Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati (IIT-G) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mehta Family Foundation (MFF), Houston, USA, to establish the 'Jyoti and Bhupat Mehta School of Health Sciences and Technology.
This new school at IIT Guwahati will commence academic activities during the current academic year. It will offer Master's and PhD programmes in health sciences and technology and boost cutting-edge research in therapeutics, diagnostics, stem cells, public health, and health data analytics
The school will train students in topics related to health science and technology, with the emphasis on courses from other disciplines of science and engineering.
It aims to foster cutting-edge research and innovation; establish new standards of pedagogy and hands-on training methods in the areas related to the health sciences; create a niche of startups and MSMEs which will provide evidence-based affordable healthcare technologies and promote state-of-art biomedical and public health education.
It may be mentioned that the Jyoti and Bhupat Mehta School of Health Sciences and Technology launched a new Master's and PhD programme in Health Sciences and Technology from this academic year.
The first batch of 20 M.Tech students in the stream of Biomedical Science and Engineering will be admitted to IIT Guwahati through GATE 2022.
The school will have highly-qualified full-time faculty alongside having the guidance of the associated faculty members from diverse disciplines within IIT GuwahatiThis new multi-disciplinary programme on Health Sciences and Technology at IIT Guwahati has been designed based on National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. The NEP advocates development of a holistic academic curriculum to nurture the best talents of the country through both pedagogic as well as hands-on training.
The new programme will emphasise extending training in both theoretical as well as hands-on perspectives, which will enable the development of academic leaders with a strong scientific foundation alongside having the capability to translate the ideas into biomedical technologies.
Addressing the event, Prof. Ajay Kumar Sood, principal scientific adviser, Government of India, said "I congratulate IIT Guwahati and the Mehta Family Foundation for this remarkable initiative. At this juncture, I can clearly foresee that the School of Health Sciences and Technology would host a number of modern academic curricula, centers of excellence, incubators, and research laboratories for the advancements in multi-disciplinary research and education, which is presently needed in the country."
"The school will also bring in the budding academic leaders in the closest proximity of world-class educationists, scientists, physicians, technologists, and entrepreneurs, which may catalyse high-impact research, diminish expensive biomedical imports, and engender an academic curriculum that ubstantiates the vision of a sustainable society," he said.
The school will have highly-qualified full-time faculty alongside having the guidance of the associated faculty members from diverse disciplines within IIT Guwahati.