Mangalore, Sep 7, 2014: Addressing the fresh graduates, delegates and public at the fourth convocation of Nitte University at Deralakatte on September 6, Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Chancellor Dr Vedaprakash Mishra, stressed the essential needs that exist, to make the system of medical education vibrant, meaningful, creative, productive, quality based, transparent, accountable and above all learner-centric.
He said that convocation of a university is not just a solemn function solely aimed at the conferment of degrees and diplomas to those who have emerged successful in exams, but it means far more and much beyond. It is indeed an occasion wherein the strenuous efforts undertaken by the students spread over a period of time are recognised by the conferment of the prestigious degrees and diplomas on them which endorses the recognition of their single minded devotion and dedication to the determined academic task of meaning, relevance and purpose.
He went on to state, medical education in the domain of higher education has a meaningful purpose and relevance. The concept of the ‘Welfare state’ as incorporated in the Constitution means an all-round development of all the citizens of the country. The two cardinal parameters of development towards actualisation of the said ‘Welfare State’ were identified to be ‘health and education’. When it comes to medical education, these two parameters get interlinked in as much as medical education turns out to be a ‘foundry’ through which trained health manpower is generated which ultimately turns out to be the backbone for the dispensation of an effective health care delivery system ending up in extension of preventive, promotive and curative dimensions of health to all concerned in the context of primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare in an ‘accessible and affordable’ manner.
Nitte University Pro Chancellor Dr N Shantharam Shetty said that teachers are role models for students. In his presidential address, Nitte University Chancellor N Vinay Hegde said that graduates fail to serve in rural areas. It is a tragedy that many villagers are not getting health care facilities on time.
Vice Chancellor Dr S Ramanand Shetty, Registrar M S Mooditaya among others were present.
At the 4th Convocation, a total of 390 students were awarded the degree certificates- Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-9, Medical- 52 (PG-52), Dental -140 (PG-46+UG-94), Pharmacy 38 (PG-09+UG-29), Nursing 123 (PG-15+UG79+24+5), Physiotherapy -12 (PG-06+UG-06) and Allied Health Science-12(BSc (MIT)08, BSc(OTT)-04).