THE EMERG­ING PLAYER

India Today - - COVER STORY - DR M VENKATRAYA PRABHU, DEAN, KASTURBA MED­I­CAL COL­LEGE, MA­NI­PAL UNIVER­SITY, MAN­GA­LORE

Kasturba Med­i­cal Col­lege func­tions un­der the Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity and was started in 1969. It has al­ways been placed amongst the best five med­i­cal col­leges in In­dia as per na­tional level rank­ings. The col­lege is known for its larger-than-life health sci­ences li­brary and its pathol­ogy and anatomy mu­se­ums are some of the largest in Asia.

Fees The fee struc­ture of Kasturba Med­i­cal Col­lege is de­cided by the state fee fix­a­tion com­mit­tee which is set at `6.5 lakh per year for the MBBS cour­ses. This is mainly be­cause the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion is su­pe­rior to pub­lic in­sti­tu­tions and this qual­ity comes at a cost.

El­i­gi­bil­ity and en­trance We have standard el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­rion—stu­dents are awarded ad­mis­sion based on their scores in the com­mon en­trance test (CET). We have an equa­tion of 85 per cent In­dian stu­dents, while 15 per cent is re­served for for­eign stu­dents.

Place­ments Kasturba Med­i­cal col­lege stands as a con­stituent col­lege un­der Ma­ni­pal Univer­sity. We en­cour­age our stu­dents to get into med­i­cal res­i­dency pro­grammes abroad; last year about 25 per cent of our grad­u­ates qual­i­fied for the same. Ten per cent opted for teach­ing as a ca­reer.

Course struc­ture At the un­der­grad­u­ate level, the course struc­ture fo­cusses more on the­ory which forms 55 per cent of the as­sess­ment, while prac­ti­cal learn­ing is kept at 45 per cent. When a stu­dent gets to the post grad­u­ate level, 70 per cent of the cour­ses fo­cus on prac­ti­cal knowl­edge, the rest be­ing the­ory. Stu­dents also in­dulge in ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties.

In­fras­truc­ture The en­tire cam­pus is air-conditione­d and com­prises wi-fi en­abled class­rooms and lab­o­ra­to­ries. The equip­ment is up­graded ev­ery two years.

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