Union Minister for Finance and Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that medical education in Tamil Nadu should be taught in the Tamil language as there was an urgent need to strengthen it.
Ms. Sitharaman made these comments in her convocation address at the 35th annual convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University here.
On the occasion, he said the country is in a “better position” to deal with the rise of COVID-19, which was seen in countries like China, Japan and Korea.
“I am speaking here in the presence of the Health Minister of Tamil Nadu (Ma Subramanian). There is definitely a need to strengthen medical education. We need to base medical education well and I think a lot can be achieved if medical education is taught in Tamil (language). can,” he said.
There are opportunities for students to be in a better position if medicine and other related subjects are taught in Tamil, the Union minister said.
“Medical education should be taught in Tamil, where the people of the state love their language. Medical education is not for doctors, it can be other subjects like nursing or dentistry. If it is available in Tamil language, it is better for us. It’s opportunities to do research work,” he said
The finance minister also clarified that he was not against English. “I have studied here (in Tamil Nadu) and I can say that it will be better for all of us to learn Tamil as there is scope for progress,” he said.
“I don’t expect any opposition from Tamil Nadu because I am speaking in Tamil Nadu and in front of the Minister of Medical Education,” he said.
Ms. Sitharaman said that the country is better positioned in China in terms of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, and that India has successfully executed its vaccination program against the pandemic.
“Today again when we see an increase in China or Japan, Korea, India is in a better situation and yesterday we heard that there is also a nasal vaccine that is now authorized,” he said addressing the graduates.
He applauded the widespread vaccination drive against COVID-19 and noted that the progress of inoculation itself was a story worth repeating at every convocation of a medical college, an achievement of all doctors, medical students and paramedics.
“It is an achievement of the medical fraternity,” he said.
Calling on the new graduates, Ms. Sitharaman said they should set up hospitals in Tier-II or III places or even in their respective villages.
“We should have hospitals at every location. The Center provides various welfare schemes like viability gap funding. Every city should have a hospital,” he said.
Crediting the country’s medical field known for “frugal innovation”, it said India’s pharmaceutical exports are expected to grow to USD 24.6 billion in 2022 from USD 11.6 billion in 2014.
Highlighting some statistics, Ms. Sitharaman said that India supplies 50% of generic medicines to African countries, 40% to the United States of America and 25% of all medicines sent to the United Kingdom.
The finance minister said that India has also become a hub for medical tourism, which was estimated to be worth $9 trillion, the 10th largest on the world map.
“Approximately two million medical tourists visit India every year from 78 countries generating USD 6,000 billion,” he said.
Referring to the World Health Organization’s Global Center for Traditional Medicine in Jamnagar, Gujarat, he said it was an indicator of the country becoming a research hub in the medical field.
At the foundation stone laying ceremony earlier in April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the Center would be the first global outpost of traditional medicine in the world as it would emerge as an international hub for wellness across the world.
On the occasion, 29,620 students received their graduation certificates, including 7,276 medical courses, 1,893 dental, 1,519 AYUSH, 18,932 nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students in the presence of Governor RN Ravi and Chancellor, Vice Chancellor Sudha Seshayyan.
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