Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2019

ICOG convocation speaks of the success of Indian degrees

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The Indian College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (ICOG) held its convocation on Friday (January 11, 2019) and awarded the fellowship to 200 medical professionals. Even though this seems like a routine event in any institution’s academic life, one gets a sense of pride and accomplishment if one had heard ICOG Dean Dr CN Purandare.
Dr Purandare said during his speech that the fact that 200 qualified doctors came to acquire fellowship of ICOG in various specialties shows the great respect Indian qualifications are getting. A huge response received for the ICOG’s fellowships indicates the decrease of the lure of foreign degrees, the senior doctor felt.
Maybe that is the reason the ICOG has added two more specialties to its teaching list.
The ICOG is the academic branch of FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India). The ICOG was established on 21 st December 1984 at Durgapur on the occasion of the 28th AICOG Conference. ICOG has been conducting certification courses to enhance skills in the field of reproductive medicine, Endoscopy, Ultrasound, Foetal medicine, and now two new additions vaginal surgery & critical care obstetrics have been introduced.
Dr S Shantha Kumari, the outgoing chairperson of the ICOG spoke on her tenure and said she has been able to bring ‘Principles, Protocols and Practices’ in patient care and useful guidelines in violence against woman and violence against doctors.
Welcoming 200 fellows into ICOG fold, FOGSI’s new president Nanditha Palshetkar spoke of having a permanent campus for the ICOG. Currently, various institutions are designated as ICOG centers. She was very emphatic of taking forward an agenda of reproductive rights of women. She linked this to the need to stabilize the population of the country and family planning policies of the government. She called upon the newly installed chairman of ICOG Prof Tushar Kar to formulate innovative ideas in this direction.
Dr Palshetkar then spoke about making women’s healthcare a social movement and sought the help of ICOG’s fellows and FOGSI members.
K Jairaj, IAS, was the chief guest of the convocation. At the outset, he said his connection the convocation comes from his mother. His mother was one of the few woman medical professionals 1940s. She was an obstetrician and Dr Padma Rao was also a professor in Bangalore Medical College.
Jairaj gave some words of wisdom that he learnt from his doctor mother to the doctors gathered at the convocation. He said she valued extraordinary professional standard, commitment, concern for patients and service before self. Jairaj wants to see these values in the doctors of today.
AICOG 2019 organizing committee chairperson Dr Hema Divakar proposed the vote of thanks.
Dr Vidya Bhat, who is one of the organizers of the event said, “it is our proud privilege to host the ICOG Convocation at AICOG Bengaluru.” Tracing the tradition of FOGSI and ICOG, Dr Vidya said “a lot of stalwarts in the field of Obstetrics & Gynaecology have contributed immensely to the growth of ICOG. I being an ICOG graduate and an ICOG training faculty really value this because it has made me a better academician and a competent medical professional.”
The aims and objects of establishing the ICOG are to promote education, training, research, and spread of knowledge in the field of Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Reproductive health, Family Welfare, and related areas.
The College will be actively involved in National Family Welfare Programs and will advise Fellows to actively associate and cooperate with Central and State Government Health authorities and corporate bodies in implementing all national programmes of Family Planning including training of paramedics and health personnel.

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