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

Prof. 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.

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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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When apply to MBBS course in this colleague

Shareef 18th Oct, 2019
The date's are as follows,
Registration dates , 2nd to 31st December
Admit card download, 27th march
Date if examination ,3rd may
Date of announcing results, 4th June

  • Candidates will have to apply for the NEET-UG conducted by MCC for Admissions
  • Must fill the form
  • forms will be available on official website of KMC
ELIGIBILITY= candidate must be 10+2 passed in recognised board with  atleast 50%
Admissions will be done by merit list. so, try hard and score your best. Merit list score will be nearly in between 550 to 600.
Best of luck

what is the cut off of kmc for obc category generally???

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 29th Sep, 2019

Dear Aditi, we have KMC in Manipal and Mangalore. You haven't mentioned which KMC you are mentioning about. But both are Private Medical Colleges and Karnataka being an Open State, a score of atleast 550 is necessary for a seat in either of these colleges under OBC Category. Having said that cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of candidates appearing for the exam, no.of candidates qualified, top NEET score and difficulty of the exam.


i had completed my bsc degree in microbiology and how can i get admission for msc clinical embryology in kasturba medical college ,manipal or jss mysure

Papiya Mazumder 17th Sep, 2019


As per your requirement, i would say that as you have completed your bsc degree in microbiology and now want to get admission in clinical embryology, you need to qualify the eligibility criteta and have a good ranking of thr respective college exams.

After your results are out of universities, you will be applying for counseling after which you can decide your college admissions.

Getting a seat in college is depending on many factors like studenrs to seat ratio, cut off, reservation, ranking of college, etc

Cut off varies evert year as per your reservation category and no. Of students applying for the same.

Good luck


cutoff marks for mbbs / 2019/KMC MANIPAL

Animesh Vats Student Expert 21st Sep, 2019


Well if you want a seat from All India quota then you should aim for a score more than 450+ for KMC under deemed University quota.

If you go for state quota then you should try to aim for a score more than 480+ in order to secure a seat. State one has lower fees and hence high cut off.

I hope this information helps.

All the best.


when does kmc diploma Paramedical notification will come plz reply

Mahaveer Reddy Student Expert 8th Oct, 2019

Hi aspirant,

Kaloji Narayana Rao University of Health Sciences (KNRUHS) has discharged the official notice for Paramedical Admissions 2019-20. The online application structure Telangana Paramedical Admissions 2019 is accessible presently (Scroll down to check official site). KNRUHS is the official authority of leading admission to paramedical courses in Telangana. The applicants can check the nitty gritty Telangana Paramedical Admission Notification 2019-20, courses, qualification criteria, application procedure and significant dates here.

The last date to present the online application structure for Telangana Paramedical Admissions 2019 has shut. Competitors would now be able to remove the print from the application structure for the Telanagana Paramedical Counseling 2019.

Good luck

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