Union minister for railways and member Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal on Saturday announced to give Rs. 2 crore to the local Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) from his Member Parliament Local Area Development Fund.
He was the chief guest at the first alumni convention of the institute. The fund would be used for to upgrade various departments of the institute.
He said the alumni of PGIMER had done us proud both in the country and abroad. He said the dream of former Punjab chief minister Partap Singh Kairon, who had conceived the institute, had been realised. The PGI had produced best of faculty and quality patient care in the region and in the country, Bansal said.
Earlier, Punjab food and civil supplies minister Adesh Partap Singh Kairon, grandson of Partap Singh Kairon, recollected his memories of PGIMER as a child and appreciated the progress the institute had made in all aspects growing from 225 beds to 2,000 today.
While welcoming the guests, PGIMER director Dr Yogesh Chawla said, "The PGI alumni have done well not only in India but across the globe. They are holding key positions in various reputed medical institutes in the world and some of whom are with us today."
Senior-most faculty member and former PGIMER director Dr IC Pathak said, "I studied at Government Medical College, Amritsar, though I wish I was an PGIMER alumnus."
Chairman of Golden Jubilee Celebrations Dr SK Jindal conducted the function.
PGIMER dean Dr Amod Gupta delivered the vote of thanks.
Over 600 alumni were present at the function and participated in the convention. Some important areas which were discussed included the building and development of excellence, boundaries and barriers of medical practice etc.
Several speakers talked about their old times and experiences at the PGI, including the tradition of the clinico-pathological conferences and the stress on clinical examination.