The company recently acquired a 72-bed hospital in Malaysia.
Bangalore-based Manipal Health Enterprises Ltd, the third-largest hospital chain in India, is planning to invest up to Rs 1,500 crore (around $240 million) to have a capacity to operate up to 5,000 hospital beds, top executive of the company told VCCircle.
“We plan to have total capacity of around 5,000 hospital beds, existing and potential, in India and abroad by 2015-16. When I say potential, it means that in some of our investments we start off with say a 200-bed capacity but have the option to increase it to say 300 beds. Of this, around 3,500-4,000 beds will be in India and 1,000-1,500 beds will be outside India,” said Rajen Padukone, MD & CEO of Manipal Health Enterprises.
These extra beds mean the company could add 7-12 more hospitals in its network. At present the company has 10 hospitals with 1,600 operating hospital beds under its network which include academy cum hospitals as well as corporate hospitals.
“The total investment for our three-year expansion is around Rs 1,500 crore but it’s a bit up in the air and could change depending on the kind of models we look at besides acquisitions. For example, there are a number of developers who are looking to invest with us and in such a scenario up to 40 per cent investment could come from them,” he said.
Further, the expansion of the company would be through brownfield, greenfield and acquisition routes. Padukone said overseas, the company could focus more on acquisitions.
Manipal recently acquired a 72-bed hospital in Malaysia.
“The acquisition was finalised a couple of months ago. It is a secondary level hospital in Kuala Lumpur. As part of the deal, we have space to raise capacity at the existing location and eventually shift the business from 72-beds to a 200-bed hospital. The new hospital would be a multispecialty secondary and tertiary facility,” Padukone said.
He said the company is looking to have a capacity of 400-500 beds in Malaysia which includes setting up a hospital in Malacca and one or two more in Kuala Lumpur in three years.
Apart from Malaysia, Manipal is exploring opportunities to launch and acquire hospitals in the Middle East and Africa.
“In South Africa, we are looking at both education and hospital opportunities. In three years we are looking at a capacity of 1,000 hospital beds,” he said.
Padukone explained that the company will expand in three buckets. The first bucket would include increasing capacity in current hospitals; the second bucket includes increasing more hospitals in cities it is present in and the third includes being in contiguous states where it already has presence.
“In our existing hospitals, we feel we could add capacity by 600 more beds. For example, in Manipal hospital in Goa we have added 200 beds and also added 150 beds in various existing hospitals in Bangalore. We will strengthen our presence in cities we are already present; so two more hospitals are coming up in Bangalore. And we will expand in contiguous states such as Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Orissa. We will also look at cities where we have an educational presence like Jaipur in Rajasthan,” Padukone said.
The company has raised and has access to about $200 million from three private equity players that invested in it, including IDFC Alternatives, Kotak Private Equity and India Value Fund.
(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)
source: http://www.vccircle.com / VC Circle / Home> Other / by Lohit Jagwani / Friday – September 27th, 2013
City’s upcoming tennis player Vignesh Subramaniam who took part in the TTC-AITA Junior Tennis tourney held at TTC courts in Trivandrum on Saturday won the boys under-18 singles and also the boys under-16 singles titles and completed a fine double.
In the boys under-18 singles final, second seeded Vignesh shocked top-seed Jeffy Jacob of Kerala 6-4, 7-5 and clinched the title. In the semi-finals, Vignesh bt K.S. Chiranthan of Karnataka 6-0, 6-2.
In the boys under-16 singles final, Vignesh bt beat N. Manaz of Tamil Nadu 6-0, 6-1 and clinched the title.
Finals: Boys under-18: S. Vignesh bt Jeffy Jacob [6-4, 7-5].
Finals: Boys under-16: S Vignesh bt N Manaz [6-0, 6-1].
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports / September 23rd, 2013
When young, least did she know she would one day do something adventurous. Neither did she do something of the sort until she started her career. But unlike many with a dream of doing something adventurous since childhood, she suddenly developed a liking for cycling just less than a couple of years ago. And today, this young Mysorean has succeeded in cycling upto Leh in Jammu & Kashmir from Manali in Himachal Pradesh in a span of 14 days.
