Notice

Notice


ORGANISATIONAL REPORT OF ACTIVITIES OF ISRT IN THE YEAR 2014 – 2015

    ORGANISATIONAL REPORT
OF ACTIVITIES OF ISRT IN THE YEAR 2014 – 2015
          I am indeed happy to present the organizational report including the report of activities of ISRT in 2014-15 before the distinguished members of National Council and the general members assembled here for a detailed deliberation. The report has to be  adopted by the learned members of National Executive Council of ISRT in the  meeting  on 24.09.2015 and the National Council meeting thereafter.
Birth of ISRT
           The concept of an apex National Professional body for the entire Indian Radiographers & Technologists was first conceived among the Technologists of pioneer academic institutions in Trivandrum in late months of 1996. An organization named as Society of Radiographers was established by some of our senior colleagues under the dynamic leadership of Mr. M.K. Shahabudheen, in a meeting held in May 1997, in which the undersigned was acted as an executive council member for many years. The first annual meeting of SoR held at Cochin in October, 1998 was well attended by many Technologists from various part of country especially from south, under the leadership of Shri. S A Vajid,and Mr. P.amachandra Reddy  from NIMHANS , Bangalore. Subsequently, the second National Conference was held in December1999 in Alappuzha. Though the SoR was keen on professional development and welfare of members, the activities were confined in the state of Kerala and some parts of neighboring states in south India.
             Later, the meeting of some young Radiographers from various parts of South India held in the Auditorium, Government General Hospital, Ernakulam, Cochin on 12-03-2006 paved the way of formation of ISRT, Indian Society of Radiographers & Technologists .The full fledged national orientation in 2006 was a result of systematic efforts and operations carried out during the period 1997-2006. The response received during the preparatory works carried out by the task force in the early years of new millennium  established that, a nationwide professional organization is highly essential for representing all Radiographers & Technologists (from  various streams) like Medical Imaging Technologists, Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Radiotherapy Technologists, Cath Lab Technologists and Sonographers,  to address the genuine concern of Indian Radiographers in various fronts right from the workplace interests to the high academic activities like Research & Developmental studies.
First National Council & Office Bearers of ISRT
         The First National Council (Central Council) of ISRT comprising 50 members was come into force on 23-07-2006. The following persons were elected as the main office bearers of ISRT in the meeting held on 23-07-2006 at Ernakulam, Cochin.
President                             :     Mr. Rajeev Krishnan
General Secretary                 :   Mr. Suresh Malayath
Finance Secretary               :     Mr. Shijil Joseph
 
Present National Council & Office Bearers of ISRT              
 
             The Fourth and existing National Council was come into force on 01.12.2013 with the following main office bearers at the helm.
 
