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MCODS, Manipal celebrates College Day and Awards Ceremony

MCODS Manipal celebrates College Day and Awards Ceremony
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Mangaluru: Manipal College of Dental Sciences (MCODS), Manipal, commemorated its College Day and Awards Ceremony with grandeur on Nov 23, 2023. The event was marked by the presence of esteemed guests, faculty, and a congregation of aspiring dental professionals.

The ceremony was graced by the Chief Guest, Lt Gen (Dr) M D Venkatesh, Vice-Chancellor of Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal. In his address, Dr Venkatesh lauded MCODS for maintaining its esteemed position in Indian dental education, notably attracting a full complement of undergraduate and postgraduate students. He highlighted the institution’s significant contribution to the university’s ranking and commended the quality and quantity of student research output.

MCODS Manipal celebrates College Day and Awards Ceremony Dr Venkatesh’s speech touched on the difference between aspiration and ambition, praising the institution’s growth trajectory and urging the graduates to cultivate intrinsic motivation for excellence and contribute towards societal betterment and sustainable development goals.

Dr Padmaraj Hegde, Dean of KMC Manipal and the Guest of Honour, emphasized the importance of oral health in the overall well-being of patients. He celebrated the graduates’ hard work and resilience, using Abraham Lincoln’s journey as an inspiration for overcoming setbacks and aspiring for future success.

Dean Dr Monica Charlotte Solomon welcomed the attendees and presented the annual report, highlighting the college’s achievements in research and academia. The ceremony saw the prestigious Dr TMA Pai Award Gold Medal for Best Research Paper of 2022 being conferred upon Dr Vasudev Ballal.

Awards for Best Audio-Visual Teaching Aid were presented, with first prize going to Dr Anand Deep Shukla, and second prize to Dr Shaswata Karmakar and Dr Shashi Kiran S. Dr Pallavi Taneja was honoured as the Best Outgoing Undergraduate Student of the year 2022.Nineteen faculty members received the Good Teacher Award for their excellence in education.

The event also included the felicitation of endowment awardees, batch and subject toppers, outstanding sportsmen, and members of the Student Council, Student Research Forum, and student clubs. The annual college magazine, “Avenoir,” was unveiled during the program.

President Dr Novaria Khwaja presented the Student Council Report, while Dr Ananya Nair delivered the graduate response. Dr Shashi Rashmi Acharya, Associate Dean, rendered the graduates’ oath, and Dr Vidya Saraswati, Associate Dean of MCODS, Manipal, delivered the vote of thanks. Dr Anandeep Shukla and Dr Komal Smriti expertly compered the event, encapsulating a memorable day of celebration and achievement.

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