50th National Conference, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Kolkata, January 17, 2013
Dr. C. P. Bansal
National IAP President, 2013
Honorable Chief Guest – Respected Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Sir; Worthy Guest of Honor Dr Dilip Mahalanabis, Esteemed office bearers of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) on the Dias – Executive Board members, Office bearers of different state and city branches, Distinguished guests of the evening – including President of American Academy of Pediatrics Dr ThomasMcInerny, National Neonatology Forum President-elect Dr Ajay Gambhir, Respected Past presidents of IAP, Honorable teachers of Pediatrics, Dearest members of the Academy, Guests from SAARC countries, Dear delegates and PG students, Friends from Media, Ladies and gentlemen: It is my profound privilege to welcome you all to this 50th Conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP) –The Golden Jubilee PEDICON.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics was established in 1962, in Patna, Bihar with less than 100 pediatricians as its members. Today, in the year 2012 there are over 20,000 members across the country. It has State, District, and City level branches. The Academy has promoted different specialties in the field of Pediatrics through it various Chapters.
The IAP is the only association of Pediatricians in India as compared with other organizations of medical specialties that are often fragmented and segmented. This indicates the unity that the association has been able to maintain among its members over the past 46 years.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics is committed to the improvement of the health and well being of all children. For this purpose the Academy dedicates its efforts and resources.
The Academy shall strive for the achievement of the optimum growth, development and health in the physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual realms of all children irrespective of diversities of their backgrounds. The Academy shall fulfill the mission through the following activities.