Prime Minister Modi kicks off work on 832-bed multi-speciality hospital project at IISc

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday laid the foundation stone for an 832-bed multispecialty hospital along with a post-graduate medical school at the Indian Institute of Science campus in Bengaluru.

Sushmita and Subroto Bagchi and Radha and NS Parthasarathy, who were part of the founding team at IT services firm

, have donated Rs 425 crore for the project, the largest private funding in the history of the premier institution for advanced research. IISc will name the hospital Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital.

In February this year, IISc signed a partnership agreement with the two couples. The not-for-profit hospital will cater to clinical training and research activities of the academic programme. Ahmedabad-based architect Archi Medes has designed the hospital building.

The project is in line with global examples of integrating science, engineering and medicine under a single institution, IISc said in a press statement.

The institute will offer an integrated dual-degree MD-PhD program aimed at creating a new breed of physician-scientists, who will pursue careers in clinical research to develop new treatments and healthcare solutions, driven by a bench-to-bedside philosophy. They will be trained simultaneously in the hospital as well as in the science and engineering laboratories at IISc, the statement added.

After signing the MoU, IISc director Govindan Rangarajan had said: “Their generous contribution will help us realize 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.”

“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 IISc, we find shared vision. It is an institution with depth, competence, leadership, and capacity to deliver on scale. We are greatly confident of the lasting, beneficial outcome of our donation,” Susmita Bagchi said. Radha Parthasarathy added that the pandemic “we are living through has established the need for urgency in creating universal access and equity in medicine”.

The hospital is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. The Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital will have advanced facilities for diagnostics, treatment, and research. 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.

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