Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles and design concepts to bridge the gap between Engineering and Medicine. It aims at utilizing Engineering skills to devise solutions in the health care arena.
The Department of Biomedical Engineering is one of the pioneer departments started when Govt. Model Engineering College was established in the year 1989 and the first in Kerala to offer an engineering course in Electronics and Biomedical Engineering. The department offers undergraduate programme in Electronics and Biomedical Engineering with an intake of 60 students. Initial student intake was 40, later increased to 60 in the year 2008. The Department was accredited twice by NBA in the year 2003 and 2008, each for a period of three years (2003-2006 and 2008-2011)
In a span of four years, the programme imparts knowledge in fundamental as well as diverse areas that include Electronic Circuits, Medical Physics, Biomedical Instrumentation, Modelling of Physiological Systems, Biomaterials, Biomechanics, Biomedical Signal and Image Processing, Neural networks, VLSI Design and Digital system Design. The department is well equipped with standard test and measuring instruments, computing facilities and medical instruments. With a perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge students will evolve with a capability of solving challenges in health care.
The curriculum of Electronics and Biomedical Engineering comprises a specially designed syllabus that covers the fundamentals of Electronics Engineering subjects and the thrust areas of Biomedical Engineering. The programme is intended to produce skilled and globally competent professionals ready for immediate employment through quality technical education. Biomedical Engineering is a unique field of technology that brings together the field of Engineering and Medicine to facilitate the growth and development of healthcare. It is a special branch of engineering which focus on translating and solving challenges in the domain of medicine using technical expertise.
Biomedical engineer has several roles to play. The academic environment prepares the students:
Evolve into a leading department in Biomedical Engineering through quality education to meet the ever- increasing health care needs of the society
At the end of the programme, Electronics and Biomedical Engineering Graduates will have achieved the following values and capabilities:
Our graduates shall acquire the following corporate, professional & academic qualities to:
Associate Professor & HOD, Department of Biomedical Engg.,
Model Engg. College, Thrikkakkara,
Cochin 682021, Kerala,
Head Of Department, Associate Professor
The Biomedical Association focuses on developing the technical and academic knowhow of the students of the Biomedical department. BMA regularly organizes conferences and presentations intended to explore the myriad dimensions of biomedical technology.
Alumnus Talk by Dr. Charulatha Ramanathan
Biomedical Association conducted an alumnus talk on November 22nd 2016 by Dr. Charu Ramanathan (1995 batch). She is working as Senior Business Director at Medtronic, USA. Her startup CardioInsight was acquired by Medtronic in 2015 for $93 million.
Medical Expo on Excel 2016
Biomedical Association organized a Medical Equipment Exhibition, Bionox in association with Cochin Medical College. Medical Expo included an Equipment exhibition where more than 30 equipment and models of latest technologies in biomedical field were exhibited. Demonstrations of the equipment were also conducted. BBRAUN presented a demonstration session on their dialysis machine as a part of the same.
Medtronic Seminar on Excel 2016
Biomedical Association conducted a talk session by Medtronic on Selling in Biomedical Devices as a part of Excel 2016. The session was aimed at making an awareness about life- saving technologies and developing the skills required in biomedical industry. Students from different colleges attended the session.
BMA Website and Newsletter launch
Biomedical Association launched its official website bma.mec.ac.in and News Letter "ECHO" that would be published once in every month. Website and News Letter officially launched by Mr. Sujith S, the Managing Director of Ibis Medical, in the presence of Head of Biomedical Department Dr. Jessy John and BMA Staff-in-ChargeMrs. Minimol B , on 31st of August, 2016.
BMA Philips seminar on Excel 2014
On 26th September 2014, as part of Excel 2014, the Biomedical Association rendered a golden platform for the exclusive seminar on Modern Medical equipments taken by Mr. U. Sunil, the regional manager, customer support, Philips Healthcare. The seminar helped to enlighten the students and teachers with the technical aspects related to modern day hospital equipments. The experts on dias talked about the latest advancements in CT, MRI and Ultrasound. The active participants of the seminar made the three hour session very exciting and lively. The seminar had 100 participants from all over the state and it proved to be a quality technical treat for both the teachers and students.
