The Assam government and IIT-Guwahati on Friday signed an MoU to set up a state-of-art healthcare institute that will leverage advanced technologies to transform medical science.
It is a collaboration of Assam government with IIT Guwahati to establish the first-of-its-kind Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute (AAHI) with an integrated multi-specialty 350-bed hospital.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sharma said in a tweet on Friday that AAHI will mark a new paradigm in interdisciplinary medical research, and the state government has committed Rs 546 crore for the project.
"A momentous day for Assam as we signed an MoU with IIT Guwahati, in presence of Union Education Minister, to establish the first of its kind Assam Advanced Healthcare Innovation Institute (AAHI) with an integrated multi-specialty 350-bed hospital," the Chief Minister said.
"AAHI will mark a new paradigm in interdisciplinary medical research & innovations at the upcoming institute will enhance India's medical tech industry in the coming years. Our Govt has committed Rs 546 crore for the project while IIT-G will contribute the required land and expertise," he added.
The Chief Minister said that the collaboration between the Assam government and IIT Guwahati is a first of its kind between a state government and an academic institute.
"While our medical colleges primarily focus on the clinical aspect, the new institute will focus on tech and research to facilitate innovation in the medical field," he said.
According to a government official, the focus of the partnership will be intersection of engineering, medical sciences and industry 4.0 technologies, along with research collaboration with global universities on stem cell therapy, diagnostics, therapeutics, molecular biology and regenerative medicine.
Emphasis will also be given on artificial intelligence, wearable health monitoring devices, bionics, robotic surgery and simulation labs, the official said.
Image source: Twitter