Governor presents awards to achievers at the Graduation Ceremony at CMC

 Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah has called for steps to ensure safe drinking water, education, sanitation and nutritional safety to the population.

Delivering the Convocation Address at the Graduation Ceremony of the Christian Medical College here on Monday, Mr. Rosaiah said India had to curb the rising epidemic of non-communicable diseases and injuries. “We need to develop systems to cope with new and re-emerging infectious diseases like HIV and avian influenza.”

The Governor gave away the Mrs. Mariaviakulam David Memorial Medal for the Best Outgoing Student to Swapan Deep Singh and the Paul Harrison Award 2013 to Daisy Rani Rao. The latter award is presented to alumni for significant, steadfast and selfless service in the broad field of health in situations of need or neglect. The citation in honour of Dr. Daisy stated that she along with her husband Narendra Rao, a Community Medicine specialist, worked hard to develop the Giffard Memorial Hospital, Nuzvid, Andhra Pradesh, which was on the verge of closure.

Daisy was the only woman doctor who looked after obstetrics and learnt how to do Caesarean section. She also specialised in ophthalmology. “She is a role model for many and has lived up to the motto of her alma mater: ‘Not to be ministered unto but to minister.’

The Rev.Fr. Lourdu M. Yeddanapalli S.J. Award 2013 went to Rajesh Kannangai, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Clinical Virology, CMC, for his significant contributions to research in the field of Retrovirology as well as in the areas of other blood-borne viruses and opportunistic viral infections.

The Governor presented the Best Teacher-2013 Award to Vinoo Mathew Cherian, orthopaedic surgeon. He was selected for the award based on the votes of three consecutive batches of students.A total of 276 candidates comprising 64 MBBS graduates, 156 postgraduates, 34, post-doctoral fellows, nine PG fellows and 13 Ph.D. candidates received their degrees at the Graduation Ceremony.

Sunil Chandy, Director, CMC, welcomed the gathering. Alfred Daniel, Principal proposed a vote of thanks.