Press Release

23rd National Conference of the Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES)
September 2022

0n 16th and  17th September 2022, the Department of Endocrine Surgery, Christian Medical College Vellore is conducting the 23rd National Conference of the Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES). A pre-conference workshop for trainees will take place on 15th September 2022. The highlights of the conference will be orations and talks by international faculty from Australia, Thailand, Sri-Lanka and Geneva who will be connecting via video-link and eminent speakers and faculty from the country. The talks will be centred around topics such as; recent trends, future prospects in management of thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal and pancreatic disorders and state- of- the- art management of malignancies affecting these endocrine organs.

Another highlight of the IAES is the research platform made available for the post-graduates in the branch of Endocrine Surgery and General Surgery to present their research activities in the form of papers and posters which will be judged by the experts.

Apart from the academic sessions there is a special forum organised for the photography enthusiasts amongst the surgeons. ‘Picturesque’ is the right place to display their photographic skills.

The IAES section of the Association of Surgeons of India (ASI) has been termed the best for the past 5 consecutive years.'  This year a participation of 150 members are expected. 


CMC Vellore Ranipet Campus inaugurated by Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M. K. Stalin
June 2022

The Christian Medical College (CMC) Vellore, Ranipet Campus was inaugurated by Thiru M.K Stalin, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 25th June 2022 through videoconferencing.

Thiru Durai Murugan, Hon’ble Minister of Water Resources of Tamil Nadu and Thiru Jagathrakshakan, Lok Sabha MP were present at the inaugural program along with the Director of CMC, Dr. JV Peter, Associate Director, Dr. Vikram Mathews and Public Relations Officer Mr. Durai Jasper. The MLA of Arcot Thiru JL Eswarappan and the District Collector Thiru Baskara Pandian were present at the Ranipet campus during the program

Phase 1 of the project includes 1500 beds that provide quaternary medical and surgical services. The facility is equipped with 35 operating theatres, 250 intensive care unit beds, cancer services, cardiac catheterization laboratories, 29 bone-marrow transplant unit beds, well-equipped blood storage and donor facility, 50 dialysis beds, high-end diagnostic and therapeutic radiology and state-of-the-art laboratories.

The facility would provide comprehensive trauma care in order to address the recent epidemic of road traffic accidents and bring about locally relevant and comprehensive healthcare solutions for victims of accidents.The trauma care centre would provide 24-hour emergency services and would be supported by a fully equipped radiology suite, 6 co-located operating theatres and 2 intensive care units with 29 beds dedicated for accident victims. 

The campus is planned as a green campus and has a Zero-Waste water discharge system with sewage treatment and effluent treatment plants to recycle and reuse water. For power supply, 30% of the demand load will be met through solar panels. All extra-low voltage will be based on IP networking, thus putting in place a Digital Blanket for the entire hospital. The engineering services will be centrally monitored using advanced Building Management Systems.

The Ranipet campus was used during the first two waves of the COVID pandemic as a surge facility at the request of the District administration. 

As part of Phase 2, a 350-bed Pediatric Specialty Centre is planned with support from Fairfax Financial Holdings and Quess Corp. There is also a proposal to create a Research and Innovation Block to enhance the institutional research capacity. 


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MoA Signed to Set-up Speciality Paediatric Centre at CMC’s Ranipet Campus
May, 2022





Christian Medical College Vellore today announced the signing of an MoA with Canada-based Fairfax Financial Holdings and Bengaluru-based Quess Corp, to set up a Paediatric Centre at its new campus in Ranipet district. The two companies have pledged 300 crores to set up a ‘CMC Vellore Paediatric Speciality Centre’. The centre which will have 350 beds in its initial phase, and covering a range of medical and surgical paediatric speciality services, will be located in the ‘Fairfax-Quess Block’. Apart from treatment, the centre will also focus on training and research. 

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. J. V. Peter, Director, CMC Vellore, said, “This is an important moment in the history of Christian Medical College Vellore. Right from its inception in 1900, CMC has played a defining role in identifying healthcare needs in India and providing solutions. We believe that paediatric specialisation is the next priority for our country. We are confident that this project would be a game-changer in paediatric specialisation”. 

Dr. Peter thanked Mr. Prem Watsa, Chairman of Fairfax, for the confidence he has placed on CMC Vellore to continue to play a transformative role in healthcare in India. He also thanked Mr. Ajit Isaac, Chairman, Quess, for his support and interest in positively impacting the lives of children with specialised healthcare needs. 

The Paediatric Speciality Centre is a Phase 2 project of the Christian Medical College Vellore Ranipet Campus. The Phase 1 project, to be commissioned in the next couple of months, would focus on comprehensive trauma care in order to address the recent epidemic of road traffic accidents, as well as to bring about locally relevant and comprehensive healthcare solutions for victims of accidents. The campus will include 1500 beds, a Level 1 Trauma Care Centre with 6 dedicated theatres for accident victims, quaternary care medical and surgical services, high-end radiology services, cardiac catheterization laboratories, 250 intensive care unit beds, well-equipped blood storage and donor facility, 29 bone-marrow transplant unit beds, 50 dialysis beds, 35 operating theatres and state-of-the-art laboratory services.  

The campus has a Zero-Waste water discharge system with sewage treatment and effluent treatment plants to recycle and reuse water. For power supply, 30% of the demand load will be met through solar panels. All extra-low voltage will be based on IP networking, thus putting in place a Digital Blanket for the entire hospital. The engineering services will be centrally monitored using advanced Building Management Systems.

