The Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust celebrated nation’s 68th Republic Day with patriotic fervor on 26 January 2017. Cultural programs of dance, drama, song and poetry recitals were presented by the students of the Medical, Paramedical, Nursing, Engineering, and Management Colleges of Swami Rama Himalayan University (SRHU) arousing a feeling of patriotism and unity amongst the audience. The group dance by the campus kids to Unity in Diversity was a major attraction. The skit by the Himalayan College of Nursing on Digital India drew loud cheers of the spectators.

The Chief Guest, Dr. Vijay Dhasmana, Member Presidential Body, HIHT and Hon’ble Vice Chancellor, SRHU hoisted the national flag and took salute of the smartly marching contingents from Medical, Paramedical, Nursing, Engineering, and Management Colleges, Team CRI, Nursing and the Security staff.

Addressing the gathering of students, staff and faculty of the HIHT/SRHU family, Dr. Dhasmana congratulated everyone on the occasion and the efforts put in by the participants in the cultural presentations.

Dr. Dhasmana also outlined impressive progress in the academic field within the various departments of SRHU. He cited plans to start a mass communication school in the near future. A new department of neurosurgery was inaugurated, expansion of OPDs is underway, and construction of a new 300-bed hospital building has begun.

He reiterated that welfare and wellbeing of the student, staff and faculty shall continue to be the foremost objective of the University. The University would now be under continuous surveillance through CCTV cameras. The task of installing CCTV cameras has since begun and gradually the entire campus would be under its coverage.

He said that an audit team, financial, academic and procedural audits has been commissioned to ensure our systems work efficiently and transparently and urged that all departments must fully co-operate with the audit function to bring about better governance and overall benefit to the institution.

Inauguration of “Flying Birds” school within the campus for the kids of construction labor working in the campus took place, wherein meals for poor children are being provided.

Dr. Dhasmana congratulated the Cancer Research Centre for successfully conducting its first bone marrow transplant surgery and informed the gathering of the fact that CRI is the only comprehensive cancer care centre in the entire state of Uttarakhand.

He applauded RDI for being instrumental in spreading the organization’s name across the country and said that it was the dream of the founder H.H. Dr. Swami Rama to provide health, education and income generation to the far flung areas of Garhwal and Kumaon regions. The SWAJAL project of RDI is presently covering 305 villages with safe drinking water and sanitation facility.

Expressing his concern on the continued migration of people from the hilly regions of Uttarakhand, Dr. Dhasmana said the polytechnic college that is being constructed in Toli Village will start its academic session from next year.