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PMCH turns 96: Foundation day function to be curtailed due to Covid norms – Times of India

PATNA: The historic PMCH, based because the Prince of Wales Medical College, will flip 96 on Thursday however its delivery anniversary celebrations this yr will be closely curtailed due to the Covid-19 security norms, officers stated.

Former Union minister C P Thakur and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey are slated to attend the function as the primary dignitaries on the occasion, which in any other case occurs on a big-scale on February 25 yearly.

“The event will be heavily curtailed this year due to the Covid-19 safety norms in place. So, the foundation day event will be a very short programme this year. Every year, a large number of alumni from across the country and abroad also gather for it and celebrate it in a big way. This time, no alumni meet will take place,” PMCH Principal V P Choudhary advised PTI.

After flag-hoisting in entrance of the Administration Block, there’ll be a quite simple occasion hosted within the auditorium of the Rajendra Surgical Block.

“Students from different departments and different years will be awarded gold medals during the event at the RSB Auditorium,” Choudhary stated.

The basis day celebrations this yr additionally assumes significance as heritage buildings of the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) are deliberate to be demolished in three phases as half of a significant redevelopment undertaking, whose basis stone was laid by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on February 8 within the campus.

The transfer has damage the emotions of varied alumni members and the PMCH Alumni Association has pleaded with the Bihar authorities to spare the demolition of at the very least “two of its most historic buildings” related to the genesis of Bihar and Orissa’s first medical school, for posterity.

It had lately appealed to protect and restore Administrative Building, which homes the Principal’s Office; and the outdated Bankipore General Hospital Building, which homes the Hathwa Ward and the outdated operation theatre.

The affiliation, whose members are unfold globally, have asserted that medical infrastructure can be upgraded by “other reasonable measures”.

PMCH Alumni Association president, Dr Satyajeet Kumar Singh, stated, “All historic institutions across the world, while moving forward, endeavour to preserve their heritage for the posterity.”

“We hope our appeal to preserve at least two of these key landmark buildings in the campus will be heard sympathetically,” he stated.

The then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, had visited Patna in December 1921 as half of his royal tour of India and Bihar and Orissa’s first medical school was named after him to commemorate his go to to what was then a younger provincial capital.

The establishment, initially christened because the Prince of Wales Medical College, was established 4 years later in 1925. It was renamed to PMCH, a number of many years after the Independence.

The Administration Block homes the Principal’s Office and the wall exterior its chamber bears the historic plaque telling the story of the school’s inception, and carries the names of the primary donors too.

The big marble plaque, bearing the outdated identify of the school and the Prince of Wales’ royal crest, reads that it was established in 1925 and formally inaugurated by the then Lt Governor of Bihar and Orissa Sir Henry Wheeler on February 25, 1927.

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