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Dr P N Tandon
President,
National Brain Research Centre
Nainwal More, Haryana
 
DoctorNDTV: What, according to you, are the attributes of a good doctor?
Dr P N Tandon: Competence, caring, compassionate, in addition a person should be up-to-date in knowledge and technically skilful.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: What is your opinion about medical training in India? Why are we not able to retain talent?
Dr P N Tandon: Most Medical Schools are information transferring, promoting rote-learning and lack inspiring teachers. Most of whom have strapped learning themselves.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: Do you think health information websites are useful? Your views about DoctorNDTV?
Dr P N Tandon: Properly formulates and updated these could be useful. However, I am afraid I have never used either DoctorNDTV or any other website.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: Could you describe your typical working day.
Dr P N Tandon: As you are aware I am superannuated and do not peruse medical practice, however my day is still begins at 6 a.m. and ends at 10 p.m. On an average day, I am not committed to any committee meeting; I am spending approximately 8 hours in reading and writing. Approximately 2 to 3 days a week I am still occupied with committee work for various scientific agencies, organisation and academies. My reading though pre-dominantly concerns the broad area of Neuroscience, both basic and clinically, but it is not restricted only to this but extends to areas of social concerns like higher education promotion of science and policy issues related to this.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: Do you think the All India Institute has lived up to its initial promise of being a premier medical college?
Dr P N Tandon: In my opinion, even though AIIMS remains unquestionably the best medical institution. However, undue political interference compromising the principle of merit being the only criteria for selection and promotion of its faculty and undue demand on its clinical servies have prevented it from achieving its initial promises.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: What do you think plagues medical research in India? What is its future?
Dr P N Tandon: Lack of due public recognition research, the poor infrastructure research in most medical colleges, lack of exposure to high quality research during the years of training growing commercialization of the profession with emphasis of earning money, the poor infrastructure for research in most medical colleges.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: Does the Indian health care system have any problems? If yes, how would you tackle these?
Dr P N Tandon: The Indian Health Care system has more problems then strength. This item could be a subject for a lengthy debate. Hence I am not entering into it at this stage.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: What would you have been if not a doctor?
Dr P N Tandon: Probably, a teacher and research scientist.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: Who is the person you admire the most or are most influenced by?
Dr P N Tandon: These have been different individuals at different stages of my life. I am afraid these are many and not any single person, who I could name.
 
 
DoctorNDTV: What has been the professional achievement that has made you most proud?
Dr P N Tandon:

To establish the Clinical Neurosciences Centre at AIIMS and National Brain Research Centre at Manesar

 
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