Initiation of the Center
The idea of establishing a Center for Biomedical Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) was initiated after the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Government of Gujarat and IITGN during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit January 2011, in the presence of the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shri Narendra Modi.
In March 2012, the Government of Gujarat agreed to support IITGN’s proposal to establish a Center for Biomedical Engineering at IITGN. The first installment of the funding, a sum of Rupees 1 crores only, was received in February 2013. The center was established with the aim of undertaking advanced research, bringing out publications and disseminating knowledge in the area of Biomedical Engineering.
Objectives of the Center
The Centre for Biomedical Engineering at IIT Gandhinagar (IITGN) is focused on carrying out cutting-edge research in various areas of biomedical engineering. The Centre has an explicit mission to produce research that is of social relevance to India, and by extension, across the world. The main objectives of this Center are:
- Research and development in biomedical engineering and healthcare technologies
- developing low-cost technologies related to health care to help people in rural areas
Collaborating with foreign universities and prominent national and international institutes to conduct research in three major focus areas
Research Focus of the Center
The Center for Biomedical Engineering at IITGN is focusing on conducting cutting-edge scientific research with an aim to improve research and practice in the biomedical engineering. Research at this Center has three main focus areas:
1. Diagnostic/Therapeutic Tools and Techniques
This involves developing novel methods to detect and treat diseases. The tools and techniques currently being developed use optical sensors, microbubble engineering, computational design, dye based assays, therapeutic peptides and many others.
2. Automated Rehabilitation and Prosthetic Techniques
This involves use of robotics and virtual environments to provide newer, more efficient and more intuitive techniques for application by physiotherapists, neurologists and surgeons.