96 Students Graduate from Co – Operative Medical College Kalamassery
Minister for Co – operation, G. Sudhakaran, on Friday said that he would be requesting a grant for the professional educational institutes in the co – operative sector so that it would be able to check the commercialisation of professional education.
Speaking after inaugurating the graduation ceremony of the 2004 MBBS batch of the Co – operative Medical College (CMC) at Kalamassery, the Minister said the grant would also help the functioning of the college, which is running at a deficit.
Ninety – six medical graduates of the batch passed out on the day. The Minister also gave away medals to the top two students of the batch.
S.S. Chithra won the best outgoing student award besides the top medal for the first and the final years. Aishwarya P. got the top scoring medal for the second year and the second position in the first and final years of graduation.
The Cooperative Academy of Professional Education (CAPE) would be giving away 50 gold medals to the toppers in various courses run by the academy and those bagging the first position would get a medal worth five sovereigns of gold. CAPE has earmarked Rs. 10 lakh from its funds for this.
The CMC suffered a deficit of Rs. 12.5 crore last year in its budget. Over the past 10 years, the college has accumulated a liability of Rs. 87.5 crore. While there is no government support for the college, the banks in the co – operative sector have continued to support the college.
At the ceremony, Ramachandran Thekkedath, Vice – Chancellor of Cochin University of Science and Technology, presided. Dr. Chandra Mohan, Vice – Chancellor of Yenepoya University, delivered the convocation address and administered the oath to the graduates. Earlier, Dr.P.G.R. Pillai, medical director of the CMC, welcomed the gathering.
Dr. Philip Augustine, medical director, Lakeshore Hospital; Dr. Krishnankutty, Director, CAPE; and Dr. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, Principal, CMC; were among those present.