10th convocation ceremony of DY Patil held

ST CORRESPONDENT
Monday, 15 April 2019

Pune: India needs to develop its own strategy for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pivoted to its culture and traditional medicine practices comprising AYUSH system, stated Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), at the 10th convocation ceremony of Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth at Sant Tukaram campus on Saturday.

Pune: India needs to develop its own strategy for Universal Health Coverage (UHC) pivoted to its culture and traditional medicine practices comprising AYUSH system, stated Dr Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), at the 10th convocation ceremony of Dr DY Patil Vidyapeeth at Sant Tukaram campus on Saturday.

AYUSH in mainstream
“There are increased attempts to involve AYUSH practitioners in the public health system to enhance UHC. Recent studies undertaken by Ministry of AYUSH have shown that simple interventions through ayurveda and yoga can help in the prevention of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer, musculoskeletal conditions and asthma,” said Patwardhan, who was present as the chief guest of the event.

He also stated that an experiment to consider mainstreaming of AYUSH has been undertaken by the Central government in the country.

Graduates
Around 1,401 students from different disciplines, including medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, nursing, optometry, biotechnology, bioinformatics and management, graduated and were conferred degree certificates at the convocation ceremony. A total of 24 students received gold medals and 25 scholars were awarded PhD degrees. Besides them, Sant Suman Bhai of Kuladhipati, Mountirth, Ujjain and BJ Khatal Patil, former Cabinet Minister of Maharashtra government, were given doctor of letters degree.

Addressing the medical graduates, Patwardhan adviced them to stay humble and take care of their patients like a human as artificial intelligence has been advancing; as robots will overtake several functions of doctors. “The confidence, assurance, compassion and warmth shown by the doctor to a patient in distress is said to be more powerful than any existing medicines or therapies. These humane qualities will make human doctors indispensable in the future age of robots,” said Patwardhan.

Improved medical curriculum
Medicine curriculum should have interdisciplinary courses, which galvanise students’ inquisition and broadens their knowledge, stated Patwardhan.

“The graduate level curriculum should be focused on knowledge, attitude and skills required for primary healthcare and family medicine. AYUSH graduates must get basic skills of primary health and emergency medicine. At post graduate level, interdisciplinary research is necessary for all medical graduates. 

The emergence of new specialisation, such as medical humanities, clinical engineering and medical informatics, are indicative of the interdisciplinary trend,” he said. Former governor of Bihar DY Patil, Chancellor PD Patil, Vice-Chancellor NJ Pawar, Secretary and Treasurer Somnath Patil, Treasurer and Trustee Dr Yashraj Patil and Trustee Smita Jadhav along with deans of different faculty were present on the occasion.

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