Managaluru's Dr. Safwan Ahmed was on Monday, September 16, awarded with Dr. Anisya Vasanth Memorial Award for the Best Post-Graduate Resident in Neurology -2019. 

The event was attended by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Union Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan, MP PC Mohan, Rajya Sabha MP Dr. Rajiv Gowda, Institute's Director Dr. B N Gangadhar and other dignitaries.

Son of Late Ahmed Hussain and Tasleem of Kaikamba near Mangaluru, Dr. Safwan did most of his schooling in Bajpe. He finished his primary schooling in Popular School Bajpe and high schooling from St. Joseph School Bajpe. He did his PU at St. Aloysius College in Mangaluru and managed to secure a merit Medical seat in KMC Mangaluru with good rank in CET exam.

After MBBS, Safwan completed his MD  from Mysore Medical College in General Medicine. There he secured overall sixth rank in Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences  and topped the Bengaluru-Mysuru Division of the university during the course and was awarded with the gold medal. Dr Safwan, then joined NIMHANS ( National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences) to pursue to do DM in neurology. He has now successfully completed this super speciality with flying colors. 

His wife, Dr Fathima Raeesa is doing her post graduate studies in Radiology at KMC, Mangaluru. 

Dr. Safwan spoke to Vartha Bharati and shared his success story. During the interview, Safwan termed his latest achievement as a dream come true.

Excerpts:

What motivated you to take medicine as your career?

I was always fascinated with medicine and the profession right from my childhood. Whenever I used to visit doctors, I used to tell myself that I should get into this profession. Moreover, it was also the dream of my parents that at least one among their children should pursue medicine. Every time my father and I passed by Kasturba Medical College in Mangaluru, my father would express his wish for me to study here. So all of these drove me to this field.

How did your family support you in your journey?

My father passed away when I was in first PU. He had supported me all the while. And even after his passing away I never had to seek help from anyone for my studies. He had made all the arrangements for my future studies. He had made sure that there are no hurdles regarding my fees and other requirements. My mother, brother and all my family members have been of great help too.

How did you tackle your strong and weak areas as a student?

By God's grace, i have a sharp memory  . That helped me in keeping pace with my academics. My weak area were few subjects like social. I was not very keen or interested in studying the subject. I used to generally go through it and manage it.

What are your hobbies? Did you have enough time to develop them?

To be honest I don’t have any such time consuming hobbies. I would just play some sport whenever I used to get some time. Not regularly. I play, just when I feel like going and taking some time out.

What factors would you attribute your success to?

I will attribute my success to all my family members who stood by me all throughout the journey. My mother, father, brother and my wife. I got married last year and my wife has been a great source of support for me.

What is your message/advice to youngsters who want to make it big in the medical field?

Those who are interested to enter the medical field as their career, they should first understand the seriousness of it. They should commit themselves and make up their mind. Because, when you enter the medical field, there will be a lot of academic pressure. It is not a cakewalk. And to make it big in this field you will have to struggle, study for at least 10-12 years before coming into the profession. I started medical studies in 2005 and studied for 14 years before starting my profession. We should not be here to earn money. Our goal should be helping people and rendering service to the needy. 

Now that you have joined Father Mullers Hospital as a consultant neurologist, what are your plans?

Well, I want to set up a unit of Cognitive Neurosciences wherein we can thoroughly understand and treat people suffering from dementia. Cognitive Neuroscience is something where you spend time with the patients, their family and understand them. We need to counsel the family members also to handle the patient well. I am planning to open this unit here.

Vartha Bharati Bureau Chief Pushparaj B.N. handing over memento to Dr. Safwan Ahmed at 'Vartha Bharati' office. Kannada News Editor BM Basheer was also present.

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday directed refund of air tickets, domestic and international, for travel during the COVID-19 lockdown period from March 25 to May 24 within three weeks from the date of the cancellation of flights.

Accepting the Centre's proposal, the top court directed that if the tickets have been booked through an agent for travel within the lockdown period, in all such cases full refund shall be given by the airlines immediately and the amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers.

It said: If on account of financial distress, any airline/airlines are not able to refund then they shall provide credit shell, equal to the amount of fare collected, in the name of passenger when the booking is done either directly by the passenger or through travel agent so as to consume the same on or before March 31, 2021 .

It is open to passengers either to utilise such credit shell up to March 31, 2021 on any route of choice or transfer the credit shell to any person including the travel agent concerned, and the airlines shall honour such a transfer, the top court said.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and M R Shah said the suggestions and formulations arrived at the meeting held by the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MCA), Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which are acceptable to the majority of stakeholders have to be implemented in letter and spirit.

We also feel that such formulations are workable solutions in these peculiar circumstances which are prevailing in the country, the bench said, while passing a slew of directions for refund of air tickets to the hassled passengers, whose flights were cancelled due to the pandemic induced lockdown.

The top court's verdict came on a batch of petitions, including by NGOs and passengers associations, seeking complete refund of ticket fare for the flights cancelled.

It said that the court cannot lose sight of the present situation prevailing in the country and across the globe with regard to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and any strict enforcement action of Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) (aviation norms) against the airlines would further restrict their operations.

It cannot be disputed that the civil aviation sector, which is one of the important sectors, is seriously affected in view of the ban imposed for operating flights. Added to the same, air passenger traffic has come down heavily and which is gradually being restored, the top court said.

It added that any such enforcement action may further jeopardise the possibilities of generation of cash by airlines which can further adversely affect/delay the refund cycle.

Strict enforcement of Civil Aviation Requirements at this moment may not yield any meaningful result for any stakeholder, the bench said.

It said that the passengers who booked tickets at any period of time but for travel after May 24, then the refund of fares to the passengers covered under this category shall be governed by the provisions of CAR.

Even for international travel, when the tickets have been booked on an Indian carrier and the booking is ex-India (flights originating from India), if the tickets have been booked during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, immediate refund shall be made, the bench said in its order.

If the tickets are booked for international travel on a foreign carrier and the booking is ex-India during the lockdown period for travel within the lockdown period, full refund shall be given by the airlines and said amount shall be passed on immediately by the agent to the passengers, wherever such tickets are booked through agents, it added.

In all other cases airline shall refund the collected amount to the passenger within a period of three weeks, the bench emphasised and added that the credit shell issued in the name of the passenger shall be transferable which can be utilized up to March 31, 2021 and the concerned airline shall honour such a transfer by devising a mechanism to facilitate such a transfer.

It is also made clear that such a credit shell can be utilized by the concerned agent through whom the ticket is booked, for third party use. It is also made clear that even in cases where the credit shell is transferred to a third party; same is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket at the first instance, it directed.

Justice Reddy, who penned the verdict on behalf of the bench, said that in cases where passengers have purchased the ticket through an agent, and credit shell is issued in the name of passenger, such credit shell is to be utilized only through the agent who has booked the ticket.

It said that in cases where tickets are booked through agent and credit shell is issued in the name of the passenger remains unutilized till March 31, 2021, then the refund of the fare collected shall be made to the same account from which account amount was received by the airline .

The bench said that in all cases where credit shell is issued there shall be an incentive to compensate the passenger from the date of cancellation up to June 30, 2020 in which event the credit shell shall be enhanced by 0.5 per cent of the face value (the amount of fare collected) for every month or part thereof between the date of cancellation and June 30, 2020.