|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 26-27
Professor (Dr) Hareram Singh
Dilip K Sinha
Senior Consultant, HOPE Hospital, Mithapur, Patna, India
|Date of Submission||29-Mar-2020|
|Date of Decision||05-Apr-2020|
|Date of Acceptance||05-Apr-2020|
|Date of Web Publication||30-Apr-2020|
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Sinha DK. Professor (Dr) Hareram Singh. J Orthop Dis Traumatol 2020;3:26-7
Ex Head of department of Orthopaedics, Patna Medical College departed for heavenly abode on 15th Nov 2019 at the age of 89 years. He was from district Vaishali, Bihar. His father was Late Ram Kedar Singh. He completed his MBBS from Patna Medical College in 1958 and Post graduation in General Surgery and Orthopaedics both. Then he worked at various hospitals under the Bihar Government. He joined Patna Medical College Hospital in 1976 and worked there till his retirement in 1992. During his tenure he worked to improve the postgraduate teaching. In 1992 he was appointed Head of Department of Orthopaedics in PMCH.
After retirement he worked for poor patients. He established Urmila Lions Old Age Home in the name of his deceased wife Late Urmila Singh in 2017. He was offered LifeTime achievement award by Bihar Orthopaedic Association in 2017.
Dr Rajiv Anand,
Secretary, Bihar Orthopaedic Association,
Associate Professor, Orthopaedics, PMCH, Patna.
Late Prof. H.R. Singh the simplest man I have met
Some persons are born great. To some, greatness is thrust upon but few are, so simple and straight forward that we all realize, he is, marks above all of us and gradually we accept his greatness. Late Prof Hare Ram Singh was one such personality.
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In the year 1982, I joined Department of Orthopedics, Patna Medical College as Casualty Registrar, Prof H.R. Singh was senior Assistant professor to Prof S.K. Roy, Head of Dept of Orthopedics. He was so simple in his outlook and behavior that it was difficult to notice him by the side of 'all attention seeking' Prof Roy. Once I was bruised badly by Prof Roy, for no fault of mine. Hare Ram Babu at the end of the day, on his own, came in the Orthopedic casualty and solaced me by saying “Captan Saheb, God has given the Lion so sharp nails that when he even touches you, it hurts, though he may not have any intention of it.” I don't remember whether it solaced me or not but I could feel the warmth of his feelings. Our relation continued since then. I don't remember he ever called me by my name but always addressed me as .
In 1985 he became Associate Professor. It was a new post just created, so it had no Assistant Professor or Resident or House Surgeon earmarked with it. I went to his new chamber to say congratulation. He received me with his grace and undiluted emotions. While I was leaving, he with some hesitation told me It was my pleasure to serve him. I had the honour to be his first House surgeon cum Resident cum Assistant Professor for quite few months till new batch arrived.
Because my house was nearby, in the evening I used to go to his house to report him about his . Nearly every day I found him that he is either cleaning his cow or feeding her in shortest version of his clothes. He had no pretention. He had a gifted simplicity.
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After the retirement of Prof R.C. Ram he joined as Head of Department of Orthopaedics. We had speculation as how the simplest man like Prof Hari Ram Singh, who never liked any show, will manage the whole show of headship. I was Assistant Professor of Prof H.N. Sinha. Customarily the morning PG classes were designated for the Assistant Professors. Next day was Wednesday and it was my class. As nobody was serious about the classes I used to reach late and if there were no PG students, I used to go for OPD. As usual I was enjoying my breakfast when I recieved a phone call. Other side was Prof H.R. Singh. He said I rushed and reached within half an hour. He was still sitting alone. Said nothing about my absence. This not only happened to me, but with every teacher who was supposed to take classes for PG or UG. Within 15 days without any warning letter or unnecessary unpleasantness all classes were attended by all PG students and teachers were in time. Prof H.R. Singh used to be first person to reach the Department, then go to PG seminar room. If any teacher was late, he would engage the students till assigned teacher reached. After hospital hour he used to visit every patient of Orthopaedic ward. If any patient complained that dressing was not done, he used to do it himself then inform the unit incharge very politely that he has done the dressing or written post operative note or applied traction which was mistakenly left over by HS. Then he used to visit Emergency and help the SOD and Junior Staffs. He was too simple man to scold any body but within one month we were scared to be late or leave any patient uncared in the ward or to be absent in the class or in ward or emergency. he used to be first to reach the department and last to leave. His simplicity, punctuality and discipline brought about the change in attitude of all persons in department.
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After he joined as Head we used to ask him to throw a party. We used to discuss about the possible menu and discussed about the cost or any sponsorship to be arranged but every time he would only smile and would say Months passed by, but his promises had the same sentences. From August it came to January. On 13th January we all teachers got invitation for 'Chura Dahi', in Principal office. On 14th January everybody was there, starting from Principal, Superintendent, Students, all teachers, and all staffs. He made it a point to serve nearly everybody. It was not a big party but the biggest party ever given in Patna Medical College. Yes this party was given by a simple man, Prof Hare Ram Singh.