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2 months ago

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Day 13, March 24 - Dame Mary Edith Brown's birthday and CMC Ludhiana's Founder's Day. Happy birthday and happy Founder's Day!

The day began with a special Founder's Day chapel service at which Bill Virgin brought the message and Val & Doug Virgin sang, interveaving 2 songs, “He Reigns” & “I Have Decided To Follow Jesus”. This fit in well with the theme “My Work is for a King”. We were also pleased to have fellow Canadians, Linnea Good & David Jonson along with their son Patrick with us for a good part of the day!

The official sesquicentennial ceremonies and celebrations began at 11AM and were held under the same large shamiana as the convocation. There were dignitaries from the local community, former administrators, Delhi, sister college, CMC Vellore, Australia and, of course ourselves from Canada. See the photo captions for a little more detail.

This was followed by a luncheon where Bill and Doug were able to speak with Dr. Richard Daniel who studied here in the 50’s when Dr. William Virgin was a professor. Richard told us he was in the student group that met in the Virgin’s home each week meaning Bill & Doug had met him when they were children on the CMC campus! Richrad went on to become an Opthamologist and served as Director for a time at CMC as well.

After this, Dr. Clarence Samuel brought Pastor Mani and two young women who had recently taken and graduated from the first Learn And Uplift Foundation online course offered through CMC.

We had dinner with George Joseph who runs a boarding school for children from the homes of families who have a member with leprosy. These children are shunned and excluded from society even though they are not infected and are excluded from attending a regular school. George and his team provide education so the children can then enter the mainstream of society as young adults.

Then it was time to finish packing and prepare to leave Ludhiana the next morning.
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2 months ago

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Day 12 - Saturday March 23 - In the morning, we went back to see the Vice Principal of the Allied Health Sciences College, Vidya Sagar, to update him on what funds were available for awarding our first recipient(s) of this scholarship and then had some free time to catch up things, sort out our upcoming travel etc.

In the evening we were treated to the all original musical, "Badi Miss Sahib", telling the story of Edith Brown, her call to India, the plight of women at the time and how CMC Ludhiana came to be. Students and staff wrote the script and the songs telling the story, sometimes in very moving scenes and sometimes with humour.
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Day 11 - Friday March 22 - The day started with a service and reception for the alumni batch of 1969 (50 year reunion) and the batch of 1988 (25 year reunion).

In the afternoon, convocation was held for the Medical College, Nursing College, Physiotherapy College and Dental College followed by another reception.
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Day 10, Thursday March 21 - First thing, we visited the Vice Principal of Allied Health Sciences whare our newest scholarship is about to be awarded for the first time this year - we're excited to see this happening!

Then we were off to the College of Nurses Alumni ceremonies. This is where the existing alumni welcome the new nursing graduates into their Alumni Association. There were lots of formalities and speeches but also a lot of fun with the "entertainment" part of the programme - 2 skits, singing, dancing etc. As it turns out, the Nursing College are celebrating 130 years of nursing education - nursing training started 5 years before medical training under the two Greenfield sisters who were here in Ludhiana before Dr. Edith Brown. Edith joined in working with them when she arrived. We were honoured as "overseas guests", were give bouquets of flowers, asked to present trophies to the students and Val brought greetings from the Vellore Ludhiana Committee of Canada and a little message to the graduating nurses.

We wrapped up the day having dinner with chaplain Rev. Ambrose Rogers and his wife Juliette. On the way there we crossed the field where Bill and Doug used to fly kites as kids living here in the 50's. It wan't surrounded by buildings then but it is still there.
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Day 9 - March 20 - Our first stop was to the Cardiology department where Bill was giving a seminar on the value of a human life after which we were given a tour of the department by Dr. Rajnesh Calton. He came and did a fellowship in Toronto and then returned to CMC Ludhiana and modeled the CMC cardiology department after the Canadian department he worked in. He is also the cousin of our former committee member, Rakesh Calton.

We had a little time before lunch so we explored the massive tent complex that was being set up for convocation ceremonies and the 125 year celebrations. These tent systems are traditional in India and are called shamianas (not sure of spelling). In any case they are large and colourful!

We then had lunch with Joy and her elderly father. Joy's family have been associated with CMC Ludhiana over several generations - she has a brother on staff, Dr. John Pramod and a niece who will be graduating from CMC on Friday. Her 95 year old father took over the mobile lending library that Zelma Virgin used to visit the wards with in the 50's.

We then met with Dr. Subhash Singla who has been "our man on the ground" in Ludhiana, helping us in communicating with departments and making sure things don't fall between the cracks and get done.

Val & Doug then went to the very busy, very chaotic, Chaura Bazzar to do a little shopping in the able hands of Renuka from the Fellowship Department. She found the stores with the things we were looking for and provided a firm position when it came to settling on a price! Auto rikshaw going, bicycle rikshaw coming back.
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