Alumni of PGI’s paediatric dept come together to kickstart golden jubilee celebrations

The Advanced Pediatrics Centre at PGIMER on Friday kickstarted its golden jubilee celebrations. In a glittering function held at the institute, the alumni pediatricians from PGI who are now all over the country and abroad, gathered together to meet each other and participate in a two-day academic CME programme.

The ceremony was presided over by Prof Y K Chawla, the director of PGI. In his inaugural address, Prof Chawla stressed that the Pediatrics Department has achieved heights of excellence in clinical work, research, and postgraduate training. Paying glowing tributes to Prof B N S Walia, the founding father of the Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Chawla said that the vision and dedication of people like Walia have established a solid foundation for the centre to flourish. Chawla explained that the department that started with just one pediatrician has now grown to a large tree with 36 faculty members, 150 postgraduate students, 4 DM programmes besides the MD Programme and great heights of excellence in child health.

Prof Sunit Singhi, the current head of Pediatrics at PGI outlined the programme for the golden jubilee celebrations of the department. He said that the next two days would be a homecoming for all alumni to meet each other formally and also gain from the scientific content of the CME. He lauded the alumni for travelling long distances from all over India and also countries as far as the United States, United Kingdom; and even Africa. This alumni meet is being attended by stalwarts like Prof O N Bhakoo, who started the pediatric services in PGI way back in 1962, and developed the Neonatology Division. Dr Raj Kumar Gupta, a leading pediatrician from Chandigarh, who is from the very first batch of MD Pediatrics, was also present on the occasion.

The show-stopper at the function was Walia, whose wit and wisdom have not dimmed despite his advanced years. In his address to a packed auditorium, he said that "happiness comes from doing what you love; and success comes from loving what you do".

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