The Futuristic Medical School at IIT Kanpur (formerly known as the School of Medical Research & Technology) will be the first of its kind institution in the country with the potential to create an impact on society and the economy on a local, national, and global scale. With the technological expertise of IIT Kanpur and one of the best Innovations and Incubation Ecosystem, the setting up of the medical School will complete the MedTech system at IIT Kanpur.
Institute plans to create a comprehensive multi-speciality hospital, with about 500 beds, to train broad and super-specialty postgraduate students. The students will be able to pursue concurrent MD-PhD/DM-PhD programs with clinical training in hospitals and simultaneous research training in science and engineering labs. The Medical School will be the confluence of IIT Kanpur’s faculty, cutting across the disciplines built on the backbone of a super-specialty hospital, BSBE research prowess, and various CoE. These CoE will be specialized centers in targeted biomedical research areas and are expected to work in confluence with the core clinical departments of hospital components and biomedical expertise of various engineering departments of IIT Kanpur.
The Medical School will be built over a 30-acre plot within the IIT Kanpur campus. The space has been identified and various preconstruction studies are being carried out. The total built-up area will be 8,10,000 square feet. The first phase of the project focuses on establishing a Super Speciality hospital, a separate oncology building along with necessary supporting infrastructure including an engineering block, electricity substation, and sewage treatment facility.
The master plan for the Futuristic Medical School shows a super-specialty hospital (G+5), Oncology block (G+5), Academic Block (G+5), Residential block (G+8), Ancillary hospital block, library, amenities block, etc.
As a part of futuristic medical technology, nine R&D centers of excellence (CoE) have been planned. Few of the CoE have been recognized by donors for funding. These CoE will be executed phase-wise and are proposed to deliver to the society and country. In an endeavour to reimagine ways of improving and extending the lives of affected Indian patients, a National consortium led by IIT Kanpur with leading doctors and hospitals (Narayana Health) is developing a high-quality and affordable Artificial Heart or LVAD.
The Institute is seeking funding from alumni, corporates, and philanthropists for the development of the Medical School project. The Institute has already initiated a process to attract funding for research and innovation. IIT Kanpur has an established process for naming centers and building in the name of the large donors or the name of their choice. The Institute has received the commitment for the partial/full donation for the building of the 450-bed Super-Specialty hospital (JK Cement Ltd; ₹ 60 Cr), the administrative and academic block (IBM; ₹ 37 Cr) and the residential block for the doctors (REC Ltd; ₹ 14.5 Cr). Further, Dr Dev Joneja, Shri Hemant Jalan and Shri Anil Bansal have recently agreed to donate US$ 2.5 million, ₹ 18 crores and US$ 2.5 million, respectively, as part of the Founder’s Circles of SMRT. Recently, Shri Rakesh Gangwal, a Distinguished Alumnus of the institute, generously donated ₹ 100 crores towards the infrastructure and building of the School. For his contribution, the SMRT is now named “Gangwal School of Medical Sciences and Technology.”