Never expected what to see, feel and hear what Bengalore have to offer, we brace for a 5 days program to India. The whole batch of year four (30 students) together with 3 lecturers and a staff participated in our annual internationalisation programme to India from the 3rd of November 2014 to 7th of November 2014. For some of the students, the programme was an eye opener to the lifehood of the poorest and the richest people in India. The different culture and the diverse people of India have carved a lovely smile on our face wherever we go. The local food which was initially a bit spicy for our palate turn out to be very tasty and addictive.
The adventurous journey started on the 3rd November 2014 from KLIA2 to Bangalore Airport. From there, an air-condition bus were waiting to transfer us to GRT Estancia Hotel in Salem, which took around 5 hours drive. The journey was smooth and comfortable without any incidents.
Dr Azrul, Dr Yasmin and Dr Aisyah with some of the students.
On the first day, we were treated for a pleasant sightseeing on hill top resort of Yercaud Lake. A cool breeze of wind and a magnificent view of Salem have made the trip into a luxurious holiday for us.
Dr Yasmin, Dr Azrul and Pn Roseda at Yercaud Lake
The next day, we joined a community service organized by the Vinakaya Mission’s Sankachariyar Dental College (VMSDC). Oral screening, oral hygiene instructions and oral health promotion were some of the activities conducted for the health camp.
Oral screening were conducted by the clinicians from VMSDC.
Some of the crowd at the community service
The hall where the community service was held.
On the third day, we were brought to the Vinakaya Mission’s Sankachariyar Dental College. There, we were given opportunities to observe the oral pathology and oral maxillofacial clinic. Luckily enough, we saw some syndromic patients which were interesting and educational.
Briefing were given by a specialist in VMSDC about a case.
On the last day, we meet fellow Malaysian doing dentistry in Penang International Dental College (PIDC), Salem. Their faculty was well equipped with the latest technology in dentistry. Before ending the tour, a mix of academic activities and culture performance were conducted between USIM, VMSDC and PIDC students.
A forum was held to share our knowledge with the students in Salem.
A performance by the year four students during the farewell dinner.
Before flying home, we stop at Bengalore for a bit of shopping, and city tour. In conclusion, the internationalization program is beneficial to the students and could promote USIM to the outside world. We hope that this program will continue in the future for the benefits of the students.