Year : 2021 | Volume
: 25 | Issue : 5 | Page : 369--370
Technology is a boon when it connects people
Department of Periodontology, D.A.V. Dental College and Hospital, Yamunanagar, Haryana, India
Department of Periodontology, D.A.V. Dental College and Hospital, Yamunanagar, Haryana
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“Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.”
When I took charge as a president in 2019 in Bangalore, I had a lot of doubts related to the way the society operates as a unit and it seemed to be overwhelming to plan the various events that the society has been routinely doing. Fortunately, I had unflinching support from my fellow colleagues at the Head Office as well as the EC members who had full faith in me. We had planned the usual events that the society carries out along with some unique programmes that would serve as a silver lining in the clouds. It started as routine line of events with scientific activities in Alipurdwar, West Bengal and then Sameeksha at Yamuna Nagar. And then the worst pandemic that the Mankind has ever experienced struck. The whole planning collapsed as life came to a total halt and standstill. But I believe life has its own norms like the flow of water and if you block it in one way, it finds other way to flow and cannot be stopped. We, being scientific entities, could not plan the normal physical mode of the knowledge exchange and as with other establishments. shifted to the digital mode. Initially, it was a substitute for the usual events in the physical mode and was supposed to be somewhat of a compromise; but over time, we could explore the advantages of the digital mode with no restrictions on organising lectures from distant areas along with the number of experts that we could rope in for the benefit of our members. A series of lectures organised by ISP and delivered by the topmost faculty members all around the globe proved to be the most benefitting activity of the society and was applauded by one and all. There was hardly any aspect of periodontology that was not touched by these series. As an added advantage every event was planned with a feedback form from the students to gain an insight into the best possible way of dissemination of knowledge in the present generation. Due to limited scientific activity in a physical mode in 2019-2020, it was declared as the zero year by a consensus of the EC members. Apart from no restrictions on the quality and quantity of the scientific interactions, the next year proved to be no different but by then it seemed normal to have the scientific activities by the digital mode and some of our routine activities were made possible by the diligent plan makers of our society, including some rapid revision courses and the half yearly PG convention and we have our Annual Conference by the Pune Study group also in a digital platform.
The experience of these two years has been amazing for me. It has strengthened my belief in humanity as our species have, from time immemorial, come together in periods of distress to work towards common good. It has highly enriched my knowledge as to how humans have from times immemorial worked together in groups for a common good. As the human consciousness has evolved over time, we have refined our tools and techniques to make life easier and scientific aspect has adopted a two-pronged approach related to not only breakthrough inventions but also to innovative methods to apply this knowledge in our day-to-day life. Our society has been the pioneer in many new projects and other societies have followed the ways of our working at the ground level. I would like to convey to our budding periodontists that they should be proud to have chosen a branch which has an unlimited potential to grow in any of the field you are interested in, be it research, academics or clinical practice. You can achieve any goal or any landmark you wish to by the sheer determination and focussed hard work.
I would like to thank all my colleagues, my seniors, my juniors and my students who have made this venture very interesting and a pleasing experience for me.
I wish the best of luck to our next ISP team to take the society to higher levels and strive for perfection in academics, public dissemination of preventive methods and clinical aspects of our field. I strongly believe that human potential is unlimited and we only need to focus to achieve the ultimate. This isn't a goodbye, but simply a thank you for your continued participation and constant encouragement. I look forward to working with you all, albeit not from the standpoint of a commander-in-chief, but a humble sepoy.