The 61st Foundation Day of Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research (IPGME&R) was celebrated on 16th January, 2017. In the morning, the national flag was hoisted by Prof. DK Pal, the senior most Professor of the institute who had recently retired in the presence of Prof Manju Banerjee, Director IPGME&R and invited dignitaries, faculty members, students and staff members of IPGME&R and SSKM Hospital.
This was followed by the Sir Ronald Ross Oration and was delivered by Prof. Chintamani, a renowned surgeon-oncologist, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, New Delhi on ‘Making of a doctor-promises and pitfalls’.
The Dr. Arun Banerjee Memorial oration was delivered by Prof. Amit Dinda, Prof. of Pathology, AIIMS, New Delhi on ‘The Enigmatic Journey of Diagnostic Pathology to the World of Biomarkers’.
Our chief guest was our revered Prof. BN Chakrabarty who took pride in stating he was an alumni of IPGMER, and graduated in 1958.
Our Guests of Honour were Sri Subroto Bakshi, Hon’ble Member of Parliament, Sr Aroop Biswas, Hon’ble MIC, PWD, Sports & Youth Affairs, Govt. of West Bengal Dr. Sashi Panja, Hon’ble Hon’ble MIC, Dept. of Women & Child Welfare and MoS for Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Nirmal Maji, MLA and State Government Representative in the RKS of this Institute as also many other dignitaries.
After the traditional lighting of the lamp, Prof. Manju Banerjee, Director welcomed the gathering and provided an overview of the salient achievements of IPGME&R in 2016. Each of the dignitaries also addressed the august gathering and expressed their strong appreciation of the excellent academic and clinical activities of IPGME&R. The program ended with a vote of thanks by Prof. Manimay Bandyopadhyay, MSVP.
Other components of the Foundation Day celebration included an interactive debate by the Nursing students of IPGMER entitled ‘Nursing services should be hi-tech or touch’ The gathering voted that nursing services should be tilted towards compassion and caring rather than computers and calculators.
The celebrations continued on 17th January, 2017 when 4 parallel award paper sessions were held, participants being MD/MS/MCH/DM students (n = 46) along with a Medical Quiz where the participants were the present MBBS students.