The premier science institute Indian Institute of Science (IISc) will be a host for a postgraduate medical school along with an 800-bed multi-speciality hospital
A memorandum of understanding was entered on Monday between philanthropists Susmita and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha and NS Parthasarathy, who collectively donated Rs 425 crore for this cause.
The academic centrepiece of this initiative will be an integrated dual degree MD-PhD programme aimed at nurturing a new breed of physician-scientists, who will be trained simultaneously in the hospital as well as in the science and engineering labs of the Institute.
Prof Govindan Rangarajan, Director, IISc said, “Their generous contribution will help us realise our vision of seamless coupling between clinical sciences, basic sciences, and engineering technology disciplines, all anchored within a vibrant university campus, enabling cross-disciplinary training and research opportunities for young minds. We hope that this creates a new template for institution building in India, particularly in medical research.”
Susmita Bagchi said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the IISc. In a country like ours, medical research and delivery cannot be left to the government or the corporate sector alone. The time has come for more people like us to engage. With the IISc, we find shared vision. It is an institution with depth, competence, leadership, and capacity to deliver in scale. We are greatly confident of the lasting, beneficial outcome of our donation.”
Today, in a giant leap forward in achieving this goal, we entered into a historic partnership with philanthropists Susmita and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha and NS Parthasarathy, to establish the Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital. The couples will collectively donate INR 425 crore (equivalent to about USD 60 million) to help construct this 800-bed, not-for-profit, multi-speciality hospital. After its founding, this is the largest single private donation received by IISc.
The Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital will have advanced facilities for diagnostics, treatment, and research, and offer several specialities including oncology, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, urology, dermatology and plastic surgery, organ transplant, robotic surgery, ophthalmology, and so on. In addition, according to National Medical Commission norms, students admitted in specific MD-PhD, MD/MS, and DM/MCh programmes will also be trained in appropriate sections of the hospital along with their classroom and lab training. The hospital will also implement advanced digital technologies and solutions, such as integrated Electronic Medical Record systems and a comprehensive telemedicine suite with haptics interfaces.
We are extremely grateful to Susmita and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha and NS Parthasarathy for their magnanimous gesture. The establishment of the hospital and medical school will be a turning point in the Institute’s history. As we embark on this exciting journey, we look forward to your continued support and well wishes.