Health Policy

IITs receive a flak on offering medical courses

Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) plan to start medical education has been put on hold as the health ministry has disapproved of it. These elite engineering colleges in all likelihood will not receive permission from the ministry. The high level meeting of experts chaired by health secretary K Sujatha Rao has decided to write to the HRD ministry suggesting that IITs should start courses on health information technology, biomedical engineering and e-health rather than running a hospital or starting MBBS courses. The health ministry will ask IITs to partner with renowned medical colleges like AIIMS and PGI in jointly running these new courses. Medical Council of India had come out in support of IITs’ proposal to start medical degrees.

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