Hon’ble Governor Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan and Dr. Prathap C Reddy,
Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group; join in the festivities
Hyderabad, November 5th, 2022: Apollo Medical College commemorated its decennial with grand celebrations. The Hon’ble Governor of Telangana and Hon’ble Lt. Governor of Puducherry, Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan was the esteemed Chief Guest at the celebrations held at JRC Convention centre, today. Guests of Honour Dr. T. Ravi Raju, Pro Chancellor, The Apollo University and Former Vice Chancellor, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences & Dr. Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director, Apollo Hospitals; graced the occasion. The event marked the successful completion of ten glorious years of imparting medical education on par with the International standards by Apollo Medical College.
To mark the occasion, Apollo Medical College (AMC), has initiated community outreach programs, which enable quality healthcare access to those deprived of it. The College has adopted two villages of Dharmasagar and Mahalingapuram in Ranga Reddy District; and is ensuring access to quality healthcare for the populace. Apollo Medical College has also adopted one thousand patients suffering from Tuberculosis as part of the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan, among others.
The Hon’ble Governor released a souvenir commemorating the historic occasion and formally launched the adoption of TB patients by AMC, by handing over food baskets to the beneficiaries. She also presented prizes to the winners of various competitions held as part of the largest inter-medical collegiate fest.
Dr. (Smt.) Tamilisai Soundararajan said, congratulation to all the future doctors and would say that you are very fortunate to graduate form a reputed college like Apollo Medical College. Dr Prathap C. Reddy has been a role model for all young doctors and reserve the highest regard for him. Dr Prathap Reddy always say, patient first and commend his vision to extend healthcare to the poorest of the poor, he always strived to ensure that nobody is deprived of best available medical care. He is known as the architect of modern healthcare in India and is the father of modern corporate health medicine in India. I should complement him for bringing tertiary care and modern medicine within the reach of people. Apollo has always been the pioneer in bringing the latest healthcare to India. When I came as a Governor to this state, was the youngest Governor, people doubted my ability to handle the new born state, I responded by saying that I am a Gynaecologist and good at handling new born babies and therefore competent to handle new born Telangana. Same people doubted when I was given additional charge of Puducherry and I responded by saying that as a Gynaecologist I can handle a single baby and twin babies too. Because of the efforts of our Hon’ble Prime Minister, we are going to get a medical college in each district. He introduced several health oriented schemes, which benefitted crores of people. I congratulate AMC for adopting one thousand TB patients, because it helps in achieving the goal of our Hon’ble Prime Minister of TB Mukt Bharat. I appeal to the students to adopt TB patients, because as Doctors we know apart from medicine, nutrition plays a big role in the treatment of tuberculosis. Commend Apollo of taking initiative to vaccinate large sections of population during the unique pandemic situation in our lifetime. One message I have for all of you is, nobody can ignore you, except you, nobody can depress you, except you, therefore imbibe self-confidence. You should strive to constantly keep pace with the latest developments in you domain and provide the best possible care to the patients. Always try and outperform, think and do out of the box.
Dr. Sangita Reddy said, as you celebrate your tenth year and look back at an organisation that has been born a decade ago, it is now in the hands of our students, because it is you who must embody the Apollo spirit of pioneering healthcare, of transforming, of dedication to bring healthcare with in the reach of everyone. So not only as you graduate, you take a part of Apollo with you, but in true effect you are Apollo and therefore I am very happy to be amongst you today. Want to congratulate all of you and especially the faculty on the tremendous transformation work you achieved. When we began the college, Dr Prathap Reddy our Chairman said I am very happy that you are doing a medical education institution. India needs more doctors, need to double our doctors, triple our nurses and increase by four fold our para-medics. He added, that if you are doing just another medical college go ahead and do it, but don’t call it Apollo Medical College. If you are ready to transform education, if you are ready to bring out the best of the students, if you are committed to research, if you will upgrade the standards of medical education in our country, than you name it Apollo Medical College. So this is just the beginning, I commend you for the work you have done in research, the funding you are getting from ICMR and others is a validation of the powerful clinical work you are doing, for the work you are doing for the under privileged or your outstanding work in paediatric heart surgery, the presentations you made in national and international forums, five hundred papers that were published by you and the grants you are getting, are all commendable. I am leaving you with one final magic mantra, the Vice President of India asked me, how is that you people keep on doing everything you are doing, what is that your father feeds you all for breakfast, I said, it was not what he fed us for breakfast, it was the magic mantra and he said this to his doctors, however intelligent and skilled you are, however knowledgeable you are, whatever degrees you got, let the path from your head to the hands flow through your heart. So please take this mantra with you everywhere you go, you may become the greatest surgeons, you may become scientists, you may create a new drug, one of you may become a Noble prize winner, but do take Chairman’s message with you.
Through a video message Dr. Prathap C Reddy, Founder Chairman, Apollo Hospitals Group said, Apollo began four decades ago to bring world-class healthcare to all our people. Today in all the specialities we have accomplished on par or even better outcomes in comparison to the best healthcare institutions in the world. You all should feel proud of this legacy of being an Apollo Doctor and take it forward with the same dedication and commitment. . I hail from a small village in Andhra Pradesh and have given back to my village the best possible healthcare, with seventy thousand people being looked after. This is the pride I hold of my contribution to the community, to the nation and to the world, similarly you should work towards contributing to the community and nation and feel proud of it. As you would be aware, based on our suggestion to make India as the global healthcare destination, Government of India has initiated a program called Heal in India. You should feel prou.d that you will not only care for patients from our country, but from across the globe
The impressive celebrations were preceded by the largest inter-medical collegiate fest hosted in this part of the country, by Apollo Medical College, from October 30th to November 4th, 2022, at its campus at Jubilee Hills. Over 2000 medical students from medical colleges pan Telangana and Andhra Pradesh participated in the fest. The fest had sports, literary, cultural events and many other interesting and fun evoking activities. Sports events included cricket, football, basketball, volleyball, table tennis, badminton, throw ball, kabaddi, caroms and chess. Literary events comprised of JAM – just a minute, Standup, Parliamentary debate, Dare to diagnose and Case Quiz by Medvarsity. Cultural events like drama, singing, dance, battle of bands, collage making, canvas painting, sketching, rangoli, mehendi were conducted.
About The Apollo Medical College
The Apollo Medical College operates out of two Medical College campuses, at Hyderabad and Chittoor. The Hyderabad campus received the UG recognition from the MCI in June 2017 and is in the process of establishing PG medical courses, in 20 disciplines. The Medical College campus in Chittoor would be admitting it’s 4th batch of 150 MBBS students, in August 2019. The Apollo Group ultimately intends to establish a Knowledge Hub in the city of Chittoor, which would provide diverse education and employment opportunities to the general public of Chittoor, as well as the country of India as a whole.