Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on February 14 announced that it will set up a postgraduate medical college along with an 800-bed multi-speciality hospital on its Bengaluru campus – an initiative which is in line with global efforts of integrating science, engineering and medicine under a single institution.
The academic centrepiece of this initiative will be an integrated dual degree in MD-PhD programme aimed at creating a new breed of physician-scientists, who will pursue careers in clinical research to develop new treatments and healthcare solutions, driven by a “bench-to-bedside philosophy”, a statement from the institute said.
The students pursuing this programme will be trained simultaneously in the hospital as well as in the science and engineering laboratories at IISc. The 800-bed multi-speciality hospital set up by IISc will cater to the clinical training and research activities of the academic programme.
To construct the hospital building, designed by Ahmedabad-based architects Archi Medes (I) Consultants Pvt Ltd, IISc on February 14 inked a partnership with philanthropists Susmita Bagchi and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha Parthasarathy and NS Parthasarathy.
"The couples will collectively donate Rs 425 crore for the project. After its founding. This is the largest single private donation received by IISc. The hospital will be named as the Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital," IISc stated in a press communique.
IISc Director Govindan Rangarajan said, "Their generous contribution will help us realise our vision of seamless coupling between clinical sciences, basic sciences, and engineering technology disciplines, all anchored within a vibrant university campus, enabling cross-disciplinary training and research opportunities for young minds."
The ground-breaking ceremony of the new hospital is planned for June 2022 and the facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2024, IISc said.
The Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital will have advanced facilities for diagnostics, treatment and research. The clinical and surgical departments in the hospital will facilitate comprehensive treatment and healthcare delivery in several specialities including oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, urology, dermatology and plastic surgery, organ transplant, robotic surgery, and ophthalmology, IISc said in its communique.