PGI to make a film on Dr Chuttani, one of the fouding fathers

  • Vishav Bharti, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 10, 2015 08:39 IST

To honour one of its "founding fathers", the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh is making a film on life of Dr PN Chuttani. His birth centenary falls on February 26th.

Dr Chuttani along with Dr Tulsi Das and Dr SS Anand is called one of the founding fathers of the PGIMER, who was the first dean of the institute and served as director for the longest period of nine years.

According to sources in the PGIMER, the task of making the film has been given to the photo section of the institute. The sources revealed that photo section is exploring the photo and video archives of the institute and other sources to execute the project. It will be a short film, which will be screened in a function to mark birth centenary of Dr Chuttani. Welcoming the development, Dr IC Pathak, the 90-year-old pediatric surgeon, who succeeded Dr Chuttani as PGIMER director in 1979 said that a film on Dr Chuttani's life would be befitting tribute to the legendary doctor and teacher.

"He was a rare combination of a finest physician, great medical teacher, and equally good administrator. His life is still a great lesson," said Dr Pathak. Dr Pathak is chairman of Chuttani trust.

Dr BNS Walia, the former director recounted in his memoirs that how these two men (Anand and Chuttani) established the work culture and discipline of the PGI; they persuaded the faculty to put in an hour extra voluntarily (from 8 am - 5 pm). The faculty to this day exceeds their mandate and works from 8 am to 6.30 pm or even later.

He was the first dean of the PGIMER and served as director from 1969 to 1978. Before joining PGIMER he worked at places like Lahore, Amritsar and Patiala, many of his students are today renowned doctors.

He passed away in 1996, earlier a complete six story building called research block of PGIMER was also named after him. The block houses mainly non-clinical departments and laboratories. A chair was also institute in his named in the field of tropical medicine.

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