As per the Press Trust of India reports, in the first phase of construction, the hospital and ancillary building were being constructed. In the second phase, residential towers for doctors, students and support staff will be constructed. The medical institute is being constructed on an 18 acre land in the Balarampur area adjoining IIT Kharagpur.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has sanctioned Rs. 150 crore and has allowed setting up of the hospital with 400 beds. According to plans, the hospital would later extend its capacity to 750 beds. The total cost in completing the project would be around Rs. 230 crore. There are plans to raise the rest of the funds through donations.
Talking about healthcare facilities, Bhattacharyya said that the institute would collate details of the patients by videographing and with their permission would disseminate the same to doctors abroad. So in case a patient wanted to seek opinion from a doctor in the US, they could do it easily.
As of now, the institute is busy procuring equipment for cardiology, neurology, orthopaedics, diagnostics, pathology and Out-Patients Department. IIT Kharagpur is also setting up a society which would be responsible for running the hospital and the medical college.
"As per rule, IITs cannot offer medical courses. So this project will work as a special purpose vehicle. We will not run it directly but create a registered society. IIT-KGP will sign an MoU with the society so that functioning of the hospital can be in sync with IIT system," Sriman Kumar Bhattacharyya said. IIT KGP will ensure that the hospital runs on a no-profit-no-loss mode. IIT-KGP has been running the School of Medical Science and Technology from 2001.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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