February 01, 2011

Rating system for medical colleges

Students looking to gain admission in colleges affiliated to the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University may find the process a lot easier next year. Authorities are mulling over formulating a rating system for these institutions to help students decide the category of college that they want to join, university vice-chancellor Dr Mayil Vahanan Natarajan said.

"We have formed an expert committee to look into the issue. They are working on deciding the parameters for the rating as different faculties will need to be marked on different factors such as infrastructure, available staff, papers submitted and so on. We hope this will be ready within three months. Once the rating is carried out, it will be uploaded on to the website," he said while speaking to reporters ahead of the 21st university convocation scheduled to be held on Saturday.

Elaborating on the different initiatives of the university, the vice-chancellor added that the institution was preparing a glossary of 17,000 technical terms in medicine in Tamil with support from the Tamil Nadu Virtual University. Authorities hope that this can act as a foundation for the creation of Tamil textbooks for medicine and eventually an MBBS course in Tamil in future.

Commenting on the strict evaluation system, Dr Natarajan said the university had decided to add up to five marks as grace marks to a student's aggregate percentage in order to make the candidate pass. If they scored 48 per cent, for instance, university authorities could add the marks to make it 50 per cent, the pass mark.

In order to make the award of degrees more convenient for students looking to apply for further studies, the university has split the convocation ceremony into two components this year. While the first session is being held in January, the second will be held in June. A total of 5136 candidates would be awarded degrees in the upcoming convocation and 22 senior doctors, who served as teachers and are now retired, would be awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards'. Seven persons would be awarded honorary doctorates.

Read more: Rating system for medical colleges - The Times of India

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