Former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), G. Madhavan Nair, has called upon medical graduates and the younger generation to focus on research activities and pass on their knowledge to future generations through teaching assignments.
Addressing the convocation ceremony of the 2004 batch of T.D. Medical College here on Wednesday, he said technology was growing fast with newer light being thrown on stem cells, micro-robots, tele-surgery and genomics and that the young generation had to focus on research to survive in the modern day medical field.
The traits and characteristics of people in India were different from those in the rest of the world and focused research should be able to come out with a catalogue of diseases found here, apart from the remedies for them.
The mindset of the young generation should also be such that more students considered taking up research and teaching as well, since both were linked.
The organisational setup too would have to change through concerted efforts to enable such focused research and knowledge dissemination, Dr. Nair said.
Stressing on medical graduates fulfilling their responsibilities and commitment to society, Dr. Nair lauded the Kerala government's mandatory clause of one year's rural service for medical graduates and said the concept had to be implemented in right earnest.
Students, on their part, should not shun their responsibilities if they found that the rural regions lacked a few facilities, he said.
Dr. Nair later administered the Hippocratic Oath and gave away certificates and medals to 100 students of the 2004 batch, which is the 88th batch to pass out of the TDMC.
TDMC Principal Ramla Beevi presided over while ophthalmology associate professor Manoj Venugopal welcomed the gathering. Vice-principal N. Sreedevi, Resident Medical Officer Santosh Raghavan and PTA president P. Pushparajan were also present.