IIT Delhi will establish the country's first Medical Cobotics Centre in collaboration with the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT Delhi). Other healthcare professionals, paramedical workers, technicians, engineers, and researchers will be trained at the centre, which will be established at IIIT Delhi.
"Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC) will be a technology enabled medical simulation and training facility for the young resident doctors besides acting as a validation centre for the research outcomes in the area of healthcare robotics and digital health," the release mentioned.
The first batch of trainees is likely to be inducted in April/ May 2022. "The training programs will be designed in consultation with leading doctors/experts, mainly from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at New Delhi, Jodhpur, and other prestigious medical colleges," read the release.
The training programs would be at multiple levels (basic/advanced) and cohort-specific like urology, neurology, laparoscopy, and others but initially limited to minimum invasive surgeries.
According to Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, “We are happy to associate with IIITD for the joint Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC). In order to develop technologies for societal benefit, it’s important for researchers from across the institutions to come together and work in a focused manner. I am happy to see that two leading institutions in Delhi are coming together to facilitate the development of technologies in Medical Robotics.”
he Technology Innovation Hub (TIHs) are funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). The training activity in the new Cobotics Centre will be in line with the National Education Policy for medical subjects, the release read.