UK Envoy: Use Knowledge to Make World a Better Place
‘Never stop learning,’ ‘be brave to be different,’ ‘value your network, and ‘never forget where you came from.’ These were the messages from the British Deputy High Commissioner Bharat Joshi to the outgoing graduates of the College of Nursing attached to the Christian Medical college here on Tuesday.
Delivering the Graduation Day address, Bharat told the graduates to take risks and try different approaches just like their alma mater. “You are in a field that is developing all the time and staying in touch with development will be the key,” he told them. He further said, “You have the power to make this world a better place.”
Complimenting the global reputation enjoyed by the CMC which has the credit of having performed the first reconstructive surgery for leprosy in 1948; the country’s first successful open heart surgery in 1961; established the first college of nursing in 1978; first kidney transplant in 1971; first bone marrow transplant in 1986; and the first incompatible kidney transplant in 2009, Bharat Joshi said, “You are standing on the shoulders of giants and get ready to become the masters of the universe.”
Underlining the importance of investing in relationships, the diplomat said, “A huge part of the work that the British Deputy High Commissioner does is about supporting partnerships between the UK and Indian organisations because they added value to people.”
Bharat Joshi said CMC had produced a large number of UK-Indian joint research publications through its links with University College, London, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. CMC had also won the UK India Educational Research Funding in 2011 and 2012 to work with Imperial College of Sciences, Technology and Medicine and the University of Aberdeen, he added. “We want to work with you, generating partnerships with the best UK institutions,” he further said.
CMC director Dr Sunil Chandy welcomed the gathering. Dean of the College of Nursing, Rosaline Jayakaran read out the ‘charge to the outgoing graduates and post graduates.’ Ninety-six students of diploma in nursing, 54 in B Sc in Nursing and 32 post graduates received their graduation certificates.