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Pune’s COEP plans clinical engineering course after receiving Deemed University status

Under this programme, students will spend one year in a medical college, two years in the engineering college, and one year in the industry, said Dr Bharatkumar Ahuja, COEP Director, in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times

pune Updated: Jul 07, 2017 16:05 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Bharatkumar Ahuja, Director COEP at his office in Pune. (Pratham Gokhale/HT PHOTO)

The College of Engineering, Pune (COEP) plans to introduce a course in ‘clinical engineering’ immediately after receiving the Deemed University status.Under this programme, students will spend one year in a medical college, two years in the engineering college, and one year in the industry, Dr Bharatkumar Ahuja, COEP Director said in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times. He said that the re-structuring of courses through tie ups with industries to provide tailor-made programmes for their employees would be among other initiatives.

Clinical Engineering is an interdisciplinary subject which involves applying and implementing medical technology to optimise health care delivery. Roles of clinical engineers range from training and supervisingbiomedical equipment technicians (BMETs) to serving as technological consultants for other hospital staff and working with governmental regulators on hospital inspections/audits.

With regard to an expansion of curriculum, Dr Ahuja has some big plans for the 163-year-old engineering college, COEP. “One of the first changes that we would want to bring about after attaining the deemed university status, is the introduction of dual degree programmes, which would enable more student diversity and also introduce collaborative research programmes with foreign universities,” he said.

Since 2013, the attempts to attain the deemed status has been going on for COEP, which was once again revived this year in June, when the UGC visited the institute.

According to the Director, the panel consisting of representatives from AICTE and UGC had visited the campus for inspection on June 16 and 17. “They will be deciding the worthiness of COEP to become a deemed university,” Ahuja said, adding that the panel will release their conclusion within a month or two.

Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Dr Ahuja explained how despite the autonomy, the college faces certain academic constraints. “With the deemed status, we could expand our curriculum, our course structure, and especially our research purview, without having to seek Savitribai Phule Pune University’s permission at every level. Not only would this ensure more diversity to the institute but will also make things work faster. It is this 100% academic freedom, which we are aiming for,” he shared.

First Published: Jul 07, 2017 16:04 IST