IIT hospital to start by end of 2018

A 400-bed hospital IIT Kharagpur is building is likely to become operational by year end and a medical college will soon follow.

By A Staff Reporter in Calcutta
  • Published 5.01.18
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Calcutta: A 400-bed hospital IIT Kharagpur is building is likely to become operational by year end and a medical college will soon follow.

Later, 350 beds will be added to the hospital, an IIT official said on Thursday.

The eight-storey hospital in Kharagpur, named Dr BC Roy Institute of Medical Science and Research, is coming up at Balarampur just outside the IIT campus on an 18-acre plot belonging to the institute.

The project costs Rs 400 crore and apart from central and institute funds, money has been generated through charity as well.

"Almost 90 per cent of the construction is over. Procuring equipment and recruiting employees will take a while but the hospital will start operations by this year," Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya, the IIT Kharagpur deputy director in charge of the project, said.

The medical college will start only after the hospital starts running smoothly, he said. For a 400-bed hospital, the college can have 50 MBBS seats.

"The proximity to the institute will allow us to ensure the use of technology in treating patients," Bhattacharyya said.

The hospital will connect to foreign healthcare institutes via videoconferencing to get the expertise of top minds, institute director Partha Pratim Chakraborty said.

The hospital is being built outside the campus because a large footfall could compromise the institute's security. "The two campuses are separated by a canal... a bridge is being built to connect them. Our professors need to have easy access to the hospital," Bhattacharyya said. Research will go on at the main campus with data from the hospital.

IIT Kharagpur will ensure the hospital runs at a no-profit-no-loss mode. "While offering world-class facilities, we will have differential pricing - subsidised rates will be offered only to the poor," Bhattacharyya said.