                   President                :      A. Selva Kumar
                   General Secretary  :      Suresh Malayath
                   Finance Secretary  :      M .J. Joseph
AIM & OBJECTIVES OF ISRT
            ISRT was registered as a professional organization and scientific body under the relevant Act in India in the year 2008. Since then, this body is functioning as the apex national professional body of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists of Indian origin working across the Globe. The Bye-law & Memorandum of Association of ISRT published in our website giving the details of Aims and objectives of ISRT and methods to be adopted to achieve the goals.
            ISRT mainly stands to keep the high standards of patient care, dignity of profession, excellence in practice by recognizing qualified individuals in Radiological Technology. We are performing a non-statutory professional regulation by recognizing the qualified individuals in Radiological Technology and awarding them a life time membership & Registration Certificate. Inter-alia, we are standing for a comprehensive professional development of the Radiographer / Radiological Technologist community by conducting CME/CPD activities in all the nook and corners of Indian peninsula through a planned and decentralized activity. ISRT Academic club is the basic constituent for the decentralization of professional development.
Members of ISRT
            ISRT started its membership campaign on 06-10-2006 at Ernakulam, Cochin. Mr. Franko John, from Thrissur, Kerala was the First member of ISRT. At present ISRT have 1482 members only, but spread across the Globe. Since ISRT is performing a non-Statutory professional regulation, we are strictly keeping the minimum requirements on qualifications of Active Life membership and Registration. Section 10 (a) of Bye-Law stipulated the minimum qualification for Life membership. It is admitted that, even after the Nine years of national orientation, our membership has not crossed the magic figure of Ten thousand. But the representation is from all  parts of Indian Peninsula.  
      One of the major reasons for this   comparatively smaller representation is definitely the strict adherence to the Rules on the academic and professional qualifications of membership & Registration. The membership and Registration Certificates are usually awarded only after the ON- LINE verification of certificates of applicants. It is matter of pride that, only the professionals with a recognized University degree or a Diploma awarded by a competent authority   are enrolled as the life members of this Professional organization.  
             The long pending request / demand for opening Associate Membership for experienced hands in the field without approved professional qualification was not even considered by the society except for some NRI Radiographers in compassionate ground to safe guard their job in abroad.
 Non Governmental professional regulation
    It is a shocking truth that even after sixty five years of independence; our country has not constituted a statutory professional regulatory body for paramedical/allied health professionals including Radiographers. (Central council for Allied health professionals)  through a legislation.  This has severely affected the professional regulation in India. The abroad aspirant professionals are the major victims of these anarchic situations.
               The absence of a Registration/ License for practice was raised by some members in ISRT meetings and requested us to perform a non statutory professional regulation by awarding registration certificates to qualified individuals. After having examined the matter in detail, ISRT started the issuance of registration certificate to the qualified professional members from April 2008. A well planed system was executed for this purpose. A separate registration division was also started in 2009 followed by the Core – Group training for office bearers. Issue of Good Standing certificates was started in March 2010.  
     At present, ISRT Registration and Good Standing Certificates have become the essential regulatory requirements in abroad for Radiographers of Indian origin. The ministries of various Middle East nations and European countries are keeping reciprocation with ISRT in professional regulation.
Professional Development
          ISRT is the first professional organization among allied health professionals in India to appoint a separate secretary for professional development activities. It is a naked truth that, The Indian scenario of professional development for Radiographers is pathetic and chances for updating and refreshment are really meager. The long gap between knowledge rich and knowledge poor has to be reduced by bridging through professional development activities, constantly.
         Decentralized activities of ISRT through Regional coordinators, state chapters and city Academic Clubs have dramatically changed the entire scenario of Continuing Medical Education of Radiological Technology in India. One of the major achievements in this regards was the formation of ISRT academic clubs in various parts of India, including Srinagar in Jammu- Kashmir and Agartala in Tripura the North Eastern region of India.  At present the following Academic clubs are functioning as the basic academic units as well as the city Sub- Chapters of ISRT.
  
         Trivandrum   (Established in February 2014)
         Trichur          (August 2014)
 
         Agartala        ( August 2014 )
         Calicut          ( March 2015)
         Hyderabad    ( April 2015 )
         Kolkatta       ( May 2015 )
         Kottayam     ( June 2015 )
         Saifai            ( July  2015 )
         Srinagar        ( July 2015) 
 
