What is the Mukti project
The Mukti project is organised by a team of students and staff from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde who work jointly with the charitable organisation Mukti in Chennai, whose aim is to give patients the freedom to walk, work and be independent. The project, initiated in 2011, provides training and education to staff at the Mukti clinic whilst developing the skills and experience of Strathclyde students, and involves annual visits of staff with undergraduate students.
How is the Biomedical Engineering Department helping Mukti in furthering the cause of rehabilitating the lives of amputees
A Strathclyde team of staff and students visit and work in the Mukti clinic for two weeks each year. A donation is made to Mukti to cover the costs of all limbs made by staff and students during this time. The team works at the centre alongside Mukti clinicians and this enables clinical training to be provided to Mukti staff by NCPO staff and students.
What is your long-term goal
To allow Strathclyde students to work with alternative technologies in different cultures; to transfer state-of-the-art practice to the Mukti clinic; to achieve a step change through continuous upgrade in the delivery of prosthetic and orthotic services provided in Chennai; and to promote a sustainable and collaborative relationship between the University of Strathclyde and the Mukti clinic.
What are the advantages of pursuing an interdisciplinary course like BSc Honours in Prosthetics and Orthotics What are the career prospects for students pursuing this course
The course combines the study of the body with engineering principles. It is a rewarding and practical career with development opportunities. The global shortage of prosthetic and orthotic professionals makes these graduates highly employable. Hence, career prospects are very good. Our graduates have established careers in the UK health service, in industry, in education, with international relief agencies and in many different countries overseas. Prosthetic treatment of those with major limb loss is variable in India. Too few appropriately qualified practitioners are available to provide adequate service in the underfunded public sector. So there are ample career opportunities.