June 2008

Foundation laid for JSS Ayurveda College

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today underlined the need to create database of traditional medicinal plants for specific bio-activity and lead for development of new drugs. He was delivering a lecture after unveiling the foundation stone for the JSS Ayurveda Medical College and Hospital Building Complex at Suttur Mutt premises.

New technologies as evidenced by human genome sequencing, proteomics, chemogenomics, ultra high throughput screening is revolutionising drug discovery. Medicinal plants offer enormous scope for development of drugs, he added.

Dr. Kalam also called for development of invitro propagation methods for understudied and unstudied plants, development of an effective network for dissemination of information, training and technology, transfer and post harvest technology, creation of technology parks and demonstration units, development of industries near farming areas for value added products, consortium for collection of raw materials processing and marketing, standardisation of quality parameters, centralised clinical trials and toxicological studies.

Lead India 2020

Dr. Kalam disclosed that he had started a movement called 'Lead India 2020 movement.' "It is indeed a youth movement, with the mission for young students based on the oath which I have specially designed," he added.

"The oath given to the youth by me conveys that the youth can make difference to the society where they are living in the areas of literacy, environment, social justice, minimising rural-urban divide, and work for the national development, while working hard for an individual goal. I insist that small aim is a crime. I see the youth development has multiple dimensions: The youth working hard improving his knowledge with a career goal, can serve the family, can serve the society, can serve the nation to which he or she belongs and can serve the humanity as a whole. All are uniquely connected”, Dr. Kalam said.

Now I would like to administer an oath for the youth since planet Earth is facing many conflicts both natural and man-made. As a youth, all of you have a responsibility to work for universal harmony by ironing out all the causes of conflicts. Are you ready to repeat with me?

Dr. Kalam administered the nine-point oath to the students of JSS Institutions.

The Oath

1. I will have a goal and work hard to achieve that goal. I realise that small aim is a crime.

2 I will always be righteous in the heart which leads to beauty in the character, beauty in the character brings harmony in the home, harmony in the home leads to order in the nation and order in the nation leads to peace in the world.

3. I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity.

4. I will be a good citizen, a good member of my family, a good member of the society, a good member of the nation and hence a good member of the world.

5. I will always try to save or better someone’s life. Wherever I am, a thought will always come to my mind. That is 'What can I give?'

6. I will always protect and enhance the dignity of every human life.

7. I will always remember that 'Let not my winged days, be spent in vain'.

8. I will always work for clean planet Earth and clean energy.

9. As a youth of the Globe, I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all my tasks and enjoy the success of others.

Books released

Sri Balagangadharanatha Swamiji of Adichunchanagiri Mutt released two books on the occasion. The first was "Heart to Heart," a collection of speeches by Dr. Kalam in JSS Institutions and the second was "Kalam Kamaal" Kannada translation of "The Kalam Effect" by PM Nair, translated by Vishveshwara Bhat (Editor of Vijaya Karnataka daily).

Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Swamiji of Suttur Mutt graced the occasion. CCIM Vice President Vaidya Jayaprakash Narayan, Vishweshwara Bhat, Mayor Ayub Khan, former Minister Tanveer Sait, former MLA A.R. Krishnamurthy and several dignitaries were present.

Dr. Kalam, who inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations of Mahajana First Grade College, will return to Bangalore after attending an interaction with the teachers of JSS Medical College at the College premises later in the day today.

KR HOSPITAL DOCTOR ISSUES FAKE BILL FOR RS. 18,000

Even as one has to face hardship to obtain genuine bills after receiving treatment in Government hospitals, an incident in which a KR Hospital doctor has issued a fake bill for Rs. 18,000 to a government employee, who was treated in a nursing home, has been reported.

The doctor charged with issuing the duly signed fake bills has been identified as Dr. Ashok Gupta, serving in the Department of Skin Diseases. The Government employee, who has been issued the fake bills amounting to Rs. 18,000, has been identified as Chandrashekharaiah, a 'D' Group staff in the office of the Assistant Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services on Dhanvantri Road, Mysore. Chandrashekharaiah had been treated at Indira Nursing Home in Vijayanagar first stage following illness. The doctor at the nursing home is learnt to have pleaded his inability to sign the bills needed by the patient for claiming reimbursement of medical expenses and suggested him to obtain the doctor's signature from the doctor in Krishna-rajendra (KR) Hospital. The patient is reported to have deposed to the enquiring officials that after he approached Dr. Ashok Gupta in Emergency Department of K.R. Hospital and explained the situation to him seeking his help by issuing the bills, the doctor issued to him three days later prescriptions and signed medical bills for Rs. 18,000 from Arjun Medicals on Narayana Shastri Road.

Enquiries have revealed that Dr. Gupta has issued prescriptions on 4th of the same month for medicines of two months' requirements and again on 8th and 12th of the month for medicines required for two months on each occasion. However, the medical store which has issued the bills is found to be not there at the address and, therefore, it has been inferred that the doctor himself had issued the fake bills. Further in the backdrop of the prescriptions, medical bills and the form used for claiming the reimbursement of medical bills from Zilla Panchayat submitted by the employee, having the same handwriting, it is thought that the entire job of preparing the fake bill is the handiwork of the same person. The then Chief Executive Officer of Mysore Zilla Panchayat K.R. Niranjan had constituted a committee of enquiry into the case on getting suspicious when the papers relating to the claim for reimbursement of medical expenses came up for counter-signature. Dr. Devdas, Deputy Director, Department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services, was appointed as the Chairman of the Committee. It was found out during the enquiry that Dr. Gupta had received money from Chandrashekharaiah and issued him the fake bills and claim papers with his signatures.

It may be recalled here that Venkatamma, an Assistant cook and Nanjundaswamy, 'D' Group staff of Chidarahalli student hostel, T. Narasipur Taluk, had also obtained fake medical bills from Krishnarajendra Hospital doctors — Dr. Indunathan and Dr. Abdul Ravoof with their signatures — had been suspended. It is also learnt that Sharadamma, First Division Assistant, Office of the Medical Officer, Zilla Panchayat, Mysore, Avvayaar, a First Division clerk, office of Deputy Director, Department of Public Instruction and Kandagannappa, 'D' group staff, had also tried to obtain reimbursement of medical expenses by submitting fake medical bills and got caught.

The District Administration is contemplating on conducting an enquiry into the existence of a racket in KR Hospital engaging itself with preparing fake medical bills for making a fast buck.

PATIENT ABANDONED IN K.R. HOSPITAL PARK

In an inhuman act, a patient was abandoned in the K.R. Hospital Park yesterday.

The person, aged about 25 years, who identified himself as Sekhar of Melkote, working in Mandya, said he was admitted to Srirangapatna General Hospital for treatment due to ill health. He was operated upon a number of times. Later, the hospital staff told him that he was being shifted to K.R. Hospital for further treatment. They brought him to K.R. Hospital in an ambulance and dumped him in the Park instead of admitting him to the hospital. The K.R. Hospital staff declined to admit him saying that the records were incorrect.

The public, who saw the suffering patient, brought this to the notice of the hospital doctors.
Later, he was admitted to the hospital following instructions from the RMO Dr. Pullekar.