Sahana Murthy, 24, a Mysorean based at Bangalore, is a young and enthusiastic adventure cyclist. For this girl, it was a sudden instinct that made her develop a liking to cycle which makes her story special. And such is the love for her passion that she not just wanted to go on a long and challenging cycling expedition but even succeeded in doing so by cycling 600 km from Manali to Leh and from there to Khardung-La — the world’s highest motorable Pass.
Come, let’s learn of her experience:
“It was once in a life-time experience. I along with three other friends — Krishna Vasudeva Rao from Mysore, Kamakshi Sahai and Rajeev Agarwal — started cycling from Manali and would cycle upto 40-50 km in a span of 8 hrs per day,” says Sahana, daughter of city-based scientist Vindhya Murthy and businessman Raghavendra Murthy.
Sahana works as an Operations Associate at Genpact, Bangalore. Talking of the expedition, she said, “it was a major challenge altogether, especially for a person like me for whom everything associated with it was a first time experience.”
On a cycle with a load of 20 kilos that included everything from their camping tents to food and clothing, it was a taxing task, she says. “The very first day we started cycling, it began to rain and continued for three days. Our clothes were wet yet we had to continue cycling as we hadn’t carried many clothes to avoid extra load. But we weren’t deterred by it. Three days later, the weather turned sunny so much so that it then became difficult to bear the heat. A few hours after we started cycling, the skin started peeling off and the combination of the cold went and scorching sun was literally killing us. Yet we continued. By the end of the day, we would halt in tent-like restaurants where we would get some food, rest by night and start by 8 am the next morning post breakfast.”
Each day, each step was a challenge, she recalls. “We had to motivate ourselves every minute as it was emotionally, physically and mentally very demanding. We had to cycle upon a vehicle with heavy load, pass by steep uphills, eat only dryfruits, biscuits and chocolates as we could find no food anywhere until we reached a certain destination by dusk and even remained with no shower for 13 days.
Especially for girls, the expedition was tough, she says adding “The tents we would halt at would be shared by many people and mostly guys which would make me and my friend Kamakshi insecure at times. But the day I reached Khardung-La, I was the happiest.”
But it is because of her parents support and backing from her friends and office that she could manage to achieve her goal, she says. It was no easy thing for my parents to let me go on such an expedition. However, they trusted me and did not come in my way of my happiness because of which I have done this today, says Sahana and adds: “I will be soon learning paragliding and mountaineering too and go on cycle expeditions as well. Being a girl, it was not at all easy to strain myself the way I did, get tanned so horribly that my skin almost looked charred. I came back with loads of knee pain, back ache and sores in the leg. Yet, when people complimented me for having reached the world’s highest motorable Pass on cycle, all else would fly off my mind, making me feel proud of my achievements.” —AN
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / September 23rd, 2013
District-level Dasara Games
Mysore District athletes bagged top honours in the District-level Dasara Games 2013, both in men and women’s section, held at the University Oval athletic grounds here yesterday.
M.G. Radesh, a final year BBM student at Basudeva Somani FGC, Mysore and Reena George, both from Mysore District, bagged top honours in the men’s and women’s section respectively.
In the women’s section, Shahejahani of Mysore won gold in the Discus and Javelin throw events and also secured silver in Shot-put event. In men’s section, M.R. Nandeesh of Mysore won gold in Javelin and Discus throw and also won silver in the Shot-put event. V.G. Ponnappa of Mysore won gold in the men’s 800m and 1500m events.
