After my journey to the Mangalagiri hill temple I decided to visit the NTR University of Health Sciences in Vijayawada as I believed that the doctors were equal to gods for the patients. The first university relating to health sciences was established by the Government of Andhra Pradesh and it was inaugurated by then Chief Minister N T Ramarao on 9th April 1986 but it started functioning from 1st November, 1986. It is governed by the Finance Committee, The Executive Council, The Planning Board and The Board of Studies. The university boasts of a well-furnished library and a high fi computer center. Accommodations are available for visitors, examiners and the faculty members in the guest houses. A separate area is used for examination purposes. Security is very tight and electronically controlled and can be accessed by only security staff and authorized officers.
Biometric electronic recording system is installed and used for attendance purposes. Graduate and post graduate degrees for courses in medical sciences, Dental surgery, Nursing, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturapathy and Physiotherapy are quite common. Applied Nutrition and Medical Laboratory Technology courses are also quite common. Nearly 184 colleges are affiliated to this university and the degrees which are awarded are recognized by all the statutory bodies including the Central council of Indian Medicine, the Dental Council of India, The Indian Nursing Council and the Central Council of Homeopathy.
The admission for MBBS degree into Medical colleges is based on their performance in the EAMCET exams. The ranks in these EAMCT exams determine the availability of seats in the government colleges and the tuition fees are nearly Rs 14,000/annum for the calendar year 2013-14. This exams also helps in getting seats in private colleges but the fees is relatively higher i.e. INR 60,000/year for the academic session 2013-14. A free and easily accessible Medicaljournal “The Journal of Dr. NTR University of health sciences” is published online on its website ntruhs.ap.nic.in for the interested parties. It was first published in the year 2012 in the month of March and since then has been religiously published quarterly.
NTR University of Health Sciences Vijayawada has solely been established with the aim of greater good for the masses and going through its history has humbled ma as well as made me a more knowledgeable person.