With an exemplary work, the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, has set a fine example for others to follow, said Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Saturday. He was the chief guest during the closing ceremony of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations and 51st foundation day of the institute.
Union minister of health and family welfare Gulam Nabi Azad and minister of state for health and family welfare Santosh Chowdhary were also present.
While congratulating the PGI fraternity, Ansari said, "The mission statement of the PGI as engraved in its logo is "service to the community, care of the needy and research for the good of all". It not only sums up the role and objective of the institute but it also aptly defines what should be the guiding principle of the entire medical fraternity."
"By your exemplary work, you have set a fine example for others to follow. I congratulate all those who have been associated with the PGI, in the past and present, and have contributed to its growth and fame," he said.
Earlier, welcoming the Vice-President, Azad said, "Over the past five decades, the PGI has carved for itself a prominent place in the country in the areas of medical learning, patient care and research."
PGIMER director Dr Yogesh Chawla welcomed the guests and apprised the listeners about the latest in the institute. He said, "Last year 19 lakh patients (8,000 per day) attended our OPDs and 71,000 were admitted."
Chairman, Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Dr SK Jindal apprised the gathering about the year-long activities held at the PGIMER to celebrate the golden jubilee.
PGIMER dean Dr Amod Gupta delivered the vote of thanks.
UT administrator-cum-Punjab governor Shivraj Patil, Haryana governor Jagannath Pahadia, Punjab chief minister (CM) Parkash Singh Badal, Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda and chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court Sanjay Kishan Kaul also joined in for the celebrations.