70 PGs get degrees in 1st convocation of Nitte varsity

First rank holder in faculty of Pharmacy Uchil Deepika Vijaykumar receiving her degree             certificate from Nitte University Chancellor Vinay Hegde during first annual convocation of the University held on Monday. DH Photo

During the programme, 43 Masters of Pharmacy students, 24 nursing students and three pharmacy students received their degree certificates. The Doctor of Science Degree was conferred on Frankfurt University Department of Oral Surgery Chairman Dr Georg-H Netwig in absentia.

The Chancellor, addressing the pass outs said that education is a continuous process and thus students have a long journey of learning ahead of them even after they become professionals.

Hegde gave a clarion call to the students to respect their teachers and parents. “Success will come along but always remember the prime movers of your success. It is only your parents and your teachers,” he said.

Moily absent

Minister for Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily who was supposed to deliver the convocation address remained absent due to abrupt developments at the Centre. However, the convocation address of Dr Moily was read out by Nitte University Registrar Rajshekar.

The address read: There are about 450 universities, 22,500 colleges in India, out of which 300 are medical colleges, 291 are dental colleges, over 600 are Pharmacy colleges and 1,233 are nursing colleges.

Every year around 34,000 MBBS graduates, 13,500 post graduates pass out but in comparison to this only 1,000 super specialists pass out. Every year from dental faculty, around 24,000 undergraduates, 1,500 post graduates, from pharmacy faculty, 15,000 undergraduates and 2,400 post graduates and from nursing faculty 35,000
undergraduates and 4,000 post graduates pass out.

“Despite this, majority of Indian population is deprived of health facilities. India faces shortage of qualified health workers,” the address read and added that Government has already decided to accord the recognition to the service done by MBBS doctors in the rural areas by giving 10 per cent weightage in marks obtained in PG entrance for every completed rural service.

He called upon the young medical professionals to contribute their bit in Government’s effort to serve the population living in rural areas with quality health services.

Nitte University Vice-Chancellor Dr Shantharam Shetty and other faculty members were present.

Gold medlists

Uchil Deepika Vijaykumar bagged the first place in Pharmacy followed by Rajalekshmi M and Jani Vishal Maheshkumar at second and third place respectively.Shely P Jose stood first in nursing faculty. Sharon Vincent bagged second place while third place was shared by Sherin Sara Eapen and Swapna Sukumaran.Jinit Kapadia stood first in faculty of physiotherapy.

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