THE Manipal Alumni Association of Malaysia’s (MAAM) 28th gala dinner was an opportunity for medical professionals and those in the health industry to enjoy a night of entertainment, networking and fine dining.
The colourful, fun-filled night held at the Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, was a reunion of sorts and guests took the opportunity to catch up with their former collegemates in the event themed “Remember Yesterday”.
MAAM organising chairman and associate professor Dr Philip George said close to 800 alumni came together, including 180 foreign delegates from the United States, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and India, for the event.
“We had alumni members that also came for the first Global Alumni Health, Science and Technology Convention that ended a day earlier,” he said.
“The MAAM reunion was a wonderful and joyous moment. Our alumni lead rich and varied lives, so it is truly fascinating to meet a large cross-section of them all at once and get a sense of the scope of the intellectual footprint that Manipal alumni continue to leave,” he said.
He added that the next convention and gala night was expected to be held in Bangalore, India.
At the event, the alumni paid tribute to Manipal University chancellor Datuk Dr Ramdas Pai.
Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Magendra Ramalingam said he was elated to meet all his college friends again.
“I never miss the reunion gatherings as it gives me an opportunity to see all my old friends and catch up on the latest medical news as well,” he said.
Dr Vijayavel Vadiveloo said he had a lot of fun reconnecting with old friends and sharing new ideas.
“It is the best reunion I have ever attended,” he said.