Men’s section results: 100m: 1. M.G. Radesh (Mysore), 2. K.P. Sumanth (Mysore), 3. J. Mahendra (K.R. Nagar); 200m: 1. M. Radesh (Mysore), 2. Suhas S. Gowda (Mysore), 3. Manu (Hunsur); 400m: 1. Arun Kumar (Hunsur), 2. V. Chethan (Mys), 3. Bipin Thomas (Mys); 800m: 1. V.G. Ponnappa (Mys), 2. Rohit Kumar (Mys), 3. P. Abhishek (K.R. Nagar); 1500m: 1. V.G. Ponnappa (Mys), 2. R. Shashikumar (Mys), 3. S.D. Venkatesh (H.D. Kote); 5000m: 1. B.J. Prasanna (Hunsur), 2. R. Ranjith (Hunsur), 3. Arun (K.R. Nagar); Javelin throw: 1. M.R. Nandeesh (Mys), 2. K.B. Harsha (Mys), 3. Naveen (Mys); Discus throw: 1. M.R. Nandeesh (Mys), 2. K.B. Harsha (Mys), 3. L. Madhu Gowda (Mys); Shot-put: 1. M.R. Mohan Kumar (Mys); 2. M.R. Nandeesh (Mys), 3. N.V. Chandan (Mys); Long jump: 1. T.S. Ravi (Mys), 2. Mohith (Mys), 3. R. Rakesh (Hunsur); 4x400m Relay: 1. Hunsur, 2. Mysore, 3. Nanjangud; 4x100m Relay: 1. Mys, 2. Hunsur, 3. K.R. Nagar; Throwball: 1. Mysore, 2. Nanjangud; Kho-kho: 1. Mysore, 2. Nanjangud; Kabaddi: 1. Mysore, 2. H.D. Kote; Basketball: 1. Rising Star, Mysore; 2. Aryans, Mysore; Football: 1. Hunsur; 2. Mysore; Ball badminton: 1. K.R. Nagar, 2. Mysore; Shuttle badminton: Darshan/Sachin (Mys); Hockey: 1. Mysore ‘A’, 2. St. Philomena’s College.
Women’s results — 100m: 1. Reena George (Mys), 2. S.G. Priyanka (Mys), 3. S.R. Preethi (Mys); 200m: 1. Reena George (Mys), 2. Inchara (Mys), 3. Anusha (K.R. Nagar); 400m: 1. Reena George (Mys), 2. H.R. Navami (Mys), 3. H.Y. Anjali (Hunsur); 800m: 1. Poornima (Mys), 2. V. Priyanka ( Mys), 3. Sushma (T.N. Pura); 1500m: 1. Shraddha Rani S. Desai (Mys), 2. V. Priyanka (Mys), 3. K.R. Tejaswini (T.N. Pura); 3000m: 1. Thippavva Sannakki (Mys), 2. Shraddha Rani S. Desai (Mys), 3. B. Chaitra (T.N. Pura); Triple jump: 1. P. Harshitha (K.R. Nagar), 2. S.S. Vasudha (Mys), 3. S. Vinutha (Mys); Javelin throw: 1. Shahejahani (Mys), 2. Harshitha (K.R. Nagar), 3. S.G. Pushpa (Mys); Shot-put: 1. P.S Uma (Mys), 2. Shahejahani (Mys), 3. K. Roopashree (Mys); Discus throw: 1. Shahejahani (Mys), 2. P.S. Uma (Mys), 3. K.P. Maheshwari (Mys); Long jump: 1. P. Harshitha (K.R. Nagar), 2. P.B. Sumithra (Mys), 3. S.S. Vasudha (Mys); 4x400m Relay: 1. Mysore, 2. Hunsur, 3. T.N. Pura; 4x100m Relay: 1. Mysore, 2. Hunsur, 3. T.N. Pura;
Ball-badminton: 1. Hunsur, 2. K.R. Nagar; Throwball: 1. Mysore, 2. Nanjangud; Volleyball: Mysore; Kabaddi: 1. Mysore, 2. Hunsur; Kho-Kho: 1. T.N. Pura, 2. Mysore; Hockey: 1. Mysore, 2. Teresian College; Basketball: Mysore.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / September 22nd, 2013
September 28th, 2013Sports
Athletics is considered as the Mother of all sports. Our city athlete Thippavva Sannakki is a talented athlete who excels in the long distance running events, and has been performing consistently well in the National, State level meets. Thippavva Sannakki, recently taking part in the Mysore District-level Dasara athletic meet 2013-14, on Saturday won gold in women’s 3000m event. She also represented Indian Railways in the National athletic meet held at Ranchi recently and performed well. She is our “Star This Week.”
