A two-day long institutional visit to the Manipal University was conducted by the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), New Delhi from 24th- 25th February 2017. Synonymous with excellence in higher education, Manipal University was founded 60 years ago and is home to 28,000 students. Known for its efforts towards internationalisation, the university strives to be the most preferred choice of students, faculty and industry and aims to be amongst the top 10 in every discipline of education. The Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) ranks 11 in the NIRF Ranking of private technology institutions across the country and delivers quality education to around 10,000 bachelor, master and PhD students.
The programme for this visit included meetings with the Pro Chancellor Dr. H.S. Ballal and Director- Manipal Institute of Technology Dr. G.K. Prabhu on the first day, followed by an intensive info-session with students organised by the consortium members University of Göttingen and German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) on the second day of the trip. During this visit, the delegation was given a chance to walk through the well-known Experience Theatre which gave a visual tour of the university, besides a guided tour of the state of the art department of embryology by Dr. Satish Adiga.
The Info-session held at Dr. C.V. Raman auditorium received an overwhelming response from the MIT students and began with a welcome address by Dr. G.K. Prabhu who stressed on the need for institutions to have more academic flexibility. Mrs. Heike Mock, Chairwoman DWIH, New Delhi introduced the organisation and its consortium members, explaining their objective and role in strengthening Indo-German Scientific Cooperation. This was soon followed by individual presentations by consortium members and a Q&A session. Celebrating MITs diamond jubilee and the spirit of dynamism, nearly 350 students, young scientists and faculty members attended the info-session hosted by the department.