SRINAGAR: Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, (SKIMS) Srinagar celebrated its 38th Annual Day and 3rd Convocation on Saturday, December 5, 2020, at SKICC Chasm-e-Shahi.
Manoj Sinha, Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir and Chairman Governing Body SKIMS, to be Chief Guest on the occasion was unable to attend the function due to unavoidable engagements.
Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar Advisor to Lieutenant Governor conveyed appreciation and gratitude to Director SKIMS and administration on behalf of Lieutenant Governor. “ I congratulate and convey best wishes on behalf of Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor to all the scholars & appreciation to SKIMS for their huge contribution in healthcare services in J&K particularly their role in COVID-19 pandemic,” he quoted.
Advisor Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar conferred Degrees to the scholars and “ Lifetime Achievement Award” to COVID warriors Team at SKIMS for their colossal contribution & exemplary services during ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, J&K lauded Director SKIMS & Ex-Officio Secretary Dr A G Ahangar led a team of Medical Faculty & all healthcare workers of SKIMS for their immense contribution & services to the people of Jammu & Kashmir during COVID-19 pandemic and otherwise.
He said SKIMS is always on the forefront in serving people of J&K and beyond through their best patient care services and acknowledged the SKIMS as “Institution Par Excellence” in the healthcare of J&K. SKIMS through effective leadership contributed immensely in COVID management despite challenges faced by Medical fraternity, he added. “I salute all healthcare warriors who risked their lives, faced hazards to serve the community”.
He assured support to augment health infrastructure in J&k and gave a detailed account of various initiatives taken by the government including starting of news Medical Colleges, launching new courses & new schemes besides the release of funds under Prime Minister’s package for the completion of megaprojects. Later on, he e-inaugurated various mega projects at SKIMS including State Cancer Institute, 100 Bedded Maternity Hospital, Engineering Block & Drug and Pharmacy Store block.
Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner Health & Medical Education, Prof Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor Kashmir University graced the occasion as guests of honour and appreciated the role of SKIMS in the Health Structure of the Union Territory.
Atal Dulloo in his address acknowledged the contribution of SKIMS in providing quality health care services and maintaining the highest professional standards. He complimented Director SKIMS Dr A.G Ahangar for efficiently managing COVID-19 and lauded his role & leadership. While giving details of various initiatives taken by J&K government, he added the people of J&K will be hugely benefitted under newly launched health Scheme “ SEHAT and said Health Sector in J&K has made exponential progress and all steps are taken by the government to further strengthen it.
Director SKIMS & Ex-Officio Secretary to government Abdul Gani Ahangar, while presenting the Directors report highlighted the role of SKIMS in fulfilling the aspirations of the people and expanding its horizons all over the globe. He expressed his gratitude to all the employees of SKIMS including Medical faculty, Residents, Nurses, Supportive & paramedical staff for holding the flag of SKIMS high through their countless services towards patient care during an ongoing pandemic. He reiterated his commitment to make SKIMS a dream Institution that has evolved over the years and brought in diversification in the field of medicine, surgery & allied.
Former Director and Chairman Apex Advisory Committee COVID-19 pandemic, Prof M.S Khuroo in his address gave a detailed account of policy decisions & major initiatives taken by the committee in managing COVID-19 pandemic in UT, J&K.
Dean of Medical Faculty Dr Omar J Shah and Principal SKIMS Medical College Bemina, Dr Reyaz Ahmad Untoo highlighted the academic and research activities of SKIMS in their addresses.
Those who were present on the occasion included former Directors and Deans of SKIMS, faculty of SKIMS, SKIMSMC Bemina, SKIMS Nursing College, GMC Srinagar, GMC Baramulla and GMC Anantnag. Besides a large number of medical and paramedical staff, and key functionaries of SKIMS and the administration attended the function.
This year Prof. (Dr) Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice-Chancellor, University of Jammu and a prominent academician presented “Sher-i-Kashmir Oration”. He gave informative& comprehensive presentation on Rare Genetic Disorders which was appreciated by the audience.
Later at the event, various employees were felicitated for their exemplary services in their respective fields. Also on the occasion, SKIMS Magazine & Annual Report was released. This year the Life Time Achievement Award was shared by the Covid Warriors.
Dr Nisar Chowdri, the Organising Chairman of the event, welcomed the guests while the organising secretary conducted the proceedings and concluded the program with a vote of thanks, an official statement said.