Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: Efforts are on to set up two regional centres of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences in north coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema regions while upgrading the existing camp office at Kothi in Hyderabad into a full-fledged regional centre for Telangana region.

This is to ensure that the services of the University like counselling for admissions become available to the students from different regions at their respective places. The idea is to avoid the inconvenience of travelling all the way for the students to reach Vijayawada to access the services of the University.

Registrar T. Venugopala Rao says that in the first phase, the existing camp office in Hyderabad will be upgraded by providing additional facilities for meeting the needs of students. They would be able to submit their applications, appear for counselling for admissions and make use of such other services at this centre itself as per their convenience.

Long-felt need

Dr. Rao says that the other two centres will come up at Visakhapatnam for coastal Andhra region and Tirupati or Kurnool for Rayalaseema region. The setting up of regional centres will be of immense relief to the candidates seeking to attend counselling for admissions in PG medical admissions and various other courses. It has been a long-felt need, as students used to face many problems at the time of counselling at a single centre at the university headquarters in the city. The availability of services at different centres is also expected to benefit the medical and other colleges affiliated to the university with regard to various administrative and academic services.

The concept of regional centres for the health university is already being implemented in Maharashtra, where the main campus is at Nashik and five regional centres are located at Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad, Nagpur and Kolhapur. The experience over there is stated to be quite encouraging with medical students being able to access their academic services with convenience.