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Mangaluru will have a regional centre of RGUHS, says Vice-Chancellor

S. Sacchidanand, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, at a press conference in Mangaluru on Saturday.

S. Sacchidanand, Vice-Chancellor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, at a press conference in Mangaluru on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: H.S. MANJUNATH

It will be one of the four such centres that will come up in the State

The Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) will open its regional centre in Kavoor in the city. It will be one of the four regional centres of the university coming up in the State, said RGUHS Vice-Chancellor S. Sacchidanand here on Saturday. Talking to reporters, Dr. Sacchidanand said the RGUHS planned to have its regional centres in Mangaluru, Davangere, Kalaburagi, and Belagavi.

“The Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner has agreed to allocate land in Kavoor,” he said. This regional institute will also have a sports complex that will boost the sports activities of 70 affiliated institutes in the region.

The Regional Centre in Davangere will have a new academic building that will boost academic activities. The Regional Centre in Belagavi will have a cultural centre that will be used to hold the university’s cultural programmes, the Vice-Chancellor said.

RGUHS Registrar (Evaluation) K.B. Lingegowda said the university hopes to start the regional centre in Mangaluru by next year. The Vice-Chancellor said that RGUHS was encouraging research and earmarked ₹20 crore for 2018-19. One of the research was on dengue, which has a high mortality rate. “The research is on early detection of persons likely to have Dengue Shock Syndrome.”

The research was being conducted for the two years by the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, the Kempegowda Instiute of Medical Sciences, St. Johns Medical College, and M.S. Ramaiah Medical College in association with the Indian Institute of Science, he said.

The university has been encouraging research at the undergraduate level by giving offering financial support of ₹15,000 for each research. “These are small research works which we encourage students to take up.” Of the 471 applications, RGUHS accepted 271 research proposals and has provided financial assistance, Dr. Sacchidanand said.

The university will start the Department of Placement and Career Development this year to help nursing, pharmacy and other healthcare course students get jobs. “There is lot of demand for healthcare professionals abroad. We do not want our students to be taken for a ride by middlemen.”

Apart from direct contact with employers, the department will hold sessions to develop skills necessary.

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