To tackle the abysmally poor doctor-to-patient ratio and the demographic divide, our country need technology to come as an enabler in ensuring quality healthcare and tackle inequity. The challenges faced in ensuring accessible, affordable and appropriate healthcare to all are in fact many as well as complex.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, the apex body in India for the formulation, coordination and promotion of biomedical research, is one of the oldest medical research bodies in the world.
Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP) is the first IIT to start a School of Medical Science & Technology and a super specialty hospital with technology development focus is coming up fast in the campus. Currently, about forty faculty members, drawn from different departments are working on more than twenty five projects in this area that involve physicians, life science domain experts of collaborating institutions.
With an aim to encourage cross-disciplinary interaction of young students / researchers of medical and engineering domain, under the ICMR-IITKGP MoU, a student exchange program has been introduced. This student-student interaction is expected to enrich either side and make the team come up with new ideas and solution strategy on a given healthcare challenge. The students are introduced to skill of identifying the needs of healthcare system with the help of mentor/s, develop ideas/designs to resolve the health challenge and introduced to regulations and intellectual property right and soft skills of presentation. Besides travel and stay related support for the 8 weeks internship period, selected teams at the end of internship period will be awarded Rs 2 Lakhs each to develop something in the form of prototype over a period of next one year. An indirect benefit of this internship program is seen at mentor level collaborations and two institutes, one from technology domain and the other from medical domain, coming together. This is to promote greater synergy in healthcare solution development space towards development of technology based solutions and meet the unmet needs and tackle inequity.
Students undertaking MBBS, clinical postgraduate degree courses (e.g., M.D., DNB) or Ph.D. students in clinical/life sciences subjects from ICMR institutes or medical colleges/ Scientist B working at ICMR institutes will be working with fellow engineering intern and other students in the labs of the IIT Kharagpur for short durations. Vice a versa, individuals undertaking BE/ BTech (in a stream of engineering with a potential of having impact on health through technology), engineering postgraduate degree courses (MTech), PhD (engineering) from IIT Kharagpur will be provided support for a supervised internships at the ICMR institute/medical college. The applicants will be required to provide names of a mentor from their institute. In order to accommodate students of certain medical colleges who are keen to join but have documented evidence of issues at their respective colleges making it difficult to conclude the whole of internship in summer break, the internship period of 8-10 weeks will be spread out over summer and winter break.
For more information: http://184.108.40.206/medtech2017/
Proud Moments for All of Us !
Shri Arghya Patra, Dual-Degree student from the Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, has been selected for 2016 IIM-Vidya Bharati Prize based on his excellent academic performance. The prize will be presented to him at the inaugural function of the 54th National Metallurgists' Day Celebration of the Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) to be held on 14th December, 2016, in IIT Kanpur.
Heartiest congratulations to Arghya Patra.
IIT Kharagpur students have got 100+ pre-placement offers (PPOs) from top tier organizations with the fresh start of the autumn semester. Samsung, Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit, Hindustan Unilever, Nomura, TATA Steel, Reliance, Citi and Texas Instruments are the recruiters to have made maximum offers out of the total 118 offers received. Students from the Institute have undergone Summer Internship during May & June and the PPOs matured from the internships. Many more PPOs are in the pipeline.
A Final year student placed in a reputed multinational company said - "Academic plays a central role in securing the internship opportunity. In addition to this, a lot of emphasis is laid upon general awareness and a good background in the industry you are applying to. Maintaining a well-rounded personality with good soft skills and the ability to work under pressure has paramount importance. During the internship, the professional acumen, and ability to complete deliverables well before set deadlines and building up on regular constructive feedbacks helped immensely. Also, to get accustomed to the company's workplace culture and building professional relationships within the firm are very crucial to your overall experience."
The students have also received close to 150 offers for compulsory internship during May-June 2017 within a month of start of internship season. The companies which have made most offers are as Microsoft, Goldman Sachs, Visa, Adobe, Linkedin, American Express, Deutsche Bank etc. There has been a balanced mix of both core and non-core engineering companies.
“A student should look for an internship in the field of his/her interest. During the internship, they must show a prolific attitude to take up the tasks and contribute through original thoughts and innovation. One should be able to show an overall positive outlook so that the organization can rely on and offer them the employment as a PPO” said Chairman of Career Development Centre at IIT Kharagpur.
IIT Kharagpur has given special emphasis on improved performance of students in the interviews for internship and placement. The final year students underwenta pre-assessment test in August and one more is scheduled in September. Also soft skills training by professional agencies will be offered to all students.
2016 IIM-Vidya Bharati Prize Nov 4, 2016
IIT KGP Hits the Pre-Placement Century Sep 28, 2016