SRINAGAR, DEC 05: Advisor to Governor K Vijay Kumar today said the annual day of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences Soura was a day of commemoration, celebration, thanksgiving and patting each other for the creation of such an institute which has played a tremendous role in filling critical healthcare gaps in the State.
K Vijay Kumar said this while speaking at the 36th Foundation Day of SKIMS Soura at SKICC here today. He was the Chief Guest on the occasion, while as Advisor to the Governor, B.B Vyas and Advisor to Governor, Kewal Kumar Sharma were guests of honor. Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah was also present on the occasion.
The Advisors were flanked by Director, SKIMS, Dr Omar Javed Shah, Principal, SKIMS Medical College, Srinagar, Prof Riyaz A Untoo, senior doctors including Dr Shariq Masoodi, Dr Raffit Hassan, Dr Fazzal Qadir Parray on the podium.
Advisor to the Governor, K Vijay Kumar recalled the contribution of SKIMS founder and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister, Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah.
“My first interaction with Sheikh Sahab was when I visited guest house in Tamil Naidu, where he had come for vacations,” Kumar recalled. “It was overwhelming to see how he would talk about his vision for the State.”
Kumar lauded the SKIMS authorities for their immense contribution in the field of medicine and healthcare in the State. “I have been associated with SKIMS since 1997. I used to come to SKIMS to look after the patients—who were the victims of the situation,” he said. “You took equal care of all. That’s where humanity in doctors comes in. There is nothing that counts. You are in a noble service and I am extremely delighted that I am closely working with the medical fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir.”
On technology and medicine, Kumar said that the new inventions and techno-inputs were creating wonders in the field of medicine across the world.
Sharing his vast experience of working in various capacities across the country, Advisor Kewal Kumar Sharma, who was guest of honour on the occasion, said that there were different models of hospital administrations and the model (Governing Body, Autonomy) through which the SKIMS runs was the best modal.
Sharma said that by giving autonomy to institute which is governed and managed by its doctors, the best decisions come out from such health institution. “This governing body and autonomous modal also help in inter-departmental coordination in any health institution,” Sharma said.
He emphasized that the overall progress of SKIMS from last 36 years shows that the model with autonomy to the governing body functions very well and leads to the success stories.
He congratulated the doctors and other officials for carrying out their professional work and working hard for providing the best possible healthcare to the masses.
On the occasion the organizers informed that this year more than one million patients have visited SKIMS OPD, so far.
Sharma said that the State government is committed to provide its support to the SKIMS in terms of allocation of funds for procurement of better healthcare equipment and the up-gradation of infrastructure. For the year 2018-2019 the capital allocation for SKIMS is around Rs 26 crore and allocation for SKIMS Medical College Hospital Bemina is around Rs 8 crore. He lauded Principal, SKIMS Medical College for running the institute in a professional way.
He also spoke about getting funds for languishing projects and various projects approved for SKIMS. He said SKIMS has been given authorization for the Cath Lab costing around Rs 8 crore under the languishing projects scheme.
The authorization has also been given for the construction of drug de-addiction center and procurement of MRI machine at SKIMS Medical College hospital, Bemina which costs around Rs 8 crore each.
Sharma said there are various proposals under consideration including Advanced Pediatric Centre with the estimated cost of Rs 123 crore and 100 bedded maternity hospital to be established in SKIMS. He said various initiatives are being looked into for further strengthening the healthcare facilities in SKIMS.
Speaking on the occasion, Member Parliament, Dr Farooq Abdullah applauded SKIMS for its contribution as a center of excellence in healthcare. Dr Abdullah while speaking about various researches going around the world in health said that Jammu and Kashmir lack in the field of medical research. He stressed upon the doctors to focus more on research—which would bring them many accolades.
He asked them to come up with tangible research which can help in curing certain incurable body ailments. Observing that there is a dire need for the construction of an auditorium at SKIMS, Dr Farooq announced Rs 1 crore from MPLAD for the construction of the same.
Director SKIMS, who is also Ex-officio secretary to the Government, Dr Omar Javed Shah in his address paid tributes to its founder and former Directors for their great contribution in making SKIMS a prestigious Institute of the State which serves needy patients who can’t afford the treatment outside the state.
He highlighted the activities and achievements of SKIMS and enlisted key projects upgraded and under execution. He reiterated his commitment to make SKIMS “center of excellence—saying SKIMS has evolved over the years and brought in diversification in various fields of medicine and surgery and allied. It has gained the trust and faith of the community at large.
Faculty advised to do research, enhance skills
SRINAGAR, Dec 5: On the 36th annual day of the SK Institute of Medical Sciences, former chief minister Farooq Abdullah and Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar, on Wednesday asked its faculty to focus more on research and skill enhancement.
“You don’t have to treat only patients but doing research is a great thing only then you will succeed. I am having kidney transplant and cancer is major problem. Diabetes is emerging and you have to find its cure.. You do more research and find a cure for diabetes and SKIMS will receive noble prize,” Farooq said in his address.
