There are about 16,000 hospitals in the country. People with a M. Tech. in Clinical Engineering would be capable of managing and maintaining the wide range of equipment used in hospitals. The total management of this aspect in a hospital, leading to cost-effective procurement and utilization of equipment without sacrificing safety and reliability, will also be addressed by them.
The M.Tech. (Clinical Engineering) program (MCE) has an innovative approach of combining formal engineering training with hands-on clinical exposure. It is a unique undertaking and will exploit the innate strengths and facilities of the three institutes – SCTIMST, IITM and CMC. These organizations together hold strong backgrounds in Technology, Biomedical Engineering and Medical Sciences.
The selection will be done once a year on an All-India basis, probably in May, through a screening test and a personal interview of eligible candidates. The syllabus for the screening test will be sent to eligible candidates well before the test. The M.Tech. programme will be of two-and-a-half years duration. The students will study and train at all the three participating Institutes.
The placement opportunities are excellent in hospitals as well as in biomedical device companies. The scope for higher studies (PhD), both in India and abroad, is also bright. All the students who have graduated thus far from the program have been placed through the placement offices and efforts at IIT Madras and SCTIMST; They have been placed in hospitals, medical device industries, and some have opted to go for a Ph.D., typically, abroad.