          The CME program organized by ISRT in Government Medical College, Srinagar was one of the great achievements in last year in this front. The program conducted on 28- 07-2015 in Srinagr, was first of its kind in the history of Kashmir valley!
        All our academic clubs are functioning actively by conducting regular programs. It is not stretching the truth to say that, ISRT is all set to start a sustainable professional development program in the whole of India in the coming Association year by constituting academic clubs in various cities of all states. Many regional CMEs are planned in the year 2015 –16 to attain a pan India foot print in activities. A panel of faculties including academicians, leadership and motivational trainers is prepared for this purpose.
Members welfare and work place interest
It is an established fact that, Indian Radiographers are one of the lowest paid groups among Radiological Technologists in world. The implementation of minimum wages in Private Hospitals and centers/clinics was well addressed by ISRT in various occasions. The pay revision of central/state government Radiographers was also under taken by ISRT in various states.
 In the year 204- 15, ISRT has made much efforts to amend the Recruitment Rule (RR) for entry cadre in Central Government services  including that in ESIC hospitals, prelude to the report of 7 th CPC .
The meeting made with Union Labour Minister Shri. Bengaru Dhathatreya in his office in early days of August had a good result and we have been directed for a discussion with ESIC Director General for rectifying the anomalies in RR. The same efforts will be made by ISRT to implement a common RR for entry cadre all over India, which will enhance the entry cadre salary up to the deserving levels. Implementation of uniform career progression scheme will also be taken up by ISRT soon after the notification of common curriculum and recommendations by DoPT. 
Shaping Government Policies in Health Sector
From the very beginning itself, ISRT is keen to address the genuine concern of professionals regarding the government policies on standardization of Degree, Diploma programmes and curriculum, higher education prospects, professional regulation and radiation safety. ISRT contributed well in shaping government policies in paramedical council issue, right from the introduction of The Physiotherapy and Paramedical bill-2007 in Loksabha in December, 2007. ISRT contributed a lot before the parliamentary standing committee headed by Shri. Amar Sing M P.
 The 31st report of department related parliamentary standing committee on Health & Family Welfare lauded the suggestions made by ISRT in this regard. Later, ISRT made more efforts to introduce the Bill (renamed as Allied Health Professions Council Bill-2007 as suggested by Parliamentary standing committee) in the winter session of parliament in 2008 and budget session in 2009. But, all our efforts were failed due to the election notification published in March, 2009.
ISRT submitted a detailed representation regarding our views and suggestions on the historical National Commission for Human Resources in Health Bill-2011 (NCHRH Bill- 2011)  presented by Sri. Gulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India. Unfortunately, the bill was rejected by parliamentary standing committee headed by Shri. Brijesh Pathak MP due to  the strong dissent and opposition made by IMA and other organizations. Mean while, ISRT contributed well in the formation of state councils in the states like Kerala.
One of the recent achievements of ISRT in this area is the recognition for contributions made by us in shaping the Draft National Curriculum Hand Book in Medical Radiology & Imaging Technology by MoH, Government of India. ISRT had been invited for a hearing/ official discussion as well as for call conference with task force Chairman and other experts  with Ministry officials on 10-08-2015 in Nirman Bhavan, MoH, Government of India as a result of  suggestions and views made by us both through common ON- LINE submission on 27-04-2015 and a separate representations later. The suggestions submitted by ISRT were well appreciated by the Chairman and other experts and we are hopeful to incorporate the same in final curriculum to make a far sighting common one in all over India. ISRT is also looking forward for a similar appointment to shape a foolproof common curriculum for Radiation Therapy and Nuclear Medicine Technology also.
  
