PUNE: Medical graduates from the state, who are bound for higher studies or jobs in foreign countries, will no more have to wait till April every year to get their degree certificates from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences(MUHS).
Starting this year, the Nashik-headquartered MUHS, which is the umbrella university for all government-run, aided and unaided health sciences colleges in the state, barring deemed universities, has decided to have an additional convocation in October or November every year for conferring degree, diploma and special academic achievement certificates to students.
“A decision to this effect was taken by the MUHS management council, which met recently for a final time before the end of its term on October 5, under the chairmanship of vice-chancellor Arun Jamkar,” MUHS public relations officer Swapnil Torne told TOI on Saturday. “The additional convocation will not be like the regular convocation function, but degree/diploma certificates will be conferred in absentia to the eligible students with approval from the university statutory bodies and the chancellor,” he said.
As a beginning of this initiative, the university has conferred degree/diplomas to total 6,961 students who cleared their May/June 2012 exams and have completed their internship before October 4. “The documents have been sent to the respective health sciences colleges,” Torne said.
Apart from medical and dental colleges, the MUHS is the affiliating university for homeopathy,ayurveda, unani and siddha, and allied health sciences institutions like nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and so on, in the state.
The provisions under the MUHS Act and regulations make it mandatory that a degree/diploma has to be conferred at a convocation ceremony, which is held in April every year. Normally, a medical degree course takes four years to complete, following which students are bonded for a year-long internship programme. It is only after the internship that they become eligible to receive a degree/diploma for their course.
“Students who plan for higher studies or seek a job abroad are often required to wait till April next year to get their degree certificate, which causes undue inconvenience. The MUHS had been issuing a provisional degree certificate, but it does not always work, owing to the issue of authenticity sought by foreign admission providers or employers,” he said. [Source]