Thippavva Sannakki is an employee with the South Western Railways, Mysore. She is presently training under the guidance of former International and SAK athletic coach Damodar Gowda at Mysore.
Thippavva Sannaki, taking part in the District-level Dasara women’s athletics event in the 3000m won the gold with a timing of 11m:23:09s.
Thippavva will represent Mysore District in the Division-level Dasara athletic meet to be held on Sept. 30th & Oct. 1 at Mysore.
Thippavva, last fortnight, represented Indian Railways in the Indian Open Nationals and took part in the 3000m event. She finished sixth in the event and gained valuable experience competing with Indian athletes Preeja Sreedharan and Sreeja.
Thippavva Sannakki has represented Karnataka in the National level and has won medals in the in the senior as well in the junior level. Thippavva has been a regular medal winner in the long distance events in the State-level Dasara meets every year. She has taken part in the DAC road races for women and has been the winner for four years in a row. An All-India Inter-University medalist representing Mysore University, this girl has the talent in her to improve on her performance in the National level.
She is a talented athlete and with her dedicated hard work aims to perform well in the National level in the days to come.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Sports News / September 22nd, 2013
Force India Team Principal Vijay Mallya believes that beating McLaren for 5th place in the Constructor’s Championship is still possible.
Force India, who are currently five points behind the McLaren team, were leading the championship race up until the German Grand Prix in July.
Force India excelled with their performances and consistently scored points while Mclaren had a disastrous start to their 2013 season. But for the last 4 races, Force India scored only 2 points whereas McLaren stepped up their performance to score 29 points.
Mallya believes his team will do well in the upcoming races.
He said: “It is going to be a close fight, but the good news is that McLaren still aren’t that far ahead. “They only scored one point in Monza, so they are definitely catchable. We need to perform better ourselves, that’s very clear.
“We’re working hard to find more performance, but at the same time we’ve made it quite clear that we will not compromise next year’s programme. It’s always a balancing act, but we know what we need to do.
“Absolutely, we’ve been strong in Singapore, especially last year. Hopefully that will continue this year, but we know we’ve got to get on top of the tyres to unleash the potential of the car. Points must be the target for this weekend to keep up our momentum in the championship fight.”
source: http://www.sportskeeda.com / Home> F1/ Singapore GP / by Prathik / September 16th, 2013
September 27th, 2013Business & Economy
K-LOUNGE, fashion retail chain promoted by India’s premiere fashion house, Kewal Kiran Clothing Ltd opened its first K- LOUNGE store in Shimoga, Karnataka.
The company boasts of revolutionising fashion in India through their five brands Killer, Easies, Lawmanpg3, Integriti and Addictions. All these brands have attained a cult status and are exclusively available through the K- LOUNGE fashion chain.
Hemantbhai, Director, K – LOUNGE, said: “Any customer who walks in to K- LOUNGE is guaranteed to experience world-class ambience, variety in designs, colours, cuts, materials and of course price.”
K- LOUNGE stores are elegantly designed for an international shopping experience. Their customer-friendly approach and impeccable service has not only increased footfalls of customers, but also of prospective franchisees queuing up. K- LOUNGE has presence in over 100 cities across India.
Incepted in 1981, and headquarted in Mumbai, Kewal Kiran Clothing Limited is amongst the few large branded apparel manufacturers in India. The company has consumers in Asia, Middle East and CIS. The company designs, manufactures and markets branded jeans and a wide range of apparel products for men and women.
source: http://www.news.franchiseindia.com / Franchise India / Home> News / September 16th, 2013
by S.N. Venkatnag Sobers
It was in 1974 that the JSS Mahavidyapeetha started a primary health centre on Ramanuja Road in city. In 1984, JSS Medical College was started and the primary health centre was upgraded into a 60-bed hospital for fulfilling the requirement of a teaching hospital. Later, it was upgraded to 1,200-bed specialty hospital. It has been almost 4 decades since JSS Mahavidyapeetha has been catering to the health needs of people in and around Mysore.
Now, on the auspicious occasion of 98th birth anniversary celebrations of Jagadguru Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamji, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha is all set to open its new JSS Multi-Specialty Hospital for public service to add to the quality of medical facilities.