Publication Division and Journals
ISRT established a publication Division in 2011 and published a MCQ series book compiled by the former President Anayara Jayakumar. The book attained much attention in the whole of India and more than 1000 copies were distributed. In addition to this, ISRT has released newsletters in regular intervals.
One of the major achievements in the publication aspect in this association year was the launching of a National Magazine - ALARA. The national orientation of ALARA, a bilingual magazine published by a Creative Minds, The Radiographers Club in Calicut, Kerala was done in June with a Registration in Registrar of News Papers in India (RNI) and Department of Posts. It is a matter of pleasure that, ALARA has made wonderful results in connecting our professional all over India as well as improving the academic standards, within a short span of Three months.       
 It is admitted that, a journal from ISRT consisting original articles with peer review has not been published so far. These serious laps will be rectified soon by nominating an eminent academic person in our community as the Editor in National Council and forming an editorial board. The first issue of Journal will be published in September, 2016.                      
Indian College of Radiological Technology
ISRT established an academic subsidiary, ICRT for boosting the research and development activities, membership and fellowship program in the field of Radiological Technology in August 2010. But unfortunately activities of ICRT have not been started in full swing. The national council of ISRT will nominate a new Registrar and Finance Controller with academic and administrative wing for ICRT and the programmes will be started soon.
X- posure : The training academy
The training academy of ISRT was established in August 2011 as Cochin is the head quarters. Two to Three days workshops, Tutorials, HAD/HPC training programmes, competitive exams, Training programs in Radiography, Personality development programme, motivational training programs etc… were the objectives. But the schedule of training programmes has not been fixed so far and the full-fledged functioning was not started, yet. It is decided to shift the academy to Trivandrum for the convenience of day to day administration and engagement of reputed faculty members from various academic institutions.
Public Awareness Programmes
In the best of my knowledge, ISRT is the Ist Professional organization in India in Radiology to start Public awareness programmes on the development of Radiology and Radiation safety in layman angle.  The 1st programme was started on 8th November 2007 in Connection with the World Radiography Day celebrations. ISRT also conducted a survey about radiation safety awareness among medical practitioners and health professionals. Later, many public awareness programmes were also conducted. Lastly, our Tamil Nadu office bearers interested to start the same by translating the flex boards and display materials in to the vernacular language.
It was a great recognition for ISRT that we have been invited for organizing a public awareness programme on radiation safety in association with Regional Cancer Center & Sreechitira Institute Trivandrum in a function organized by Directorate of Radiation Safety, Government of Kerala in connection with World Radiography Day of 2013. The Programme was inaugurated by Shri. Oommen Chandy, Chief Minister of Kerala. The exhibition was inaugurated by Shri. Shibu Baby John, Kerala Labour Minister.
Unfortunately, we could not make a consistency in the public awareness in last association year as the priority was given to the issues related with our professionals and the their  Continuing Education.
World Radiography Day Celebrations
From the year 2007 itself, ISRT has started World Radiography Day celebrations by adopting different modes of operanda including CME programs, public awareness programs, surveys etc. In the year 2014our national inauguration of World Radiography Day Celebrations was held at Agartala with a World Radiography Day rally in city with more than 200 members. The rally was first in the history of World Radiogrphy Day Celebrations in India. The fantastic coverage made by regional and National media both in print and electronic has made well appreciation of all our members in society, working across the globe.
  The academic programme was hosted by Tripura Institute of Paramedical Sciences, Agartala, as a part of WRD-2014 . I acknowledge Mr. Kallol Biswas, Chairman of TIPS and Dr. Chandran Mitra, Principal of TIPS for the endless support and patronage made by them for organizing such a programme in association with ISRT in the second consecutive time. Thanks are due to all active members of ISRT-ACT for organizing a variety of programmes with limited resources and support.
ISRT was fortunate enough to conduct our second programme in North East of this year on 10 th November, 2014. The same was hosted by Assam Down Town University in Guwahati by the enthusiastic leadership of Mr. Oinum Gokul Singh, Assistant Professor of Medical Imaging Technology in University, who is also the regional co coordinator of ISRT in North East. The support, patronage and assurance made by the honorable Vice Chancellor of University Dr. Nandita Chowdary and Dr. K. N Sharma, HoD, Radiolgy enthralls us to go ahead with the regular programmes in the state. Meetings held with various teaching and non teaching health care institutions in Guwahati will make fantastic results in near future itself.
Various institutions in south India and in Delhi also conducted similar programmes in November under the auspices of ISRT. A programme organized by Academic club in Calicut on 9th November was well attended by more than 150 delegates from various parts of Malabar region of Kerala.
      One of the major achievements of World Radiography Day celebrations by ISRT is the nationwide circulation of World Radiography Day posters. The posters published by ISRT attained international repute and recognition through the World Radiography Day website, maintained from London.
