Posted on Monday, January 15, 2018
Given the deficit of highly skilled professionals required to treat cancer patients in India and worldwide, IIT Kharagpur (IITKGP) has partnered with the Tata Medical Center (TMC) to begin a joint training programme with a view to address this critical shortage of skilled manpower in medicine.
A recent MoU signed between the two is set to cover the core areas of medical physics, nuclear medicine and molecular medical microbiology. “Professors from IIT Kharagpur and researchers, professionals and medical practitioners from the TMC will now provide a common platform with the opportunity of pursuing much-coveted academic and research programmes in the interdisciplinary fields cutting across medicine, basic sciences, and engineering. These will lead to the conferring of MSc-PhD or only PhD degrees,” says Suman Chakraborty, professor, department of mechanical engineering; head, School of Medical Science and Technology and associate dean, Sponsored Research and Industrial Consultancy, IIT Kharagpur.
An advanced certification programme for doctors with an MD will also be part of this initiative.
“Such a programme is the first of its kind in India and is likely to provide trained professionals with appropriate knowledge alongside effective and patient-friendly practical skills,” adds Chakraborty. IIT’s School of Medical Science and Technology, the nodal department, will conduct the programmes along with the departments of physics, biotechnology and biosciences.
ELIGIBILITY AND DURATION
While an MSc Physics is needed for the medical physics and nuclear medicine programmes, in molecular medical microbiology, graduates from any relevant discipline like science, medicine or engineering will be eligible. For all PhD programmes, the requisites are an MBBS or a BTech, MTech or MSc.
Classes will be held at both TMC and IIT Kharagpur, with identified semesters for each institute. The MSc programme will be spread over four semesters, while the PhD will typically take three to four years. The advanced certification programme will be of three years’ duration.
“The two institutions shall bear the costs of their respective parts of this programme and will consider allocating seed money to initiate this partnership. For the joint endeavours, they will try to raise funding from various sources including but not limited to fees, trusts and foundations (for example, Tata Trust), government and other bodies. Special attention will be given to obtain funded projects from public and private bodies as well as from the alumni to support such collaborations,” says Chakraborty.
Students admitted to these programmes shall pay fees as per IITKGP rules. “Travel costs for faculty shall be borne by the home institution. However, various external funding sources may be explored either independently or jointly,” he adds.
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