Alumni Association

    Australasian Alumni Association CMC Vellore

Under graduate and Post graduate Alumni from
Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Region


Dr. Mahiban Thomas


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Dr. Isaac Muthiah

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Dr. Abdul Lathif

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Message by the President of the

Australian Alumni Association

2019 – 2020

Presented at the AGM of the Board in October 2020

The Gathering Of The Christian Medical College Australian Alumni, an annual event, was last held in Bali in September 2019. A plan for a meeting in Auckland in late September 2020 came to naught, with the interference mounted by COVID–19.

The past year however, was not without its many losses and gains.

The deaths of alumni worldwide contained losses from COVID this year. Alumni away from India struggle to cope with ongoing and indefinite separation from loved ones in India. Deaths of even close family cannot be attended, and closure becomes a significant and ongoing issue.

We will remember, and we will celebrate these lives together when next we meet. We intend to meet in Auckland in 2021, probably in September, during the school holidays in Australia.

Our key losses include Dr Sunil Agarwal, well known to many Australian Alumni, and a dear friend, who died in a motor vehicle accident, while he was leading an outreach team, Dr Prakash Rao, Physiologist, teacher and mentor to many, and especially Dr Joe Devadatta, surgeon and a true Christian. There are many more.

We have had some great news as well; the best and most impactful in the Australian setting is the elevation of Dr Nitin Verma, Batch of 1974, as the President of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO). This is a signal honour, and we wish Nitin (a past President of the CMC Australian Alumni) the very best in his tenure. Three cheers for the Silver and Blue.

As Alumni around the world grow in their engagement and involvement with the friends of Vellore, the coming together also needs celebration.

Mahiban E Thomas (Batch of 1981)

President, Australian Alumni Association of CMC Vellore


Australasian Alumni  Gathering


Chinderah, Gold Coast, NSW 

30th Sept – 3rd Oct, 2021

Next Gathering which was planned to be held in  Auckland, New Zealand late in 2021 was cancelled due to COVID travel restrictions. There has been a proposal to hold a gathering in Chinderah,Tweeds Shire, NSW during the long weekend of 30th September to 3rd October 2021. Geeta Sales (nee. Suryanarayan), batch of 74, has kindly offered to organise the function. We will keep you posted.

If you wish to know more about it please contact Geeta. [email protected]


CMC Alumni Association

Dear Friends,

The pandemic has changed the way we live and see the world. Some of our alumni were affected and a few did succumb. Let us pray that the vaccine is widely available soon. In the midst of all this, the message of Christmas brings us hope and cheer.

In this Alumni Newsletter we summarize key events involving alumni in 2020.

Many departments in CMC, as well as its extramural and intramural alumni, made notable achievements in 2020. At the end of the year, it is good to review these accolades and celebrate our successes.

This newsletter also lists alumni who passed away in 2020 and whose lives, work, and friendship we honour and cherish.

We will be grateful if alumni could provide write-ups, pictures, reflections, or obituaries for inclusion in the website: ( Our new Editor has revived the Alumni Journal so kindly give of your literary talents.

Christmas is a season of hope, peace and goodwill. We wish you all happiness and fulfilment. As we are at the brink of another new year, let us renew and rededicate ourselves to uphold the motto of our Alma Mater: “Not to be ministered unto but to minister”. We have an important role in today’s uncertain world to promote peace, uphold ethical values and share God’s love.

Three cheers for the “Silver and Blue”.

With warm regards and best wishes,

Abraham Peedicayil   (1975) – President
Vaibhav Londhe (1992) – Secretary

On behalf of the Alumni Association

Alumni Newsletter 2020

Silver Lining

CMC Alumni Association Magazine   (Bi-annual)

Issue 1  August 2019

 Current Medical Issue (Quarterly)

Official Publication of CMC Vellore Association

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