate building will be developed into a medical college, adds Nath. The institute has a small building with basic infrastructure wherein the first batch will be admitted. (Access the original article)