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M.Tech. in Clinical Engineering (CL1)

T he use of advanced technology is an essential requirement of the modern medical practice. Thus, presence of well trained Clinical Engineers within the healthcare system is also needed to ensure effective and safe use of this technology. Clinical Engineers are an integral part of the clinical and management team, and work closely with the medical practitioners to achieve optimal use of technology in healthcare. Clinical Engineers, being directly exposed to clinical set-up, can identify the un-met clinical need and apply their design and development skills to provide innovative solutions, which can fundamentally change the medical practice in the future.

The Joint M. Tech. Clinical Engineering Programme is the FIRST programme in the country to formally train Graduate Engineers as Clinical Engineers. It was launched in 2008 with the support of Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (One of the country's premier Institutes in technology education and research), Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum (A leading National Institute involved in technology development for medical devices and a tertiary care hospital) and Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore (One of the finest medical colleges and research institutes, and a 2500 bedded multi-speciality hospital) jointly run the M.Tech. (Clinical Engineering) programme. It brings together three of the best Institutions in the country that combine engineering, medicine and management. It has been designed to enable students to develop comprehensive knowledge in the field and acquire multiple skills to become highly proficient Clinical Engineers.

The selection will be done on an All-India basis, through a screening test and a personal interview of eligible candidates. The M.Tech. programme will be of two-and-a-half years duration. The students will study and work at all the three participating Institutes. Fellowship is awarded to all the selected students for the complete duration (2.5 years) of the programme. An aptitude for engineering and an interest in working in a hospital environment is desirable for the programme.

Highlights of the programme:
  • A minimum of one semester in each institution, where engineering, medical and management courses are taught formally.
  • Clinical Attachment (1 year in CMC, Vellore and SCTIMST, Trivandrum) gives a direct exposure to different departments of these hospitals to give an insight into the realities of a typical healthcare system.
  • Internship (6 Months in SCTlMST, Trivandrum) - To work as a Clinical Engineer in the tertiary care hospital of the Institute.
  • One week training in peripheral I rural hospitals around the country.
  • Short training in a medical device I medical instrumentation industry.
  • Guest lectures and short courses by eminent professionals from leading hospitals and institutions of the country.
  • Thorough exposure to medical device design and development processes.

For further details about admission in Clinical Engineering Programme, please visit http://www.biotech.iitm.ac.in/mcephd. You can also contact Professor Mukesh Doble, Institute Co-ordinator, Joint Programmes with SCTIMST and CMC, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras, Chennai - 600 036.

Programme Codes:

CL1Y -> M.Tech. in Clinical Engineering with HTTA

  For GATE Qualified candidates, the candidate should have taken 'AE','BT', 'CE', 'CH', 'CS', 'EC', 'EE', 'IN', 'ME', 'MN', 'MT', 'PI', 'TF' or 'XE' paper in GATE Examination.

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