Monday, March 23, 2009

Minutes of Board Meeting held at 23rd March, 2009

The following were present

1) Prof. M. Chakraborty, Director (Acting)
2) Dr. D. Gunasekaran, Registrar
3) Prof. P.P. Chakrabarti, Member, Board of Governors & Dean, SRIC
4) Prof. Sanat K. Ray, Member, Board of Governors
5) Prof. S.K. Som, Dean, Under Graduate Studies
6) Prof. R.N. Datta, Dean, Faculty & Planning
7) Prof. Amit Patra, Dean, Alumni Affairs & International Relations
8) Prof. Manish Bhattacharya, President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana
9) Prof. S.K. Bhattacharyya, Chairman, Civil Construction & Maintenance
10) Prof. N.R. Mandal, Head, Dept. of Ocean Engg. & Naval Architecture
11) Prof. A. K. Ghosh, Head, Dept. of Biotechnology
12) Prof. A.K. Chattopadhyay, Head, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
13) Prof. B. Maity, Professor-in-Charge, Transport
14) Dr. N. K. Som, Head, B.C. Roy Technology Hospital
15) Mr. U. P. Singh, Security Officer
16) Mr. Arnav, Vice-President, Technology Students’ Gymkhana
17) Other Student Representatives

The following were the points discussed and resolved :

1) One-man Enquiry Committee be appointed preferably with a retired High Court Level Judge to enquire into entire episode of 22nd March 2009 leading to the resignation of Prof. D. Acharya as Director of the Institute. However necessary permission for appointment will be obtained. The Enquiry Committee shall be given thirty days from the date of appointment for the work.

2) Prof. N.R. Mandal, Head, Dept. of Ocean Engineering & Naval Architecture be requested to coordinate with the district hospital, local authorities and parents of Rohit Kumar and also render all assistance to his parents.

3) Mr. N.R. Maity, Deputy Registrar (Academic) be requested to coordinate on behalf of the students with Insurance Company to expedite the claim processing including the present case of Rohit Kumar. Mr. Kumar Ritwik, one of the students will be a students’ coordinator for all students insurance policy matters. One responsible employee of the Institute be appointed as Liaison Officer for the purpose of Insurance Policy related matters like admitting in hospital, ambulance arrangement, payments, filing of claims, etc. He will work under the overall supervision of the Deputy Registrar, Academic.

4) Institute has been making all efforts to have a Multi-speciality Hospital at IIT Kharagpur during the past few years. The following hospital/individual were contacted in this connection :
a) Narayana Hrudalaya, Bangalore
b) Kanchi Kamkoti Trust, Kanchipuram
c) Sri Satya Sai Central Trust, Puttabarthy
d) Apollo Group, Hyderabad
e) Manipal Hospital, Manipal
f) Dr. Satadal Saha, Jubilant First Trust Healthcare Ltd., Kolkata

A committee of representatives from RBI Salboni, Tata Metaliks, Jindal Steel, AFS Kalaikunda, AFS Salua, Bharat Forge, Tata Hitachi, Tata Bearing, S.E. Railway, State Hospital, Midnapore Medical College & Hospital have been involved in the discussion. However, we are yet to reach a final shape on the issue.

5) Simultaneously, a 24X7 pharmacy can be set up at B.C. Roy Technology Hospital and
operationalised within 30 days.

6) A Diagnostic Centre be set up at IIT Kharagpur. The Diagnostic Centre shall be managed by a professional group. In the meantime the existing pathology laboratories at the hospital be upgraded. Dr. N.K. Som will prepare a blueprint of the proposed upgradation of pathology unit at B.C. Roy Technology Hospital including manpower requirements. This blueprint should be done with 15 days.

7) Some of the NGOs/Trusts for exploring the possibility of providing medical facility at IIT Kharagpur. Students may also help identify possible NGO/Trusts in this regard. Institute will work towards setting up a hospital at Kharagpur, to be run by a professional group who specializes in this area.

8) Commanding Officer, AFS Kalaikunda, be contacted for possible use of the medical facility availability there by IIT Kharagpur community including Air Ambulance, if available.

9) The following committee be appointed to work out the number and type of ambulances required :
a) Prof. B. Maiti, Dept. of Mechanical Engg. - Chairman
b) Prof. M. Bhattacharyya, President, TSG - Member
c) Mr. Alok, Students’ Representative - Member
d) A student with medical background - Member

They should submit the report including full specification for purchase by 31st March 2009. The procurement etc. shall be initiated by 1st week of April 2009.

10) Head, B.C. Roy Technology Hospital should ensure that the doctors and staff make conscious efforts to win the confidence of campus community.

11) The existing hospital management committee shall be expanded incorporating Vice President TSG and four other students to be nominated by Vice President.

12) Prof. B.K. Mathur be requested to crate a web based suggestions/complaint box for B.C. Roy Technology Hospital. The suggestions/complaints received shall be placed to the committee for immediate redressal. Prof. Mathur with the help of BCRTH doctors may also provide the medical data base of doctors/diagnostic centres/hospitals at Kharagpur/Midnapore and Kolkata to the community including the web.

13) An alert-helpline be created in the emergency of B.C. Roy Technology Hospital in line with helpline created by Security Section. Institute shall provide additional manpower for helpline and rendering other assistance to emergency patients.

14) The emergency unit should have a round the clock medical officer. The Institute will advertise Medical Officer positions to be filled on contract basis to overcome the present situation. We can also explore getting doctors on deputation from central/state governments.

15) Institute should appoint an external professional agency/expert to study the present facilities at BCRTH and suggest possible improvements.

16) Chairman BoG, Mr. B. Muthuraman, who is abroad, has been apprised and is deeply concerned. He is planning to return as soon as possible and will come to IIT Kharagpur immediately on return. He has asked a senior doctor of Tata Main Hospital to immediately come to IIT Kharagpur to assess the BCRT Hospital’s working.

17) Institute decided to send a message of condolence to the parents of Rohit Kumar.


  1. I got this through mail. Please share the information and put on your hostel notice boards.

    "We may grumble about the state of affairs at the BC Roy Technology Hospital, but it would be relieving and useful for all of us to know that emergency services, basic medical facilities and good doctors are available within minutes from the IIT Kharagpur campus. These people charge mediocre amounts (within Rs 200/- per consultation) for their services and provide an assured and better quality of treatment than what we face at IIT Kharagpur. Moreover, the UNI-CARE insurance policy that we avail through our institute allows us to get all our medical bills reimbursed, too. So, we can actually get better medical services free of cost without having to depend on the BC Roy Technology Hospital.

    In a couple of hours of searching, we were able to come up with a list of medical services available in and around Kharagpur (within walking distance of Hotel Park), the details of which are provided as follows...... "


  2. I wonder about the action taken against the medical officer whose negligence caused this incident.

    Am I correct in gathering that same Dr. Som has been included in the committee mentioned above? If I am, I would add that is ridiculous.