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					KEEPING IN TOUCH – AUGUST 2008
COLLEGE NEWS
Rev. Fr. Kalam's Farewell: On Thursday, the 28th August 2008, the Institution bid farewell to its 2nd Director - Rev. Fr. Thomas Kalam, CMI. The ceremonies commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass that was concelebrated by more than a dozen priests and led by His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias. The grand ceremony was peppered with short felicitations by Dr. S. Tarey (on behalf of the teaching faculty), Ms. Joyce Jayaseelan (on behalf on the non-teaching staff) and Ms. Sony Thattil (on behalf of the students). The highlight of the programme was a touching farewell song. His Grace Archbishop released a special issue of the Institutional Newsletter – Keeping You In Touch. Rev. Fr. Kalam highlighted the growth of the Institution in the past 8 years and thanked all those who had stood by him over thick and thin – excerpts from his farewell address will be posted on www.thejohnite.org shortly. From www.daijiworld.com - News on Fr. Lawrence D’Souza as our new Director: Bangalore, Aug 27: St John's Academy of Health Sciences Bangalore (SJNAHS), a premier institution dedicated to health and health related services respected across India, comprises of a 1,200-bed hospital with all medical and surgical departments including super-speciality departments, a college of nursing, a research institute, located in a sprawling 132-acre plot in the city, was established in 1963 by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI). Eminent personalities had been at the helm of this great institution and led it to dizzy heights over the years. Now, Fr Lawrence D'Souza has been appointed as the new director of St John's National Academy of Health Sciences with effect from September 1, 2008. Fr Lawrence (59), born on November 28, 1948 at Pernal in Udupi district, was ordained as priest on May 5, 1977 at Milagres church, Mangalore. He completed his B Sc degree from St Alopysius College, post graduation in philosophy from Karnataka University Dharwad and PG Diploma in business management from St Aloysius College. He also holds a LLB degree which he completed through SDM Law College. He also completed his M A in religious studies and Ph D in administration and supervision from Fordham University, New York. Fr Lawrence is fondly and gratefully remembered by the people of Dakshina Kannada district for his services as the secretary of Catholic Board of Education for seven years and also as administrator of Father Muller Medical College Hospital and College of Nursing for eight years. He served as an associate pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church New York and Sacred Heart church, New York between 1992 and 1998. He also served as parish priest of Holy Cross church Cordel Mangalore Diocese for two years. He is set to take over as the director of St John's Academy of Health Sciences on September 1 this year, after functioning as its director designated since March 1 this year. In Fr Lawrence, the institution will be having a caring and experienced director, who is sure to help the institution to live up to its motto, 'He shall live because of me'. His has been a success story in all his previous assignments because of his dynamism, leadership qualities, hard work, keen desire to learn and care for the suffering. Contact Lens CME at St. Johns: The Department of Ophthalmology in collaboration with Johnson and Johnson, India organized a 2 day residential CME on Contact Lenses. Fr. Thomas Kalam , Director SJNAHS, inaugurated the