In the year 2013, the subject of ISRT poster was the pregnancy and radiation safety. The poster was released by Shri. Oommen Chandy, Kerala Chief Minister by handing over the same to Shri. A. U. Sonawane, Head, Radiological Safety Division, Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Government of India and to Shri. K. A. Davis, Director of Radiation Safety, Government of Kerala. In the year 2014 the poster was released by Dr.                              ,    Director of Medical Education, Government of Tripura.
 In the year 2015 also, ISRT plans to conduct more programs in various  parts of India including cities like Srinagar,  Kolkatta and Vishakhapatnam, which will be  the first of its kind there.
Benevolent Fund
ISRT started a benevolent fund for assisting the poor patients and marginalized group in society. The programme was launched in September, 2011 by handing over an amount of Rs 25,000 to the poor patient fund of Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum. The function was held in the chamber of Minster for Labor and Rehabilitation, Kerala Shri. Shibu Baby John ,in the presence of Shri Napo Pang, Regional Co- coordinator of Asia- Pacific of International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists (ISRRT) on 14.09.2011.
Unfortunately, we were not able to go ahead with this scheme in the last year due to the absence of proper budgetary provisions and priorities given to  the burning issues related to the professional aspects.  
Leadership Workshops and Training
ISRT is keen on to build up a young leadership and core – group for its centralized and decentralized activities .The first Core Group training was held in Cochin, Kerala in May 2009, which was a Two days Residential camp.  The Second core group training program was held in May 2011. The Third Core – group training programme and regional leadership workshop was conducted on 9 th & 10 th August 2014 in which 25 selected office bearers from Kerala was attended. Professional trainers led sessions and the camp was residential in nature.
In the year 2015- 16 , we are planning to a National level leadership workshop  for NEC members in the early months of next year, which will  make a scientific approach in building a professional organization by enriching more professionalism in organizational activities.
ISRT Head Quarters
ISRT owned a head quarters building in rental agreement in the heart of Cochin City, Kerala. The training academy was also arranged with this office building, where a fifty seating capacity was ensured. The Head Quarters was opened by Shri. P Rajeev, the  then Member of Parliament of India (Rajya Sabha) on 21.08.2011.
 Later, the same was shifted to Trivandrum for administrative convenience. The office was furnished with all basic facilities including internet connection and printer. A part time office Secretary was also appointed in the month of September, 2015. The office is all set to function as office of ALARA as well as Training academy with mini Conference facilities for regular academic and training programmes and meetings.
International Relations
ISRT started our international relations by keeping regular communications with office bearers of ISRRT( International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists ) from 2010. Mr. Napo Pang, the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator of ISRRT convened a meeting with ISRT office bearers on 14.09.2011, at Trivandrum.  We are also keeping very good liaison with professional bodies of other nations like Society of Radiographers in UK, CMART in Canada etc. In every year ISRT is receiving World Radiography day pack from SOR, London. 
Website & Social Media Management  
ISRT launched our website www.isrt.org.in in September 2007.  Also, a very good social media management through Twitter, Blog, Face book etc. was carried out by ISRT.  Formation of groups and communities through various social media networks and academic communities in Mobile networks were also undertaken. We are also maintaining the NCISRT website for the last two National Conferences.
  An On Line registration implemented in our website has almost made ISRT as paper free organization among the professional bodies in India.  Every effort will be made to utilize the new generation media for academic and professional development of members.
Conclusion
Formation of ISRT has dramatically changed the Non - Governmental professional regulation and the professional development scenario of Indian Radiological Technology. It is widely accepted that, the crying need of an apex national professional body comprising the Technologists from all streams of Radiology was fulfilled by the formation and activities of ISRT. At the same time, the steps initiated for our subsidiaries like ICRT, Training Academy, Indian Journal of Radiological Technology etc. have to be completed in its true letter of spirit. A planned effort to organize and register all qualified Radiographers in India has to be developed and implemented in a phased manner, not exceeding a couple of years. As the General Secretary and while making a retrospective to the activities, especially that of the year 2014-15  I could see that, each and every members of ISRT has contributed a lot to spread our wings all over India including Kashmir valley and without their active involvement and participation, our goals would not have been achieved. I am truly indebted and grateful to one and all behind the voyage of ISRT.
                                               
                                                                                       Suresh Malayath,
                                                                                       General Secretary,
                                                                                        ISRT    
   

Download Document