Friday, 17 March 2017

PGI Celebrating Golden Jubilee:Five Decades of Excellence in Education,Service & Research

By 121News

Chandigarh 17th March:-  The Department of Urology at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh started functioning in 1964 as a division of erstwhile Department of Surgery, PGIMER, and Chandigarh.  The M.Ch Urology course (highest level of training course in the super specialty subject of Urology in the country) at PGIMER, Chandigarh was started since 1967.  The first student (sponsored candidate from the state of Kerala) joined this course in January 1967 session.  It became full-fledged separate Department of Urology in 1978. Over the years, the department has grown and has earned the reputation of being the most popular center for training in Urology in the country.

Today, the department handles over 60,000 patients in the OPD clinic, conducts more than 3000 major and specialized operative procedures.  The department is equipped with state of the art investigation and treatment facilities and provides comprehensive care for all urological diseases and up-to-date training.  The department established the Robot Assisted Surgical Facility at this Institute since November 2014.

Over 160, students have completed M.Ch Urology training since its beginning and another 19 are undergoing training now.  This advanced Urology center of PGI has the credit of having produced maximum number of Urologists at one given institute of this country. All the alumni are well placed and many hold positions of prestige and power within the country and abroad as teachers, administrators, practitioner in the community. 

To commemorate this occasion the department unveiled, the golden jubilee plaque by esteemed senior most faculty of this department Prof M S Rao. The photographs of the former faculty members of the department were also unveiled in the seminar room of the center. On 17th of March a master class on Robotic urologic surgery was conducted in associations with Society of Urologic Robotic Surgery. Incidentally the president of this international scientific society Prof. A K Hemal, from Wake Forest Hospital, North Carolina, USA, is the Alumni of PGI. Prof A K Hemal, Prof A K Mandal and Prof S K Singh were the course directors for this master class.

The significant achievements of the department in the fields of research will also be highlighted by the Chairman of the Department, tomorrow at the start of the alumni meeting on 18th in Bhargava Auditorium.

The alumni have shown overwhelming response.  140 alumni have already registered on the website of the department, www.pgiurology.comThis is being participated by most of the alumni, former teachers, delegates and accompanying persons besides the faculty and staff members of the department of Urology and other departments of PGIMER, Chandigarh.