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Metropolis awards 301 medical students with scholarships, research grants worth Rs 1.7 Cr

6,019 applications received from 603 cities in 29 states of India

Metropolis Foundation, the CSR arm of India’s leading diagnostic chain, Metropolis Healthcare, hosted the 6th edition of the MedEngage Annual Summit 2024 in Chennai. As the flagship CSR initiative of Metropolis, MedEngage serves as a holistic medical outreach programme that nurtures young medical talent in India. Envisioned by Metropolis Chairman, Dr Sushil Shah, MedEngage is designed to offer comprehensive guidance, support and direction to emerging healthcare professionals in India.

At this year’s summit, a total of scholarships worth Rs 1.7 crore were awarded to 301 medical students, out of which 29 students were presented with research grants. MedEngage Scholarships were presented to undergraduate and postgraduate medical students across all years of MBBS education, including the postgraduate training years of MD/MS/DNB, alongside the intervening internship year. The scholarships acknowledge outstanding achievements in academic scores, extra-curricular activities, and research papers/thesis presentations.

The MedEngage scholarship programme not only provides financial assistance to deserving students but also facilitates hands-on experience and practical knowledge through Metropolis’ state-of-the-art laboratories nationwide, under expert guidance. Furthermore, MedEngage offers a spectrum of opportunities including observership programmes, academic research support, laboratory tours, internships, and MedTalk webinars, tailored to enrich the educational journey of our young medical talents.

Key government officials from Tamil Nadu, including Kumar Jayant, Additional Chief Secretary to the Government, Labour Welfare, and Skill Development Department, Dr P Shanmugapriya, Associate Professor of Microbiology, Nodal Officer (e-Governance) at Directorate of Medical Education and Research, Tamil Nadu, graced the event as key dignitaries. Additionally, medical luminaries from different specialities also participated in the event, contributing to the recognition of the nation’s emerging medical talent.

A key highlight is that 60 per cent of the scholarship recipients are women, emphasising the program’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusivity in the medical field.

Surendran Chemmenkottil, CEO, Metropolis Healthcare said, “In India, while the demand for healthcare professionals is high, financial constraints and skill gaps hinder many aspiring medical students. Metropolis Foundation’s MEDENGAGE, aims to bridge this gap by providing financial support and opportunities.”

Dr Duru Shah, Chairperson, Metropolis Foundation said, “The MedEngage Scholarship program is empowering future healthcare experts and nurturing a healthier, more resilient society for generations to come. Through this initiative, we are not only enhancing the educational landscape but also providing invaluable support to promising students as they pursue breakthroughs in healthcare research and innovation.”

Dr Kirti Chadha, Chief Scientific Officer and Group Head of CSR, Metropolis Healthcare said, “MedEngage embodies our mission at Metropolis: to guide, support, and inspire the future of healthcare. By gathering data through surveys and interviews, we tailor our support accordingly. Through digital platforms, we are expanding our reach across the country, aiming to strengthen and inclusively improve healthcare in India.”

 

 

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