Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare said that medicine is not just a profession but a vocation while delivering a digital address to the students of Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC) on the convocation of its 99th batch of students. He said that one should never stop learning and should continuously keep upgrading their knowledge and skills. It is important to show compassion while treating others at the same time. One should never forget their own humanity or their patient’s.
Harsh Vardhan added that the patients were people and not just a collection of specialized body parts. These patients have unique life-experiences, linked to their communities, families, and society, with girls and women having adverse experiences. All of these circumstances have a profound impact on healing and illness.
He also stated that medical education forms the apex of the healthcare pyramid. The quality of health care services in the country for generations to come will be determined by the quality of graduating doctors and specialists. The top priority of this government is to ensure the highest standard of medical education.
Harsh Vardhan, while talking to the students, said that day was not the end of their course of studies but was the beginning of the road that lay ahead. 197 undergraduate students, 7 postdoctoral, and 129 postgraduate students received their degrees.
He said that in the last 104 years of its existence, the college has been a symbol of women’s empowerment in the country. Lady Hardinge alumni occupy positions of pride in India and abroad today. The alumni have made laudable contributions in the fields of health care as well as medical education and brought glory to the institution and the country.