Our visit to St John’s University and University of Bangalore

It was an early start for all of us today. It takes each hour or so to do seven miles in the traffic, and we had to be at St John’s University ~ the agency of 9, so, to be on the unharmed side, we left at 7.30 and we only just made it!

St John’s University was expose up in the early ‘60s by a Catholic Bishop and it a little while ago provides medical and nursing education, of the same kind with well as in a number of kindred health areas. St John’s Medical College and its associated 1500-receptacle hospital operates under the mantra of ‘Reaching public to the Medically Unreached’ and its deputation is to train healthcare professionals, especially to act toward in the medically under-served areas of the geographical division. In fact, medical students are contracted to submit to in such areas for two years for their graduation. The Medical College has around 900 students and the Nursing College on all sides 400 students, both specialising in well-nigh all branches of medicine and nursing. Our rudimentary meeting was with the Dean of the Medical College and a married pair of his colleagues. Having covered cropped land institution’s background, we explored possible areas of collaboration on both instruction, in particular nursing education, and research.

St John's groupThe faculty team with Dr Srinivasan, Dean of St John’s Medical College 

We hereafter set off to visit the ‘Research Institute’ at St John’s. This was predetermine up in 2004 and hosts a designate by ~ of research groups, including Nutrition, Cardiovascular Disease, Infectious Disease, Mental Health, Mother and Child Health and Molecular Medicine. These research groups are supported by a call over of core teams offering support in Epidemiology and Statistics, Analytical Biochemistry, Physiology, Molecular Biology, Clinical Trials and Data Management. We had a abundant discussion with Dr D’Souza, Dean of the Research dogma, and identified a few areas at what place we can work together. We agreed without ceasing a number of actions and moved up~ to our second destination by luncheon time.

St John's group outside

We arrived at Bangalore University and stopped for a sandwich lunch at one of the University’s cafeterias. As Dr Watts said, she will now look at the Hub to a high degree differently!

Bangalore University lunch

But we were not prepared beneficial to the welcome we received: we were greeted at the Life Sciences Department with bouquets of flowers and refreshments.

Bangalore Uni refreshments

All the heads of the appropriate departments were there, so we had a introductory meeting with them where both universities gave a total presentation on their provision, strengths and existing collaborations. The group then split up to meet students and bat from individual Departments. We came back by some really exciting opportunities and we force of ~ be pursuing these over the next few months.

I want to expiration this post by writing what some of my colleagues had to maxim about today:

Dr Sherria Hoskins:

“What an amazingly warm welcome from Bangalore University! We had a fantastic afternoon at their Department of Life Sciences. I in addition met with the Director of the Psychology Department, Prof Gopalakrishna. Great to learn that they chance of a favorable result to develop provision in Forensic Psychology, ~y area of strength for us, to which place we could explore future partnerships. I was extravagant to learn that there is one opportunity to come back to Bangalore again soon, perhaps bringing more staff from transversely the University of Portsmouth for the International Conference of Applied Psychology in successi~ the 6th May this year. Themes of pleased attention to staff at UoP are: Sports in Achieving Excellence; Education, Innovation and Excellence; Health Promotion concerning Excellence, and Leadership, Team Building and Human Excellence. It was also an interesting morning. It’s exciting to discern potential synergies between the Department of Psychology and St John’s Medical School, to what they have been exploring cognitive increase in infants and autism.”

Sherria and Prof Gopalakrishna

Dr Joy Watts:

“Today has been a cyclone in India (and we hear at home – I trustful longing everyone was safe with little hurt). The day started early with the, at that time ceremonial-like, packaging of myself, Sasee and Malcolm into the back line of a transit cab. This site leads to little personal space, only is a great format for talking (possibly as a protective measure to mould out the terror of the insane driving!), however it has been a pleasure audience about urbanisation and geology while acquisition to know my colleagues better. The two visits of the day were true different in tone and content: St John’s Research Institute in the peep of day had a very definite ‘soundness and clinical’ focus. In the afternoon, we visited the other thing traditional Life Sciences Department at Bangalore University and I last ~ and testament focus upon this visit as it was added relevant to the School of Biology.

“Bunches of flowers, lovely coffee and lots of biscuits and a liberal friendly delegation of assembled academic club welcomed us. The staff are committed to exploration and the areas cover a excessively broad spectrum from botany to corpuscular biotechnology. I found it difficult to reason to everyone with potential areas of commissure interest -but some very exciting ideas came up that I anticipate forward to following up. However, the highlight of my age was meeting the graduate students from University of Bangalore: they were excited almost meeting us, engaged in their science and enthusiastic in pursuing international opportunities that would sanction them to answer more research questions. That in itself made the taxi make an excursion worth it!”

Dr James Brown:

“Having exhausted the past two days attending the excessively busy British Council recruitment events in Chennai and Bangalore, it was virtuous to eventually see the sun and adapted up with the rest of the delegating and prepare for our upcoming foundation visits. We received a very excited welcome at Bangalore University, and were greeted ~ dint of. a large delegation of staff from a count of departments including Geology, Environmental Sciences, Biochemistry, Biological and Life Sciences and Psychology. Once introductions and institutional overviews had been exchanged, we split to meet with students and representatives from respective departments. The postgraduate students from the biological and life sciences were a sensuality to speak with and they had unobstructed visions of the academic paths they wished to proceed along. I was impressed by their scholarship of the subjects and their aptness to articulate their thoughts and ideas. Most wish to study notwithstanding a postgraduate research degree and we discussed potential routes to achieve this. We therefore met with academic staff and discussed examination collaborations in a number of areas. Those in the greatest degree closely related to my own sphere of duty included genetic basis of disease, idiot products and their pharmacology. Whilst this was a spun out day of discussions and meetings, I felt it was highly productive with many opportunities to bring out collaborations across a broad range of departments throughout the faculty.”

Dr Malcolm Whitworth:

“I was extremely impressed and nice at the reception we received at the University of Bangalore and was enraptured and thrilled to meet some match geologists during our initial introductions. What followed was a self-same fruitful discussion on the synergies betwixt our respective geology departments in Portsmouth and to this place in Bangalore, areas of potential collaboration and the increasing weightiness of the impact that our scrutiny can have for the wider community, both here in India and the UK.”

Bangalore Geology

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