Prez to dedicate JSS Multi-Specialty Hospital
Having proved its commitment to the society through educational institutions and philanthropic works, Sri Jagadguru Sri Shivathreeshwara Mahadvidyapeetha (JSSMVP) is now coming out with a Multi-Specialty Hospital adding to the already existing one on Ramanuja Road in city.
The Mahavidyapeetha has been providing educational opportunities to all sections of society without discrimination on caste, creed and religion. The best example is the JSS Free School at Suttur which caters to nearly 4000 students from all communities providing them free schooling and hostel facilities. The Mahavidyapeetha has become a household name in Mysore and surrounding districts. Students from Mysore, Mandya, Hassan and Chamarajanagar districts have been benefitted largely by the educational institutions run by JSS Mahavidyapeetha. It has been 6 decades since its inception and JSS has never compromised on quality of education and philanthropic works.
It was in 1954 Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the 23rd pontiff of Jagadguru Veerasimhasana Peetha at Suttur, decided to establish JSS Mahavidyapeetha to cater to the educational needs of the rural populace. This was followed by establishment of hostel for students, which offered free food and basic facilities which is in practice even today. Many students of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, who are today at the helm of affairs in various departments, do not forget to remember the Mutt which provided them free schooling.
JSS Mahavidyapeetha, which took its first step in the field of education with the starting of a high school, has now forayed into Crèches, Primary schools, High schools, Pre-University, Degree, Law, Engineering, Medicine, Dental Sciences and Pharmacy Colleges thus catering to all classes of society. Considering the quality of education and facilities, JSS was awarded the Deemed University ststus. The Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Colleges in Mysore and Ooty were brought under its control in 2008.
Now, a young child who joins JSS institution seeking education can go to become a technical expert, an engineer, a technologist, a doctor or a philosopher from the same institution. JSS Mahavidyapeetha has all the facilities that shape youngsters into a good citizen of the country. After Dr. Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji, the administration of the Suttur Mutt was taken over by Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji under whose guidance the JSS Mahavidyapeetha became a massive educational organisation offering variety of courses.
Currently, there are around 70,000 students pursuing education in 350 institutions run by JSS Mahavidyapeetha at various parts of the country and abroad.
Besides education, the Mahavidyapeetha has also forayed into several social works to spread the knowledge of spirituality and also help those in need. The JSSMVP has been successfully running institutions such as:
JSS Jan Shikshana Samsthan, JSS Krishni Vignana Kendra, JSS Old Age Homes, JSS Literary and Cultural Centres and JSS Publications.
Speaking about the healthcare facilities provided by the JSS Mahavidyapeetha, currently the JSS Hospital on Ramanuja Road has been providing quality healthcare to people of Mysore and surrounding districts.
It was in 1974 that JSS Mahavidyapeetha established a primary health centre in Mysore under the aegis of JSS Medical Services Trust to address the needs of the poor. Yet another health centre was established at SJCE premises in 1982. Though initially the existing JSS Hospital was not constructed for the hospital purpose, it was later converted into a 60-bed hospital and later was converted into 1,600 bed hospital in 1986 on a sprawling 2.40 lakh sqft area. The existing hospital has 16 state-of-the-art Operation Theatres and intensive care units for cardiac, respiratory, medical, surgical and dialysis patients. It also has neonatal and emergency wards. With the dedicated doctors and hospital staff, the hospital has been providing quality healthcare facilities at affordable prices.
Apart from implementing the Government programmes, the JSS Mahavidyapeetha has also been providing free treatment for those who are unable to bear the expenses of medical treatment. Currently, the hospital treats around 1,000 patients in the out-patient department everyday. Apart from the JSS Medical College, the hospital provides exposure to students of JSS Nursing College, JSS College of Pharmacy, JSS College of Speech and Hearing and JSS College of Physiotherapy. JSS Mahavidyapeetha also plans to establish a 100-bed hospital in Chamarajanagar.
