About BETiC
Background Goals and Objectives Funding and Structure
BETiC-VNIT, currently operating from CAD-CAM Centre with about 400 sq.m space CAD-CAM Centre, situated at heart of VNIT Nagpur, is another jewel in the illustrious achievements of Department of Mechanical Engineering VNIT Nagpur.
Inaugurated on 30th January 2006 by Prof. V.S Sohoni (Chairman VNIT Nagpur), this CAD-CAM center is instituted to provide young enthusiastic engineers and researchers a completely equipped research and educational facilities which could match standards of worlds leading technical organizations and institutes.
BETiC-VNIT will complete the development and testing of nose surgery forceps and release it for pilot manufacturing in associate with an industry partner. A functional prototype of the IOP measurement device will be completed and demonstrated to eye surgeons. The methodology for mandibular surgery guides will be further fine-tuned and shared with more surgeons.
Research experiments for developing and testing tissue engineered bony implants, will be started as soon as the Bio-integration lab is set up later this year. The existing facilities at CAD-CAM centre for manufacturing customized (patient-specific) metallic implants will be upgraded by adding a vacuum assisted induction furnace and investment casting equipment suitable for medical domain.
A few new projects have already been identified and will be initiated this year. This includes fabrication of Forcep used in Rhinoplasty in bio-compatible material i.e stainless steel SS 316 by involving Centre for Innovation (CIVN) Nagpur.
BETiC is jointly funded by the State Government of Maharashtra (Rajiv Gandhi S&T Commission) and Central Government of India (Department of S&T), New Delhi.

Main centre of BETiC is located in IIT Bombay, and two sub-centres are established at VNIT, Nagpur and COE, Pune. Each centre is headed by a senior faculty member.
Co-opted faculty in three institutes contribute by advice on device projects and facility sharing.

Steering and Monitoring Committee evaluates the overall progress, mainly through annual meetings.
Collaborations are established with local clinicians (hospitals) and industry partners for each medical project. Other institutes are welcome to replicate the BETiC model.