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“Need for more trained personnel in science, technology”

Special Correspondent

— Photo: K. Pichumani

BITS Pilani Vice-Chancellor L.K. Maheshwari confers a degree on a student at a convocation to award 49 graduands at the Madras Medical Mission in Chennai on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: An important human resources development challenge will be in generating enough trained personnel to meet increasing requirements in science, technology and medical areas, L. K. Maheshwari, Vice-Chancellor of BITS Pilani, said here on Tuesday.

In his convocation address to the 16th batch of the B.S. Physician Assistant course at Madras Medical Mission, Mr. Maheshwari said that as life expectancy increased, new demands would correspondingly go up in areas such as medicine, health, geriatrics and even entertainment.

Pointing out that qualified youth would no longer be expected to serve the country, but rather cater to global needs as had been illustrated by the boom in medical tourism, Mr. Maheshwari said “…it is important that although you are Indian your thinking has to be global.”

Even as the population in Western societies was ageing, India and China, with a substantial segment of youth in the 25-40 age segment, were expected to supply the bulk of the requirements in trained manpower resources, the Vice-Chancellor said.

In this regard, he wanted youth to learn various practices and languages of different countries. “You will need your actions focussed and delivered at a speed that the world of tomorrow will demand.”

Underscoring the need as a country to be more competitive without losing creativity, the Vice-Chancellor said delivering results efficiently and in time would form the most critical parameters of the future.

He urged youth to be innovative in their approach and uphold ethical values.

The Vice-Chancellor conferred degrees on 49 Physician Assistants, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Medical Sociologists and Microbiologists.

While four of the graduands have opted for higher studies, the rest received recruitment orders even before they completed the course, said Philomena Mariados, Dean, MMM Academy of Medical Sciences.

Earlier, BITS Pilani and the MMM renewed the Memorandum of Understanding to take forward the four-year Physician Assistants course.

Addressing a press meet after signing the document with MMM honorary secretary Jacob George, Mr. Maheshwari said the demand for online admission test to BITS was expected to far exceed the 1.17 lakh registrants last year.

Innovative courses

BITS would continue to focus on designing innovative courses aimed at filling critical manpower gaps across industries such as IT, engineering, manufacturing and power engineering.

BITS Dean B. R. Natarajan said the possibility of launching short-term work-integrated certificate courses in various functions of industry was under consideration.

MMM vice-president E. J. Thomas spoke.

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