President, CSI - 2016, Senior Cardiologist
Nightingale Hospital, Kolkata
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My fellow cardiologists, ladies and gentleman. At the outset, let me say that this is one of the finest NIC I have attended, extremely well organized by the organizing team of Dr P C Rath, Dr. Shiv kumar and the fantastic scientific fete by Dr. Khanna and his team, let us give them a big hand. I had the opportunity of organizing an NIC way back in 2013 in Kolkata, the year before at Kochi, I remember the total attendance, total number of delegates were around 1200 and in this meeting in four years’ time, the number of delegates has doubled to 2400. This is really a great achievement and this shows the interest in this particular subject and the growth of our organization (01:00). CSI is growing. It is growing both organizationally and academically. We have a very stringent criteria for membership and despite that our membership has exceeded 4300. We are also growing academically. We had a number of subspecialty councils, our honorary general secretary already said that we have added three more subspecialty councils,