National Conference For Biomedical Engineers
25 students from BMA of Govt. MEC attended the National Conference for Biomedical Engineers that was held at KIMS, Trivandrum on 14th July, 2012. The program addressed the knowledge upgradation requirement for Biomedical Engineers. Pioneers in the field of Biomedical Engineering, hospital infrastructure planning and quality assurance took part as speakers and panelists. Inauguration of the Medical Equipment Testing and Calibration Lab was carried out along with the National Conference for Biomedical Engineers at KIMS (Kerala Institute of Medical Sciences), Trivandrum.
Talk on the scope of biomedical engineering
As a BMA flag-off event for the year 2012, a talk by Dr. Regi Mohan from CMC (Cooperative Medical College) was organised. The talk shed light on the future scope of Biomedical Engineering, various branches of the course and the job opportunities for the same.
Prateeksha eye & blood donation camp
The Bio-Medical Association (BMA) and Young Indians (Yi) in association with NSS of Model Engineering College hosted an eye donation and eye check-up campaign along with blood donation and diabetes check-up.The two-day event was conducted on the 25th and 26th of February 2011.
The campaign was driven with the aid of Ernakulam General Hospital, Amritha Hospital and Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly, which received the pledges for the eye donation. This eye donation campaign was seen as a stepping stone to what a student network can achieve with the available resources with the aim of creating awareness among the general public and students to remove the mis-concepts and prejudices about the donation.
The Bio-Medical Association of Model Engineering College, in association with SCTIMS (TVM) and AIMS (Kochi) conducted "MEDICO SPECTACULO", a Biomedical equipment exposition held on 24-25 September, 2011.The medical expo included major equipments of biomedical field and exotic innovations from SCTIMS. This was one of the biggest events held by BMA.
Biomedical instrument & servicing workshop
The workshop on Biomedical Equipments and Maintenance was conducted from 2nd to 5th February, 2009 for students of Govt. Polytechnic, Vechuchira. A workshop on Servicing Biomedical Equipments was held for polytechnic students from 23rd to 27th February, 2009.
Talk on statistical parametric mapping & its applcation in functional MRI
There was a talk conducted by the biomedical department on Statistical Parametric mapping and its applications in Functional MRI by Dr. Sujith from SCT, Trivandrum. The talk was followed by demonstration in the afternoon session.
Inaugaration of the biomedical association for the year 2007
For the purpose of giving a new head start with newly elected members of association, there was a function held on the 3rd of march 2007. The inauguration was by Dr. Niranjan Khambate Scientist, Sri Chrithra Tirunal Institute of Science and Technology, Biomaterials wing, Trivandrum; There were talks on "Biomedical Technology Development:important issues in the Indian Context", "Biosensors and Systems based on MEMS Technology” by Dr. Mohanavelu (Scientist, DEBEL, Bangalore) followed by an interactive discussion with the ex-MECians.
Seminar in recent trends in biomechanics
A talk was arranged by the Biomedical Department on the above department on 23rd and 24th March, 2006. The eminent speakers included Dr. Lazar Chandy, Department of Orthopedics, Lakeshore Hospital , Dr. K V Menon, Department of Orthopedics, AIMS, P K Ranjith, Department of Orthopedics, EMC, Dr. Nandakumar, Department of Ship Technology, CUSAT, Kochi and Dr. Jacob Thomas V, Principal, College of Engineering, Kottarakkara
Emerging trends in medical imaging & its applications
A talk was held on 20th and 21st April 2006, which consisted of 6 sessions. The sessions were conducted on "Molecular Imaging" and "Recent Areas of Research in Medical Image Processing" by Dr. N.Kumaravel, Department of Electronics and communication, Anna University, Chennai; "3D and 4D ultrasound Technology and its applications" by Dr. Riji Mathew Choorakuttil, M.D, DNB, Amma Scan and LAB, Cochin and Mr. Sreenath, Wipro Technologies; " Recent advancements in CT Imaging technology and clinical applications” by Dr. Amel Antony, MD DNB MNAMS, Consultant Radiologist and Imageologist, Institute of Radiology and Imaging scientist (IRIS) , Kochi and "Recent advancements in MRI" by Dr. D Anilkumar MD DNB, Consultant Radiologist, Institute of radiology and imaging sciences (IRIS), Kochi.
