PATNA: The historic PMCH, based because the Prince of Wales Medical Faculty, will flip 96 on Thursday however its delivery anniversary celebrations this yr shall be closely curtailed because of the Covid-19 security norms, officers stated.

Former Union minister C P Thakur and Bihar Well being Minister Mangal Pandey are slated to attend the operate as the principle dignitaries on the occasion, which in any other case occurs on a large-scale on February 25 yearly.

“The occasion shall be closely curtailed this yr because of the Covid-19 security norms in place. So, the inspiration day occasion shall be a really quick programme this yr. Yearly, numerous alumni from throughout the nation and overseas additionally collect for it and rejoice it in a giant method. This time, no alumni meet will happen,” PMCH Principal V P Choudhary instructed PTI.

After flag-hoisting in entrance of the Administration Block, there shall be a quite simple occasion hosted within the auditorium of the Rajendra Surgical Block.

“College students from totally different departments and totally different years shall be awarded gold medals throughout the occasion on the RSB Auditorium,” Choudhary stated.

The muse day celebrations this yr additionally assumes significance as heritage buildings of the Patna Medical Faculty and Hospital (PMCH) are deliberate to be demolished in three phases as a part of a serious redevelopment challenge, whose basis stone was laid by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on February eight within the campus.

The transfer has harm the feelings of varied alumni members and the PMCH Alumni Affiliation has pleaded with the Bihar authorities to spare the demolition of not less than “two of its most historic buildings” related to the genesis of Bihar and Orissa’s first medical school, for posterity.

It had not too long ago appealed to protect and restore Administrative Constructing, which homes the Principal’s Workplace; and the outdated Bankipore Common Hospital Constructing, which homes the Hathwa Ward and the outdated operation theatre.

The affiliation, whose members are unfold globally, have asserted that medical infrastructure could be upgraded by way of “different affordable measures”.

PMCH Alumni Affiliation president, Dr Satyajeet Kumar Singh, stated, “All historic establishments the world over, whereas shifting ahead, endeavour to protect their heritage for the posterity.”

“We hope our attraction to protect not less than two of those key landmark buildings within the campus shall be heard sympathetically,” he stated.

The then Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, had visited Patna in December 1921 as a part of his royal tour of India and Bihar and Orissa’s first medical school was named after him to commemorate his go to to what was then a younger provincial capital.

The establishment, initially christened because the Prince of Wales Medical Faculty, was established 4 years later in 1925. It was renamed to PMCH, a number of many years after the Independence.

The Administration Block homes the Principal’s Workplace and the wall outdoors its chamber bears the historic plaque telling the story of the faculty’s inception, and carries the names of the principle donors too.

The massive marble plaque, bearing the outdated identify of the faculty and the Prince of Wales’ royal crest, reads that it was established in 1925 and formally inaugurated by the then Lt Governor of Bihar and Orissa Sir Henry Wheeler on February 25, 1927.


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