A Report On The 16th Annual Convocation Of Dr.N.T.R.University Of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh Held On 2-5-2012 At Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh
Dr.N.T.R.University of Health Sciences, Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, the first medical university in the country has celebrated its 16th Annual Convocation at Tummalapalli Kalakshetram, Vijayawada on 2nd May 2012. The Super Specialty, Post Graduate degrees and the Gold Medals, endowment awards in AYUSH and allopathy courses were given to the meritorious students by the Hon’ble Vice Chancellor Dr.I.V.Rao.
Dr. Bollampally Bhavana, J.S.P.S.Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hyderabad received the Dr.G.L.N. Sastry Gold Medal for highest marks in the M.D. ( Homoeo) examinations. Dr.P.Baby Chandana, Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Kadapa received the Nyapati Gold Medal and Surapaneni Chandramouli Endowment Prize for securing highest marks in the BHMS state wide. Dr.Salveru Priyanka, J.S.P.S.Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hyderabad had received the Prof.Nannegari Ramayya Gold Medal for highest marks in the BHMS examinations (Osmania University region)
Prof.Vishwa Mohan Katoch, Secretary, Department of Health Research and Director-General, Indian Council for Medical Research, Ministry of Health, Govt. of India was the Chief Guest of the occasion and delivered the convocation address. Delivering the convocation address after being conferred the Doctor of Science by Dr.N.T.R.University of Health Sciences, he appealed to the young doctors to hone their skills and not become dependent on technology to make a diagnosis. He emphasized that doctors should develop diagnostic skills by examining patients without solely depending on the lab reports to treat the diseases.
Dr.Katoch said there was a need to focus on clinical skills and reduce dependence on technology. Technology was not to be shunned, but it should be used to help, he said. Indian doctors whether they belonged to our ancient systems of Ayurveda,Siddha, homoeopathy or modern allopathy were excellent in their clinical skills. However there was general feeling that these skills were being lost. This should not be allowed to happen at any cost, he opined. “When we say that medicine is art and science, art means clinical acumen for diagnosis, medical and surgical management”, he said. He further opined that medicine was a respected profession and students of medicine who do not have clinical skills could not be considered as doctors at all. Those who depend on tests alone to make a diagnosis were mere “ interpreters of printouts” .Dr.Katoch further stated that, the doctors should have ethics and integrity in discharging their duties. He said Andhra Pradesh had been among the progressive states of India and that also reflected the quality of medical education. The credit for this went to Dr.N.T.R. University of Health Sciences.
Health University Vice Chancellor , Prof.I.V.Rao, presenting the annual report, said this year was a milestone in the history of the first health university. The university completed 25 years and had many achievements to its credit. About the developments of the university, he said the state government sanctioned Rs.30 crores for construction of a three storied block required for conducting counseling for admission into various courses.
Dr.M.Gopal Krishna, Principal, J.S.P.S.Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hyderabad and Dean, Faculty of Homoeopathy, Dr.N.T.R. University of Health Sciences has administered the oath to the recipients of undergraduate and post graduate degree holders on this occasion.
Toppers of M.D. ( Homoeo) and BHMS examinations Dr.Bhavana, Hyderabad Dr.Baby Chandana,Kadapa and Dr.Pryanaka, Hyderabad expressed their gratitude to their sponsorers of medals and endowment prizes and conveyed their heartfelt thanks to their teachers for giving best of education and promised to work for the cause of homoeopathy. They advised their juniors to work hard and said that all the good work will be rewarded suitably in their life. They expressed their happiness over receiving the prestigious medals and awards from the Vice Chancellor during the glittering convocation ceremony.
Dr.T.Venugopal Rao, Registrar of the University stated that the digital library and the consortium of libraries (www.ntrmednet.educ.in) is highly useful for all the post graduates and the research scholars and a peer reviewed journal is being published by the University and it can be accessed www.jdrntruhs.org. He appealed to all the postgraduates of all systems of medicine to work diligently and publish qualitative papers in the university journals.
Dr.G.L.N.Sastry, President of Honour, Indian Institute of Homoeopathic Physicians, an octogenarian homoeopath donated one lakh rupees towards establishing the first gold medal in the post graduate courses in homoeopathy in the university. He complimented the recipient of the medal Dr.Bhavana on this occasion. Dr.Sastry stated that he has started a charitable trust viz., S.K.S.Trust, which is focusing on School Health programs through homoeopathy. He said the trust in collaboration with the Satya Sai Seva Organization is covering 10,000 children with homoeopathic health care. He appealed to the young doctors to spare some time for helping the poor, needy and downtrodden people through homoeopathy. Mrs.Shyamala and Mrs.Sandhya from S.K.S.Trust attended the function.
The former vice Chancellors, Director of Medical Education all deans of AYUSH and allopahty, Rector, Controller of Examinations and university Officials attended the function. Dr.S.Sanjeevi Rao, Member of the Executive Council proposed the vote of thanks.
Asst.Professor, J.S.P.S.Govt. Homoeopathic Medical College, Hyderabad