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Medical college celebrates silver jubilee

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Pro-Chancellor of Annamalai University M.A.M.Ramaswamy speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Rajah Muthiah Medical College at Chidambaram on Tuesday.

CUDDALORE: Padma Bhushan awardee and surgeon N. Rangabashyam has said that Annamalai University deserves a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for the number of jubilee celebrations organised by the 80-year-old institution.

Dr. Rangabashyam was speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Rajah Muthiah Medical College (RMMC) run by the university at Chidambaram, near here on Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art medical facilities at the RMMC were comparable to All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Sanjay Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences and Madras Medical College, he said.

By virtue of its location, the RMMC was catering for the rural population and setting an example for the country on how to deliver healthcare services to villages where Mahatma Gandhi saw the soul of the nation.

Dr. Rangabashyam said that even decades before the authorities were grappling with the issue of rural healthcare services, Annamalai University had set a trend by establishing the medical college 25 years ago in the rural settings.

Hence, the RMMC could serve as an example of how “proper doctors” could be trained by screening a large number of villagers. He paid encomiums to the vision of founder Pro-Chancellors Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar and Rajah Sir Muthiah Chettiar, and Pro-Chancellor M.A.M. Ramaswamy for setting up portals of education in the remote corner of Tamil Nadu.

The Pro-Chancellor recalled how the RMMC had come into being against odds. Originally planned as a dental college, it had blossomed into a full-fledged medical college, with a hospital fitted with modern equipment and over 1,000 beds.

Mr Ramaswamy said that thanks to the vision of his forefathers, the RMMC could be built when construction costs were much lower than now. The RMMC was not built overnight. It took shape after overcoming many struggles. Looking back now, he was feeling proud about its growth. The Pro-Chancellor recalled the services rendered by S.V. Chittibabu, former vice-chancellor (during whose tenure the RMMC had been started), the successive vice-chancellors, deans and medical superintendents for the development of the college.

Mr Chittibabu, terming the success of the RMMC as a “saga of achievement,” called upon the Pro-Chancellor to start a super specialty medical institution, have a tie-up with reputed medical institutions, in India and abroad, and put in place a roadmap for future development with provision for research.

Vice-Chancellor M.Ramanathan said that the RMMC was adequately meeting the needs in the districts of Cuddalore, Villupuram and Nagapattinam, and also the clinical needs of the students.

Registrar M. Rathinasabapathi, Dean (Faculty of Medicine) N.Chidambaram and Medical Superintendent S.Viswanathan spoke. The Pro-Chancellor set up an endowment in the name of Dr Rangabashyam with a contribution of Rs 50,000 and released the RMMC magazine.

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