CM Pema Khandu at 70th National Conference (NATCON’70) and International Colloquium

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on November 30 expressed concern over the fact that many post-graduate seats in the anatomy department of medical education have no takers and called for encouraging medical students and professionals to take up PG courses in anatomy.

Speaking at the inaugural function of the 70th National Conference (NATCON’70) and International Colloquium, organized by TRIHMS under the banner of Anatomical Society of India (ASI) in Itanagar, CM Khandu underscored the importance of anatomy in medical science.

“Without anatomy medical science is incomplete. Hence there’s a need to create awareness and encourage medical students to go for its PG courses so that health services have no dearth of anatomy specialists,” he observed.

Khandu also called for creating awareness on donation of body after death for medical education.

Observing that TRIHMS, the only medical college in the state, has just 4-5 bodies for anatomy classes, he said that people must be educated on the great help they will be rendering to medical science by donating bodies after death.

“People, specially of our state which is hundred percent tribal, should be made aware of the enormous amount of service they will be giving for progress of medical education and research by donating bodies after death,” he said.

Expressing gratitude to the Anatomical Society of India for giving the opportunity to Arunachal Pradesh to host its national level conference at Itanagar, Khandu said that as the chief minister he takes pride in showcasing the state government’s commitment to advancing medical knowledge and research.

“The fact that it is only the second time in the 70 years history of ASI that NATCON is being held in the Northeast and first time in Arunachal Pradesh makes the event more significant for us,” he added.

Khandu expressed hope that the conference will serve as a platform for exchange of ground breaking ideas, fostering collaboration among experts in the field of anatomy.

“Faculty and students of our only medical college will have chance to interact with national and international figures of the subject that will not only enhance their knowledge but also inspire them to excel in their chosen field of medical profession,” he said.

With more than 350 faculty delegates from across India and abroad sharing their professional information and knowledge during the conference, Khandu noted that the event will be a great milestone in the field of anatomy especially for young medical professionals and research scholars.

“TRIHMS will definitely benefit from technology transfer in the fields of ‘technique of plastination and body preservation’, ‘gene technology’ and ‘digital learning and training in anatomy and allied sciences,” he observed.

More than 100 scientific papers will be presented in the 4-day conference, which also includes an international colloquium. Delegates have come from 10 countries besides India, which are US, Denmark, Australia, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, Malaysia, West Indies, Oman and UAE.

Arunachal Pradesh health minister Alo Libang was also present on the occasion.

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