By Health In Five Writer
IIT Kanpur and its distinguished alumnus Rakesh Gangwal (co-founder of IndiGo airlines) have inked an agreement to work together for establishing the School of Medical Sciences and Technology on the IIT Kanpur campus. Gangwal, signed an agreement with IIT Kanpur on April 4, 2022 to support the project. Under this agreement, Gangwal will be donating Rs 100 crores to support the establishment of the school.
This School aims to bring about a paradigm shift by merging medical research and technological innovations in the country. It is expected to build academic and research leadership in the clinical research and medtech domains. IIT Kanpur will converge its technology and innovation competencies with medical sciences to catapult the institute into the league of global institutions. This will be achieved through the Centers of Excellence (CoE) on futuristic medicine and a super-specialty hospital.
The proposed School will be named as “Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology”. Gangwal will also be joining the advisory board of the school.
The Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology will be completed in two phases. Phase I of the project will include setting up a 500-bed super-specialty hospital, academic block, residential/hostel, and service block with a total built-up area of approximately 8,10,000 sq ft. Phase I will also include setting up Centers of Excellence (CoE) for pursuing R&D activities in futuristic medicine. This phase is tentatively planned to be completed over the next 3-5 years. The Phase II of the project will see the hospital capacity grow to 1000 beds, expansion in clinical departments/centers, research areas, the inclusion of paramedical disciplines, alternative medicine, hospital management, sports medicine, and public health programs. The Phase II is planned to be completed over a period of 7-10 years.