Secretary General Speaks

Dr. Umashankar Nagaraju


At the outset , I thank you all for the trust reposed in me to take the onerous responsibility of the post of Honorary Secretary General of IADVL and I assure you all that I will put my best possible efforts to take our beloved IADVL to newer heights. I must thank my immediate predecessor, energetic and ever enthusiastic Dr Shyamanta Barua, for his ready help and guidance in this transition phase.

We have important initiatives as agenda for the current year. To mention a few, we have initiated the Legal cell for IADVL; ITAQ which began last year needs to be strengthened and this is one of the most important and challenging task for which support of all members is needed with good spirit; finalize the constitution draft and get the final copy printed; and to educate the public all over India on myths associated with various skin diseases as well as against misuse of topical corticosteroids with the help of ITATSA; to introduce YUVA DERMA, a resident forum at each state and to bring these under the umbrella of RESIDENT CONNECT.

IADVL General Body has resolved to do away with postal ballot and move to exclusive e-voting from this year.  I assure you to put my best efforts to promote e-voting and register the maximum LMs as e-voters this year to make the election process more participatory and representative than ever. The most important challenge before us is to get the remaining 5000 odd LMs to register as e-voters over the next 6 months. I am sure with the commitment shown so far by Dr.Shymanta as Chairman and Dr,Vijay Zawar as convener of E- voting committee will do this.

We shall also focus enrolling making more IADVL members to DVL Welfare trust and to the highest numbers to get benefit from the scheme

Our academy has been functioning at its best and I assure you all that having Dr.Seetharam as chairman and Dr. Deepika Pandhi as Convener, Academy would surpass the benchmark set by previous Academy.

Our General Body meeting held in January 2018 Kochi has decided to have a new logo design and an IADVL song for our association. The steps to implement those were initiated with great zeal.

For effective implementation of all these tasks, I seek constant support of all members especially state branch Presidents and Secretaries throughout the year.

I am also looking forward to take IADVL to international platforms and make it popular on par with other major international associations like AAD and EADV.

I am fortunate to have highly experienced President Dr. Ramesh Bhat, President Elect, Dr.P. Narasimha Rao and Immediate Past President Dr.Yogesh Marfatia. With Dr.Shashikumar being treasurer I also assure to strengthen IADVL financially. In addition we are also gifted with other efficient Executive Committee members which include Vice Presidents Dr. Mukesh Girdar and Dr.Jagadish Sakhiya along with our two energetic young joint secretaries Dr.Dinesh Kumar P and Dr.Prashant Palwade. We are committed to work hard together with more zeal for the welfare of IADVL.

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success!”.

Long live IADVL !

Dr. Umashankar Nagaraju
Honorary Secretary General, IADVL (2018)

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