The move is seen as a unique development in advance medical research with integration of man, machine and technology
After the Union Health Ministry granted permission to National Institute of Technology-Rourkela (NIT-R) to set up its Medical College and Hospital (MCH). NIT-R Director claimed that NIT-R would be the first in the NIT system and second after the IIT-Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) to have an MCH.
Advanced medical research
Apart from extending advanced healthcare to the people of this region, the proposed facility would additionally play a significant role in advanced medical research with the institute already having bio-medical engineering and medical life sciences wings.
The RSP-run Ispat General Hospital (IGH) is also working on a project to upgrade the IGH into Super Specialty Hospital and Medical College (SSHMC). But the IGH project is getting delayed despite official announcement of Prime Minister in 2015 in this regard.
Research protocol and academic facilities
The IGH has altogether a different concept. The focus of NIT-R, on the other hand, would be both on medical research and healthcare which would be unique for higher technical institutes. A renowned cardiologist was among the first to support NIT-R for getting MCH.
NIT-R enjoys advantage with robust research protocol and strong academic facilities. Unlike NIT-R, hardly any engineering institute in India has medical life sciences department. India needs integrated multi-disciplinary department in medical science for better research activities.
The IIT-BHU Varanasi has a medical school on the same campus, but there is no integration between engineering and medical sciences. With robust research protocol, NIT-R would be in a unique position to pursue human-centric research with integration of man, machine and technology for the benefit the humankind and build a brand image.
US universities are into multi-disciplinary advanced research activities, but higher institutions in India are lacking in the field of research environment. The IGH has a good medical infrastructure and if attached, the NIT-R may not require hospital for the initial 2-3 years and later it could set up its own hospital.