Three doctors, who received their medical education in undivided MP, have been conferred with prestigious Padma Shree Award this year. So, it has become a proud moment for medical fraternity of MP, which is struggling with quality of education in government medical colleges.
Although Dr Gyan Chaturvedi is a cardiologist and works with BHEL's Kasturba Hospital in Bhopal, he has received the award for his contribution in literature and education.
Director of PGI (Chandigarh) Dr Yogesh Chawla and head of gynaecology department, AIIMS, Delhi, Dr Alka Kriplani have been honoured for their contribution in medicine.
Dr Chaturvedi, who completed medical education in Shyam Shah Medical College Rewa, is better known as a satirist and for remarks on health system. He has penned four novels, eight collections of satirical writings and writes regularly for several publications.
"As I was a satirist and used to comment over the system, people suggested that I should not join government services. So, I joined medical services of BHEL and I provided my services as a doctor at Kasturba Hospital for 36 years before had I retired in 2012. Also, I continued writing satires. I started writing since class VI. My maternal grandfather and uncle were also writers," said Dr Chaturvedi.
He also contributed in establishing the first Cath Lab in Central India at Kasturba Hospital. He still works as a physician at a private hospital in Bhopal.
"Writing satire is nowhere less than treating patients. As a doctor, I treat diseases and being a writer, I try to treat ills prevailing in society. At a time when doctors are under attack from various quarters at least in MP, I assure you that 90% of the doctors are good. Only 10% doctors indulge in malpractices. I want to urge people to trust doctors and satirists like me," said Dr Chaturvedi.
Direcrtor of PGI (Chandigarh) Dr Yogesh Kumar Chawla remembered his college days in Jabalpur as this reporter contacted him after his name was announced for Padma award.
"I feel proud to be from a small place like Jabalpur. It was a big challenge to reach the position where I'm today. After MBBS and MD from Jabalpur University, I went to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, for DM in gastroenterology. Before reaching AIIMS, we were not even aware that there is something called super-specialty," said Dr Chawla.
Remembering his college days, Dr Chawla said, "I can never forget my college friends and teachers. I believe the teachers who taught me during MBBS were the best teachers I ever got. The most memorable instance of my college days was the ragging in the first year. We were asked to wear Gandhi caps for one month regularly. It was really funny but a great way of ragging, unlike the ragging which takes place these days."
Dr Chawla also expressed concern over the state of MP medical colleges. He said he interacted with the state bureaucrats to improve the medical colleges but they never showed interest. He said he wanted to link medical colleges of MP with PGI Chandigarh for quality education.
Another doctor from Raipur in undivided MP, who has been conferred with Padma award, is Dr Alka Kriplani, who heads the gynaecology department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi.
Talking to HT, she said, "I'm a proud product of Raipur which is now in Chhattisgarh. I was brought up there and did MBBS and MD from Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru Medical College, Raipur."