Joint Programmes of SCTIMST, IIT Madras and CMC, Vellore

1. M.Tech. (Clinical Engineering)

2. Ph.D. (Biomedical Devices and Technology)


Over the last five decades, healthcare delivery has increasingly become technology driven - be it diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients in the hospitals, or the development of new drugs, vaccines and medical devices. Today India imports almost 80% of the implants and devices used in our country. As a result, healthcare costs are high and continue to increase. In order to address this issue, a twofold strategy is needed. Firstly, it is required to set up the infrastructure and have trained human resources for indigenous technology development. Secondly, it is necessary to develop human resources for ensuring efficient and effective utilization of the technology at the healthcare delivery points - i.e., mainly in the hospitals.

The three institutions - IIT Madras, CMC, Vellore, and SCTIMST, Trivandrum, each having a set of unique strengths and facilities, have joined together in starting two programmes - "M.Tech in Clinical Engineering" and "Ph.D. in Biomedical Devices & Technology" to address the issue of capacity building for reducing India's dependence on imports of medical devices. A unique feature of these courses is the clinical attachment with a maximum exposure to the clinical environment. This ensures that, at the end of the course, the students will be able to interact effectively with the clinicians, and other medical and paramedical staff in the hospital resulting in the identification 'unmet clinical needs'. This is also expected to trigger further research leading to development of innovative indigenous healthcare technology.

(1) M.Tech. (Clinical Engineering)

Aim: To train engineers to manage and ensure safe and effective use of technology in hospitals and healthcare delivery settings.

Duration: Two and a half years (rotation through all the three institutions).

Eligibility: B.E./B.Tech./Recognized four year course; on the basis of GATE subject (AE, CE, CH, EC, EE, IN, ME,MN, MT, PI, TF, XE) and score.

Selection: Screening test and personal interview.

(2) Ph.D. (Biomedical Devices and Technology)

Aim: *To be leaders in research and development; *To be innovators and entrepreneurs in Biomedical Devices Technology

Duration: According to current requirements of IIT Madras

Eligibility: M.E./M.Tech./M.S(Eng.) with the same eligibility conditions for IITM Ph.D. entrance/ M.Sc. Physics.

Selection: Screening test and personal Interview

Hostel: Hostel facilities are available in all the three Institutions.


As per IIT Madras norms



Mr.Muraleedharan CV, Scientist-G, Devices Testing Laboratory, BMT Wing, SCTIMST, Poojappura, Trivandrum-695012, Kerala State. Tel: 0471-2520259, E-mail:

IIT Madras:

Prof. Mukesh Doble, Head, Department of Biotechnology, IIT Madras Chennai-600036, Tamil Nadu State

Tel: 044-2257410 , E-mail:

CMC Vellore:

Prof. Suresh Devasahayam, Head, Department of Bioengineering Bagayam Vellore-632002

Tel: 0416-2222102 Extn.4298 E-mail:

For Application forms/number of seats/course fee etc., please visit the website of IIT, Madras, Chennai (

For further enquiries please contact:


Telephone: 0471-2524140