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Think of innovative conference gifts
Dr KK Aggarwal,  20 April 2018
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Flowers, shawls, mementos are generally presented to distinguished faculty and eminent speakers during conferences or other meetings. I personally have a collection of more than 800 of such gifts, which I have kept in my office. However, most people dispose of the gifts after a period of time. Flowers, anyways, last only for few days, depending on the season.

When I was National President Indian Medical Association, I calculated that all the branches of IMA were perhaps spending a huge amount of money on flowers alone to be given at various functions. I decided not to take flowers.

The answer therefore is to look for innovative gifts to give, even as mementos, which the receiver can use. Some of these gifts can be books, emergency kits.

Yesterday, I was invited by Secretary New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Ms Rashmi Singh IAS to attend a function organized by NDMC. The memento given was a 2 kg fire extinguisher.

I thought it was a good memento and truly appreciated this unique gift. Innovative gifts such as this can be given as a Memento. Not only will the person keep it, it may also save somebodys life.


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  • Dr HARRY RALTE 20 May - 14:22 hrs

    Great idea, Sir. Thanks!

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  • Dr Ashok Khurana 26 April - 00:51 hrs

    At the Society of Fetal Medicine meetings, and we hold about 40 meetings a year, we give pen drives, charger packs, recent text books and journal subscriptions.

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  • Dr Sumithra Subburaman 23 April - 18:14 hrs

    Good idea

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  • Dr Gurcharan Singh 22 April - 09:13 hrs

    Very appreciable suggestion sir.Stop spending on traditional gifts and jump to useful gifts like books concerned with medical profession or Positive Mental Attitude .Plants for afforestation can be considered

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  • Dr Dr dhirubhai Bhatt 20 April - 18:52 hrs

    A good idea,

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  • Dr PREM LOCHAN PRASAD 20 April - 18:27 hrs

    very good. we give plant sapling as welcome gift instead of flower bouquets.

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  • Dr Anil Garg 20 April - 17:43 hrs

    ANOTHER IDEA. An amount equal to the value of the gift may be deposited in the Army Welfare Fund - ON BEHALF OF THE AWARDEE GUEST A B Garg

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  • Dr Nirmal Kumar Mishra 20 April - 16:32 hrs

    An innovative thought, well executed & well implemented,Sir.

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  • Dr Anand Mene 20 April - 13:45 hrs

    Give Ambu bag nd mask

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  • Dr Anand Mene 20 April - 13:45 hrs

    Give Ambu bag nd mask

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  • Dr Ashutosh Mathur 20 April - 13:10 hrs

    Appreciable

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  • Dr Sanjay Kava 20 April - 12:46 hrs

    RIGHT SIR... I AGREE WITH YOU...

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  • Dr Gayalal Narzary 20 April - 10:23 hrs

    Nice gesture, Sir.

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  • Dr Kamlesh Babel 20 April - 09:06 hrs

    Nice Initiative. Very well saud " Life is all about attitude".

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  • Dr Narendra Kumar 20 April - 07:29 hrs

    I ditto this thought, and, in the field of eye care (optometry and ophthalmology), I feel that giving complimentary yearly or one-time subscription to, say, the Indian optometric journal Optometry Today, would surely be a useful gift!

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  • Dr Rajesh Alugolu 20 April - 06:24 hrs

    Namaskaram. There is one more thing that needs to be undone is the conference bags and writing pads. I rarely see anyone using them, maybe just 1%. Good beginning. Books and medical tools and first aid boxes maintained at each cross roads or signals.

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  • Dr Prem Goyal 20 April - 06:06 hrs

    Very nice and innovative

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  • Dr R K Thapar 20 April - 05:28 hrs

    Implementable idea & gud one

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  • Dr Dr.ashwin Naik 20 April - 05:21 hrs

    Sir, It is inspiration to us. We shall follow such suggestions. A small plant as a gift is in vouge in this part by members of ima to speakers of on the Dias.

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