CHANDIGARH,11.01.20-Creating history in PGIMER Chandigarh, the incumbent Dr.Uttam Kumar Thakur of Dept. of General Surgery has been elected again as the President of Association of Resident Doctors. He becomes the first Doctor to have been brought back to the post by residents of PGI Chandigarh. He will lead the association for a term of one year, which will make him the longest serving President of ARD history.

The elections were held on 10th January and results were declared by the Election Conmission yesterday (11th January 2020).
Dr.Uttam and his complete panel got elected for the various posts. The new ARD consists of Dr.Rakesh Ram (Vice President), Dr.Murugan S (General Secretary), Dr.Damandeep (Joint Secretory - Male), Dr.Shalini (Joint Secretory - Female), Dr.Sai Shiva (Treasurer), Dr.Nippun Prinja (Cultural Secretary), Dr.Umang Thakur (Mess Secretary UC), Dr.Vijay (Mess Secretary ODH), Dr.Ankit (Mess Secretary DC), Dr.Nidhi Prakash (Literary Secretary) and Dr.Hariharan (Sports Secretary).
Dr.Uttam won by getting 77% votes, and none of the members of his panel were casted less than 76% of the total votes. 8 amongst the 12 posts were won uncontested.
Speaking on this landmark victory, Dr.Uttam said "I have been entrusted this responsibility again by my fellow resident doctors and I will ensure I leave no stone unturned towards their welfare. Food Quality for doctors is my top priority as all concerned secretaries are from my own group this time and I have huge trust on them. I have a body full of enthusiast and trustworthy companions this time and all are geared up to deliver their promises right from the very first day. I am thankful to all residents of PGI to show such heart-touching trust on us." It is worth mentioning that even with an executive body with two third members from opposition in his last tenure, Dr.Uttam has delivered a commendable service as President of resident doctors. His landmark achievements like getting salary for Foreign National Residents, Institutional FIR in case of violence against Doctors, Job Manual for doctors, Yearly Convocation etc. besides the best Annual Cultural Festival- Zenith 2019 & Sports Festival have been most welcomed.