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Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MCOPS) will conduct a paper-less exam for its post graduate M Pharm and Pharm D students. The college has stated that this mode of computer-aided examination system is a one-of-its-kind in the country and would be commencing this year.

At its two-day orientation programme for undergraduates of B Pharm and Pharm D which was also followed by a session for the new post-graduate students, MCOPS organised a dedicated session on ‘paper-less exam’ for the post graduates and Pharm D students.

Vice Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr H Vinod Bhat, who was the chief guest appreciated MCOPS’s first in the NIRF ranking of MHRD, India. The orientation commenced with the address by Principal Dr C Mallikarjuna Rao, who explained various curricular aspects and introduced the faculty members. Dr Sulatha Bhandary, deputy director, student affairs elaborated on the activities of students in the campus which was followed by cognizance of sports facilities and opportunities by Shridhar H, director of physical education. Dr Dilip Thomas, executive-operations, Kasturba Hospital interacted with the audience regarding the availability and utility of healthcare facilities.

Dr Anup Naha comprehended the activities of Volunteer Services Organization of Manipal University and motivated the students to partake in various volunteering activities of VSO by becoming a member. The students along with their parents had a chance to interact with the faculty too.

The second day of orientation programme commenced with the introduction to pharmacy profession by Dr M Sreenivasa Reddy, Vice Principal, MCOPS. Thereafter, the freshers received orientation regarding various pharmaceutical associations and their activities, rules and regulations pertaining to library and hostel, safety and campus security, finance related matters and research activities of Manipal University. The session concluded with self-introduction by the first year students.

According to MCOPS, the students experienced the vibrancy of Manipal University campus, during the campus tour, guided by various faculty members.

At the orientation to the M Pharm, Pharm D post baccalaureate students, Dr H S Ballal, Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University inspired students not to be book worms; rather strike the perfect balance between curricular and co-curricular activities, essential for an overall development.

Dr C Mallikarjuna Rao, principal, MCOPS emphasized the need to create a vital workforce to meet the requirements of pharmaceutical industries and was positive about fostering the skills of the students to accept challenges of Indian pharmaceutical business.
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