He regretted that SKIMS is yet to have its own auditorium. However, he announced Rs 1 crore for construction of auditorium for SKIMS from his constituency development fund.
In his address, Kumar, who inaugurated several projects for SKIMS, advised the medicos to enhance their skills.
“You are doing extremely well. Doctors and nurses shall not feel threatened and cannot be replaced by machines. But you have to acquire the skills,” he said, who was chief guest on the occasion in absence of Governor Satya Pal Malik, who skipped the function.
Kawal Kumar Sharma, Bharat Bhushan Vyas, advisors to governor, former directors of deans, faculty members were also present on the occasion.
Director SKIMS Dr Omar Javaid Shah highlighted the achievement of SKIMS. On the occasion, several staff members received the awards for the exemplary services.
No Friday prayers at Jamia, Mirwaiz put under house arrest
Srinagar, Mar 22: The authorities put under house arrest the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday and barred the congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid in here.
Reports said that the authorities placed restrictions at several parts of Old City including Nowhatta where authorities did not allow people to offer the Friday prayers.
An official said restrictions were imposed in view of call for protests issued by the Joint Hurriyat Leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik.
Joint Hurriyat had called for peaceful protests after the prayers against the “custodial death” of Awantipora school teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith.
Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq who addresses the faithful at the mosque every Friday was put under house arrest. He termed the disallowing of Friday prayers as “religious assault”.
“While repression, killings and arbitrary arrests continue unabated, for the 3rd time this month #JamaMasjid put under lockdown and Friday prayers disallowed. Condemn the authorities for this religious assault,” Mirwaiz wrote on Twitter. This was on the third time in this month that authorities barred the Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid.
IUST, KU faculty groups condemn teacher’s custodial killing
Srinagar, Mar 22: Islamic University Faculty Association (IUFA) Friday condemned the alleged custodial killing of a teacher Rizwan Assad Pandith and has termed it outrageous and a tremendous loss to education while demanding immediate justice for him.
In a statement, the IUFA said Pandith worked as a guest faculty in the Polytechnic College, Islamic University of Science and Technology in 2018.
“He was not just a competent academician, but a thorough gentleman as well. His untimely death is a huge loss to education in South Kashmir where he was heading a school and a coaching center as well,” the statement of the Association said.
The association has demanded that the perpetrators of such crimes be brought to justice at an earliest as there is no place for such horrific crimes in civilized and responsible societies.
The Association has once again expressed dismay and concern over the delay in the dispensation of justice in the custodial killing of another teacher Shabir Ahmad Mango, a college lecturer by Army personnel on August 17, 2016. “Such gory cases of the custodial killings of teachers have caused an immense damage to the intellectual capital of the education sector in the state and we again call for justice to Mango also,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Kashmir University Teachers Association (KUTA) too has strongly condemned the killing and demanded immediate dispensation of justice. “Such treatment to the ‘nation builders’ on sustained basis does not augur well for the peace and stability in the state,” reiterated the KUTA spokesperson.
The two associations have also called for an immediate end to the continued human rights violations in Kashmir.
MPs of 2014 have been mute spectators in Parl: Altaf Bukhari
Srinagar, Mar 22: Terming the upcoming parliament and assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir as one of the crucial elections, former Finance Minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari on Friday said these elections would likely pose a serious challenge for the special status of the State and to its inclusive political culture.
Addressing a workers’ convention at his private office here, Bukhari emphasized on the state’s electorate to compare and elect their candidates on promises made versus performance basis.
The former minister observed that people of the state particularly that of the Kashmir valley, have not forgotten that they were asked for votes in lieu of a ‘mandate for a mission’.
“People have not even forgotten being promised to ‘make the parliament a forum for representing the Kashmir issue at the national level’. But what they did in the Parliament later?” Bukhari asked, adding, “Analyze their attendance and performance on internet and you will witness their dismal track record of attending and intervening in the House. They have simply been mute spectators in the Parliament and wasted the mandate of people.”
The former finance minister remarked that people need to elect their representatives after proper application of mind and wisdom. “While we need to show a united face and defeat the nefarious designs of some divisive political forces, at the same time we need to strengthen the hands of the leadership that has the courage to call a spade a spade.”
Bukhari opined that the electorate of Jammu and Kashmir especially in the valley must decide whether they want to go with the forces who berated and bartered their mandate for their petty political gains or the forces who can safeguard their interests and the special identity of the State.
He said a drastic electoral division or fragmented vote will not be in the interests of people as the same can give a hegemonic control over all state institutions, as well as the public discourse in the hands of forces who are inimical to the identity of this state.
The former minister also stressed on a need for creating a conducive and peaceful atmosphere for holding elections saying that political activities cannot fetch a desired change in an atmosphere of mass arrests, raids, civilian harassment and custodial killings.
“Although almost all the mainstream political parties have condemned the recent custodial killing of the school teacher but mere words cannot heal the wounds of that family. The probe in this incident needs to be conducted in a transparent and time bound manner so that the culprits are booked as per law,” Bukhari reiterated his demand.
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