AFTER MUCH talk and deliberations, the five-year integrated courses proposed by the Bangalore University are finally off the drawing board. A year ahead of the scheduled launch, the university has invited applications for four such courses.

Students who have passed second year Pre-University Course or equivalent examinations can now apply for five-year integrated courses in M.A. Social Sciences, M.B.S. Business Studies, M.Sc. Biological Sciences and M.Sc. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

The applicants should have cleared the qualifying examination with any optional subjects, securing a minimum of 50 per cent aggregate in all papers studied, including languages. Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Category-I students will get a relaxation of 5 per cent in the required marks.

Application forms and prospectus can be collected from July 16. The last date to submit the completed application forms is July 28 while the last date with a penal fee of Rs. 100 is August 1. An omnibus merit list will be announced on August 3 before the counselling and admission for regular and supernumerary seats begins on August 6. The counselling and admission for waiting list and payment seats will be conducted on August 7.

Forms will be issued at the Prasaranga Sales Unit, Central College campus, Bangalore University, Palace Road, Bangalore - 560001 on production of demand draft of Rs. 400 (Rs. 200 for SC/ST/Category-I students) drawn in favour of the Finance Officer, Bangalore University, Bangalore. The completed application forms, along with the copies of marks cards and other necessary documents should be submitted on or before the last date to the office of the coordinators of the respective course.

Application forms can be downloaded from the website (


WHAT CAN patients do when they cannot use ventilators to save themselves from oxygen deprivation? Is there any way to save them? “Mechanical ventilation technique” is a solution. It is a method to mechanically assist or replace patients’ breathing efforts using a ventilator, when they cannot do so on their own.

A workshop on “Mechanical Ventilation” was organised by K.R. Hospital in association with PES College on Friday. The workshop was inaugurated by V.S. Acharya, Minister for Medical Education.

Dr. Acharya said, “Emergency situations are increasing these days. In this context, such techniques help save lives of people and especially in multi-trauma cases.” He said 50 years ago, for want of new technology, innovation and gadgets, it was a mammoth task to save the lives of people. “However, today it is the world of robotic surgery and hi-tech gadgets such as Gamma knife.”

He called upon the medical fraternity to do its best for the patients and help the poor. “Make treatment affordable, as it will help a majority of the poor.” M.R. Doreswamy, founder of PES Institutions, spoke.