Government Medical College Chandigarh Old Students Association





This is the Editorial from September 2005 issue of Connections

Reviewing the entries submitted for the “Writing Competition” was quite an experience and I was carried back in time to my GMCH days. Though almost 10 years have passed since we, the first batch, graduated, it seems as if it was yesterday. I would like to thank the contemporary batches to help me relive those wonderful times.

Divyanshoo Rai Kohli (2003 batch) submitted an article on his experience at PULSE, which took me down memory lane. The first inter-college festival that GMCH went to was SYNAPSE ‘92 (MAMC, New Delhi). We were the only batch, and with more than half of us away, there was no one to teach and the college literally shut down for a week. I remember being a part of the chosen group pleading before our then Director Principal, Dr JS Chopra, for permission to go for this event. Of course, once he agreed, we kept on negotiating further and in the end also managed to take the college bus…a brand new Swaraj Mazda van. But with the van came the package of accompanying faculty. We scrambled to find someone who we felt would be there but not be there. And finding that someone was a difficult task as we had to choose from the only 10 or so available faculty, and finally Prof OP Mahajan (then head of Physiology) and Dr Kanchan Kapoor (who was then Demonstrator in Anatomy) volunteered to come with us. Bubbling with juvenile enthusiasm with no prior experience, we participated in almost every event, did make a fool of ourselves at times, and surprisingly did win quite a few prizes. We won the ‘Treasure Hunt’ (much to the consternation of MAMCites), came second in the ‘Street Play’, won individual prizes in acting (Jaswinder Singh), cartoon making (Navneet Majhail), solo singing (Jagdeep Babra) and group singing (Devinder Singh, Harpreet Singh and Ramandeep Padda). There are a lot of hilarious anecdotes associated with these and other events we participated in, but our ‘Choreography’ stole the show. Little did we realize that our parody on the Gulf War using Hindi filmi songs would not compare to the more serene coordinated professional compositions of others, but the crowd loved it. And though we did not win a prize in this event, the accolades showered on us by the audience were compensation enough.

And it was quite an eye-opener to see medical college life outside the cocoon of GMC Chandigarh. The all-night dance parties and the ogling of opposite genders were among the other extra-extra-curricular activities we indulged in. Then there were the extra-extra-extra-curricular activities like giving refuge to the GMC Patiala men’s hockey team after they had beaten up the MAMC team during a game. A lot more happened; happenings that most batches encounter and keep to themselves. We realized that there was life in medical college beyond Gray’s Anatomy and the sub-stages. We also came back triumphant, with a sense of accomplishment, accompanied with a few prizes despite having no guidance or prior experience, and also with a few more gray hairs and the determination to learn from our mistakes. SYNAPSE ’92 begun as an addiction and was followed by PULSE and many more and continued, at least for me, till late into my residency, for the AIIMS hostel where I lived was the core and life line for PULSE. But SYNAPSE ’92 was the first step in making GMCH more visible outside Chandigarh, and I feel proud to see that this legacy has been continued by the subsequent batches.

Navneet Majhail

(Class of '91)




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