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It proposes to fast-track the launch of one-year Fellowships for sub-specialities

Moots constitution of a planning board and appointment of an e-governance consultant

CHENNAI: Providing students with a photocopy of the evaluated answer-sheet and stipulating minimum pass marks for oral tests and thesis submission are among the reforms mooted by the Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University, its Vice-Chancellor Mayil Vahanan Natarajan said on Sunday.

Dr. Natarajan, who was felicitated by the Tamil Nadu unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on his recent appointment as Vice-Chancellor of the University, said reform efforts were aimed at ensuring that components of the undergraduate examination such as oral and theses submission and the task of paper correction did not turn into a farce.

The university proposes to fast-track the launch of one-year Fellowships for sub-specialities such as joint replacement in orthopaedics and regional block management for anaesthesia, he said.

Dr. Natarajan also sought the IMA’s collaboration in according university recognition for the courses run by the professional body. He suggested an expert committee be constituted for the purpose comprising the university Vice Chancellor, Registrar and representatives of the IMA and the State Medical Council to finalise the syllabus and other modalities for these programmes.

e-governance consultant

The constitution of a planning board and appointment of an e-governance consultant were also proposed as part of initiatives to provide for “transparency and accountability,” he said.

R. Gunasekaran, IMA State president, said Dr. Natarajan, who was a frontline campaigner against quackery, was as popular among paramedical personnel as he was among doctors.

K. Annamalai, former Professor of Orthopaedics, said the orthopaedic surgeon combined academic and professional excellence with empathy for fellow human beings.

Though a tough taskmaster, he had facilitated the career progression of many young doctors, he said.

J. Mohanasundaram, Dean, Madras Medical College, commended his efforts to develop the orthopaedic surgery into an excellent unit at the MMC.

K. Prakasam, president, Tamilnadu Medical Council, said though an accomplished professional, Dr. Natarajan was keen on constantly updating his knowledge and skills.

S.P. Markandeyan, vocational rehabilitation consultant, said Dr. Natarajan enjoyed tremendous goodwill within and outside the medical fraternity.

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