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AIIMS docs, students want academician chief guest at convocation

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PM Narendra Modi and Dr Harsh Vardhan presenting degree to a doctor at AIIMS in 2014.

 Rohit Shishodia
Resident doctors at Delhi-AIIMS have urged director Dr Randeep Guleria to consider a stalwart academician as chief guest at the convocation to give away degrees and diplomas to PG students, MBBS students and students of research. The doctors have also demanded a fixed date for the convocation.

In a letter to Dr Guleria, the AIIMS-Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has pointed out that getting a degree is a special moment for junior doctors (PG student) and research students.

“Therefore, a date should be fixed for convocation. This will enable students, residents and Phd scholars to pre book their travel plans and leave schedules as most of the awardees are from distant parts of the country and the globe. It would avoid physical, mental and financial inconvenience due to uncertainty of the convocation date,” reads a joint press release of resident doctors, students and Society of Young Scientists.

The resident doctors and students have stated that the students bodies including SU, RDA and SYS of AIIMS, stands by the belief that availability of chief guest should not be the sole reason for uncertainty of convocation.

“Every year a sizable number of awardee students, residents and Phd scholars face a lot of inconvenience due to this reason. They keep asking academic section staff about convocation date. Academic section staff expresses their helplessness due to non-availability of chief guest,” they added.

“We, therefore, hereby request administration to keep these practical issues in consideration to have a definite date for convocation. In the continuation of such request we also request your good office to kindly consider the other academic stalwarts to be considered as chief guest alongside concerned ministers,” they explained.


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