Talk on "New trends in biomedical engg"
Biomedical Association of MEC organized a technical talk on 27th Aug 2003, delivered by Dr. Megha Singh, Professor, IIT, Madras, on "New Trends in Biomedical Engg." Mr. Deepak A.G, Secretary, BMA, MEC welcomed the gathering. Prof. Singh familiarized the students with the advances in the field of Biomedical Engg. He also reminded the students of their importance in the present scenario and gave valuable guidelines for higher education.
BECON-97, National conference on advances in Biomedical Engg. and product exhibition was held at Model Engg. College, Kochi, from 4th to 6th Sept. 1997.
The programme was organized with an objective to
With these objectives in mind, Biomedical Engg. Dept. of MEC took up the responsibility of organizing BECON.The following eminent personalities were members of the advisory committee.
Eminent personalities across the country presented papers and shared their views in the conference. New emerging trends were discussed with great enthusiasm. Several papers were presented in the following areas.
Orientation Session for the 1st Years 2020
Through a virtual Orientation Session, the members of the Biomedical association introduced the newly arrived students to the world of BMA. In order to familiarise students with the organization's operations, the programme included immersive sessions about current events, the Biomedical Newsletter, Impulse and Lifeline. A biomedical quiz was also organized to entertain and engage the attendees.
CITTA Excel 2019
CITTA, the BioMedical Expo, proved to be a platform for the biomedical aspirants to gather an insight into the latest technical advancements in medical devices. The event featured standard equipment of companies like Cyrix Healthcare, Transasia Bio-Medicals, Rapid Diagnostics and Techsure Limited along with talks by Shafeeque Busthan, a research scholar from NIT, and George Kuriakose, creator of Pappyjoe.
Trends in Medical Imaging and Research webinar 2020 by Dr. Sapthagirivasan
A webinar on Recent Trends in Medical Imaging and Research Scope by Dr. Sapthagirivasan V, Manager- RnD Medical Devices, Capgemini, Founder of IMIBME Association apprised the attendees to get a look into the emerging topics and projects in the field of Biomedical Engineering. The event imparted a wide perspective on the latest trends, skillset requirements and innovations in the Healthcare industry.
Bioinformatics Workshop 2020 by Mr. Ambu Vijayan
Mr. Ambu Vijayan, a Bioinformatics Consultant and Co-Founder of BioLit-Institute of Life Sciences enlightened the participants with sessions on central dogma, genome browsers, sequence formatting and software tools. T he three-day Bioinformatics Workshop, which aimed to inculcate practical and industry knowledge in students, involved seminars, presentations, hands-on training and visual demonstrations.
BMA’s unique newsletter, ECHO, launched in 2016, continues to attract and influence its readers with a variety of perspectives. The monthly newsletter contains an update of the recent events and activities of the club. Information related to the latest technologies in biomedical engineering are also highlighted thereby enabling the biomeds to contribute to the ever growing demand of the medical industry.
Crossroads Virtual Conference 2021 in memory of Vikas Vinod of 2020 batch
The Placement Cell in collaboration with BMA conducted a virtual career symposium named Crossroads in memory of Vikas Vinod, former member of the Placement Cell and the Chairperson of BMA 2019-20. With the focal theme to guide any aspirant in making a crucial decision on their career path, Crossroads included three distinct tracks featuring professionals from diverse fields of expertise on Mental Health Awareness, xMEC and Career Guidance Session.
LinkedIn and Instagram page
The association has designed a LinkedIn and Instagram page for its viewers to display the recent updates, latest technologies, biomedical activities and events. It connects biomedical enthusiasts from across the community and further opens the possibilities of networking between students and professionals. The page served to raise awareness about biomedical engineers as well as widen the reach.