About Us

Healthcare Research Consortium@IITB

The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, is proud to be one of the initiates of the Healthcare Research Consortium, a nation-wide platform for collaborative, interdisciplinary research between engineering and the life sciences.

Launched in September 2011, the primary aim of the consortium is to provide resources and expertise to projects designed to enhance the practice of healthcare via technical assistance. Our focus is on facilitating processes of preventive care, detection of diseases and curative delivery through technological innovation and the production of new knowledge.

A core commitment of the Healthcare Consortium is to aid the development of human capital, especially amongst underserved social groups. The Consortium makes especial room for projects that empower people at the grassroots level via low-cost innovation and skills-development, enabling communities to live better, healthier and more enriched lives.

The Consortium has current ties with the Tata Memorial Centre (TMH), National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (NIRRH), NIIH (National Institute of Immunohaematology), Hinduja Hospital, SRL Limited, MCGM Hospitals (KEM, Nair, Sion, Nair Dental), MGMIHS Hospital (Mahatma Gandhi Mission Institute Of Health Sciences), B.K.L. Walawalkar Hospital, Drishti, D.Y. Patil University.

Consortium Objectives

  • Strengthening inter-disciplinary research.
    • Basic therapeutics, Applied therapeutics, Diagnostics.
  • Catalysing integration of life sciences with engineering disciplines.
  • Enhancing manpower development.
  • Translating technologies to products.
  • Promoting healthcare entrepreneurship.
  • Accelerating societal benefits from research in the area of Healthcare.

Modes of Collaboration

  • Information exchange with respect to research conducted by the members.
    • Increase the set of interactions; seed funding mechanisms.
  • Exchange of students between the organisations for promotion of research.
    • Graduate students; UG interns.
  • Access to / sharing of facilities for the purpose of research.
  • Training of personnel through appropriate mechanisms in areas of mutual interest.
  • Educational outreach.
  • Collaboration with industry and non consortium partners.
  • Any other appropriate mode of interaction agreed upon.

HRC Model

The HRC is built on an inter-departmental and inter-institutional collaborative model, populated with researchers, practitioners and members of the industry. The modes of collaboration within the HRC are an amalgamation of the following:

  1. Frequent inter-institution interaction to build a commonly-accessible pool of research-related information and opportunities.
  2. Sharing of facilities and resources between institutions.
  3. Facilitating exchange programmes to foster students’ research, both at the graduate level and amongst undergraduate interns.
  4. Training of personnel and skills development in areas of shared interest.
  5. Devising workshops and programmes for educational outreach.
  6. Creating a platform for sustained collaborations with industries and non-HRC entities.
  7. Other modes agreed upon by all collaborating parties.