IT WAS a college reunion with a difference … with the students in their sixties, most teachers above 75, many of them meeting almost after 50 years.
The bonhomie and camaraderie was palpable even as many tried to recognise their classmates from the 1956 batch of the MGM Medical College at the two-day ‘Golden Jubilee Reunion’ organised here from Friday. The participants included many from outside the state and abroad.
Dr Shobha Patwardhan nee Dr Shanta Bhagwat said, “The faces sure have undergone a sea change, but most have retained their peculiar style. So it helps in recognizing each other, of course, telling names puts things in perspective faster.”
Dr S K Bandi, who first thought of organising such a reunion, took the initiative and along with two to three other batchmates meticulously traced almost all of 75 students of the batch of ‘56.
“To start with, we just had a photo of our batch. Then from one another, we traced all and today I am so happy to bring all of them together here for the golden jubilee reunion,” Dr Bandi said, adding, “I am proud to tell you, each and every one of our batch has excelled in their chosen field and reached the top.”
“Unfortunately, not all could be present. Out of 75, we have lost seven and seven were unable to come due to illness and as many could not be traced. I miss all those who could not attend this today,” a sentimental Dr Bandi said.
Dr N K Vaidya, who retired as Director (Medical Education) from Shimla, said, “I have mixed feelings today. I am happy to meet all those present but feel sad as some of our friends are serious and are on death bed.”
After initial enthusiasm of “Are you Dr so and so?” or “You haven’t changed Dr so and so.”, the senior doctors went ahead with the formal function to felicitate their teachers, 15 of whom could make it to the event.
Dr G C Sepaha, Prof Krishnachandra Shukla, Prof A C Jain, Dr S L Mengi, Dr V K Agrawal and Prof S K Ohri were among the teachers felicitated on the occasion with shawl and memento.
One of the teachers, Dr T M Garg, who has renounced the world after retirement and now is known as Swami Tarkeshwarananda, was also present to bless his students.
“In our days, the teacher-taught relation was like father-son relationship. Today, I have come to meet my sons and daughters and I am happy to see them achieve such professional heights,” the monk, who incidentally was the student of the first batch of MGM Medical College, said.
“They even offered me to-and-fro fair but I declined. Our culture does not permit me to accept money from children,” the doctor-turned-sanyasi said.
After the teachers were felicitated every participant was introduced. A few also gave vent to their feelings. A small cultural programme was held during the function, compeered by Dr Panni Dhandh.
The group would take a tour of the City on Saturday to see how much Indore had changed and later spend time together at a garden restaurant on the City’s outskirts.