Recently, I have seen lot of sarcasm flying around regarding IIT's here specially with entirely uncalled for comments/statements like are you from IIT Medicine?
Well, we technocrats from IIT's always love challenges and always love to think out of the box and ignore the sarcasm as sarcasm has no science or any data. And our answer to such sarcasm is:
What will this do?
Definitely provide an inter disciplinary -- engineering and medicine -- approach rather than running a compartmentalized OPINION based views. As per the article:
“It will bring the two diverse disciplines of engineering and medicine together in education and research. Technology will be used to access and treat large number of patients through satellite centres and secondary hospitals,” the director said.
Since 2001, IIT-Kharagpur has been running the school of medical science and technology which has an inter-disciplinary three-year post-graduate programme in medical science and technology.
I am sure engineers can understand medicine or a branch of it if they want to dig deep and have the eagerness to learn. Examples of experts coming up even without a Medical degree are many across the world. Want one name?
Ivor Cummins -- A Chemical Engineer
Richard Bernstein - He mastered Type 1 management while he was an Engineer. He also proved that high blood sugar is the one of the major reasons for depression and he did this as an engineer. He published that paper as part of curriculum requirement to get a Medical Degree almost six years after he did the study and had DATA -- it was published in an Israel Journal. People who don't know about him only talk crap about him here.
Material Energy balance is the core of Chemical and Metallurgical engineering. So we understand it easily
Would love the see the day when a techno-medical man steps out in the world, and IIT's will make it happen. That would be the end of whatever sarcasm is left as a tool for debating by some. That will be the time when Calorie In Calorie out FAILED theory of obesity will be thoroughly CHALLANGED too more aggressively from thermodynamics point of view also. Next in the firing line will be the so called "balanced and healthy" diet