Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday began to address the 33rd convocation ceremony of the Tamil Nadu Dr MGR Medical University via video-conferencing.

He noted the advancement of the medical ecosystem within the country. On a lighter note, the PM asked the students to keep their sense of humour intact as it would help them handle the stress better and also help them heal their patients.

Check out the key highlights of the speech below.

·         PM Modi started with congratulating the students and especially the women candidates. He said that it is always an honour to see women leading the country in different fields. When this happens, it is a moment of pride and a moment of joy," he said.

·         Indian health ecosystem is being seen with new eyes, new respect and new credibility. However, this also means that the world will have greater expectations from you which is a responsibility on your young and strong shoulders.

·         This is the time when you'll transition from earning marks in exams to making a mark in society. In the time of Covid-19, India hasn't only made a new path but helped others too. Today, India is among the countries with the lowest death rate and high recovery rate.

·         Remembering the former CM, PM Modi said that Dr Ramachandran would have been proud of the success of the institute and its students. He also said that the matters of healthcare, education and empowerment of women were dear to him.

·         He pointed out that doctors are amongst the most respected community in the country. The respect has only increased during the pandemic. But he has asked the young doctors to know the difference between being serious and to look serious. He said," I request all of you to still keep your sense of humour intact. It will also help you cheer up your patients and keep their morale high."

The university is named after former Tamil Nadu chief minister MG Ramachandran. 

It has a total of 686 affiliated institutions under its umbrella, encompassing the disciplines of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, AYUSH, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and allied health sciences.