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Serve in the rural areas


Why do you want to be a doctor in a foreign country, expert asks student

It's all smiles: The answers given by experts had both students and parents wanting for more at the Hassan session.

The Hindu EducationPlus career counselling held for the first time in Hassan on May 15 received an impressive response from students and parents. They gathered in good numbers and took part in the interactive session actively. The students raised questions on various opportunities available after PUC.

Deputy Commissioner Naveen Raj Singh and Chief Manager of State Bank of India K. Shankar Rao inaugurated the event by releasing “Set Your Own Stage”, an informative booklet brought out by The Hindu.

Twin elements

Mr. Singh called upon students to consider both aptitude and aspiration while choosing their career. He urged them to take their parents' advice while making such a decision and ensure that their suggestion was backed by their experience. Mr. Shankar Rao briefed students about loan facilities available for students with the bank.

Noted educationist C.S. Krishnaswamy appealed to parents to look beyond medicine and engineering while making the choice. Varikal Math, coordinator of Karnataka Examination Authority, informed students about the procedure adopted by the KEA for admission to professional courses.

Mouna, student.

The interactive session included a panel of experts – Gomatesh Ravanavar, Dean, Bahubali College of Engineering, B. Shivakumar of Viveka Bureau of Competitive Exams and M.S. Hemalatha, district surveillance officer.

The students and parents found the interactive session informative as their doubts about post-PUC opportunities were clarified by the experts' panel.

The Hindu had organised the programme in association with Rotary Club of Hassan.

Interactive session

The students and parents raised a few interesting questions during the interactive session. A student wanted to know what he should do to work as a doctor in a foreign country.

Narayana Prasad, professor, were satisfied with the show.

Ms. Hemalatha replied with a question “Why can't you serve in rural areas of India?”

She said, “You are looking for a lucrative career in a foreign country. There are many opportunities to work abroad after you complete your graduation and post-graduation in medicine. It shows that you don't want to serve the country which gave you education. I got many opportunities to work abroad. But I rejected them only to work here in India. We don't have sufficient staff in rural areas.”


Mouna, II PUC, Hassan: The programme was very useful for me. We got valid information about opportunities in the engineering stream as well as civil service examinations. For the first time such a programme was held in Hassan. The interesting part of the event was the interactive session and the aptitude test. I enjoyed the test.

Narayana Prasad A., professor: Earlier, students of Hassan had to go either to Bangalore or Mysore to take part in the career counselling programme. This time they had the opportunity to attend the programme here itself. The experts' panel gave valuable inputs that students required.

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