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Kakarla hands over charge to Raja Gopal

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HYDERABAD, JULY 8. Kakarla Subba Rao, eminent radiologist, on Thursday formally handed over the charge as Director, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS), to the Dean of the Faculty, P. Raja Gopal. He was relieved on Wednesday when the Government accepted the resignation he tendered to the Chief Minister's office on June 29. Simultaneously, the Government appointed Dr. Raja Gopal, who heads the cardio-thoracic surgery unit of NIMS.

Prof. Subba Rao's resignation marks the end of the longest-ever tenure by any Director of NIMS. The institute, which was earlier known as the Nizam's Orthopaedic Hospital, saw a turnaround under Prof. Subba Rao's stewardship and carved a niche as a super-speciality hospital besides becoming a deemed university.

An awardee of Padma Shri, he served NIMS for 12 years in two stints after the then Chief Minister, N.T. Rama Rao, met him in the US and invited him to head the institute. In his first stint that lasted five years, Prof. Subba Rao was relieved by the then Chief Minister, M. Channa Reddy in August 1990 but was re-appointed in May 1997. Throughout his tenure, he accepted a token salary of Re. 1.

Meanwhile, the NIMS Faculty Association held a general body meeting where it expressed high appreciation of the services rendered by Prof. Subba Rao. The Association president, A. K. Purohit, said NIMS had become an institute of international repute under his leadership.

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