Renovated RDA premises inaugurated

Aligarh: The Renovated Resident Doctors Association (RDA) Premises was inaugurated in a special function held through a video conference platform in line with the Government of India measures on social distancing.

AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said the newly renovated premises will provide the resident doctors with better facilities and space for recreational activities.

He applauded the resident doctors for their relief work in flood hit areas and for their work in the fight against the Covid 19 pandemic.

“RDA teams organised successful medical camps in Jammu and Kashmir, Kerala and Uttarakhand where they provided health care to affected population suffering with acute and chronic effects on their physical and mental health and since the coronavirus outbreak, the resident doctors have been on the fore front to curb the virus spread”, said the Vice Chancellor.

He also spoke about the JNMC Virology Lab, which was the first in Western Uttar Pradesh to start testing Covid samples; the isolation ward and plasma therapy facilities at JNMC.

Prof Mansoor pointed out that JNMC has so far tested over 70, 000 Covid samples and soon 2000 samples will be tested daily.

Prof Shahid Ali Siddiqui (Principal, JNMC) said that the renovated premises flaunt a modern design and new features and more facilities will be introduced shortly.

Prof Haris M Khan (Medical Superintendent) emphasised that it is imperative to ensure that resident doctors not only work in a safe environment with adequate security, but they are also provided with the best of facilities.

Faculty members, Prof Amjad Ali Rizvi, Prof Mujahid Beg and Dr Zia Sidduiqi apprised people attending the online function about the history of RDA in JNMC, laws that ensure safety of resident doctors and the importance of the doctor-patient relationship.

Former RDA General Secretary, Dr Nadeem Jilani attended the online inaugural function from Manchester (UK), whereas Dr Hamza Malik (President, RDA) spoke on the current issues undertaken by the RDA.

Dr Shahnawaz Iqubali (Vice President, RDA) and Dr Saurabh Pathak (Treasurer, RDA) spoke on the need of RDA premises renovation. Dr M Kashif (General Secretary, RDA) extended the vote of thanks.

Dr Tazeen Shamshad (Joint Secretary, RDA) conducted the programme.

Meanwhile, inaugurating the newly constructed Provost Office of Bibi Fatima Hall, Vice Chancellor, Prof Mansoor said, this new infrastructure was overdue, and more such facilities will be added as per the requirement. “A new basketball court has also been constructed for the benefit of the students as infrastructure is key to their overall progress and growth”, he added.

Earlier Prof Ghazala Parveen (Provost, Bibi Fatima Hall) extended warm welcome to the Vice Chancellor by saying that he has always been a source of inspiration.

Dr Kehkeshan Fatma conducted the proceedings and proposed the vote of thanks.

Later in the day, the Vice Chancellor virtually inaugurated a fully air-conditioned Lab at the Department of Economics for online teaching and other related activities. He said the Covid19 has given us an opportunity to learn new technology and acquire new skills necessary for virtual teaching-learning process, as it is going to be the new norm in future.

Exhorting teachers and students to learn digital technologies, Prof Mansoor appreciated the efforts to create the lab at the department.

Prof Syed Nauman Ahmad (Chairman, Department of Economics) welcomed the participants of the virtual inauguration ceremony, while Prof Nisar Ahmad Khan (Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences) pointed out how education sector embraced new technology amid Covid19 pandemic. Dr Shirin Rais conducted the programme.

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