September 18, 2019, Noida, India
On September 17, 2019, Lincoln American University (LAU), in collaboration with Sharda University, organized Student Welcome and Orientation Ceremony (Ceremony) for students starting Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program (2019) organized by LAU in India at School of Medical Sciences & Research (SMSR) of Sharda University.
The Ceremony was organized at Sharda University Campus in Noida City and was attended by the students, Program Coordinators from LAU, esteemed faculty members from Sharda University, and was graced by following dignitaries:
- Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor, AVSM, VSM, and BAR (Retd), Former Director-General of Medical Services (IAF), Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln American University, School of Medicine (LAU);
- Prof. P.K. Mitra, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharda University;
- Dr. Hari Shankar Gaur, Dean, School of Basic Sciences & Research, Sharda University;
- Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao, Dean, Research & Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sharda University; and
- Prof. U.V. Balakrishnan, Professor, Mathematics, Sharda University.
Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao (Right) presenting a floral bouquet to Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor on the inauguration of the Ceremony.
On the inauguration of the Ceremony, Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao welcomed Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor by presenting a floral bouquet. The welcome was followed by an address from Dr. Hari Shankar Gaur, Dean, School of Basic Sciences & Research, Sharda University.
Dr. Hari Shankar Gaur, Dean, School of Basic Sciences & Research, Sharda University, speaking at the Ceremony.
In his address, emphasizing the purpose of the Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program, Dr. Gaur said that “This (Program) is to strengthen your standards of learning, to make your fundamentals more strong,” pointing to the Basic Sciences that students will learn during one-year Program, successful completion of which will help them in pursuing MD ~ MBBS in Guyana at LAU Campus.
Prof. U.V. Balakrishnan, Professor, Mathematics, Sharda University, speaking at the Ceremony.
While addressing the students, Mr. U.V. Balakrishnan, Professor, Mathematics, Sharda University, told the students that initially they may feel homesickness and also miss the local food that may not be available at the University, but the purpose for which students are here is worth it. After inspiring and guiding the young medical aspirants about student life and the initial adjustments as a new student, Prof. U.V. Balakrishnan apprised the students about the basics of the Program, including Program Terms, course curriculum, the examination and qualification requirements.
Students actively listening to the wisdom of dignitaries during the Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program Orientation Ceremony.
“The first-year course shall consist of three terms. In the first two terms, you will learn Basic Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, English, and Biology. In the third term, you will learn the history of medicine and medical terminology, introduction to microbiology, immunology, anatomy, physiology, and neuroscience. In each term, there will be five courses. Each course shall be of six credits. Further, in each course you will have midterm examination, end term examination associated with Viva,” said Prof. U.V. Balakrishnan. [Edited Excerpts]
Students flipping through the Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program Student Handbook.
Thereafter, Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao, Dean, Research & Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sharda University, briefed the students about the importance of mathematics, physics, chemistry in the field of the medical profession. “You will be learning the statistical methods because you will be analyzing a number of patients coming to you. You will understand what kind of medicine you are giving if you understand the chemistry. You will know how a scissor works if you understand physics,” said Dr. H Surya.
Dr. H. Surya Prakash Rao, Dean, Research & Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Sharda University, speaking at the Ceremony.
On the occasion, students also got the opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor who, in his address at the Ceremony, not only motivated the students but also shared a very personal and learning incident from his life back then as a medical student.
Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor, AVSM, VSM, and BAR (Retd), Former Director-General of Medical Services (IAF), Vice-Chancellor of Lincoln American University, School of Medicine (LAU), addressing the students and dignitaries at the Ceremony.
While motivating the students to rise above failures in life, Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor gave the example of Thomas Edison who failed a thousands times before he successfully invented the light bulb.
“Every one of us makes lots of attempts to achieve what we want to achieve in life,” said Air Marshal Dr. Pawan Kapoor. Setting the example of rising above failures and determination, Dr. Kapoor said, “Did not I face any failures in life? Did not I face any challenges in life? I did, and those challenges and those failures had taught me. Anybody can fail at any point of time. Secondly, I am responsible for my failures. I do not need to blame anybody else.”
