Non-K'taka students swear by quality of med education here

In a first, RGUHS to award gold medals to toppers in Ayurveda

Non-K'taka students swear by quality of med education here

Dr Swetha Sridhar from MS Ramaiah Medical College has bagged the first rank in MBBS this year. She will receive two gold medals and one cash prize at the convocation.

Swetha, who hails from a family of doctors, has bagged the highest overall score and highest marks in Pathology and Pharmacology.

"I wanted to do engineering at first, but after seeing the work of so many doctors in my family, I decided to do MBBS. I don't regret the decision at all because it is such a gratifying job," Swetha said.

She has just finished her internship and intends to pursue her post-graduation in general medicine, psychiatry or dermatology.

The topper in BDS, Dr Lim Boon Hui from Johor state in Malaysia, has learnt basic Kannada phrases in his five years in the College of Dental Sciences, Davangere.

"I have learnt some words and phrases to communicate with local patients, like novu ideya," Dr Hui said, speaking to DH from Malaysia.

Apart from his friends and the cultural experience, Dr Hui says he will miss 'avalakki' and other local food. He is now working in the dental unit of a government hospital in Malaysia.

Dr Pooja Mehta from Kolkata has bagged two cash prizes in the postgraduate course of the Faculty of Dental Sciences, Ramaiah University of Applied Sciences.

She has now set up her own dental clinic in Kolkata and will soon be setting up her second.

"Karnataka has the best education in the country. I did my BDS in SDM Dental College. I think studying in Karnataka gives me an advantage over other applicants when applying for jobs," she said.

This year, for the first time, the university has constituted gold medals for postgraduate Ayurveda toppers as well and they will be presented at the convocation.

However, the university has imposed conditions that a college should have at least 25 students and the course should be offered in at least five colleges.

Dr Anuja Singh V, a student of the Government Ayurvedic Medical College in Bengaluru, has bagged the gold medal in the course. Though happy for herself, she wished that the university had not put restrictions as some of her friends who have scored well couldn't qualify for the medal.

Dr Uday Sankar has scored top marks in MD, Dravyaguna Vigyan. He studied at the Dharmasthala Manjunateshwara College of Ayurveda, Hassan. He said the university's decision to award gold medals would encourage more students to take up this branch of medicine.

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