The New Super Specialty JSS Hospital
Though the existing JSS Hospital has been upgraded to 1600-bed with 35 specialties and super specialties, the vision of Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji was to build another hospital to cater to more people. With continued efforts and perseverance of the Mahaswamiji, the new JSS Hospital is soon to become a reality.
It was in 2009 that the JSS Medical Service Trust decided to come up with another hospital. After a wait for four years, the works on the hospital have been completed, except for minor works.
The hospital will provide specialty and super specialty health care in the areas of Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Urology, Oncology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Neonatology, Nephrology and other specialties. The hospital will also take up Cardiothoracic surgeries in future as there are three Modular Operation Theatres which enables the hospital to take up any complicated operations.
The new hospital has been constructed on an area of 12.5 acres with two basements, ground floor and four top floors on MG Road adjacent to the existing JSS Hospital at an estimated cost of Rs. 300 crore. The 1,800-bed hospital consists of general wards, special wards and critical care beds. The Radiology Department has been equipped with Telsa Digital MRI Machine, 128 Slice CT Scanner and Advanced Ultrasound and Echo Cardiograph Machines. Each floor of the hospital has been provided with 9 lifts to facilitate easy movement of patients, public and staff. Provision has also been made for a helipad as well.
JSS Medical Trust has given priority to appoint qualified and committed medical and para medical staff. Currently, the hospital has 65 Professors, 38 Associated Professors, 48 Assistant Professors, 48 Lecturers from various specialties. It also has 1030 Para-medical staff and nurses, who have been working hand-in-hand to provide best of the treatment to the patients.
The new JSS Hospital will definitely be a boon for the Medical students as they would get a hands-on experience with the latest technologies in the field of medical science.
The new Hospital will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee on Sept. 23 at 3 pm in the gracious presence of Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji. Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj will preside. Chief Minister Siddharamaiah will release ‘Prasada’ special issue of JSS Mahavidyapeetha and Union Minister Oscar Fernandes will release special issue of JSS Monthly Newsletter.
The facilities available at the New Hospital
1. 1800-bed with general and special wards
2. State-of- the-art critical care beds (ICU/ICCU/PICU/NICU/RICU/CTVS ICU/SICU)
3. 24×7 accident and emergency services
4. 28 Major Operation Theatres
5. 3 Modular Operation Theatres
6. MRI (3 Tesla)
7. CT scanner (128 Slice)
8. Advanced flat panel cardiac Cath lab and advanced noninvasive cardiology services
9. State-of-the-art Blood Bank
10. Burns and Trauma Centre
11. Physiotherapy, Artificial Limb Centre, Eye Bank and Comprehensive Rehabilitation Centre
12. ICTC and ART Centres
13. Recognised Hospital for Central & State sponsored insurance schemes (Yeshaswini, Vajpayee Arogyashri, ESI etc)
14. 24X7 advanced Dialysis services
15. 24X7 Drug Centre
16. 24X7 Hi-tech Ambulance Services
17. Superspeciality services: Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Pulmono-logy, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Pae-diatric Surgery, Urology, Rheumatology, Haema-tology, Keyhole laparascopic Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Neonatology and other diagnostic and clinical facilities with latest equipments.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / September 21st, 2013
City will get a new hospital in Lashkar Mohalla tomorrow with the inauguration of Al-Ansaar Hospital at Muhammed Sait Block.
The new hospital will be inaugurated tomorrow at 10.30 am by Retd. Medical Officer Dr. Nazeer Ahmed. MLA Tanveer Sait will be the chief guest. Police Commissioner Dr. M.A. Saleem, Sir Qazi of Mysore Muhammed Usman Shariff and Darul-Uloom Siddiqia’s Mufti Tajuddin will be the guests of honour.
Situated in a three-storeyed building in the heart of the city and just a kilometre away from suburban bus stand, the hospital boasts of excellent infrastructure with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.
With a dedicated team of doctors, paramedics and lab technicians, the hospital assures to provide accessible and affordable medical services of highest standards. It has the following departments — General Medicine, General Surgery, Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Accident and Trauma Unit, ENT, Dermatology, Super-speciality Consultations and also Physiotherapy. It also has 24 x 7 Casualty and Emergency room facilities, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ambulance services.
