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November 18, 2021 Thursday 11:58:54 AM IST

A New Medical Innovations Hub at IITH for Aatma Nirbhar Bharat in Healthcare

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A state-of-the-art new building measuring 100,000 sq ft was inaugurated at IIT Hyderabad. It will house both biotechnology and bio-medical engineering departments. The new facility was inaugurated by Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava, Director General, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and Secretary, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

 The Biotechnology Biomedical Engineering (BTBME Bldg.) has 30  faculty offices, 4  classrooms with capacities of 30, 40, and 80 , Dry & Wet Teaching Laboratories, 23  Research Laboratories, 5 Computer Research Laboratories, Conference Rooms, and Office spaces for carrying out administrative functions of the department. Some of the highlights of the building are the Helical Staircase, Separate Block of Biotech Classrooms with Amphitheater. The building is constructed to carry out the present and future teaching and research needs in the field of Biotech and Bio-Medical Engineering. 

The project was set up under an Indo-Japan collaboration. SAITO Mitsunori, Chief Representative, JICA, said, "JICA is associated with IITH for a long through various supports under Indo-Japan collaborations. IITH has made significant contributions to India’s fight against COVID-19. We hope this facility will boost IITH’s efforts to serve vulnerable humanity".

Congratulating IIT Hyderabad on the occasion, Professor (Dr) Balram Bhargava Said “More than 80% of medical devices are imported in India, this close to 100,000 sqft state-of-the-art of the facility will act like a “Karma Bhumi” in the direction of making India Self-reliant. With ICMR’s presence at IITH, many technologies, IPs, patents & start-ups will bring more frugal innovations.