The 1959 batch of doctors of AMC has a gala time

They are all in their mid-seventies and have held important positions which earned them fame and name. Now most of them are enjoying their retired life. Some of them are still active, practising their profession and providing consultation when needed.

They belong to the 1959 batch of MBBS of Andhra Medical College and are meeting up with their old buddies at a reunion at a star hotel in the city on Saturday. It brought back memories of golden days of college life. The whole day they laughed and generally enjoyed the get-together. They called each other by first names and recalled the fun and happiness they enjoyed during college days.

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The reunion was planned and organised by Vyakaranam Atchuta Rama Rao, a retired consultant psychiatrist who has settled in the UK some 40 years ago, Prayaga M.M. Krishna, who settled in the city after working in Norway for 25 years as consultant anaesthetist, a leading medical practitioner of Anakapalle and former governor of Lions Club G. Subhram, and others. There were 120 students in that class and 35 of them had passed away. Among the rest, 60 attended the reunion, 40 of them with spouses. One of them N. Gajananda Rao, has done computer-aided medicine course in AIIMS after doing general medicine, and established the Indian Association for Medical Informatics. “We are all feeling happy to meet again. Actually this is the third reunion. We had the first one in 2000. We are recollecting the mischief we have done during our college days, the boys teasing girls and vice-versa,” said the 75-year-old doctor. “We are thoroughly enjoying the reunion. We are not sure of meeting again,” said former HoD of Microbiology of AMC Leela Kumari. Her classmate K. Kamamma came from Sompeta for the programme. A general physician of the city G.V. Krishna Rao said the reunion was a golden opportunity to meet everyone in the class. The former students felicitated their teachers who were in their nineties or thereabouts, such as neurosurgeon S. Bala Parameswara Rao, Prof. K. Somasundaram (physiology), Prof. A.V.S.S. Rama Rao (biochemistry), Prof. Nirmala Kumari (pharmacology), and Dr. S. Srinivasa Reddy (paediatric surgery).

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