The college started with only the pre-clinical section at Manipal and the students had to go to Mangalore for their clinical training. With the clinical program commencing at Manipal in 1969 with the setting up of Kasturba Hospital, it became a full-fledged independent college and Mangalore becoming a separate constituent college, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore. Today both the colleges are clubbed together under the same name i.e. Kasturba Medical College and share a common entrance exam, chancellor and several facilities among other things, with both the college located at a distance of 45 minutes by road. Even in ranking surveys and reports, both the colleges are clubbed together and provided a common ranking under the name of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Also the degree certificates are provided under the name of Kasturba Medical College(Manipal University) to students of both the colleges at a common graduation ceremony held at the T M A Pai Convention Centre in Mangalore.
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