It was a special moment for the batch mates of the Guntur Medical College belonging to the 1963 batch.
In all, 70 of them chose to spend the weekend together at the golden jubilee of the batch, some of them even making it across the shores from the U.S. and the U.K.
During the three-day programme, they relived some of those memorable days at Haailand resorts on Friday evening and at GMCANA on Saturday. The group would gather again at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute at Tadigadapa on Sunday morning. The GMCANA, itself a gift from the former students of the GMC, witnessed joyous scenes on Saturday morning when the batch mates came together to celebrate 50 years of their batch along with their teachers.
Some illustrious personalities were felicitated, including noted cardiologist and chairman of CARE Hospitals B. Soma Raju and Chairman of L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Gullapalli N. Rao.
Seated among their friends, they were almost lost in the crowd. Dr. Somaraju was unassuming when he said he treasured this felicitation more than even the Padma Shri award.
Later, a souvenir brought out by physicians Kodali Ramakrishna and U.V. Subba Rao was released by GMC Principal K.S. Vara Prasad Rao and others.
“This is truly a special moment since this the first time in 50 years that we are meeting again. It’s truly incredible,” said senior physician from Vijayawada S. Ramakrishna who, along with his batch mate P. Srinivasulu from Hyderabad, is the brain behind the reunion.
The celebrations ended on a solemn note with Dr. Subba Rao reminding of the contribution of some professors who passed away.
Great medicine and surgery teachers such as D. Janardhana Reddy, K. Sadashiva Rao, K. Raja Rammohan Rao, and Gummadi Joseph taught invaluable lessons of life, which they had been cherishing since then, Dr. Rao said. The occasion was marked by lighting the lamp as a mark of remembrance.
Scenes of mutual camaraderie were witnessed when the batch mates posed for a group photograph squatting on the steps leading to the auditorium. They held their hands together, patted on their shoulders, and even had a hearty laugh. The leafy campus bristled with life as the chatter grew louder.