Srinagar 5 December: Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, (SKIMS) Srinagar celebrated its 38th Annual Day& 3rd Convocation today on 5th December, 2020 at SKICC Chasm-e-Shahi.
A statement issued to Kashmir News Bureau said that Manoj Sinha, The Lieutenant Governor of Jammu & Kashmir and Chairman Governing Body SKIMS, to be Chief Guest on the occasion was unable to attend the function due to unavoidable engagements.
It added that Shri Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar Advisor to Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor conveyed appreciation and gratitude to Director SKIMS and administration on behalf of Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor.
“I congratulate and convey best wishes on behalf of 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.
The statement read, “Hon’ble Advisor Shri 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.”
Shri Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar Advisor to Hon’ble Lieutenant Governor, J&K lauded Director SKIMS & Ex-Officio Secretary Dr. A. G Ahangar led 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 healthcare of J&K.
SKIMS through effective leadership contributed immensely in COVID management despite challenges faced by the Medical fraternity, he added.
“ I salute all healthcare warriors who risked their lives, faced hazards to serve community”, he said.
“He assured support to augment health infrastructure in J&K and gave a detailed account of various initiatives taken by government including starting of news Medical Colleges, launching new courses & new schemes besides release of funds under Prime Ministers package for completion of mega projects,” the statement read.
It said that 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.
“Shri 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,” the statement said.
Officials stated that Shri Atal Dulloo in his address acknowledged the contribution of SKIMS in providing quality health care services and maintaining highest professional standards.
“He complimented Director SKIMS Dr. A.G Ahangar for efficiently managing COVID-19 and lauded his role & leadership and while giving details of various initiatives taken by J&K government, he added the people of J&K will be hugely benefited under newly launched health Scheme “ SEHAT and said Health Sector in J&K has made exponential progress and all steps are taken by government to further strengthen it.” the statement said.
“Director SKIMS & Ex-Officio Secretary to Govt. A.G. 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, officials stated.
The statement read, “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 the 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.”
It further read, “Former Director & 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, officials stated.
The statement further said that 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, key functionaries of SKIMS and the administration attended the function.
It added, “This year Prof. (Dr) Manoj Kumar Dhar, Vice Chancellor , University of Jammu and a prominent academician presented “Sher-i-Kashmir Oration” and gave an 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,” the statement read.
It added that Dr. Nisar Chowdri, the Organising Chairman of the event, welcomed the guests while the organising secretary conducted the proceedings and concluded the program with vote of thanks.