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IISc receives INR 425 crore donation to set up Medical School, Multi-Specialty Hospital

At a press conference held on 14th February, 2022 at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, Prof. Govindan Rangarajan, Director of IISc, announced the establishment of a Postgraduate Medical School along with a multi-speciality 800-bed hospital in its Bengaluru campus. 

This educational and healthcare driven initiative will offer an integrated dual degree MD-PhD programme for students who want to pursue careers in clinical research to develop new treatments and healthcare solutions giving rise to a new breed of physician-scientists. The students will be trained simultaneously in the hospital as well as in the science and engineering laboratories at IISc. Founded in 1909, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) is India’s premier research institute that incorporates all disciplines of advanced research and education, with emphasis on science and engineering. 

The key feature of this endeavour would be the not-for-profit, 800-bed multi-speciality hospital. To this end, IISc joined hands with philanthropists Susmita and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha and NS Parthasarathy. The couples will collectively donate INR 425 crore (equivalent to about USD 60 million) for the project and the hospital will be named as the Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital. Ahmedabad-based architects Archi Medes(I) Consultants Pvt Ltd. will be designing and constructing the hospital. After its founding, this is the largest single private donation received by IISc. 

“The contribution will help us realise our vision of seamless coupling between clinical sciences, basic sciences, and engineering technology disciplines, all anchored within a vibrant university campus, enabling cross-disciplinary training and research opportunities for young minds. We hope that this creates a new template for institution building in India, particularly in medical research” says Prof. Govindan Rangarajan. 

The Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital will be built within the existing IISc Bengaluru campus, taking full advantage of the co-location with the science and engineering faculties and labs. The construction of the hospital is to commence in June 2022 and will be operational by the end of 2024. 

The Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital will have advanced facilities for diagnostics, treatment and research. The clinical and surgical departments in the hospital will facilitate comprehensive treatment and healthcare delivery in several specialities including oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, urology, dermatology and plastic surgery, organ transplant, robotic surgery, ophthalmology, and so on. 

In addition, according to National Medical Commission norms, students admitted in specific MD/MS and DM/MCh programmes will also be trained in appropriate sections of the hospital along with their classroom and laboratory training. The hospital will also implement advanced digital technologies and solutions, such as integrated Electronic Medical Record systems and a comprehensive telemedicine suite with haptics interfaces.

Ms. Radha Parthasarathy said, “IISc’s larger vision to integrate science, engineering, and medicine in one campus is very new to India. IISc’s global reputation and network will attract outstanding talent to create breakthroughs in research and delivery of medicine that will impact the masses. The pandemic we are living through has established the need for urgency in creating universal access and equity in medicine.”

The impact of the IISc Medical School and Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital would go beyond science and solutions. It is expected to set the tone for sustainable health goals and policies and will play an imperative role in addressing the future healthcare needs of the country.

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