Aligarh: The Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized an International Conference on “Recent Advances in Diabetes and Endocrinology” in collaboration with Apollo Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology, New Delhi.
Presenting the keynote address at the inaugural session of the Conference, Dr. Seyed E. Hasnain, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, IIT, Delhi, former Vice Chancellor of University of Hyderabad and Member, Scientific Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India, said that it always gave him pleasure to visit the Aligarh Muslim University. He said that he extended all his cooperation to Prof. Jamal Ahmad in establishing this Centre with modern diagnostic facilities. He assured that he will lend support to any plan that the centre undertakes in future to get funding from the Central Government.
Prof. Hasnain said that the diabetic disorder has developed into a complex syndrome involving all the vital organs of the body and its management and treatment required an inclusive and comprehensive strategy. He said it should not be treated as an isolated disease.
In is presidential address, AMU Vice Chancellor, Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah said that diabetes was basically a life-style disease and could be managed even without any medication if people led a disciplined life and undertook physical exercise on a routine basis. He said he would pay more attention on the development of the facilities at J. N. Medical College so that the people of Western UP could be benefited. He said that the JNMC is likely to get a ‘quantum jump’ of grant from the government equivalent to that the Delhi Medical Colleges were getting. Gen. Shah said that he was going to pay more emphasis on the University schools for their upgradation up to the level of Kendriya Vidyalayas with a massive grant support by the Government of India.
He hoped that the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Diabetes and Endocrinology proves to be a boon to thousands of patients of diabetes in and around Aligarh.
Dr. SK Wangnoo, Senior Consultant at Apollo, New Delhi and organizing chairman of the conference said it was a matter of great pleasure for him to be at AMU for the first time. He expressed happiness on the organization of the International Conference on Diabetes with the collaboration of a corporate hospital like Apollo.
Earlier, Prof. Jamal Ahmad, Director of the Centre expressed satisfaction that he could be able to translate his dream into reality by establishing this centre. He rendered deep sense of gratitude to his teacher and mentor, Dr. R. J. Dash, former Chairman at PGI Chandigarh who gave him inspiration to conceive the idea of this project.
Prof, M. H. Beg, Dean, Faculty of Medicine, AMU hoped this conference would provide an opportunity to have discussion on recent developments in the field of metabolic disorders.
Prof. M. Ashraf Malik, Principal and CMS, JN Medical College congratulated the organizing committee for holding an International Conference in collaboration with Apollo Centre for Obesity, Diabetes and Endocrinology and hoped that the delegates would enjoy the scientific deliberations.
Prof. Iqbal Pervez, highlighting the activities of the Centre, said that the centre was established with merely a seven crore grant sanctioned by the MHRD. He hoped that soon the Centre will develop into a full-fledged state-of-the-art research centre where all kinds of diagnostic and therapeutic facilities will be available under one roof.
He said that more than 55 prominent diabetes experts and endocrinologists including Dr. SM Sadikot, Dr. Warren Lee (Singapore), Dr. Maria Ritta Taskinen (Helsinki, Finland), Dr. Med Gerald Klose (Bremen, Germany), Dr. Paul O’Hare (UK), Dr. Sarita Bajaj, AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. AH Zargar, (Srinagar), Dr. Sushil Jindal (Bhopal) and Dr. Sanjay Bhadana (PGI Chandigarh) will deliver lecture in the conference.
On this occasion, senior teachers and internationally renowned Endocrinologists, Prof. RJ Dash and Prof. JK Agrawal were felicitated for their significant contribution in developing research in Endocrinology in India.
Dr. Akanksha conducted the programme.