12 Aug 2021 12:52 IST

MAHE to start engineering courses in Bengaluru campus from this year

The institution also plans to bring student back to Manipal campus, said Vice-Chancellor MD Venkatesh

Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) will start engineering courses in its Bengaluru campus from the current academic year, according to Lt Gen (retd) MD Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor of MAHE. To begin with, the Bengaluru campus of MAHE will offer five BTech courses.

They are — Computer Science, Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), Computer Science (Cyber Security), Information Technology, and Electronics and Communications engineering. MAHE is investing around ₹500 crore in Bengaluru campus over the next three years, he said.

Back to campus

Addressing the media on Wednesday on the plans to bring students back to MAHE campus in Manipal, Venkatesh said MAHE has invited the students in health sciences to the campus from second week of August. Stating that they have to fully abide the rules and regulations of the Karnataka government, he said everyone coming back should have got at least one dose of vaccine. They should have a negative RTPCR report, not older than 72 hours, while coming back to the campus.

Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar of MAHE, said that pending practical classes will be conducted for students in the health sciences first. Subsequently, offline examinations that are mandatory for some of the courses will be conducted, he said. On the technical side, MAHE is planning to invite students to the campus from mid-September in a phased manner. Stating that this is a tentative arrangement, he said future steps will be taken depending on the situation.

MAHE has shared SOPs (standard operating procedures) with the students. According to the SOP, students should have at least one dose of vaccines, and a RTPCR negative report with a validity of 72 hours. They will be quarantined for a short period of five to seven days as per the protocol once they come to the campus.

After reaching the campus, students will have to go to the screening committee where they will undergo the screening test and the committee will verify all the documents. Only after that the students will be permitted to go to the hostels and other academic areas. They will be given a pass to access various points in the campus, he said.

90 per cent vaccinated

Venkatesh said that MAHE’s current status of students’ single dose immunisation is over 90 per cent. One of the reasons for this is the MAHE’s policy of immunising all the faculty, non-teaching staff, students, and contractual employees free of cost.

On the admissions front, Sabhahit said admissions are better compared to the last year. Admission to engineering courses is going on. For MBBS, the NEET examination has to happen. Admissions have been completed for most of the other courses, he added.