Graduation Day of JSS Medical College held

“Health care has become expensive in the country which should be made affordable,” said N.R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman Emeritus, Infosys.

He was delivering the Graduation Day address at JSS Medical College at its Rajendra auditorium in Shivarathreeshwaranagar here yesterday.

“From 2004 to 2010, healthcare expenses has increased by about 65% putting the common man in severe hardship. While countries like the USA spends 17% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on health care, India spends only 4 % which is dismally low, with hospitalisation and medicare costs having shot up over the years,” pointed out Murthy.

Continuing, he said, “Residents in rural areas and the poor in urban areas do not have proper access to healthcare coupled with unavailability of qualified medical professionals. Hence accessibility to hospitals or good medicines still remain a distant dream for a majority of the population, especially in rural areas.”

Murthy said that telemedicine was a boon to health sector which could link doctors in city hospitals with patients in remote rural areas. He added that information technology had helped medical sector to widen its base.

Murthy gave away medals and awards to the toppers. P. Shasthara bagged the highest number of prizes and medals (8 gold medals and 8 cash prizes) by topping in 13 of the 14 subjects. Neha Mohan Rao, N. Sanjeevkumar and D.N. Amar won a gold medal each.

Students who excelled in sports were felicitated on the occasion.

College Vice-Principal Dr. B.M. Balaraj administered the oath to the graduating students.

Suttur Seer Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji graced the occasion.

JSS University Vice-Chancellor Dr. B. Suresh, Registrar Dr. B. Manjunath, JSS Medical College Principal Dr. H. Basavanagowdappa and others were present.

Murthy as doctor !: Narayana Murthy would have emerged as a doctor if he had reversed his decision soon after his PUC.

Recalling those yester years Narayana Murthy said, “After securing 3rd rank in PUC, I applied for engineering course at National Institute of Engineering and for medical course at Mysore Medical College and I was selected for both the courses. However I came from a family with no doctors and obviously lacked motivation to become a doctor. Added to that I was scared of the profession involving surgery and hence chose engineering.”

Murthy quipped that even today he was a bad patient and was happy to be among graduating students as a speaker and not as a patient.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore