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FROM THE DESK OF PATRON-IN-CHIEF-SAARC ACADEMY OF CYTOPATHOLOGY AND HISTOPATHOLOGY (SACH)- HISTORY OF SACH

Dr. Mohammad Zillur Rahman, Head & Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong, Bangladesh organized an exemplary, successful and memorable International Conference 0n 21st and 22nd October, 2012 at Chittagong. It was hosted by Department of Pathology, Chittagong Medical College, Chittagong Medical College Teachers Association and Bangladesh Academy of Pathology. I was invited as one of the faculty members and was honored to deliver prestigious Dr. K. M. Nazrul Islam Oration.
In Chittagong, I met eminent pathologists from Aga Khan University, Pakistan, pathologists from India and stalwarts from Bangladesh. I was moved by the hospitality of people of Bangladesh. It came in my mind why not to bring cytopathologists and histopathologists from Pakistan, Bangladesh , India and regional SAARC countries under one roof. I put forward my thought to senior pathologist Dr. Shahid Pervez, Prof and Head, Department of Pathology, Aga Khan University, Pakistan and to Dr.Zillur. Organizing Secretary and young dynamic pathologist from Bangladesh. The message was conveyed to all the faculty members. All immediately agreed but we had only very short time to formulate and execute. We all sat together and formed a small organization comprising faculty members from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. We anonymously elected Dr. Shahid Pervez as President, Dr.R.G.Wiseman Pinto as Vice- President and Dr. Zillur Rahman as Secretary General. All other faculty members from India (Dr. Kaushal Kishor Prasad and Dr.Asitava Mondal ), Pakistan (Dr. Rashida Ahmed, Dr Naila Kayani) and Bangladesh (Dr. Mohammed Kamal , Dr.Maleeha Hussain) were elected as executive members. Dr. Shahid Pervez, Hon’ble President wanted me as Patron-in Chief. I am grateful for the honor bestowed on me.
The name of the organization was proposed by our Secretary General, Dr Zillur as “ SAARC ACADEMY OF CYTOPATHOLOGY AND HISTOPATHOLOGY (SACH)”. All agreed to his proposal. We returned after a sweet memorable and historical event.
From the very next day onwards each and every member of SACH worked tirelessly with lots of enthusiasm and left no stone unturned to bring other SAARC countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives under one umbrella of SACH. We are very pleased to feel the pulse and response from our neighboring countries for enrichment of this academy.
A small meeting was hosted at Goa on 8th February, 2013 by Dr.R.G. Wiseman Pinto. It was decided that the inauguration , launch and 1st Conference of SACH will be held on 14th November,2013 at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh and Dr. Zillur Rahman will be the Convener.
SACH was inaugurated with flying colors on 14th November,2013 at Chittagong Medical College, Bangladesh. The event was inaugurated by Hon’ble Prof. Pran Gopal Dutta, Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Seikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Bangladesh . This was followed by two days scientific sessions and a post conference workshop on IHC organized by Japanese delegates from Kobe University and Hospital, Japan on 16th November, 2013. First SACH Oration was delivered by Prof. Shahid Pervez from Aga Khan University, Pakistan and First SACH Diagnostic Slide Seminar was conducted on CNS Tumors by Prof.Asitava Mondal from India.The office bearers and executive members of SACH were selected anonymously. It was decided in EC and GB meeting that SACH will be active from 1st January,2014 The Conference concluded with a colorful valedictory function. A standing ovation was given to Dr.Zillur Rahman for his immense contribution to SACH and organizing such a colorful, successful and ever memorable Conference. All the members and delegates will again meet in the 2nd SACH Conference to be held at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh on 31st October and 1st November,2014. The Conference will be organized by our Secretary General of SACH, Dr.Zillur Rahman.
PROF. ASITAVA MONDAL
MBBS, MD (PGI, Chandigarh)
Patron-in Chief of SACH
Consultant Clinical Cytologist and Oncopathologist, Kolkata, India
Former Professor, Department of Pathology, NIH, Govt. of India.
Former Clinical Cytologist and Oncopathologist, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata
Former Consultant Cytologist and Oncopathologist, Thakurpukur Cancer Centre, Kolkata
Former Clinical Cytologist and Oncopathologist. SVS Marwari Hospital & Cancer Centre, Kolkata