Prof. Amiya Bhowmik, Vice Chancellor, Lincoln University College, Malaysia, in an interview with Pritha Roy Choudhury, speaks on opportunities for Indian students in the university...
Q. What all programmes are offered by your university?
A. We offer programmes from MBBS, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, physiotherapy and we call it medical assistant which in the US is called junior medical doctor. We also offer biotechnology, bio medical science, engineering technology. Social work, public administration are some of the other courses on offer. We offer altogether almost 100 programmes from Bachelor’s and Master’s to PhD.
Q. What should Indian students look forward to in your university? Any specialised programmes for them?
A. We are more of a postgraduate and research-oriented university. And we have PhD programmes in all disciplines like medical sciences, health sciences, dentistry, biotechnology, engineering and then we have master’s degree. Now in India the government has said that all lecturers must have a PhD by 2021. So we are looking at it if they could pick up PhD and we provide research grants to the pro-spective students. And if they join with us for PhD programme or even postgraduate programme, then they will have a real world recognition and they can get jobs or they can do something outside as well as in India. Without PhD nowadays, not many universities in the world would appoint you as a lecturer or as a researcher.
Q. What is the evaluation procedure you follow?
A. In our system, evaluation of a student starts the moment you come, it’s not that at the end of the semester or in the exam. We have a daily monitoring system of their assignment, their soft skills, their presentation etc. So, like every month there will be some assessment, based upon that assessment a student will progress. If in the assessment he fails, then there are two choices. Either the student goes through special counselling and coaching or he or she is out. It is always more on performance-based programmes rather than what you have obtained in your previous qualifications.
Q. Do you offer scholarships for meritorious students?
A. Yes, we do have scholarships depending upon the student’s merit, upon the student’s extracurricular achievement. We provide scholarship but it is not like a lump sum full free. Every semester you must maintain certain requirement of the faculty then you are given such scholarship. We do provide huge scholarship every year. Our university gives almost 15 million dollars of scholarships for the PhD, Master’s, Bachelor’s programmes and we also fund for research programmes as well.
Q. Is it tough to get a visa? How do you facilitate the visa procedure for the students?
A. In my country unlike the United States, students do not have to go to embassy for their visa. We are the one who apply to our ministry, then ministry will screen through the application and give the visa. We will be submitting the candidate’s detailed applications to our ministry, including student’s medical test. The students need to get the medical test done in India before they submit their application. Once the ministry approves, then we will be sending that document to the student and with the document the student can go to the embassy and get the visa.
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