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`Medical education should focus on social needs'

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Make innovations: Rajasekaran



EXCELLENCE RECOGNISED: The Vice-Chancellor of Amrita Vishwa Vidya Peetam, P. Venkat Rangan(extreme left), presenting the K.G.Foundation's `Eminent Personality of the Decade Award' to A. Rajasekaran (second from right), president, National Board of E xaminations, New Delhi and R.K. Krishna Kumar (third from right), Vice-Chairman, Tata Tea Limited at a function in the city on Saturday. Looking on are G. Bakthavathsalam, Chairman, KG Foundation (second from left) and Ashok Bakthavathsalam, CEO, KG Information Systems Ltd.- Photo: M. Periasamy

COIMBATORE: Medical institutions in the country should produce doctors who can serve the community by confidently treating common illnesses, the President, National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, A. Rajasekaran, said here on Saturday.

In his acceptance speech after receiving the `Eminent Personality of the Decade Award' from K.G. Foundation, Prof. Rajasekaran noted that graduating medical students should be encouraged to make innovations to suit the needs of the local people, taking into consideration financial and socio-cultural constraints.

Instead of opting for post graduation with emphasis on tertiary care and super specialisation, medical graduates should learn to handle public health issues and primary health care.

Eighty-five to 90 per cent of diseases were caused by malnutrition, poverty and poor living conditions. Hence, India needed to train middle level health professionals who could create awareness about health education in rural areas. The Vice Chairman, Tata Tea Ltd., Mumbai, R. K. Krishna Kumar, who also received the award, said that the modern world was becoming one large community where only companies with passion and discipline could survive.

Young Indians who were the "custodians of the country" needed to believe in themselves, develop a vision for themselves and promote the ability to innovate.

The Chairman, K.G. Foundation, G. Bakthavathsalam, said that ordinary people could accomplish the extraordinary if there was strong leadership and spirituality. Money and fame could not bring greatness, property disappeared and power crumbled, but small acts of kindness kept humanity alive.

The Vice Chancellor, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Deemed University, P. Venkat Rangan, who was the guest of honour, highlighted the need for innovation in education, accountability, and closer ties between industry and educational institutions.

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