The Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences (TIPS) is the first Public Private Partnership (PPP) model paramedical institute of Tripura established in 2009. It isa joint venture between Govt. of Tripura and BIPS, Kalyani (W.B.). In response to a notification of Govt. of Tripura as regard to expression of interest for a PPP model institute, BIPS applied for the same on 12/11/2008. As a successful bidder, BIPS was given the opportunity to run this first PPP model paramedical institute of Tripura. However, BIPS has a background of successfully running similar kind of institute in West Bengal. At Kalyani, West Bengal, BIPs has been running a four years degree course in B.Pharm (Ayurvedic) in joint collaboration with Govt. of West Bengal, and this course is affiliated under Jadavpur University, Kolkata. The Govt. of Tripura, while handing over this PPP model institute to BIPS, was generous enough to promise and extend all possible help for its commencement from the academic session 2009-10. In a memorandum of understanding, Govt. of Tripura even promised to offer teaching support to TIPS for its students' various practical and demonstration classes at Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Agartala Govt. medical College and Hospital, Tripura Medical College & Dr. B.R Ambedkar Memorial Teaching Hospital and Cancer Research Centre, Agartala. Recently it has been crowned as the one and only technical institute in Tripura certified with ISO 9001:2008.
TIPS, the PPP model Institute, is perhaps the most beautiful building of Tripura as far as its architectural accomplishment, grandeur and masonry craftsmanship are concerned. Its planning for development of an academic establishment is praiseworthy. The college campus is within three kilometers from Tripura Central University, five kilometers from Agartala Bus Stand and thirty kilometers from Agartala Airport. With immense help from the authority of Tripura University, the institute received its affiliation practically in no time. Subsequently, the institute received its affiliation for its seven degree courses and one diploma course for the academic session (2009-10).
These are -
B.Sc. in Medical Radio Diagnosis and Imaging Technology (ISRT affiliated)
B.Sc. in Medical Radiotherapy Technology (AERB certified)
B.Sc. in Optometry and Vision Science
B.Sc. in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (IAP affiliated)
B.Sc. in Hospital Management
B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Technology
B.Sc. in Medical Laboratory Technology (Operation Theatre)
From the last academic session (2011-12), the institute received affiliation from Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi for implementing one new course (ANM) namely, Multipurpose Worker (MPW) (Male and Female) under recommendation of Tripura State Nursing Council, Agartala. All laboratories are well equipped and has started functioning from current academic year. As it's eligibility for admission will be class 10+2 from any stream so many students can take the same course and after passing the job opportunity will be higher than others. Presently the state government has a short fall of nearly 8000 field worker in health sector only. So these students can fulfil this huge gap and serve better to the all kind of persons especially in BPL sector.
Subsequently, the syllabi of these courses and the rules and regulations of TIPS also got approval from Tripura University. The 1stacademic session although commenced on 31.07.09, however, the institute was formally inaugurated on 24.08.2009 by Sri Manik Sarkar, Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tripura. Several dignitaries, namely Shri Tapan Chakraborty, Hon'ble Minister-in-Charge of Health and Family Welfare and Education, Govt. of Tripura, Prof. Dr. Arunoday Saha, V.C., Tripura University, Shri Y. P. Singh, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of Tripura, Shri Khagen Das, MP, Shri Motilal Sarkar, MP, Shri Nirmal Khatri, MP, and Shri Dilip Sarkar, MLA, and Dr. S. R. Debbarma, DHS, Govt. of Tripura were present in that inaugural function.
The institute has developed excellent laboratories with modern cutting edge equipments worth Rs. 4.50 Crores. The pre-clinical laboratories namely Biochemistry, Physiology, Microbiology, Histopathology, Haematology are extraordinarily equipped as far as a paramedical institute is concerned. Equipments like ELISA reader, UV double beam spectrophotometer, auto-analyzer, polygraph recorder, BMR apparatus, Trinocular microscope with analyzing software for histomorphometric analysis, etc. Three paramedical laboratories namely Physiotherapy, Optometry and Vision Science, and Radio-imaging also deserve well mentioning. Optometry laboratory claims to be one of the finest in Tripura. Physiotherapy laboratory, apart from its treatment facilities, also has rehabilitation training arrangements. Radiology laboratory also has its required equipments namely, three channel ECG machine, defibrillator, TMT, Holter, USG, Multiparamonitor, Spirometer, etc. Substantial expenses also had incurred for development of other infrastructural aspects like classrooms, books and library, computer laboratory, sports and games facilities and hostel and staff requirements, etc. Most of the class rooms are provided with modern teaching aid facilities like LCD projection system and overhead projectors. The institute has internal close-circuit monitoring arrangement for security purpose. The institute provides hostelfacilities to its students, both boys and girls, if required.The institute also got affiliation from Tripura University for research purpose under our Principal Prof. Dr. Chandan Mitra and he has already started the all procedures to crown the same in its way.
The total intake of students in the first year was planned to be 40 students in each course, of which 35% student will come through Government nomination. However, during the past threeacademic sessions, the institute is having aproximately 850 students in its 7 degree and 1 diploma courses. From the current session the student strength is 60 in most of the courses.
The institute currently has 23 full time faculty members including Principal in its pre-clinical departments and paramedical courses. Additional fulltime faculties, as per requirement, will be recruited during the next academic session. There are near about 55 Guest Faculties in different subjects including clinicians from different hospitals. There is 10 teaching supportive staff for different laboratories. In addition, there is one laboratory attendant for each laboratory. The whole number of administrative staff currently is 35.
During the last six months, the institute has several creditable activities. The faculties and teaching supportive staff members had involved themselves in forming several in-house committees relevant to various important aspects of the institute.