New Delhi: BHU Medical Association (BHUMA) celebrated the centenary year of the establishment of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Safdarjung Club here on Sunday.
The function was presided over by Prof V K Shukla, Director of IMS BHU (Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU) in the presence of eminent professors of the institute based currently in Delhi and doctors passed out of the IMS BHU and currently practising in Delhi/NCR.
Prof Shukla asked the alumni to continue the excellent tradition of healing, learning and research of BHU. He also gave a brief account, the way IMS BHU has developed over the past 55 years and has become a boon for the entire region adjoining Bihar, UP and Madhya Pradesh. The new Accident and Trauma Centre inaugurated recently by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the upcoming Stem Cell Centre are value addition to the existing facilities, he said.
BHUMA honoured some of the eminent medical teachers who had been associated with IMS BHU by presenting them a Centenary Souvenir and citing their outstanding contribution to the humanity. Those honoured on the occasion were: Prof S M Tuli, former Director of IMS and currently serving at VIMHANS (Vidyasagar Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, New Delhi); Prof K N Agarwal, former Director of IMS and SGPGI (Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow); Prof D K Srivastava, former Director and Medical Superintendent of G B Pant Hospital and HIMSR (Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research) New Delhi; Prof S Dwivedi. former HOD Medicine / Preventive Cardiology, UCMS (University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi) — GTB Hospital and Founder Dean/Principal, HIMSR, Jamia Hamdard, and currently at the National Heart Institute, New Delhi; Prof Jayashree Bhattacharya, former Principal, VMMC (Vardhman Mahavir Medical College) — Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi and Director – Biochemistry, Lady Hardinge Medical College; Prof K D Tripathi, former HOD, Pharmacology and author of the iconic textbook ‘KDT’.
BHUMA also facilitated some of the first (1960) and third batch MBSS (1962) alumni of the IMS, namely Prof K D Tripathi, Dr Ved Bhushan, Dr N C Kumar, Dr P C Sinha and Dr S N Sinha.
Prof S Dwivedi recited his recent composition on IMS reminding the current generation of IMSonians about the rich legacy of IMS BHU:
India is identified with its magnificent tricolour,
BHU for its all inclusive Kulgeet ‘Madhur Manohar Ativ Sundar’,
The iconic IMS is personified by IMSonian’s ‘Esprit de corps’,
Galaxy of teachers Udupa Nag Chaudhury, P K Das, Vaidya Katiyar
Keshv Pandey, T P Srivastava, P K Srivastava, Marwah Mehra Vajpeyee,
Living legends Tuli Khanna Somani, Devender Sharma, B N Dube,
Precious jewels the alumni spread all over the globe,
God bless BHUMA linking them together keeping this flame alive I
The event was organised and coordinated by Dr Chandoke, Dr M Sridhar and Dr R Hotchandani and their team. The function came to close by recitation of the National Anthem, informed Dr S Dwivedi.
According to Dr Dwivedi, senior consultant cardiologist at the National Heart Institute, about 150 alumni and their families participated in the event.
When asked about his views on the recently inaugurated Accident and Trauma Centre and other additions to the existing facilities at IMS BHU, Dr Dwivedi told India Medical Times, “It’s a very valuable facility that is being rendered to the people of Purvanchal. Since facilities are free of cost to people; it is a blessing for people who can’t afford costly treatments.”
On being asked how it felt to celebrate the centenary of BHU, Dr Chandoke, a key member of the organising team, told IMT, “It was a great family get-together.”
“It was a wonderful feeling celebrating 100 years of BHU,” Dr M Sridhar, another key member of the organising team, told IMT. “It was very nice and wonderful feeling to meet other BHU alumni.”
Dr Sridhar said, “I have spent 11 years at BHU and it’s good to be associated with it.” Recalling his memory from student days, he said, “In those days we continued doing our specialisations in the university; nowadays students are drifting; they complete their MBBS and then go for MD/MS since almost all cities have institutes for doing MD/MS.”
He further said, “IMS BHU is still among the top five medical institutions in the country which is a very proud thing.”
by Pooja Pandey