Puducherry: Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, recently celebrated its 9th Graduation day . The event sawDr. Renu G Boy Varghese, PIMS Director-Principal, presenting its annual report.
In all, 106 MBBS students graduated and 43 post graduates were awarded their degrees. Six MBBS students received ICMR short term student fellowships while PIMS short term student fellowship was given to nine students.
Dr. Siddhant J Thampi got the Gold Medal for the Best Outgoing Student for 2015. The Aban Memorial Gold Medal for the All Rounder of the Year 2015 was awarded to Dr. Aravind S. and the Dr. Ramachandran A Memorial Best Sports Person for 2015 to Dr. Shrieaswari S.Dr. Ashok Kumar R was declared the Best Intern for 2015 and awarded a Gold Medal. The JT Kuruvila Award for 2015 Best Intern in OBG was awarded to Dr. Divya.
Delivering the 9th Graduation Day address at the Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Dr. Ballal, Pro-Chancellor, Manipal University, Karnataka addressed several issues related to health.Elaborating on ways of preventing disease,Dr. Ballal said treatment would be far cheaper, if protected water supply, immunisation and clean surroundings were maintained. Talking about advances in the medical field, related to modernised equipment for both therapeutic and diagnostic purposes, the medical practitioner elaborated on the significance of medical technological advancement, reaching the poor of the country- both rural and urban.
He said 70 % of the people lived in rural areas and 65% of the Indian population lived below poverty line.
Dr. Ballal stated that poor quality medical institutions in the country were flourishing due to shortage of medical colleges in the country. “If we match the supply and demand, naturally substandard institutions will perish,” he said.
50,000 MBBS students graduate from 426 medical institutions of the country. However, only 1/3rd of postgraduate seats are available in clinical subjects, in comparison to the no of MBBS students that pass outs. According to Dr. Ballal, some states were making rural service compulsory for eligibility to post graduate courses.
“The reason why the doctors are not going to rural areas are lack of infrastructure, no supporting staff, no drugs, no equipment and poor facilities regarding accommodation and schools,” Dr. Ballal said.
Dr. Ballal emphasized on higher education focusing on “expansion, equity, excellence and employ ability, along with imparting of values and skill development.’
He also called upon young doctors to abstain from being mercenaries and work hard and be dedicated to their professions. Money, he said would automatically come with hard work and dedication.