TDP MP and Senior Advocate Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar has sought the intervention of the National Medical Commission (NMC) to retain the name of Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences in the interest of the “brand value of the institution and the difficulties it would cause to the University graduates and students.
In a letter to NMC President Suresh Chandra Sharma, Mr Kumar said the reasons given by the YSRCP government for changing the university’s name were flimsy and “it is done to settle political scores”. He alleged that neither the alumni of the University were consulted nor public opinion was solicited on this important decision.
Mr. Ravindra Kumar urged the Commission to step in and do what is necessary to withhold the name of Dr. NTR Health University.
He said that NTR University, established in 1986 as one of a kind, has acquired immense brand value and is well recognized. At this point, the abrupt change of its name to Dr. YSR Health University had shocked the students and the entire medical fraternity.
The TDP MP said that alumni of the University were extremely concerned that the renaming decision would negatively affect the brand value of the institution and that students would face the challenge of having to convince the institutions, in no more changing their folders to the new name.
He said the move was an insult to NTR and would also ruin the institution’s reputation. Conceived by the late NTR, the university was established with the aim of providing quality education and services by uniting all other related institutions under one roof for clear policy direction and standards. Thousands of students graduating from the University were working in key medical positions across the country and abroad, he said.