The inaugural ceremony paid a particular tribute to the stalwarts of Indian Nephrology for their contribution to educating and mentoring the next generation of aspiring nephrologists. Dr (Prof) KS Chugh received the “Bhishmpitamah” citation for being the "Father of Indian Nephrology" and the first Indian nephrologist to start kidney biopsy interventions seven decades ago. The “dronacharya” award was conferred to 22 senior teachers.
One of its kind, the ceremony not only recognized nephrology teachers, but also reiterated the message that no training is complete without “gurudakshina”, an ancient Indian tradition of acknowledgement, respect and thanks to a teacher. This was a highly emotionally charged ceremony for teachers and their students.
This meeting was endorsed by ISN, the Vascular Society (VAS), the American Society of Diagnostic and Interventional Nephrology (ASDIN), the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA), the Indian Society of Nephrology and Delhi Nephrology Society.