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ICMR accepts funding of IIT KGP’s initiative to set up Centre of Excellence on Medical Device & Diagnostics

Kolkata, May 20 (UNI) IIT Kharagpur is going to set up a Centre of Excellence on Medical Device and Diagnostics to foster innovation of affordable and indigenous medical devices and diagnostics in priority areas and promote entrepreneurship.
The proposal has recently been accepted for funding of ₹20 crore by Indian Council of Medical Research.
In January 2020, ICMR had given a call for setting up a Centre of Excellence based on which IIT Kharagpur had proposed for the set up with thrust areas encompassing artificial intelligence in healthcare, medical devices for screening and diagnostics in healthcare, medical implants, biosensors in healthcare etc, Media & Communication Officer of PIB Srijata Saha Sahoo said.
Professor V K Tewari has thanked ICMR for entrusting IIT Kharagpur with the responsibility. In a thanks note he said, “We look forward to working closely with ICMR and making meaningful contributions through these efforts. We had a rewarding experience in engaging with ICMR through a pilot ICMR – IIT Kharagpur MedTech internship programme that drew great interest among engineering and medical students,”
India’s population size makes her healthcare challenges particularly the needs of the marginalized population in remote areas, unique, which require indigenous solutions. Accessibility and affordability are the two key pillars of India’s medical technology development efforts.
The joining hands of ICMR with IIT Kharagpur will certainly give a big boost to the already initiated R & D efforts at IIT Kharagpur that aim to lessen the burden created in the country with the outbreak of the deadly virus named Corona.
This apart, such an association will help the Institute achieve the goals set for the upcoming Dr. B C Roy Institute of Medical Science & Research, a R & D driven super-speciality hospital followed by the first of its kind medical college in the IIT system.
In the words of professor Tewari, people residing in nearby areas of West Bengal and its neighbouring States like Jharkhand and Odhisa are hopeful about the reduction of the burden of the trouble of accessing healthcare facilities with the upcoming super-specialty hospital of IIT Kharagpur. This can be taken further by catering to the need of a patient to visit a hospital through technology-enabled healthcare at home and local level.
The ICMR-IIT KGP Centre of Excellence he stated, will carry this responsibility forward with the much needed boost by bringing medical and technology domains together.
The centre’s target is to develop marketable technologies in a mission oriented time frame and use this experience to achieve long-term goals to address challenging problems in the field of medical devices and diagnostics. Also, the new intellectual property generation and a clearly defined licensing path will be the priority of the centre, said Professor Tewari. On the other hand, the centre will try to extend medical technology related support to other organizations including different centres of ICMR.
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