The inaugural function of the Ortho Alumni Scientific Meet-2008 organized by the Department of Orthopedics, J N Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University turned out to be an emotional and nostalgic reunion, as many batch mates met after a long time and emotions ran high.
On the occasion, the Chief Guest, Professor Tariq Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, AMU and an alumnus of the JNMC, said, “It is an honour of highest order to serve this great institution. I assure you of my full commitment to uphold the values of this institution”.
He emphasized that the strength of AMU alumni on global level is a testimony to the vision of Sir Syed who imagined AMU graduates carrying the gospel of free enquiry, pure morality and large hearted tolerance to the entire world. He urged the Alumni to come forward and join hands in the all round growth and development of the University
Talking about his long association with JNMC, Prof Mansoor added that at the helm of affairs of JNMC and hospital, he tried to synchronize the potentials of Alumni that yielded significant results in infrastructure development such as state-of-art auditorium; competence building and skill development of students and faculty through international collaborations and exchange programs with other universities of repute.
He said that progress in the ranking of AMU is significant and it is the need of hour to carry it further and have super specialty courses in various departments including JNMC. He said that an Institute of Pharmacy, College of Paramedical Sciences and College of Nursing were in pipeline and his dream project will expand the scope of ‘Alig Enrichment’ programme having a specific calendar of events.
Addressing the gathering, Guest of Honour, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Prof Tabassum Shahab, said that it is a matter of pride to see that our alumni are spread across the globe and they are unfailingly spreading the light of education lit by Sir Syed.
Saying that “such a meet encourages scientific deliberation and provides a vital forum for the exchange of information in the constantly advancing field of orthopedics”, Prof Shahab pointed out that the Meet manifests the excellent trove the JNMC has produced.
Prof S C Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Medicine and Principal, JNMC, said that the meet will provide an excellent opportunity for scientific exchange of views, social interaction and opportunity to refresh old memories.
Prof Naiyer Asif, Chairman, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, said that this first Ortho Alumni Scientific Meet has been very well planned and designed. The theme chosen for the meet is very appropriate as it focuses on recent trends in orthopedics which will help us to keep pace with latest developments. This is an opportunity for the alumni to acquaint themselves with the development of their parent department, he added.
Dr Jamal Ashraf announced that an international fellowship has been introduced in commemoration of Prof Iraqi, under which the selected candidate will be provided fellowship to pursue higher training abroad for 2-3 weeks.
On this occasion, felicitations were extended to some retired faculty members and alumni of the Department of Orthopedics including Prof Sultan Ali Sadiq, Prof A A Iraqi, Prof Mohd Zahid, Prof Mohd Farooq and Dr M Salman Ali. Convener of the programme Prof M K A Sherwani read out citations for the felicitated guests.
A directory of alumni was also released on this occasion.
Proposing vote of thanks, Dr Sohail Ahmad, appreciated the efforts of Alumni to be part of such scientific meet. Dr Ziaul Huda Shan conducted the programme. More than 150 alumni from India and abroad attended the reunion event.