Institute set to celebrate golden jubilee tomorrow
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Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) is all set to start its year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations commencing on July 7. The celebrations including commemorative as well as academic activities will start with the inaugural function, which will be attended by dignitaries including Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal and Planning Commission Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia.
A documentary related to the journey of PGI since it was inaugurated by Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru — the first Prime Minister of India — on July 7, 1963, will be screened on the occasion, coffee mugs, pens and T-shirts will be made available as as souvenirs. The documentary will narrate the story of an eight-year-old boy named Aditya from Ropar district who is suffering from retinoblastoma—a rare cancer of eyes found primarily among children.
Interacting with media persons PGIMER director Y K Chawla said that a commemorative stamp — already approved by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunication — will be released in January to mark the occasion. Various seminars, workshops and talks will be organised throughout the year inviting prominent educationists and other eminent people by different departments, he said.
PGI will pioneer in launching specialised courses as each department has been asked to submit proposals on courses which should be launched to produce top grade doctors and medical professionals.
To take the load off the PGIMER, authorities plan to come up with outreach centres in the periphery where a pre-screening of the patients can be done. "The idea is to ensure that a patient in need of tertiary care can be given proper treatment and time," said Dr Amod Gupta. A committee has also been formed to to study the demographic profile of the patients. The body will be presenting its findings in a year's time. The data will be analysed to improve patient care at the institute.
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