Improving Education System: Vice-Chancellor Meeting With Staff & Faculty Members
November 14, 2019, Georgetown, Guyana
On November 14, 2019, Lincoln American University’s Vice-Chancellor Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor AVSM, VSM, and BAR (Retd), Former Director-General of Medical Services (IAF), held a meeting with the staff and faculty members.
The meeting was organized to facilitate an all-in-one-place interaction between Vice-Chancellor and the University members to brainstorm ideas and exchange of suggestions for the improvement in academic conduct and the overall functioning of the University. Exploring ways to make the University more efficient, make education more affordable, and empowering more aspiring doctors to become doctors were also the major points on the agenda.
Air Marshal (Dr) Pawan Kapoor AVSM, VSM, and BAR (Retd), Former Director-General of Medical Services (IAF), Vice-Chancellor with other University members during the course of the meeting with Vice-Chancellor. [Georgetown, Guyana, November 14, 2019]
Among faculty members, following dignitaries from the University participated in the meeting led by the Vice-Chancellor:
- Mr. Kabir, Director of Finance
- Dr. Wesley Torrington, Associate Dean
- Mr. G V Ranganath, Registrar
- Dr. Abdullah Yusuf, Faculty of Anatomy and Physiology
- Prof. Abdullah Ansari, Faculty of Genetics
During the course of the meeting, Vice-Chancellor suggested several ways to make the program for medical education in Guyana accessible and easier for the students. He asked all the faculty members to divide their respective subjects into weekly topics and distribute the same to the students at least one week in advance.
Weekly schedules, along with study topics, will help both the faculty members and the students to stay on track and adhere to the course schedule. While discussing the schedule of classes, the Vice-Chancellor asked the Registrar and Associate Dean to take charge of the punctuality in the classes at the end of the faculty members as well as the students.
It was also discussed that for rare cases where a class is missed, the contingency plan needs to be there in place. It will ensure that the time of the students can be effectively utilized throughout the program.
LAU staff and faculty members during the course of the meeting with Vice-Chancellor. [Georgetown, Guyana, November 14, 2019]
Regarding examination, Vice-Chancellor apprised the members on ways to improve the current examination system and also invited the suggestions of the faculty members to conduct examinations in a foolproof manner. Following the discussion, significant improvements shall be made to the examination system of the University for the efficient conduct of exams and timely declaration of results.
Prof. Abdullah Ansari, Faculty of Microbiology, giving his suggestions during the course of the meeting with Vice-Chancellor. [Georgetown, Guyana, November 14, 2019]
To enable the University to make medical education in the Caribbean more accessible for Guyanese as well the international students, Vice-Chancellor discussed ways to utilize University resources efficiently and asked the members to take the initiative to make more students aware of medical education and guide them towards becoming doctors.
During the course of the meeting, the matter on the progress of University-accreditation by CAAM-HP (Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions) and National Accreditation Council of Guyana was also pressed.
NAC member present in the meeting apprised the gathering about CAAM-HP accreditation and the need for commitment at all levels to acquire the accreditation at an early stage.
Vice-Chancellor desired total commitment from all faculty members irrespective of the constraints faced by them to ensure that they work as a united team towards the fulfillment of the goal of attaining CAAM-HP accreditation.
During the course of the meeting, Vice-Chancellor also read out the observation of NAC and introduced a plan for implementation of NAC observations along with timelines and responsibilities for the same.
Vice-Chancellor concluded the meeting on a positive note that University is well on its track to impart quality education to its students and help them become successful doctors. In the meeting, the Vice-Chancellor applauded the efforts of all the members whose contributions have made Lincoln American University one of the fastest-growing medical universities in the Caribbean region. He thanked all the faculty members for their support in taking LAU to greater heights.
As the University grows further, Vice-Chancellor calls for the commitment from all the members of the University and be part of one of the greatest medical institutions in the world, in the making.