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Section Reports INDIA SRI LANKA NEPAL Council of India by the Ministry of Health Family Welfare by the Indian government in New Delhi. Dr. Mahesh Verma is the first Indian to be inducted as an Honorary Member of the ADA. Prof. O.P. Kharbanda took over as Chief Centre for Dental Education and Research AIIMS New Delhi. Dr. Himanshu Aeran took over as President Indian Prosthodontic Society and was awarded Outstanding Academician Famdent and Clinical Dentist of the Year at BITEIN Clearpath Award. Dr. U.S. Krishna Nayak took over as the Principal and Dean of A.B. Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences Mangalore and was awarded membership to the faculty of dental surgery of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. Convocation and Awards The 51st Annual Convocation and Award Function was held on Dec. 20 2015 at the Nehru Centre Mumbai. ICD International President Dr. Phillip Dowell was the chief guest at the ICD Merit Award Function. Dr. Dowell also delivered the Dr. M L Soni Oration. Dr. Vineeta Chugh announced the names of the award winners and Dr. Dowell gave the awards to the meritorious students from institutions all over India. Past Presidents Report A. Kumarswamy As I flip the calendar back to Dec. 21 2014. I can recall the trepidations and doubts that were roving in my mind. I dared to call my worthy Fellows to rally around the project Bring Back the Smile. I also scheduled a series of CDE programs to reach out to clinicians with neo-technologies. I have immense satisfaction and pleasure in seeing the culmination of a planned program for 2015 in a grand manner and most of all it feels good to see the smiles back on the faces of the patients who sought the same through our worthy fraternity. I remain blessed to be part of a brigade where our Masters like Dr. R. K Bali and Dr. Mahesh Verma and our unfatigued Hon. Sec. Dr. Rajiv Chugh got nominated to the Dental Council of India. It is time I thank all the Regents Deputy Regents and the BOR for supporting me in all our plans and also to Dr. Vineeta Chugh who has always been a silent worker and will now be the first woman BOR in the history of Section VI. The annual convocation started at 7 PM. Dr. Arun Jamkar Vice Chancellor at Maharashtra University of Health Sciences was the chief guest and Dr. Dowell was the guest of honour. The blessing of the Goddess of Knowledge Saraswati was invoked by the singing of the Saraswati Vandana and a lamp was lit by the chief guest and the dignitaries on the dais. Section VI President Dr. A. Kumarswamy gave his welcome speech. Registrar Dr. Rajiv Chugh shared the history of ICD and the various activities being carried out by the Section. Dr. Y.K. Virmani read the citation for the 32 new Fellows. The new Fellows were inducted by Drs. Kumarswamy Dowell Chugh Keki Mistry P. Diwanji R.K. Bali and Anil Kohli. Dr. Jamkar gave away the ICD Appreciation Awards to the Fellows for their contribution to the activities of Section VI and released the latest issue of the Journal of ICD Section VI. The chief guest addressed the gathering and shared his words of wisdom with the new Fellows Masters and existing Fellows of Section VI. Dr. Dowell emphasized on the core values of ICD worldwide and also shared the projects being taken up by the College. Dr. S.M. Balaji took over as President 2016. He gave an insight to the projects in mind for the year. Dr. Chugh presented a plaque to the outgoing President Kumarswamy. The function ended after the National Anthem. Section VI with I.T. S. CDSR Dental College held a Free Denture Camp on World Oral Health Day 2 which helped distribute free denture sets to underprivileged persons in Ghaziabad. Journal of the International College of Dentists THE GLOBE 2016 4 4