From the beginning of June 1966 current girl’s residence was ours (boy’s) until the 2nd year when we were relocated to the current men’s west-hostel, the east one was yet to be built. My father bought me a bicycle, so did most the boys, since the Anatomy Block drifted further away for a routine walking from the men’s hostel.
The year was 1969, I think it was around noon during a bright summer, TVMC has just re-opened. I and bunch of my friends were sitting in the parapet wall of the connecting walkway, west of the main stairs between northern and southern wings on the 1st floor, listening to a transistor radio. We were keen on listening to the very first “moon landing” – a live radio broadcast by Mr. Tamil Vanan of Ceylon, what is known now as Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. The astronaut was Neil Armstrong of USA, the landing brought us thrill, excitement and we screamed, whistled, jumped up and down like monkeys and of course we were all puffing Scissors.
It was cool to smoke then, not any more, especially in the Western Countries. I have quit smoking in the very early 80s, have stayed off since then.
Dr.Abdulkader Kulam, an alumnus from the first batch of our college writes in
Dear Dr. Bruno:
I have done my best @ home scanning these precious photos.
Please let your readers know that these photos are “40+ years old” and withstood the ravage of time. In fact 1965 photo looks better than the 1967.
We started our First MBBS in St. Xavier’s College thus we missed girls in our 1965 photo, they studied in Sara Tucker College. From 1966 onwards we became co-educated at our current location and appeared together ever since.
Please acknowledge my name in your web pages under these photos because my living classmates and faculties may wonder who in the world preserved all these photos. They will certainly travel through their memory lanes if they come across your pages.
My name was K.M. Abdulkader, wears a bow tie 3rd from left, second row from top in 1965 photo. I am at 6th from the left, second row from the top in 1967 photo.
I will leave some history in your web pages what was our days like then once you publish these photos. I may send these two attachments separately in case of any difficulty.
A message from an alumnus of the First Batch of our College
They called me "KULAM" then, year was 1965. Mr.Bakthavachalam of Congress Party was our Chief Minister, soon taken over by Mr.C.N. Annadurai of DMK.
I am Abdulkader Kulam, I belong to the first bactch of TVMC medical students, started our Ist MBBS in St.Xaviers College, Palayamkottai. It was Madras State then, we graduated under the University of Madras.
I am close to 60 years now, practicing in USA as an Anesthesiologist since I moved here to Chicago in 1976, just 4 years after my house surgency and stayed here ever since.
I passed my ECFMG in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in in 1975
In my treasure is a group photo of our very First MBBS 1965-1966 of Tirunelveli Medical College. I would love to publish it in your web pages of TVMC Alumni. Right now the picture is in pristine condition but I am afraid eventually nature will deteriorate it if I don't do something. I will try my best to upload the picture from here once if I can digitalize it.
If it fails I would like one of our Nellai Medico friends to come forward to takeover the charge. I will send it to you as long as you promise me to return it to me.
That was really a surprise for me A doctors' day gift from the first batch......
Bidhan Chandra Roy (Bengali: বিধান চন্দ্র রায়) (July 1, 1882 – July 1, 1962) was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal, India. He remained in his post for 14 years as a Congress Party candidate, from January 14, 1948 until his death in 1962. He was a respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta. In India, the Doctors Day is celebrated on the date of his birth (and death) July 1 every year.