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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Manipal University plans global foray

Manipal University plans to set up campuses in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Antigua. The university will start work on a medicine-based branch campus in Antigua this year which is likely to start working next year.

According to the Manipal Education and Medical Group Chairman Ramdas Pai, plans have also been firmed up for a medical college in Sri Lanka but the project was stalled due to some political uncertainties.

“The governments of the three countries have invited us to set up colleges. They will also help us acquire cheaper land and give the colleges government recognition, which is very important,” Pai said.

They had also received invitations from the US government and governments of countries in West Asia for setting up colleges.

The university plans to invest about $25 million in the college in Antigua and, if the project comes through, another $25 million in Sri Lanka.

At present, it has a college in Malaysia and a campus in Dubai. A college in Nepal has been opened in affiliation with local universities. The university said it planned to introduce new courses at their campus in Bangalore.

“So far, we have been focussing on health sciences, but now we are looking at introducing courses in humanities and other streams,” Pai said.

Earlier, the university announced it was going to introduce online entrance tests for admissions to its undergraduate courses. It had introduced online entrance exams to post graduate courses last year.

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