The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was in the city on Friday to participate in the 11th Annual Conference of the Association of Cutaneous Surgeons of India (ACSICON-2013) and the Graduation Day of the Rajarajeshwari Medical College and Hospital.
Speaking at the inauguration of the ACSICON-2013, Dr. Kalam said Indian doctors must carry out research on providing cost-effective and non-invasive cures for diseases using stem cell transplant.
“Stem cells, especially cord blood stem cells, are a potential source of replacement tissue especially to treat cardiovascular diseases and the Parkinson’s disease. More research needs to be done to treat skin diseases using this method,” Dr. Kalam said.
He also suggested the creation of a national registry for adverse effects in medical procedures and surgeries to make patients completely aware of the side effects of every procedure that they may be required to undergo. The conference, in which 1,200 delegates from all over the world will participate, will go on till April 28.
Dr. Kalam’s presence at the Rajarajeswari Medical College and Hospital’s third Graduation Day on its campus on Mysore Road as its chief guest, excited the students.
After the initial buzz surrounding the arrival of Dr. Kalam, students settled down for a rather interactive address by Dr. Kalam. “It’s a proud moment for us and for all the graduates, because the former President A.P.J. Kalam is going to felicitate them. He is a role model for the youth of India,” said A.C. Shanmugam, chairperson of the Rajarajeswari Group of Institutions.
Dr. Kalam also inaugurated the new Radiology Block on the college premises. Gargi Sharma bagged a gold medal and topped all the subjects in the college. She also bagged the ‘Best Outgoing Student Award’.