program. The CME was intended to raise the standards of contact lens practice in the country. The CME covered a spectrum of topics including basic contact lens fitting, newer lenses in the market, daily lenses, myths in contact lens wear and complications with contact lens wear. The program was attended by 90 ophthalmologists and optometrists from all over the country with 17 delegates from Delhi alone. Over 60 delegates were accommodated at the new Annexe III next to the auditorium. Dr.Reji Thomas organized the CME. Faculty included Dr. Amod G. and his wife Deepti, Dr.Yaswanth, Neethu, and Dr. Reji Thomas and others from J&J. The CME was very interactive and the feedback was very encouraging. The Glaucoma Clinic – An Alumni Initiative: The seeds of this venture were sown 10 years ago with the repeated visits of Dr. Deepak Edwards to St. Johns with the hope of starting a Glaucoma Clinic at St. Johns. In 2003, the North American Chapter sponsored Dr. Reji Thomas for a 2 month fellowship at the University of Illinois, Chicago under Dr. Deepak Edwards. Contributions from Dr. Ivan Chow and Dr. Deepak helped to start a small clinic with basic necessities. A further generous contribution of $12600 organized by several Alumni and friends of St. Johns spearheaded by Dr. Deepak Edwards laid the foundation of a glaucoma clinic in 2007. The management with the support of Dr. Mary Ollapally, Dr. Prem Pias, Dr. Anura and the parent body of the Alumni Association supported this venture and have now made this clinic a world class unit with state of the art equipment to match any Glaucoma centre in the world. (an investment of almost Rs. 80 lakh or $ 2,00,000). The Glaucoma clinic now boasts of 2 Zeiss slit lamps, with applanatiion tonometers, a Humphry Perimeter, a GDx nerve fibre analyzer, a Visamax II- Sonomed UBM and a Cirrus HD4000 OCT with Glaucoma specific software. The clinic plans to acquire a non contact tonometer and a CCTV attachment for its slit lamps. The clinic is sure to soon be a major referral centre for glaucoma and will also be able to evolve into a centre for research. Independence Day 2008: This special day was celebrated with the usual solemnity. Mass was celebrated at the College Foyer by His Grace Bishop Charles Soreng, Bishop of Hazaribagh. Our Deputy Director, Fr. Lawrence D'Souza, was the Chief Guest at the ceremonies that followed. For the first time the College of Nursing Band played the National Anthem, while being accompanied by the Medical College Choir soon after the National Flag was hoisted. This was followed by the traditional hockey match between the Alumni/Staff and College Teams – which as tradition would have the Alumni won! (OK – for this once it was a draw). This was followed by a cricket match between the staff and students – which the students off the last ball with one wicket in hand. The Batch of 2008 joins St. John's: The 46th Batch of Johnites joined our alma mater on the 4th of August 2008. I'm sure this very statement brings back a flood of memories of the years gone by! Incidentally, the President's daughter is the only Alumni child in this batch - a 100% Johnite as Fr. Percy used to say!

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION NEWS
Annual General Body Meeting: The AGBM of the parent body was held on 23rd August 2008 at the Foyer of the Medical College. It was a pleasure to see a large contigent of alumni gather for the meetiing, among them Dr. Willie Gomes (1964) from the US and Dr. Richard John Fernandes (1974) from the UK. A

minutes silence was observed in homage to departed alumnae - Dr.Maria Olivia Fernando (1969) and Dr. Mary Varman (1971). Rev. Fr. Thomas Kalam in his farewell address lauded the alumni/alumnae for their deep concern for the institution. Faculty who had served the institution for more than 12 years and resigned/retired were honoured - on this list were Dr. Rani Gupta (Professor, Physiology), Dr. Shoba Guido (Professor, Pharmacology), Dr. Srikanth (Professor, Microbiology) and Dr. Leelavathy (Asst. Professor, Anatomy). Dr. Arun Kilpadi conducted the (s)elections for the new committee - please see the list of committee members at www.thejohnite.org North American Chapter Alumni Association Reunion: The event was held at Orlando between the 8th and 10th of August 2008. Going by the huge turnout, including a number of alumni from India, UK and Canada, the reunion can be qualified a grand success. Those of you on the UK Yahoo Groups can view pictures posted by Irwin Lasrado and Amal Isaiah. Log on to www.thejohnite.org for a report and pictures.

ALUMNI NEWS
Wedding Bells: Congratulations to Roderic Durai Raj (2000) on the occasion of his marriage to Shilpa Devasunder on the 27th August 2008. Wedding Announcement: Tshering Topla Ukyab (1996) will wed Dechen Tsomo on Tuesday, 16th September at the Purang Camp, Bylakuppe near Mysore. There will be a reception at Kathmandu on 25th September. You can find Tshering‟s contact details at www.thejohnite.org - Alumni Look Up. Alumni in the News: Chittaranjan Andrade (1977) was featured in an article in the Deccan Herald. Log on to: http://www.deccanherald.com/Content/Aug52008/snt2008080482725.asp

