A private firm, which manages 53 institutions, including the Manipal Academy of Higher Education and the Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences, the Manipal Education Group will license out its e-Learning programme to other medical institutes in India.
The Manipal group has invested $2 million to develop an e-Learning programme to supplement classroom training for its Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) students. The group is expecting to collaborate with eight medical colleges in India and three universities abroad over next 12 months. Edutech, an e-Learning company, which has devised the software, helps convert medical content online for the Manipal group. The “Blackboard Learning System” allows the lecturer to put up his/her own content, as well as give assignments, and students can in turn submit assignments through it. The system also helps counter the difficulties of retaining quality instructors in the field of medicine. The system allows schools to not just put the content up on a central server, but also track and assign courses based on each individual student's requirements.