Expert wants CME to be made mandatory

BANGALORE, JUNE 1. The former Vice-Chancellor of Karnatak University, S.G. Desai, said today that the quality of medical education could be improved by making Continuing Medical Education (CME) mandatory.

Delivering the Dr. S. Kantha Endowment Lecture to mark Foundation Day of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS) here, Dr. Desai said the introduction of CME and scrutiny of faculties in all affiliated colleges once in five years would help improve medical education and profession.

He said medical education and profession had been affected by the increasing influence of money and technology. There was a need to question the purpose of private medical colleges, he added.

Chandrashekhara Kambar, writer and MLC, said RGUHS should give importance to research on native medicine.

The university should encourage those who preferred to write research papers in Kannada, he added.

The Vice-Chancellor of RGUHS, R. Chandrashekara, presided over the function.

The Registrar, K. M. Srinivasa Gowda, and the Registrar (Evaluation), Y.J. Vishveshwara Reddy, spoke.

The former Vice-Chancellors of RGUHS, S. Kantha and Chandrashekhara Shetty, were present.