MANGALURU: To engage in research, fellowship programme and to set up a forensic lab as a nodal referral centre in Ethiopia, the Mekelle University - College of Health Sciences, Ethiopia entered into a MoU with Manipal University recently. This is the second MoU by the Department of Forensic Medicine, KMC, Mangaluru, after Lyon University, France.
A general agreement and also on specific areas on Forensics was signed. Dr B Suresh Kumar Shetty, State Medico-Legal Consultant and Professor and Head, Forensic Medicine, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Mangaluru, said the MoU will help initiate an Exchange Fellowship and Training programme for Residents in Forensic Medicine, with practical knowledge about the intricacies of Forensic pathology and exchange of academic personnel.
Apart from cooperative development activities and design of courses, conferences, symposia or academic programmes, the memorandum also facilitates exchange of academic or scientific materials and publications of common interest. It also moots setting up a forensic toxicology laboratory in College of Health Sciences, Ayder Referral Hospital.
Dr Shetty said the MoU envisages in building and maintaining an updated knowledge data base in the field of forensics - both in India and Ethiopia. "Such international collaboration makes the centre more visible and vibrant. The MoU will support Ethiopia in building a premier centre in the field of forensics and also to update with the recent advances in areas of criminalistics and forensic pathology practiced all around the globe," he added.
Prof Kibrome Desta, Director and Dean and Prof Yazezaw, former director and Medicine head, and Prof Hareesh, Forensic Head, of Mekelle University said the MoU will contribute to upgrading the training content on pathology, toxicology and structured approach towards in the field of forensic and devise various strategies to strengthen the overall environment to combat crime cases in Ethiopia.
Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice Chancellor, MU, who exchanged the MoU on behalf Manipal University, Manipal, said that synergy of the two Institutions will help in evolving a learning process which will mutually be beneficial to both Institutions.
The MoU signing between the two was attended by Dr H S Ballal, Pro Chancellor, Dr V Surendra Shetty, Pro Vice Chancellor, Mangaluru Campus, Dr M Venkataraya Prabhu, Dean, Kasturba Medical College, Mangaluru, Dr Ramjee B, Director International Collaborations, Manipal University who was instrumental in making this collaboration possible at Manipal University.