Quality is the key to sustainability of medical colleges, says Prof. Poornima Baliga, Pro-VC (Health Sciences), MAHE

Manipur-University-VC-Interview-700Prof. Poornima Baliga, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, speaks to Rajaram Sukumar about research environment, allied health courses and other elements of Indian medical education.


Q. How important is quality for medical colleges and what are its key-drivers?

A. The global higher education arena is currently witnessing an increasing international competition. Therefore, quality remains the key to the sustainability of any medical college. Nowadays, students weigh the quality factor very highly when selecting a medical college for admission. Bringing relevant changes as per the demands of the times should be a constant strategy at educational institutions. Good quality will automatically ensure good rankings. At Kasturba Medical College (KMC) we have formulated a Vision 2020 program focussed on academic reputation, research, industry placements and internationalization as the four key-principles to lead our long-term improvement strategy.


dr-poornima-baliga-picQ. How can research environment at medical institutions be encouraged among students and faculties?

A. Good teaching and evidence-based patient care should always be supported by good research. To encourage research among MBBS students, they should be propelled write papers and present it at conferences. Student research and publications of faculties can be incentivized through grants. Workshops on research methodology, literature searching, manuscript writing can be held regularly. At KMC, this year alone, we conducted many such conferences and research writing workshops. In 2017, our publication ratio was 1.35 Scopus indexed papers per faculty.


Q. How can faculty improvement programmes benefit medical institutions?

A. Faculties form the moral fibre of a medical college. Faculty development programs give faculties the opportunity to interact with experts in the field and help young students hone their clinical skills in the course. We focus a great deal on faculty improvement programmes and conducted about 60 such programs last year, in the form of conferences, workshops in hospitals as well as simulation labs, etc.


Q. Allied health professionals are the backbone of medical system. Which are the most popular allied health streams among students?

A. Allied health sciences is comparatively a recent concept in India, though well known in the west. It includes the specialities of Physiotherapy, Medical Lab Technology, Audiology & Speech Pathology, Respiratory Therapy, etc. Ten years back, students used to opt for Physiotherapy or Medical Lab Technology only. Now, with inputs & knowledge from the internet, they are voluntarily opting for newer courses.

Some popular allied courses with abundant job opportunities are Medical Imaging Technology, Cardio Vascular Technology, Optometry, Renal Replacement Therapy & Dialysis Therapy, Perfusion Technology, Exercise & Sports Sciences, Medical Radiation Therapy. Amongst the old specialities, Occupational Therapy, Nuclear medicine Technology have also shown revived interests. The popularity of allied health sciences is also reflected by the year-on-year rise in its applicants at KMC.


Q. Can India’s medical education gain competence to match the best in the West?

A. Not unless the regulatory bodies of India bring about a change in the delivery of medical curriculum that can match the west, this is not possible.


Q. KMC, Manipal is among the top 400 in QS University rankings. What reasons would you attribute to that?

A. Many factors contribute to the national and global recognition of KMC for excellence in medical education. Our success in retaining the best faculty while attracting new ones with international experience is one of those. We are also reaching out to our international alumni in a more defined way to build the academic stature globally. Another major thrust area for us has been to globalize our curriculum and internationalise the pedagogy. For this, we conduct regular discussions with foreign university academicians/officials about benchmarking the syllabus, style of content delivery, and mode of assessment.

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Ruthu ManjunathLast Seen: 1 day 17 hours agoJoined on: 21-Apr-2018Education Interest: MedicineEducation Level: Class 12

In the mcc website it is given that the annual fee for kmc mangalore is 11,24,000. so every year we need to pay 11 lakhs.....i am confused

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Hello Ruthu,

Yes if its mentioned on th college website that is annual fees, so you need to pay 11,24,000 every year.

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What are chances for 492 in kmc,kolar medical college

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Gunjan VermaLast Seen: 14 hours 49 min agoJoined on: 17-May-2018Education Interest: Media and JournalismEducation Level: In Graduation
Dear Leena,You may get a seat in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, if you belong to any reserved category. But It would be difficult for you in case you're from general category.Hope it helps.Good Lu...Read More
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What is the fee structure for MBBS students

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Dear Chaitanya, The Fees for Kasturba Medical College, Manipal is INR 5, 013, 000. The fees can be paid in instalments over a period of time.  For further details please click on the link ht...Read More
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What is the fee for kasturba medical college, manipal / mangalore and SDU medical college, kolar -if opted through AIR - NEET counselling

mentioned colleges comes under deemed universities

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The total course fee for MBBS in Kasturba Medical College, Manipal is Rs. 5,023,000 and, in Sri Devaraj URS Medical College, Kolar is 40.5 lakhs.


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Does sbi provide Scholar loan for students of kmc mangalore ?

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K R MANIKANDANLast Seen: 1 week 3 days agoJoined on: 25-Nov-2013Education Interest: EngineeringEducation Level: In Graduation

Hello Aryan,

You can apply for Educational Loan at SBI which can be repaid after you graduate.

Your institute will give required documents for the same.

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