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Thanjavur Medical College turns 50

Special Correspondent

Alumni meet, music concert to mark celebrations

Photo:M.Srinath

Towering: A view of the Thanjavur Medical College.

THANJAVUR: Fifty years in the history of an institution is an important milestone. That too, for an institution, that has been involved in improving the health of people, the golden jubilee celebrations becomes all the more important.

The Thanjavur Medical College started in 1959, has done yeoman service to the society. Its services during emergencies like the Big Temple fire accident, Kumbakonam school fire accident and above all in treating tsunami victims are noteworthy.

The golden jubilee celebrations of this renowned institute will be held from November 13 to 16 . As part of the celebrations, alumni meet has been planned on November 14.

Briefing reporters about the celebrations, C.Gunasekaran, organising chairman of the alumni meet and K. Mohan, secretary , said the celebrations would start with a “Thamizh Vizha” on November 13. On November 14, the Union Minister S.S.Palani Manickam, State Ministers S.N.M.Ubayathullah and M.R.K.Panneerselvam, V.K.Subburaj, Health secretary, will participate in the celebrations. A music concert and seminar by Tamil scholars are the other highlights of the day.

The foundation stone for the Medical College building was laid in 1958 by Babu Rajendra Prasad, the then President of India. Sanction for the college was given by late Kamaraj, former Chief Minister . Parisutham Nadar, the then MLA of Thanjavur contributed the deposit money for the college and also donated 89 acres of land on behalf of Rotary Club of Thanjavur to the college.

Started with 650 beds in the sixties, the college has emerged into an institution of higher learning in medicine and research with a bed strength of 300. Thanjavur Medical College Hospital is a referral teaching hospital. Proposals for starting a trauma care hospital and cancer hospital are pending with the Government.

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