Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Deemed to be University, Pondicherry, accredited by NAAC with A Grade had its Doctoral Convocation 2017 on Friday, the 22nd of September 2017. At this Doctoral convocation, Six PhD scholars, Two each in DM- Cardiology and M.Ch – Urology were awarded their degrees during the solemn ceremony. 156 medals for academic excellence and overall academic proficiency were also given away to the UG, PG graduands in the faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing Sciences and Allied Health Sciences of all the constituent colleges of SBV. Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Madras and presently, the Professor of Eminence and Dean – Research of Sri Ramachandra University, Chennai was the Chief Guest and delivered the Convocation address.
The ceremonial academic procession began at 2.30 pm on 22nd September 2017 led by the PhD graduands followed by DM, M.Ch graduands, medal winners, heads of the departments of various faculties of the constituent colleges, Deans, Controller of Examinations, Registrar, Members of the Board of Management, Vice-Chairman of Sri Balaji Educational & Charitable Public Trust, Vice-Chancellor, Chief Guest and Chancellor.
The Hon’ble Chancellor of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Shri. M.K. Rajagopalan declared the convocation open. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. K.R. Sethuraman, read out the concise academic report by dwelling on Curricular, co-curricular, extra-curricular, patient care and research-oriented activities of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. The respective Dean of Faculties presented the graduands to the Chancellor followed by the award of the degrees bestowed by the Chancellor.
The respective Dean of Faculties and the Controller of Examinations, presented the medal winners to the Chief Guest who did the honours to the awardees. The Dean – Research & AHS, SBV, Prof. N. Ananthakrishnan administered the integrity pledge to the doctoral graduands. This was followed by the introduction of the Chief Guest by the Prof. M. Ravishankar, Dean – Faculty of Medicine, SBV.
Prof. S.P. Thyagarajan, the Chief Guest delivered the prestigious Convocation address on the Health Sector Manpower: Demand and Supply chain management for India. Prof. Thyagarajan quoted the report of World Health Organisation (WHO) 2016 underlining India’s contribution to the World’s Global Disease burden that encompasses communicable and non-communicable diseases. He further highlighted the cardinal role to be played by the nations health sector manpower. The dearth of trained health professionals in India continues to hamper our prospects in realising health delivery goals. Two other major scenarios are linked in this context namely demand: supply requirement of health professionals and general practice system which is globally recognised to be the basis for health care system so as to eventually bridge the gap in quality and quantity. Prof. Thyagarajan concluded his convocation address by emphasizing on the nobility associated with the health professions which would enable them to serve the needy without any discrimination.
The Registrar, Prof. A.R. Srinivasan proposed a formal vote of thanks. The Controller of Examination, Prof S. Srirangaraj then requested the Hon’ble Chancellor to sign the degree of records. Following the signing, the Hon’ble Chancellor formally declared the Convocation as concluded. The entire assembly rose to their feet for the National Anthem, followed by the return of the solemn academic procession.