Pratik Kumar Bal


I am Dr. Pratik Kumar Bal. I am 25 years old. I did my schooling from DAV public School, Patna. Then I went onto graduate as a BDS doctor from Kalinga Institute of Dental Sciences, Bhubaneswar. Currently, I am Pursuing a degree of master’s in public health from Prasanna School of public health, Manipal University, Karnataka. Recently, I went to Maastricht University for the 2nd semester as a part of student exchange programme representing Prasanna School of public health.

I have opted for global health specialization as it allowed me work with people of different cultures and backgrounds. I can speak odia, hindi and English languages promptly and have a basic knowledge of Bengali. I like playing football and computer games (like counter-strike, Dota etc.).

Highest Education: BDS - Kalinga Institiute of Dental Sciences, KIIT University

Date of Joining: June 1, 2020

Date Of Completion: June 30, 2020


I had never thought of this till now but now that I have been asked to give a serious thought about it. I think in one year nothing significant is going to happen to me. But I know for sure that after one I will be more mature and my level of acceptance of the situation will improve, and significantly I see myself as a more consistent player of this wonderful game i.e. life. That was about my personal development. Professionally, I hope to get admission in a paid PhD programme, preferably somewhere in Europe. But, getting admission in University of Maastricht, The Netherlands for PhD programme would be a dream comes true. As this is the university where I first thought of doing a PhD and also decided the topic for it. The topic that I intend to do my PhD is related to the health drug policy of The Netherlands. A topic on which I am currently writing an article for the purpose of publishing and speaking of three years from now, I hope of completing my PhD and getting a stable job. I hope to get a job in a field of my liking i.e. health care economics field. I would like to settle down in Europe itself. I know that my dreams are a little difficult when it comes to practical life. But I think, if I truly put my mind towards it, I would be able to fulfill my aspirations and achieve my desired results. I think spending time in Maastricht University has made me more confident and made me believe that I too can do something with my life. Even though three years is not a significant time to analyze success, but, it’s a start nonetheless.

Pratik Kumar Bal


  • Self Confidence.

  • In order to write blog, I leaned about the public health scenario of the country assigned. It was a good learning experience.

  • The means to assess the public health scenario of the assigned country.

  • 1. Keeping up with COVID scenario across the globe.
    2. Understanding trends.
    3. Comparing the trends among countries and states.
    4. Knowledge about policies adopted by the governing organizations.
    5. The online platform that the countries have formed.

  • The independent website and report for the assigned countries.

Pratik Kumar Bal


INSPIRE Virtual Experiential Learning Program - EVALUATION MATRIX

1. Learn about various health sectors
2. Since a pandemic going on, leaning the basics to tackle a pandemic and they was to develop a public surveillance system.

I would recommend INSPIRE program to others.

Experience with INSPIRE Program


My internship at the FHTS was a fruitful experience for me. I learnt about the public health system of many countries. Apart from the scenario, I learnt about the factors that led to development of such policies / system. I also leant about the various assessment tools in healthcare sectors. I also was able to get acquainted with a surveillance system in SMAART Rapid tracker which could help me to develop such systems to keep track of any future pandemic. It was also a good experience to know about the steps taken by the governmental organizations. The tracker also had feature that helped me to asses the implications of the policies be it had beneficial or harmful to the people.