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Medical counselling notification by June-end, says Registrar

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Academicians clear doubts of 400-odd aspirants atThe Hinduguidance session



DISTINGUISHED PANEL: The Registrar of the NTR University of Health Sciences, P. Jayakar Babu, having a word with R. Sambasiva Rao, head of the department of biotechnology, Acharya Nagarjuna University. Also seen are G. Devala Rao, Principal, K.V.S.R. Siddhartha College of Pharmacy.

VIJAYAWADA: Notification for medical counselling for MBBS, BDS and other courses will be released before the end of June, according to the Registrar of the NTR University of Health Sciences, P. Jayakar Babu.

Addressing a pre-counselling workshop conducted for EAMCET rankers, by The Hindu Education Plus, on Saturday, Mr. Jayakar Babu threw open several options for students of the medical stream.

Airing his personal opinion, Dr. Babu said pursuance of a career in the medical stream was a prolonged process since it would take five long years for the aspirants to realise their goal (four years of MBBS course and one year as a house surgeon).

He, however, hastened to add that his personal stand should not carry the students away from their own aspirations and they should go for what they thought was best for them.

Subtle humour

Completely absorbed in the motivating session, the 400-odd crowd of enthusiastic boys and girls witnessed several new facts coming to light in the course of the discussion. The session, laced with subtle humour at times, ignited the students' curiosity to know what was in store for them. The principal of Vishnu College of Dental Sciences, R.V. Subramanyam, brought a smile on everybody's face when he goaded the participants to opt for dentistry mainly because a dentist could be rest assured of a `sound sleep'. "You will be spared of the practice of being woken up in the middle of the night by an ailing patient," he said amidst chuckles.

Starting his message by quoting Ogden Nash who said, "Some pains are physical, some are mental. There are some which are both, they are dental," he set the tone for a refreshing session that followed for the next couple of hours. His fine sense of humour came to the fore yet again when one of the aspirants tried to enquire about the job prospects for BDS in the neighbouring states.

"Why do you want to go elsewhere when you have a nice doctor like me around?" he quipped.

The head of the biotechnology department in Acharya Nagarjuna University, K.R.S Samba Siva Rao, threw light on the wide range of choices associated with the course. Seeking to dispel common misconceptions, he said engineering in biotechnology and B.Tech in biotechnology were two different courses. People with research background in the subject had good opportunities abroad, he added.

That a wide range of choice awaited those who completed B.V.Sc & A.H was news for a majority of the participants. P. Ravi Kumar, an assistant professor from NTR College of Veterinary Sciences, said the university offered as many as 18 specialisations in Masters.

The principal of KVSR Siddhartha College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vijayawada, G. Devala Rao, said students could opt for M. Pharmacy after completing a four-year B.Pharmacy course.

The Deputy Editor of The Hindu , Hyderabad, P.K. Kurien and the City Editor, Hyderabad, K. Srinivas Reddy, were also present.

The Chief of Bureau, The Hindu , Vijaywada, A. Saye Sekhar, welcomed the guests while the Regional Manager, Vijayawada, M. Krishna Kiran, presided.

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