Medicine is service-oriented job, not business: Governor

Medicine is service-oriented job, not business: Governor

Governor Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala on Wednesday, said that medicine is a noble, service-oriented profession and doctors should work with humanity.

He was addressing the gathering at the eighth convocation of Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University at JSS Medical College, here. "While businessmen do business to make money, the intent of the medical profession is service, not the business. The graduates and doctors should understand the difference between business and profession. The new graduates should follow the oath taken during the convocation ceremony," he said.

The country will be strengthened and developed only if the citizens are healthy. Medical service is inevitable to protect the health. No people should be deprived of health facilities at any cost, he said.

"The country has good intellectual resources that can beat the USA. We need to utilise it. The new graduates should take up research work while practicing medicine. There are good opportunities to conduct research, finding medicines for AIDS, cancer, etc. To involve in research, one should have the courage and in-depth knowledge," Vala said.

64 research projects

Vice chancellor B Suresh said, the university has submitted 64 research project proposals during the academic year 2016-17, seeking external funding and has been successful in receiving around Rs 317.75 lakh for 14 projects, from various national funding agencies.

In addition, the varsity has published 713 scientific research publications and has filed for six patents, with two already granted. The varsity has also recognised 127 faculties as research supervisors in different disciplines and 284 students have been registered for PhD as on date, he informed.

During the convocation, 1,274 students were conferred the degrees and diplomas in Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences, Life Sciences and Management Studies. Out of them, 22 candidates were awarded Doctorate of Philosophy degree, five candidates were conferred with Doctorate in Medicine degree and two candidates received MPhil degree. As many as, 40 students received 56 medals and awards for their outstanding performance in academics.

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