A total of 5,136 candidates will be awarded degrees and diplomas in various Medical, Dental, Indian Medicine and Allied Health Sciences at the 21st convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, here.

Of this, a total of 544 candidates are slotted to receive their MBBS degree. 30 will receive their P.G. Diplomas, 74 their M.D/M.S certificates and 48 candidates their D.M. certificate. 53 candidates will qualify for M.Ch and 17 students will be awarded Ph.D. The function, in which Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin and Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam are expected to participate in the convocation to be held this Saturday. Experts in various specialities of medicine will also be conferred with the Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) degrees.