Mangaluru: In a landmark achievement, the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) has been recognized as the first Centre of Excellence in the Academic sector for Life Sciences. This prestigious certification was awarded by the Life Sciences Sector Skill Development Council (LSSSDC), New Delhi, marking a significant milestone in MAHE’s journey towards academic and professional excellence.
During a formal ceremony held at Manipal, Dr Nivedita M, Senior Director of Assessment, Accreditation & Certification at LSSSDC, presented the Certificate of Excellence to Lt. Gen Dr M D Venkatesh, Vice Chancellor of MAHE. This momentous occasion also saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MAHE and LSSSDC, laying the foundation for future skilling activities for students and faculty in the Life Sciences sector.
The Centre for Pharmaceutical Skill Development (CPSD) at MAHE played a pivotal role in earning this distinction.
Under the guidance of key personnel including Dr Sharath K Rao, Pro Vice Chancellor (Health Sciences), Dr Giridhar P Kini, Registrar of MAHE, Dr C Mallikarjuna Rao, Principal of MCOPS, and Dr Anup Naha, Coordinator of CPSD, along with Dr Srinivas Hebbar, Co-coordinator of CPSD, the institution has demonstrated exceptional prowess in pharmaceutical education and skill development.
In celebration of this collaboration, a three-day skill-based training and certification program under LS-Pro was conducted by the CPSD, MAHE, with support from LSSSDC. The program, held from 3 to 6 Nov 2023, witnessed the participation of approximately 100 pharmacy students from the Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The students were trained and certified by LSSSDC for roles in pharmaceutical marketing and sales, further emphasizing MAHE’s commitment to enhancing employability and industry readiness among its students.
The LSSSDC, functioning under the National Council for Vocational Education and Training (NCVET) and the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (MSDE), plays a crucial role as an advisory and monitoring body for industry engagement in apprenticeships. This recognition from such a reputed council solidifies MAHE’s standing as a leader in the field of Life Sciences education and skill development.
MAHE’s new status as a Centre of Excellence is not just an accolade but a responsibility to continue fostering a skilled workforce that can contribute significantly to the Life Sciences sector. This achievement is a testament to MAHE’s enduring commitment to excellence in education, research, and skill development.