Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences (SSSIHMS), which provides free medical and surgical care, is starting a full-fledged Nursing and Paramedical degree programme and will be offering it free of cost to students in affiliation with the Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

The 3 most important people shaping the medical education senario in the State of Karnataka, Sri M.K. Shankara Linge Gowda, IAS, Secretary Medical Education, Government of Karnataka , Dr. S. Ramanand Shetty, Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, Dr. S. Vasanth Kumar, Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Bangalore.

M.K. Shankaralinge Gowda, Secretary, Department of Medical Education, inaugurated the Fundamentals of Nursing Lab and other labs. The hospital has procured advanced simulation mannequins capable of simulating almost all of the vital signs of disorders such as tachycardia and hypervolemia.

S. Ramanand Shetty, Vice-Chancellor, RGUHS, inaugurated the library facility, while S. Vasantha Kumar, Registrar, RGUHS, inaugurated the computer lab.

Open source

The Institute is approaching teaching in a novel way by introducing an open source software called Moodle. The students will have access to all the lecture powerpoints, notes and e-resources for every class online and they can be accessed from every computer in the hospital. The software also has provisions for the students to take pre-class and post-class assignments online in form of multiple choice questions, crossword puzzles, fill in the blanks etc which will make learning interesting and fun.

A.S. Hegde, Director, SSSIHMS, said that the students will be exposed to best teaching resources from India and the U.S., the U.K., and Australia by way of video conferencing through the internet and also direct classes by experts from John Hopkins, Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic.

He said that the uniqueness of the course is that there will be no capitation fee or any fee whatsoever. Practical training, communication skills, confidentiality and medical ethics will be given utmost importance in the teaching.

Dr. Shetty congratulated the students on getting an opportunity to learn in best hospital like Sathya Sai. He said that the State needs more nursing and paramedical students.

and there is not enough work force in the state at present.

Dr. Vasantha Kumar said that nursing and paramedical forms the most important aspect and are there 24 hours with the patient.