STUDENT NEWS
Students' Report on the Inter Class Sports: The Inter Class Sports were held through the months of April and May culminating with the Annual Sports Day. This year we were fortunate enough to have Rev. Dr. Fr. Lawrence, the Deputy Director, grace the opening ceremony. The weather was simply perfect, and added to the atmosphere. After the customary march past, led by the Basappa Scout Band, the games were declared open. Participants from the 4 MBBS batches and B.Sc. (Para-medicals) were in competition. The most anticipated events however, did not include us, students. For the first time ever our staff joined us on the field! Dr. Sandhya T Avadhani, Dr. Maruthi, Dr. Sanjay Lewin, Dr. Dominic Misquith, Dr. Sheela Uthappa, Dr. Mary Verghese and others showed us how to be more than just medical personnel! It was wonderful to see one‟s teachers sharing some of the lighter and more enjoyable moments with the students. The Batch of 2005 won the boy‟s overall trophy but our final year students, the Batch of 2004, put up a spectacular show claiming the overall Championship, indoor and outdoor trophies as well as the overall girl‟s championship. They will definitely cherish the wonderful memories of their Sports Day as Super seniors! Students' Report on Inter Class Culturals: ICC ‟08 was specifically modified from the usual format to encourage greater participation from all on campus. Apart

from the staple Indian music, Western Electric and Choreography, this year saw the introduction of ‘Yo Sista’!, an event exclusively for the nuns. The event was an unprecedented success, culmination in a hilarious round of „Remixed‟ hymns, including rap! The enthusiasm displayed by the teams was infectious, leaving the crowd clutching their bellies in laughter! Dr.Anthony Roberts (1987) was a wonderful host adding to the fun. In the words of Fr. Kalam, it was a dream come true, to see such active participation and enjoyment from the nuns. The other unique event of the year, was “Sangeet” - usually, the need to narrow down the number of singers in a band, leaves many lacking the opportunity to display their talents for all to see. Sangeet was this platform, for those desiring this opportunity. It provided a stage and a mike, for anyone and everyone who wished to share their music. We witnessed a wide variety of songs and varying levels of competence, but the essence of the event was the participation, and it finished a resounding success.The Batch of ‟05 emerged victorious, but it was not without some close scraps. The Batches ‟06, ‟04 and ‟07 followed in that order respectively. Spandan 2008 at JIPMER, Pondicherry: Last year a contingent of 60 people descended on JIPMER. After a gap of many years St. Johns won both the Men‟s Hockey and Football tournaments. We also finished runners up overall in the Cultural Events, second only to Christ College, who had a team 3 times as large! Considering the numbers available, the achievements are even more astonishing! This year, our teams leave for JIPMER on the 1st of September. Our students hope to improve last year‟s record. Muse 2008: Born in the Autumn of 1987 at the St. John's Medical College, as an attempt to provide students from all over the country a platform to display their talents, MUSE is now the longest running inter-college fest in Bangalore! Four days of our sports-cum-cultural festival showcases the best of young talent, and is an event enthusiastically looked forward to by every Johnite. MUSE 2008 will be held from 11th to 14th December. Over 80 Colleges are expected to participate and our campus will host more than 20,000 spectators. This year MUSE will support the "Prevent Blindness" campaign of the Department of Ophthalmology.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Reunion of the Batch of 1984: The Batch of 1984 plans to meet at the College premises on the weekend of 1st and 2nd August 2009 to reminisce and celebrate their entry into St. John‟s Medical College 25 years ago. Please contact Bobby Joseph for more information. Mini Reunion planned for January 2009: It is time to start planning for the Alumni Get-together - an event that is held in the month of January once every 3 years. The event is tentatively scheduled for Saturday 24th January 2009. All Alumni and Staff of the Institution are invited along with their families. Pass the word around and plan to meet your classmates on campus on the day. While on the topic - the next Silver Jubilee Celebrations (for the batches of 1983, 1984 and 1985) will be held in August 2010. Watch this newsletter or the website for more news!
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