The hospital has spacious consultation rooms, aesthetic wards, modern operation theatres, ICU, NICU and also a cafeteria and a prayer room.
An extended wing of the hospital also houses a state-of-the-art dental clinics and departments of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Oral and Maxillo-facial surgery, Orthodontics and Prosthetics and Cosmetic Dentistry. Future programmes on the anvil are a Blood Bank, Nursing School, Lab and OT Technician Training Centre.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / September 21st, 2013
She is 17 years old. But she already knows what she wants to do. Meet Preethi Prakash Prabhu, daughter of doctor couple Dr. Prakash Prabhu and Dr. Roopa Prabhu, who wants to be a physicist. Preethi, who has been obsessed with Physics and Albert Einstein, feels ‘Physics has answers for everything in life.’ A II PU student at city’s Vidya Vardhaka PU College, she wants to take up research at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.), Bangalore.
In order to realise this, Preethi has already cleared Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY), a national programme of Fellowships in basic sciences, initiated and funded by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, for students studying in XI standard to 1st year degree, who are highly motivated to study and pursue research in Science subjects. KVPY is one among the four tests mandatory for those willing to study at IISc.
But when asked as to what really drove Preethi towards the subject, she came up with an interesting narrative: “It all started while I was reading Dan Brown’s famous novel The Lost Symbol, where the female character Katherine Solomon is fascinated with Albert Einstein.
“Even as I read the book, I began wondering as to what is so special about Einstein that makes Katherine like him so much. I began reading about Einstein and his scientific theories on the internet and it really fascinated me. I then decided to be a Physicist.”
Ever since, Preethi has kept a constant watch on the IISc. website to learn about their undergraduate programmes. “I have qualified in KVPY and now have to see if I can get a seat at IISc., after my PU. The competition is tough as they have only 120 seats,” she adds.
While Einstein is her most favourite scientist, Preethi says almost every scientist irrespective of the subject of his/her research fascinates her, because the thought of introducing something entirely new and unknown to the world flashes only across the minds of scientists and is a captivating thought in itself. “And if I have come up with these positive ideas today, it’s all because of my parents,” says Preethi.
Along with pursuing her dream of being a Physicist, Preethi also has a keen interest in fine arts. She is a good singer and was a participant of Ede Tumbi Haaduvenu conducted by the ETV Kannada. She has also performed on Madhura Maduravee Manjula Gaana aired on DD Chandana. Preethi has won the Vishwa Kala Ratna award at the State-level music contest at Akhila Karnataka Makkala Sahitya mattu Saamskruthika Sammelana-2007 at Bangalore. A regular participant in the annual Doctor’s Musical Nite Geeth Gaatha Chal, she has also presented dance recitals during Dasara.
When asked if she will peruse fine arts or Physics, she readily says: “I want to be a physicist, dance and music are hobbies that help me relax.”—AN
Programmes to drive youngsters towards Natural and Basic Sciences
There are several exams that youngsters can take up to class X, if they are interested in studying and pursuing research in the Basic Science subjects.
• The Ministry of Science and Technology, Department of Science and Technology conduct a scholarship programme called Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research (INSPIRE) under which 10,000 scholarships of Rs. 80,000 are provided every year.
• The scholarship is offered for only bachelor and master degree Natural and Basic Science courses.
• Students having secured top 10,000 ranks in the Joint Entrance Examination of JEE-Advance, JEE-Main (top 10,000 ranks) plus those clearing NEET (top 10,000 ranks), and those who opt to study Natural and Basic Sciences in any academic institute or University leading to graduate and post-graduate degree are eligible for this scholarship.
• Students admitted to Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), National Institute of Science Education and Research (NISER), Department of Atomic Energy Centre for Basic Sciences (DAE-CBS) at the University of Mumbai or happen to be Kishore Vaigyanik ProtsahanYojana (KVPY), National Talent Search Examination (NTSE), Jagadish Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) scholars and Science Olympiad Medallists, opting to undertake courses in the Natural & Basic Sciences leading to B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees will be eligible for Scholarship For Higher Education (SHE) – a component of INSPIRE.
source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / September 20th, 2013