Bengaluru, Aug 17: The Annual Convocation 2022 of the Institute of Allied Health Sciences, St John’s Medical College, Bengaluru was held at 3 PM on August 17. The event was conducted keeping in mind all Covid protocols.
Dr Raghu Padinjat, dean of Research, National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore and An Alumnus of the Batch of 1986 of St John’s Medical College was the chief guest. A total of 151 Allied Health Professionals were awarded their degrees. This included 84 BSc Medical Technology Graduates, 34 Bachelor of Physiotheraphy graduates, 7 MSc Medical Technology postgraduates and 26 Master in Hospital Administration postgraduates.
St John’s was started in 1963 with the mission to train health care personnel to serve in rural and underserved areas of our country. The college has been consistently ranked amongst the top ten medical colleges in the country by various surveys. Allied health professions have evolved rapidly over recent decades in response to the growing need for a health workforce with the capability to deliver specialized health services in a range of settings. They fulfil necessary roles in the health care system, including assisting, facilitating, and complementing the work of physicians and other health care specialists.
The Institute of Allied Health Sciences at St John’s Medical College was established in the year 1975, and has gradually grown to train over 250 students in various allied health sciences specialties each year. The medical college is supported by a state of the art 1800 bedded hospital, with nearly 2500 daily outpatients and over 200 daily in patients with over 550 doctors serving in the Institution.
The college has consistently had very good academic results and this year was no exception. Nearly 90% of students in all years of BSc and BPT, and 100% of MSc and MHA have passed the University exams this year, with several University ranks. Binty P. Biju and Megha Baby of the batch of 2017 BSc MIT were awarded the 5th and 6th overall rank from the University, Stuti Sajan George and Merin Mary Koshy of the batch of 2017 BSc Perfusion Technology were awarded the 4th and 7 th rank overall from the University. Archana N of the batch of 2017 BSc MLT and Abhaya Chalil of the batch of 2017 BSc Renal Dialysis were awarded the 8 th and 9 th ranks overall from the University. Charutha P, Rabiya M, Sreepriya V. M and Bi Bi Ayesha of the batch of 2019 MSc MLT in Microbiology and Immunology were awarded the 1st, 2nd, 6th and 7th ranks overall from the University. Remy Reji and Aneesh M A of the batch of 2019 Masters of Hospital Administration were awarded the 8th and 9th ranks overall from the University.
Dr Charles Davis, associate director of St John’s Medical College welcomed the gathering, and emphasized the role of AHS students in the functioning of the institution. The dean of St John’s Medical College, Dr George D’Souza highlighted on the various achievements of the students and staff and of the institution and the various new teaching and research programmes that have been introduced at the institution. He also encouraged the students to continue to excel in their future endeavors.
The graduates and post graduates were presented their certificates, as well as the various awards won over the years of study. They were then administered a Solemn Oath to undertake their professional responsibilities with honesty and integrity. 42 staff members of the Institution were also felicitated on the occasion of completion of Sliver Jubilee of their service at St John’s.
The chief guest Dr Raghu Padinjat in his address to the graduates and postgraduates, highlighted the important role of Allied Health professionals from the start of the pandemic and congratulated them for being active players in the war against Covid 19. He asked the students to remember the lessons learnt during this period throughout their life to help in responding to any further such challenges. He highlighted the efforts of NCBS in developing systems in testing for Covid 19, and the various healthcare professionals who have been involved in the same. Being an Aaumnus of St John’s Medical College, he recollected the efforts of various teachers in encouraging him through his college life and to think differently in choosing a career path.
The programme ended with a vote of thanks.