December 18, 2007

Indo-Malaysian venture to train doctors

Considered as the first Indo-Malaysian joint venture by a private medical institution, the Bachelor’s of medicine and Bachelor of surgery programme offered by Melaka Manipal Medical College is becoming a favourite among Malaysians.

With 250 students currently enrolled in the programme, the institution is playing a major role in training Malaysian doctors. The college offers a twinning MBBS degree for medical undergraduates. Students undergo two and a half years of basic sciences and introductory clinical training in the Manipal campus in Karnataka and the remaining two and a half years of medical training is completed in the Melaka campus, Malaysia.

According to P Sripathi Rao, dean, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, the five semesters of the course conducted in Manipal includes basic sciences and pre-clinical subjects with clinical training. “In Malaysia, students continue with their clinical training. In Manipal, each student is assigned a lecturer who act as a guardian,” he added.The medical college was created in 1997 following an agreement between the governments of Malaysia and India.

“The two governments signed an MoU to train Malaysians students in India. Malaysia has a long history of having many of its doctors being trained in India. And Manipal was chosen as the medical partner in India,” said Rao. “In February 2004, Melaka Manipal Medical College was included in the WHO directory of recognised medical colleges. Also, in the international medical education directory of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

The degree offered by the Melaka Manipal Medical Colleges is also recognised by the Sri Lanka Medical Council,” said Vidya Pratap, director, PR.

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