India's First Medical Cobotics Centre to be set up by IIT Delhi

Medical Cobotics Centre

Medical Cobotics Centre

A cobot is defined as a robot that has been designed and built to collaborate with humans. The Department of Science of Technology has sanctioned ₹170 crore under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber Physical Systems to set up a Technology Innovation Hub on Cobotics at IIT-Delhi and have signed on Wednesday to set up India’s first medical cobotics centre.

Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC) will be a technology-enabled medical simulation and training facility for the young resident doctors besides acting as a validation centre for the research outcomes in the area of healthcare robotics and digital health," the release mentioned.

The first batch of trainees is likely to be inducted in April/ May 2022. "The training programs will be designed in consultation with leading doctors/experts, mainly from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at New Delhi, Jodhpur, and other prestigious medical colleges," read the release. According to Prof V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi, “We are happy to associate with IIITD for the joint Medical Cobotics Centre (MCC). In order to develop technologies for societal benefit, it’s important for researchers from across the institutions to come together and work in a focused manner. I am happy to see that two leading institutions in Delhi are coming together to facilitate the development of technologies in Medical Robotics.”

The Technology Innovation Hub (TIHs) are funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India under its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS). The training activity in the new Cobotics Centre will be in line with the National Education Policy for medical subjects, the release read

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