During the COVID pandemic, the District administration requested CMC to run a COVID facility in the Ranipet campus. A 400-bed COVID-care facility was opened at the Ranipet Campus. During the first wave, asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients were admitted while during the second wave, due to the huge need, patients with severe illness were also treated here and three ICU pods were additionally commissioned for this purpose

Nursing Graduation 2022
March, 2022


College of Nursing, CMC, Vellore celebrating its 112 years of nursing education, Platinum Jubilee of BSN Program, Diamond Jubilee of MSN & PBBSC Program, Silver Jubilee of Ph.D Program is also marking an important event in the history of CMC on 22nd March, 2022 where 306 nursing students are graduating (B.Sc-99, Diploma-99, P.B.B.Sc-49, PBD-32, M.Sc 27). The Chief guest Dr. Dileep Kumar, President, Indian Nursing Council, New Delhi and former Nursing Advisor to the Government of India in his convocation address congratulated the graduates and accentuated that the graduates are fortunate to receive the degree from India’s first established Nursing College.

Dr. Dileep informed that the responsibilities of the graduates have increased multifold because they are graduating from an institution which is known for its notable features such as provision of good quality care, implementation of a successful Nurse run Public Health Model impacting primary health care and improved socio economic condition of the community, WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Development in SEAR, involvement of prominent leaders in policy table and above all a pioneer in practicing dual role of Nursing ie. Teaching and practice to bridge the gap between education and service. He also highlighted on Indian Nursing Council activities and initiatives for Nursing and Midwifery Development in India.

In his address, he insisted the graduates to grab various opportunities available for higher education through different programs rolled out by the Indian Nursing Council such as Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Specialist. He inspired the graduates to develop the habit of updating their knowledge and skills periodically to work effectively in clinical practice and community.  As a concluding remark he invited the graduates to inculcate the passion for learning and sharing the knowledge with others. He emphasized that the current graduates are the future leaders of Nursing.

Ms. A. Kuruvilla prize for the best outgoing student, Alice Gnanamuthu memorial gold medal for the best all round student and SJA. Madhabi Chakravarty memorial prize for the best academic student in B.Sc Nursing programme went to Ms. Richu Sairah Manoj. Alice Jane David Memorial Gold Medal for the all round student in Diploma Nursing Programme was bagged by Ms. Sherlee Sneha. A. The best outgoing student in the Diploma Nursing program gold medal by College of Nursing and SJA. Madhabi Chakravarty memorial prize awarded to Ms. Yazhini. B.

Dr. J.V. Peter, Director, CMC welcomed the gathering, and introduced the Chief Guest. Dr.Solomon Sathish Kumar, Principal, CMC distributed the prizes to the undergraduate and postgraduate students. Dr. Vathsala Sadan, Dean, College of Nursing gave charge to the graduates and Mrs. Jeyalindha Christopher, Associate Nursing Superintendent presented the college pins to the graduates.

CMC Vellore inaugurates Advanced Research Facility in Rehabilitation Engineering
February, 2022

 




















CMC’s Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) recently inaugurated the Centre for Advanced Technology-Enabled Rehabilitation (CATER). The centre, an advanced research facility in rehabilitation engineering, aims to provide cost-effective solutions for low-resource healthcare sectors and economically disadvantaged communities. A Cognitiometry Laboratory to further brain rehabilitation research was also inaugurated on the occasion. 


The PMR department, started in 1964 with an inpatient facility to rehabilitate people with complex disabilities, was the first of its kind in India. Padma Shri Mary Varghese, CMC alumna and paraplegic hand surgeon who set up the department, later expanded its services in 1966, with the establishment of the first inpatient Rehabilitation Institute of the country. 

The department, which also set up India’s first movement analysis laboratory in 1989, has spearheaded several technological innovations to alleviate the burden of disability, with support from the government - the Departments of Science & Technology (DST) and  the Biotechnology ( DBT), the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). CATER, the Centre for Advanced Technology-Enabled Rehabilitation (CATER), was inaugurated by Dr. T. M. Kotresh, Director, Defence Bio-Engineering & Electro Medical Laboratory (DEBEL),  DRDO, Bangalore and Dr. Anna Pulimood, former Principal, CMC Vellore. Dr. Rajdeep Ojha, innovation lead at CATER, gave demos of the 3D force plate and multichannel wireless EMG that were developed in-house. Dr. Kotresh, along with DRDO scientists Dr. Mohanvelu and Dr. Sripathy, congratulated the efforts of the CATER team, and lauded the services of CMC, particularly in the area of rehabilitation. 

Prof. Manivannan M, from scientist at the Experiential Innovation Center, IIT Madras, who inaugurated the Cognitiometry Laboratory spoke about the immense benefit to the community by such research centres in clinical settings. .Dr. Suranjan Bhattacharji, former Director, CMC Vellore and former Head, PMR, recalled the contributions of various luminaries like Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, who worked on orthotics devices made of carbon fibre, and Dr. P. K. Sethi, co-inventor of the ‘Jaipur Foot’, an inexpensive and flexible artificial limb. 

Others present included Dr. Jacob George, Head of PMR, who welcomed the guests and Dr. K. Prasad Mathews, Medical Superintendent, CMC Vellore, who felicitated the team for their in-house innovations that could change the course of disability in the country.