KMC Manipal student represents Asia Pacific at UN Meet

Bangalore, May 16, 2017: Second semester student of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Poorvaprabha Patil is representing Asia Pacific at the second Multi-Stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the UN Head Quarters in New York. The two-day meet began on May 15. She is the only delegate selected from the region for the meet. “She has brought laurels for the University and we are extremely proud of her,” said Manipal University Vice Chancellor, Dr H Vinod Bhat

The multi-talentedand unassuming Poorva, excited as she was, prior to leaving for New York said;“It’s my vast experience which has earned this trip for me. Being the only oneto be selected from the Asia-Pacific region, makes me happy”. She hopes to putto good use the valuable experience she gains at the UN meet. The four otherrepresentatives at the meet are from the US, Brazil, Egypt and Canada. The ebullience of Poorva is boundless or so it seems from the way she takes upone responsibility after another and does well. In only the second semester,she has roles to play in a number of activities. Her ability to be part ofdifferent organizations in the University and elsewhere speaks volumes of herversatility. 

In the shorttime she has been in the University, Poorva has got into a number of differentkind of activities. She is a research intern with the Student Research Forum(KMC-SRF), Manipal; member of the Volunteer Service Organization, Manipal;Member Red-X, Manipal; Member Cutting Edge, Manipal; Member Bioethicscommittee, Manipal; Graphic designer, MTTN, Manipal; Head of graphic designScientia Medicina, Manipal; Executive Committee Member of Indo-German MetabolicMeet (IGMM), Manipal and is also a member of KMC’s student council.She is intoquite a bit of activity in organizations in other states as well. For instance,she is member of Community Service, Jyoti Eye Care Ratnagiri; is a corevolunteer of Wildlife Survivors , Ratnagiri, an NGO working for protection andconservation of wildlife, operating in the coastal regions of Maharashtra. Shehas been actively involved in the activities of the NGO and has rescuedhundreds of animals and birds and nursed them back to health before releasingthem into the wild. 

As acampaign community leader for United Nations Foundation, Poorva has activelyparticipated in and conducted gender equality women empowerment awarenesscampaigns in 2015 and 2016. She is also the Country Ambassador for HIFA -Healthcare Information For All, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.  HIFA(Healthcare Information For All) is a global social movement to improve theavailability and use of healthcare information in low- and middle incomecountries. It has 16,000 members.

In the AsianMedical Students Association, Poorva is working with other members, in Indiaand abroad to create a platform for medical students throughout Asia. She isalso member of GenUN, UNA-USA. As a campus ambassador for Wikipedia, she hasconducted multiple workshops and sessions to provide face-to-face Wikipediatraining and support on university campuses. More specifically to support anyprofessors in the area who have incorporated, or are interested inincorporating, a Wikipedia assignment into their classroom.

That’s notall, she is a National level player in rink and road skating. Has participatedand won in various horse riding competitions organized by The Amateur Riders’Club.

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