The 16th convocation of the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) had some of the best brains on a single platform on Friday. Dressed in their convocation robes, these bright minds were all enthusiastic taking forward their skills to serve the community.
Pramod K, who was awarded the Silver Jubilee award for the best outgoing student in DM (Neurology) – 2011, said it was the “proudest moment” of his life. “I always wanted to get to the roots of the neuroscience behind human behaviour. My parents are my greatest inspiration,” he said. He said he took up a course in Doctorate of Medicine (DM) Neurology after his training at NIMHANS. “I want to take up more research work in future,” he said. He was also awarded the Dr. Anisya Vasanth Memorial award for the BEST Post-Graduate resident in Neurology – 2011.
Divya Sadana, who bagged the Dr M.V. Govindaswamy Memorial Prize for scoring the highest marks in M.Phil. Mental Health and Social Psychology – 2011, said her inspiration was her alma mater itself. “I always wanted to pursue my higher studies in NIMHANS and this is like a dream come true,” she said adding that she would continue to work in the field of neuro-psychology .
Mathew M. Varghese, son of a pastor Monsy M. Varghese from Kerala, said he was elated to receive the Dr. M.V. Govindaswamy Memorial prize for scoring the highest marks in M.Phil. Psychiatric Social Work – 2011. “My father always wanted me to serve the society and work for the uplift of humanity. I will work towards fulfilling his dream. I thank my teachers for making this possible,” he said.
As many as 81 students from various degree courses received certificates. These included 18 students who were awarded doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in various courses. As many as 22 candidates were awarded degrees in absentia.
While 11 students received special awards for their erformance, 25 unde-graduates (B Sc – Nursing) were also presented certificates.
Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad awarded the certificates and awards to the students.
“I will appeal to my young friends who have received their degrees to enthusiastically take part in the nation-building exercise, particularly with a view to extend the fruits of scientific advancements to the remotest regions of the country,” he said.