Encouraging students who have not qualified NEET this year, Dr. Kapoor said, “Having not qualified NEET in your first attempt or the second attempt is not the end of the world. It is the beginning of subsequent successes.” With 1-Year Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program in India followed by 4-Year MCI-Approved MD ~ MBBS Program in South America, NEET Unqualified students can become world-class doctors and so, do not need to worry about their career.
“Our endeavor will be to work together, to work with you, to help you to overcome your weaknesses, to help you realize your dreams and in return all that I need from you is respect, honor, commitment, and hard work. Add to that some passion. If you have a passion for being what you want to be, nobody can change that passion of yours,” orated Dr. Kapoor.
“Luck is nothing. Luck is commitment. Luck is passion. If you show this, you will be lucky. Do not procrastinate. Manage your time well. Study Hard. Study Smart. Respect your faculty. Come on time. Do not indulge in indiscipline. Be the ambassadors of Lincoln American University in Sharda University,” said Dr. Kapoor while guiding students on how they can become great students and get the best of their time at the University.
The Ceremony was concluded with the address from Prof. P.K. Mitra, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharda University, who apprised the students about why India needs more doctors and how medical aspirants can help the nation by becoming doctors. Prof. P.K. Mitra said, “In India, for a population of 1,700, you have one doctor. Whereas in advanced countries, like the US, for a population of 330,they have one doctor. That means there is a lot of dearth of doctors in our country. There are about six lacs doctors required in India.”[Edited Excerpt]
The dearth of good doctors, not only in India but in other regions like Africa, Pakistan, Afghanistan, is also one of the strongest reasons to pursue medicine and becoming a doctor.
Prof. P.K. Mitra, Dean, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Sharda University, interacting with the students at the Ceremony.
The purpose of the Ceremony was to encourage the students for their new journey, give them a warm welcome to the University, make them familiar with the new environment, faculty members, and peers, and motivate them to study hard and smart as they start their Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program followed by 4-Year Program for MD in Guyana (equivalent to MBBS).
Students and Members of Lincoln American University and Sharda University come together to capture the special moment during the Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program Orientation Ceremony.
We wish all success to the aspiring doctors in their new journey to becoming a doctor. To all the students — Cheers! Study hard and study smart to become compassionate, caring, and competent doctors.
For those who have never heard of Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program — Lincoln American University offers a 5-Year MD Physician Program which is equivalent to MBBS Program in India. The first year of the 5-Year course is Pre-Medical Program which takes one year to complete and comprise of 90 credit hours. For students who have qualified National Eligibility cum Entrance Test-Undergraduate (NEET), Pre-Medical Program is organized at LAU’s Campus in Georgetown city of Guyana, South America. For students who are yet to qualify NEET and looking to start MBBS without NEET, the Pre-Medical Program is organized in India.
Along with the Pre-Medical Program in India, NEET Coaching is also provided to help the students prepare for NEET attempt. On weekdays, Pre-Medical classes are held while coaching for NEET is organized on weekends. Pre-Medical education also helps the students qualify NEET in an easy way due to the similarity of the syllabus.
In one year, students are well prepared to qualify Pre-Medical as well as NEET. After successful completion of the Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program, students are flown to study medicine abroad at University’s Guyana Campus, where they start the second year of the Medical Program, i.e., the first year of the MD Program that begins with Basic Sciences.
Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program is an initiative of Lincoln American University to help students who appeared in NEET but could not qualify the prestigious medical entrance exam of India in the latest attempt. NEET 2019 Results were announced on June 05, 2019. Out of 1,410,755 students who appeared in NEET 2019, only 797,042 students could qualify the prestigious examination. Students who could not qualify NEET can take admission to this medical course without NEET. Pre-Medical & NEET Coaching Program, with its exclusive pathway to MCI-recognized medical program and assisted NEET preparation, offers NEET unqualified students the opportunity to become a doctor in the next five years by qualifying both NEET and the first year Pre-Medical Program, thereby saving one year of their academic career