Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Update on Manipal

An update on an earlier story concerning medical degrees from Manipal.

It's good that MMC has issued a clarification on this issue. The worst position to be in is that of the Malaysian students who are currently studying there and in the Melaka Manipal Medical College and also those who are planning to go there in the near future. Perhaps the Melaka Manipal Medical College should consider 'twinning' with another institution in the near future.

Melaka Manipal students not affected: Dr Ismail

PETALING JAYA: Students at the Melaka Manipal Medical College will not be affected by a recent ruling by the Medical Council of India (MCI) to derecognise medical and surgery degrees offered by Kasturba Medical Colleges (KMC) in Manipal and Mangalore.

Malaysian Medical Council (MMC) president Tan Sri Dr Ismail Merican said this was because the college was registered and licensed with the Higher Education Ministry to conduct the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) programme in collaboration with the Manipal Academy of Higher Education.

The MBBS degree from the college has been recognised by the council since July 9, 2003 where its graduates have been able to practise as medical practitioners.

He also pointed out that the college's licensing terms was with the Manipal University and not KMC.

"The awarder of the degree is the Manipal University and not the KMC. The role of Manipal University towards the college is to render technical and resource support," he said in a statement Monday.

"Hence, its facilities and support in Manipal are entirely independent of KMC governance."

He added the college never sought recognition from the MCI and were never under their purview.

As for the two KMCs in India, Dr Ismail said MMC had been informed by the pro-chancellor of Manipal University that MCI was only a recommendatory body and the power to recognise or de-recognise was with India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

He added the university had taken the appropriate action and the matter was with the ministry to decide.

"I believe the matter will be settled amicably," he said adding MMC would wait further outcome and developments before making decisions.

"At this juncture, I would like to advise parents and students alike, not to be unduly worried," he said.

He said MMC would update parents and students from time to time and would take steps to ensure students continue with medical education.

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