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Metropolis’ MedEngage Program awards 301 Medical Students with Scholarships and Research Grants totaling INR 1.7 Crore!

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Metropolis Foundation, the CSR arm of India’s leading diagnostic chain, Metropolis Healthcare Limited, hosted the 6th edition of the MedEngage Annual Summit 2024today in Chennai. As the flagship CSR initiative of Metropolis, MedEngage serves as a holistic medical outreach program 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 INR 1.7 crore were awarded to 301 medical students, out of which 29 students were presented with research grants. MedEngage Scholarships were presented toundergraduate 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.

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

A key highlight is that 60% of the scholarship recipients are women, emphasizing the program’s commitment to gender diversity and inclusivity in the medical field. Furthermore, in line with the initiative to support government efforts in uplifting aspirational districts, around 60 students were selected from such districts, reflecting the program’s dedication to societal development and equitable access to opportunities.The entire selection process is managed byDeloitte and involves a thorough and competitive procedure for choosing scholarship recipients. Additionally, an eminent jury from the medical fraternity evaluated candidates for research grants, fostering a culture of research and innovation.

Commenting on the program, Mr. Surendran Chemmenkottil, Chief Executive Officer, Metropolis Healthcare Limited 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. Our commitment to education and diversity aims to address workforce shortages and create a more inclusive future. By nurturing innovation, we empower the next generation to drive advancements in patient care, improving community health outcomes”.

Dr. Duru Shah, Chairperson, Metropolis Foundationsaid: “The MedEngage Scholarship program isempowering future healthcare experts and nurturing a healthier, more resilient society for generations to come. It is incredibly gratifying to witness the overwhelming response from young medical students nationwide, with a remarkable 6,019 applications received this year from both government and private medical colleges spanning 603 cities across 29 states. 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. It is the result of our Chairman’s vision and our dedicated CSR efforts. It serves as a beacon of hope for hardworking medical students, reflecting our commitment to addressing their unique needs. 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.”

The MedEngage scholarship program 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 Programs, Academic Research Support, Laboratory Tours, Internships, and MedTalk webinars, tailored to enrich the educational journey of our young medical talents.For more information on MedEngage, visit www.med-engage.com.

About Metropolis Foundation:

Metropolis Foundation (earlier known as Women Empowerment Foundation) is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Metropolis Healthcare, which is focused on positively impacting the lives of the people. In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, (i.e., SDG 3,4,5), Metropolis Foundation’s CSR initiatives are aimed towards imparting education, creating awareness on Gender, Equality, Health, and Women Empowerment.

For the past 3 decades, Metropolis has been at the forefront in conducting impactful camps and driving numerous workshops for different sections of the society. The company has partnered with societies, corporate groups, educational institutions, government bodies, NGOs, wellness foundations and a host of other organizations to make a difference to the lives of people. Metropolis is currently driving three CSR programs i.e., MedEngage Scholarship Program, Too Shy to Ask (TSTA), and Preventive Healthcare Programs.

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