Shri Dhiru S Mehta, President Kasturba Health Society welcomed the guest of honor, Smt Shobhana Ranade and the large gathering of staff and students of MGIMS. He shared few glimpses of his close association with the revered Gandhian. He expressed his gratitude to Dr Sushila Nayar for conceiving and nurturing such a distinguished institute in rural healthcare. He also spoke of her fervent enthusiasm and passion for community based rural healthcare.
Padma Bhushan Smt Shobhana Ranade, a veteran Gandhian Social Worker, who had known Dr Sushila Nayar from close angles for several decades was invited to address the audience on this occasion. She gave a memorial lecture on Dr Sushila Nayar in the college auditorium, attended by faculty, students and staff of the institute. She shared with the audience Dr Sushila Nayar’s several qualities- passion for making healthcare accessible to rural people, her strong views on growing menace of alcohol in the society, her convictions, determination and courage to fight for what she was morally right and her compassion for patients struck by leprosy. Marking the occasion, she encouraged the students to follow the suit of the torch bearer.