Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: A two-day job and educational opportunities fair in medicine and allied fields would be organised by Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University on their Guindy campus on May 30 and 31.

L. Meer Mustafa Hussain, Vice-Chancellor, said here on Wednesday that “Catch 2009” would benefit students who had completed their standard XII trying to choose which career to pursue. Most people knew about MBBS and BDS courses, but if they did not get to pursue these degrees, they ended up clueless as to what to do next, he said. To address this, the fair would highlight courses in fields allied to medicine, such as training programmes for dialysis technicians, pump operators and radiologists, he said.

The fair would be inaugurated on May 29 by Health Minister M.R.K. Panneerselvam, who would be the chief guest, and V.K. Subburaj, Principal Secretary, Health, would preside over the function, he said.

There would be around 50 stalls, said Dr. Hussain, adding that the stalls would only host colleges affiliated to the university. Around 300 institutions were affiliated to the university and they offered courses in disciplines including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy and naturopathy.

Representatives from the Directorate of Medical Education would provide information on counselling and courses, he said, adding that experts from various fields would talk to the students in different sessions. There would be representatives from consulates of different countries to provide information on courses abroad.

The fair was not only targeted at students who finished their standard XII but also at graduate and post-graduate students seeking higher education and employment opportunities, said Dr. Hussain.

There would be stalls to advise students on doctoral and post-doctoral courses too. Those who had completed their standard X could also benefit, he added.

Pharmaceutical firms and other companies would have stalls where students could seek employment opportunities, he said. Depending on the success of the fair, there were plans to take it to different districts in the next year, said Dr. Hussain. Plans were on to introduce a post-graduate diploma in neo-natal nursing this year, he said.

The fair would be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days.