Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-03-21 18:34 Manipal: Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, celebrated its College Day on Saturday at the KMC Greens. Prof Dr Stefan Schlatt, Director, Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology, University of Muenster, Germany was the chief guest. Prof Schlatt termed the teaching at Manipal University "outstanding" and the research "excellent". In his presidential address, Dr HS Ballal congratulated the students and the institute. He told the gathering that Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, was consistently ranked among the top five in the country. “Getting to the top is not difficult but to retain that position year after year is,” he said. “KMC was the first self-financing medical college in the private sector and ours was the 33rd medical college. Today, there are 412 medical colleges in the country. Of them, 212 are in the private sector and 200 in public." Prof Ballal also pointed out that it was unique to have two alumni heading the Kasturba Medical Colleges in Manipal and Mangalore. “In the 63 years of existence, we have never had two alumni heading the medical colleges. Manipal has Dr Poornima Baliga as the dean and Dr Venkatraya Prabhu is the Dean of Mangalore KMC." Dr Baliga said with facilities such as the Simulation Center and Asia’s largest health science library, the finest anatomy and pathology museum, KMC provided excellent learning opportunities for students. She highlighted some of the support system available for students which, Dr Baliga said, was one of the reasons for KMC being able to do well. The mentorship program, the student information system, student feedback system, biometric system for capturing attendance, student counselors and student activity center are some of the facilities available at KMC, pointed out Baliga. During the occasion, floral tributes were paid to Dr TMA Pai in a unique way. Chief Guest Dr Stefan Schlatt pulled a string tied to a petal-filled container and down came the petals of different hues on to the portrait of the founder.