TIRUPATI: The graduation ceremony of Sri Venkateswara Medical College (SVMC) was observed in a grand manner at Mahati auditorium here on Wednesday.
Medical students, in their bid to overcome the ordeal of their five-and-a-half-year study, have of late started observing the graduation day as a matter of relief as the official convocation announced by the medical universities takes quite some time.
While private medical colleges already have such a ‘convocation-like’ arrangement, the medicos of government colleges too have now adopted the system.
The ‘graduation ceremony’, as the event was named, of the 2003 batch of SVMC medical students was conducted amid fanfare, wherein D. Nagaraja, the director/Vice-Chancellor of National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore, took part as the chief guest. Dr. Gangadhar, professor and head of Psychiatry at NIMHANS was the guest of honour. Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the event, academics sought the event be institutionalised in future.
Dr. Nagaraja gave away the gold medal to topper Dr. Nitesh Balaji and appreciated him for his efforts. College principal P.V. Ramasubba Reddy, Vice-principal V. Subadra Devi, superintendent T.P.Sudhakar, MCI member C.Subramanyam and superintendent of Government Maternity Hospital Dr.Bharathi were among the participants.