Manipal, January 19: The curtains on the year-long Silver jubilee celebrations of Manipal College of Nursing (MCON), Manipal will come down with a two-day international conference, the Annual Day and the alumni meet this week-end. The celebrations began last year with an international symposium on Gerontology and continued to be engaging with lecture series, seminars, research methodology workshops, felicitations and other events throughout the year.
The international conference, scheduled for January 24 and 25, 2015 will be preceded by two pre-conference workshops on January 23, 2015. The Silver Jubilee and Annual day is slated for January 24, 2015. “It was an eventful year in many ways” said Dean of MCON Manipal, Dr Anice George while informing media about the activities.
“During the course of the year, we’ve had a number of lectures by the alumni, which proved useful to the students and faculty. A silver jubilee documentary on our college was made, research methodology workshops were held, endowment fund for research was established and so also a fund for monthly morbidity clinics. One of the interesting things to happen during the year was the launch of a journal titled ‘Manipal Journal of Nursing and Health Sciences’ and we also felicitated distinguished ex-faculty, staff and advisors of MCON,” Dr Anice said.
“It was a wonderful year and we will end it on a very positive note,” she remarked. “There was reason to rejoice when about two months ago we got information that Manipal College of Nursing, Manipal was one of the four nursing colleges in the country to be recognised by the Singapore Nursing Board. Only three other institutes in the country, AIIMS Delhi, CMC Vellore and College of Nursing Trivandrum have been recognized by the Singapore Board,” she said and added, “In 2012 our college was ranked third in the country in a survey by The Week”. Our College gets these recognitions out of 1438 INC recognized Nursing Colleges in India.
About the programmes to be held in the week-end, Dr Anice said that the Karnataka Minister for Health and Family Welfare Mr U.T.Khader would be the chief guest at the inauguration of the International Conference on January 24, 2015 at the Dr T.M.A. Pai Hall at 9 am. The theme for the conference is, “Evidence informed Practice: An Approach to Healthcare Reform”. Around 600 national and international delegates will be attending the conference.
The pre-conference workshop will have two parallel sessions. One is on “Research Methods” by Dr Denise F Polit, Prof. Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University, Queensland as the main resource person, and the other is on “Systematic Reviews” to be handled by Dr Kader Parahoo, Professor, Institute of Nursing and Health Research, University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland.
And, for the Silver Jubilee as well as the Annual Day function to be held at KMC Greens, Prof. Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University Mumbai will be the chief guest.
Giving a brief about the college itself, Dr Anice said, “Manipal College of Nursing (MCON) a constituent of Manipal University, Manipal was established in 1990 and today is one of the leading institutions in the country. It has strived to achieve its mission, ‘Excellence in nursing education, health care services, research and commitment to human development’. “We now look forward to doing better in the years to come,” she concluded.
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