Mid-sea Rescue Mission
The Indian Navy and the Coast Guard at Visakhapatnam responded to a call
for assistance by a Chinese merchant vessel MV OSG Argosy at sea,
550 km South-East off Visakhapatnam.
An incident of burn injuries to three crew members of the vessel was
reported to the Maritime Operations Centre of the Indian Navy. One of them
was serious with 50 to 60 per cent burns. The Coast Guard was contacted by
the Maritime Operations Centre for medical assistance. The Coast Guard
responded by dispatching CGS Rama Devi with Surgeon Lt A K Sinha,
Search and Rescue Medical Officer.
The CGS Rama Devi with the medical team provided medical assistance
to the injured. The merchant vessel resumed its voyage to Singapore after
disembarking the patients at Visakhapatanam.
- PIB (DW)
First College of Rehabilitation Sciences
first ever College of Rehabilitation Sciences is to be set up in the
country in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Council of India and the
Pittsburgh University, USA. The Central Government has ordered for setting
up the College of Rehabilitation Sciences with an objective to integrate
rehabilitation sciences with allied disciplines by providing comprehensive
training programmes for the human resource development in the field of
rehabilitation of disabled . The college is likely to be set up in one of
the areas adjoining Delhi.
proposed college will offer certificate, diploma and post graduate
programme in rehabilitation sciences and technology and track programmes
on various aspects of rehabilitation research. The college will be a
centre for training high level professionals in special education, speech
therapy and audiology, rehabilitation engineering, prosthetics and
orthotics, communication disorder etc.
proposed college aims at developing one thousand high quality
professionals in the field of rehabilitation over a period of five years.
In collaboration with the Pittsburgh University which would involve
transfer of technology and training of professionals, this college would
move towards developing into a full-fledged university and as a centre of
excellence in the field.
Technology for Self-Reliance
Directorate of Standardisation, Ministry of Defence conducted a seminar on
‘Adopting Commercially Off the Shelf (COTS) Technology in Defence
Services’ in Bangalore. The seminar, attended by heads of DRDO
laboratories and senior managers of Defence PSUs, was chaired by the
Additional Secretary, Mr Dhirendra Singh. It was held primarily to
identify strategies to overcome the problems intrinsic in the usage of
non-military standard components.
aim was to bring together the users, designers and defence production
agencies and evolve an action plan for adoption of COTS in the defence
sector. The seminar also aimed to channelise the thoughts and help adopt a
‘United Indian Defence COTS philosophy’ focussing on electronic items
encompassing avionics, mission critical air-borne systems, maintenance,
codification and selection of qualified manufacturers list.
idea behind adopting COTS technology is to encourage industrial grade
component manufacturing agencies to gear up production of components that
are suitable for defence equipment. The approach augurs well with the
recent government decision to open up defence sector to private players.
Moreover, COTS philosophy aims at the government initiative to maximise
utilisation of private sector in Defence.
concept of COTS technology is gaining popularity throughout the world and
more so in India. COTS technology covers all the purchases of the Ministry
of Defence. The items range from such commodities as clothing, boots, nuts
and bolts to sophisticated items like critical and highly complex
technology in the Indian sector can be useful to attain self-reliance
through indigenisation and to cut down costs.
Training for Ex-servicemen
Queen Mary’s Technical Institute (QMTI), Kirkee has offered facilities
to train disabled Service personnel and ex-servicemen to enable them to
lead normal life after retirement. The institute a charitable trust
registered under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950, conducts training in
different vocational courses recognised by National Council. The courses
offered by QMTI include two-year ITI courses in the trades of electrician,
fitter and mechanic TV and radio and one-year ITI course in the trades of
mechanic diesel, welder (gas and electric) and cutting and tailoring. It
also imparts training for motor mechanic and in computer courses.
persons can obtain application form along with prospectus on payment of Rs.
50 from the Queen Mary’s Technical Institute for Disabled Soldiers, Park
Road, Range Hills, Pune - 411010 (Tele : 020-5816779).
: B B Mohan
Gill Passes Away
Gen I S Gill (Retd) passed away at Military Hospital, Chennai. He was 79
years old. Gen Gill was commissioned into the Para Regiment and had held
many important positions in the Army including Army Commander, Western
Command at the time of his retirement in 1980. He was decorated with PVSM
and MC(PARA) for distinguished services.
Gill, son of Lt Col G S Gill (Retd), the founder of the Guru Nanak
College, Vellacheri, was born at Faridkot in Punjab. A recipient of Padma
Bhushan, Gen Gill has been the President of the Guru Nanak College,
Chennai. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and one son.
was cremated with full military honours at the Anna Nagar electric
crematorium. Maj Gen Sudhir Mohan, Commandant, Officers Training Academy,
Brig L S Reddy, Officiating GOC, ATNKK & G Area, Brig Unni Krishnan
Nair, Station Commander, and other senior officers attended the funeral.
part of its golden jubilee celebrations, Navy’s premier hospital INHS
Asvini conducted a continuing medical education and workshop on
"Recent advances and controversies in the practice of Medicine"
in Mumbai. The workshop was inaugurated by Vice Admiral Vinod Pasricha,
the FOC-in-C of Western Naval Command at the TIFR Auditorium, Navy Nagar.
Mrs Uma Pasricha inaugurated a science exhibition.
medical personalities of the country and specialists of Armed Forces
shared their experiences. Three guest lectures by eminent personalities,
seven scientific sessions and three simultaneous workshops with live
demonstration were conducted during this event.
programme included a talk by Dr P K Chowbey, eminent gastrointestinal
surgeon, a debate on open bypass surgery Vs angioplasties between Dr A B
Mehta of Jaslok Hospital and Dr D S Sakesna of Bombay Hospital, a debate
on euthanasia between Dr S N Simha and Dr R H Hiranandani and a special
session on cancer surgery in which doctors from Tata Hospital
participated. An operative workshop with stress on endoscopic and
laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgical procedures was also held.
Admiral Pasricha, in his inaugural address, commended the great service of
the medical community in general and the role of INHS Asvini, in
particular, towards improvement in health. He also stated that the major
modernisation programme of INHS Asvini involving ultra modern facilities
and equipment would be completed by December this year.
Cdr R Madhusoodanan
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