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Central University of Orissa is Coming up with New Industry – Specific Courses

To increase the employability and curb shortage of skilled manpower in the country, the Central University of Orissa ( CUO ) at Koraput is coming up with many industry – specific innovative courses.

“There is a great need for skilled work force and job oriented courses in the country, we have a lot of skill development courses coming up in the near future to help generate employment in rural areas,” said Dr.Surabhi Banerjee, Vice – Chancellor, CUO.

“There are around 15 courses on offer, like civil construction with training in Masonry, Carpentry, etc BPO Training, Medical Transcription, Mushroom Cultivation, a three – year bachelor’s programme for physician assistants for plus two science pass outs, among others,” shared Dr.Surabhi.

The three – year graduate programme for Physician Assistants will be a very Technical Course which will train the person to be a bridge between the doctor and the patient, she added.

The focus will be on healthcare and skill development with courses ranging from diploma to degree courses. The three – year – old university will offer four one – year diploma courses in different aspects of medical care for science graduates.These include Renal Dialyses Technology, Operation Theatre ( OT ) Technology, Medical Transcription and Central Sterile Supply Department ( CSSD ) Technology. We have an agreement with Narayana Hrudayalaya, Bangalore, for collaboration of healthcare related courses.

The varsity also plans to offer post graduate diploma in public health and nutrition in collaboration with Public Health Foundation of India ( PHFI ). There also plans for a medical college and hospital inside its upcoming campus. “We have submitted a detailed project to the University Grants Commission. We are hoping that the plan will be approved,” said Dr.Surabhi.

These technical courses and innovative courses are the need of the hour for such remote and rural areas like Koraput. We also want to start on line courses in the university for students who cannot come to the campus, she further added.

The university is steadily adding more courses to its bouquet. It started in 2009, with 5 courses and two schools. “These new courses have already been approved by authorities and are at the advisory committee level for planning and designing of the course structures. We want the best from the industry to come and coach the students here,” said Dr.Surabhi.

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Central University of Orissa inks Pact with Narayana Hrudayalaya Institute

Central University of Orissa entered into an agreement with the Bangalore-based Narayana Hrudayalaya, world’s renowned cardiac care institution, to ensure excellence in medical research.

The agreement would pave the way for enhanced cooperation between the two institutions in medical education, clinical expertise and research, Surabhi Banerjee, Vice-Chancellor, said.

Worldclass Health Care

Both the institutions have come forward to provide world-class healthcare training to students and to promote cooperation in medical education, clinical expertise and research to strengthen the country’s clinical and scientific potential.

Further the partnership was also aimed at achieving a quantum change in quality of information and material available to students, clinicians and scientists at all levels.

Various technologies for health care and skill development would now be deployed to update students through training and continuous education, she said.

The alliance of Narayana Hrudayalaya with the Central University of Orissa will set a new benchmark for medical professionals in the country, Devi Prasad Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya, said after signing the agreement at a function in New Delhi.

According to sources, though the MoU was signed initially for five years it might be extended further.

The university had already signed agreements with the Public Health Foundation of India and the British Council for addressing the needs of tribal population and local communities.


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