The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh will be holding its 31st Convocation on Friday, the 4th February, 2011 in the Bhargava Auditorium, PGI. Dr.Ram Baran Yadav, Hon’ble President of Republic of Nepal will be the Chief Guest on the occasion and would deliver the Convocation Address. Dr.Yadav is an alumnus of the Institute and was awarded a degree in Internal Medicine in 1985. The Convocation will be presided over by the Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is also President of PGIMER.
PGIMER is one of India’s leading medical institutes. Founded in the year 1962, it was designated as an autonomous body under an Act of Parliament in 1967. PGIMER is a tertiary care medical institute that is exclusively meant for post-graduate studies. While patient care is the most visible and public face of PGI, this mammoth institute engages in a host of other activities as well. These include research, teaching, preventive and community health, telemedicine, consultancy services to other government institutions, shaping national health policies, educating the public on health issues and collaborating with international institutes in research and training. PGIMER trains doctors in various specialties and super-specialties, as well as biomedical scientists in medical, para-medical and technical branches.
The Institute President and Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad will be bestowing degrees on 330 students this year. During this Convocation PhD will be awarded to 21 students; DM (medical super-specialties) of Cardiology, Clinical Pharmacology Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonary Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology & Neonatology to 33; MCh (surgical super-specialties) of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Plastic Surgery, Paediatric Surgery, Surgical Gastroenterology, Urology to 24; MD in the medical specialities of Anaesthesia, Biochemistry, Community Medicine, Dermatology, Medicine, Microbiology, Nuclear Medicine, Gynaecology, Paediatrics, Pathology, Psychiatry, Pharmacology, Radiodiagnosis, Radiotherapy & Transfusion Medicine to 137; MS in the surgical specialities of Otorhinolaryngology, orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology & surgery to 40; MHA (Master of Hospital Administration) to 4; MPH (Master of Public Health) to 8; MSc in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Medical Biotechnology, Speech & Hearing & Medical Technology to 23 and BSc. in para-medical courses to 40.
Dr. Ram Baran Yadav and Sh.Ghulam Nabi Azad will first be introduced to the faculty. After the faculty procession, the dignitaries will take their places on the dais and the Convocation ceremony will commence.
The Chief Guest will award Gold, Silver & Bronze Medals to the students for outstanding research and academic excellence. These include Major General Amir Chand Gold Medal to Dr. Yogesh R.Barapatre (in MD/MS/DM/M.Ch category) and Dr. Nitin Mahajan (in PhD category); V.K.Saini Gold Medal to Dr. Nitin Mahajan; R. Nath Gold Medal in the field of Biomedical Sciences to Dr. Maryada Sharma; Aikat Memorial Gold Medal to Ms.Ninjit Dhanota; Silver Medals for Research Work to Dr.Sai Sunil Kishore M. and Ms.Aanchal Mehrotra; Bronze Medals for Research Work to Dr. Kali Prasad Adhikari and Ms.Nirupama Chandel. Twenty-five students of various medical and paramedical courses are going to be awarded Silver Medals and fifteen students Bronze Medals for academic excellence.