February 15, 2016, 6:23p.m. – THE UNIVERSITY has signed an agreement with a university in India for bilateral student exchange programs in the rehabilitation sciences. 

The College of Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) signed the memorandum of understanding last Jan. 7 with Nitte University, represented by Dhanesh Kumar K.U., dean of the Nitte Institute of Physiotherapy.

Under the agreement, Nitte University will provide slots to CRS students for internship training. Nitte’s Justice KS Hegde Charitable Hospital will let UST students use facilities in musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological rehabilitation programs. 

UST students will also be able to train at a speech therapy section that performs diagnostic evaluations and therapeutic rehabilitation for various speech, language and hearing disorders.

Initial discussions began in 2014 when Kumar visited UST and expressed his intent for academic collaboration. Valentin Dones III, chairman of the UST Department of Physical Therapy, spoke at an international conference held in Nitte University last year.

Nitte University is under the Nitte Education Trust that focuses on allied medical and rehabilitation sciences, and is composed of 31 institutions. Roy Abrahmn D.R. Narra


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