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6th August, 2017
Head of institutes or associations should avoid chairing routine meetings
Dr KK Aggarwal
 
Some days back I attended a function, where Prof NK Ganguly, Former Director General (ICMR) also spoke. 
 
He said something very interesting. He said that he tried to avoid chairing committee meetings as the head of the organization unless absolutely required to do so.
 
"I preferred constituting expert committees instead as I can't be an expert in all fields." The reasoning behind this approach is clear. If the head of the institution is chairing an expert committee meeting, all those attending the meeting hesitate to speak up and they tend to defer to the views of the institute head. "I want their views, not just my views,"he said.
 
It was a lesson for me. At IMA we have different committees, each with different assigned functions such as family welfare, medical education, medical ethics, anti-quackery, rural health and national plans, to name a few and each with a designated Chair.
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New Delhi, 05 August 2017: India has already been accorded the status of the diabetes capital of the world, with about 65 million Indians suffering from this disorder. Statistics indicate that about 40% of those with diabetes will suffer from diabetic retinopathy at some point in time. As per the IMA, although diabetic retinopathy was always one of the associated complications of diabetes, its incidence has seen a rise in recent years. The condition can exacerbate if steps are not taken on time.
 
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