Annamalai University to offer Medical Programs under Distance Education

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Annamalai University to offer Medical Programs under Distance Education

Annamalai University will start 10 new programmes in medicine, both degrees and diplomas, under the distance education mode during 2008-09, according to M.Ramanathan, new Vice-Chancellor.

The move is awaiting the consent of the Academic Council, Dr. Ramanathan said at the press conference held on the university campus at Chidambaram near here on Friday.

Dr Ramanathan, a general and laparoscopic surgeon, said Leeds University, U.K., in coordination with the university would soon take up a study here on the role of genetic factors in cardio-vascular diseases. The Vice-Chancellor said Alistair S.Hall and Sivanandan of Leeds University had conducted elaborate research in the European countries to conclude that genetic factors, more than the lifestyle and food habit, had a vital role to play in the cardiac ailments.

The Leeds University experts during their visit to Chidambaram would examine the patients who were screened in the health camps, he said.

Dr Ramanathan said the Medical Council of India (MCI) had relaxed the norms for setting up of the emergency department in hospitals. Earlier, the MCI had not recognised the course in emergency medicine. However, of late, it had been felt that during emergency the victims suffered mainly respiratory problems, blood pressure and tracheal blockade.

It was probably impossible for the specialists to attend on the victims within the golden hour. Instead, if the anaesthetists and physicians were trained on these aspects they could act immediately and save lives. Therefore, steps had been taken to set up an emergency department in Rajah Muthiah Medical College hospital of the university, he said.

Convocation

Registrar M.Rathinasabapathi said in the 75th convocation of the university to be held on February 5 Governor Surjit Singh Barnala, Vice-Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Open University V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai and Pro-Chancellor M.A.M. Ramasamy will participate. A total number of 71,000 degrees — 10,000 on-campus and 61,000 of distance education mode — would be given away.