The Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine (Kanpur)
In 2019, the Bhupat & Jyoti Mehta Family Foundation (MFF) and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) celebrated groundbreaking on the Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine. The center leverages IIT Kanpur’s existing strengths in engineering, biological sciences, and biomedical research while diversifying into the frontier areas of regenerative medicine, molecular medicine and engineering, and digital medicine.
This is not the first time IIT Kanpur has pioneered science-based curriculum in engineering. In 1959, a consortium of nine leading American universities, including Purdue, Princeton, Caltech, and MIT, helped launch IIT Kanpur as a classical technology/engineering institute. In 1963, under the guidance of renowned economist John Kenneth Galbraith, IIT Kanpur became the first institute in India to offer computer science education. Now, with this global collaboration, IIT Kanpur becomes the first institute in India to integrate engineering and medicine, traditionally viewed as two separate disciplines.
The integration has dramatically changed the way healthcare is delivered. Practitioners not only diagnose and treat but also invent and apply leading-edge technologies to solve challenging problems and improve health outcomes. Engineering in medicine has led to many modern advances, including the 3D bioprinting of tissue and organs, customized implants, miniaturized medical devices, sophisticated diagnostic instrumentation, and minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery.
Healthcare has become one of the world’s biggest industry sectors, and students of the Mehta Family Center for Engineering in Medicine will be at the forefront of 21st-century innovations to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases, improving human health and shaping the future of medicine.