Working with Values in Public and Professional life

The professionals in public service work for the people. Work is external but our attitude to it is internal. The physical, mental, emotional and intellectual attitudes need to be integrated while working with values. How we respond to a situation depends how we uphold our personal value system. Values determine preferences and priorities of action. Efficiency and proficiency in work, sincerity, honesty, integrity with good coordination with juniors and subordinates having regards to the seniors and superiors along with compassion to the beneficiaries speak of high value system of working.
To be efficient in work as a professional, one has to acquire adequate knowledge and skill. I was basically an M.B.B.S. doctor, when I entered in public service selected by Orissa Public Service Commission in 1973. I acquired my higher qualification as M.D. in S.P.M. (Community Medicine) in 1988 sponsored by State Govt. as an inservice doctor; selected for higher study basing on evaluation of my M.B.B.S. career, service experience and efficiency in work. Relating to my achievement in professional career and honour gained in the State sphere, I am to mention here that I acquired my educational qualification of M.B.B.S.in 1972 and M.D.in 1988 from V.S.S. Medical College, Burla Sambalpur. I attended and participated in XVII National Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine held in Nov. 1987 at S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack as a P.G.student. I was bestowed with State Honour as an efficient heath care provider, manager and administrator; and a proficient trainer in medical and health education in XXVI Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, Orissa State Chapter held on January 12, 2008 at M.K.C.G.Medical College, Berhampur Ganjam while I was working as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh.
I was deputed for various training programmes at State and All India level for development of my proficiency in knowledge and skill during 1997 to 2006.At State level I had undergone training programmes at State Institute of Health and Family Welfare Orissa, Bhubaneswar for various Health and Family Welfare activities. At All India level I had undergone training programmes at Indian Institute of Health Management Research, Jaipur for training in Public Health Management; at Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad for training in Medical Audit and at Academy of Hospital Administration, New Delhi with field training at All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi for training in Hospital and Health Management. I may say here that my exposure to all India standards of Medical Education and Training in my professional life has contributed a lot to my proficiency in professional and public service.
I worked with my utmost efficiency and proficiency along with the values of sincerity, honesty and integrity with compassion for the beneficiaries during my service career of more than 34 years as a Medical Officer in Orissa State Medical and Health Services; as a result I was rewarded with three promotions to the higher posts during my service career. I started my service as an Assistant Surgeon on October 30, 1973;worked in different Medical and Health Institutions of different Districts of the State of Orissa and after working as Sub-Divisional Medical Officer, Padampur and Additional District Medical Officer, Bargarh on promotion; at last I got promoted to the highest post of District Health Administration and retired from Orissa State Government Service as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh on February 29, 2008 on attaining the age of superannuation.
In my post retirement life, I worked as an honorary physician for a very brief period from August 19, 2008 to September 11, 2008 at Saikripa Hospital, Bargarh Orissa which was the first step towards initiation of Sai Spirituality within me to become a Shirdi Sai devotee on October 14, 2008.I have mentioned the above fact in my article ‘How I became Sai Baba devotee’. I joined Dhrti Yoga, BTM 2nd stage Bangalore as a Yoga practitioner on July 28, 2009 and besides being a Yoga practitioner, I am honorary physician of the Yoga centre doing volunteer service as a Health Counsellor for other yoga practitioners. I have mentioned this in my article ‘Involvement with Dhrti Yoga’. I published my article ‘World Health Day 7th April 2010′ in the medical professional website of Med Titans for discussion and review amongst more than 4000 doctors registered globally in the website and there was a good response from the fellow doctors in discussion of the topic. The same article posted in my blog mentions its first publication on 7th April 2010 in the author`s comment. I am actively taking part as a professional author in posting my expert opinion in the case reviews posted in Med Titans from time to time regarding diagnosis, investigation and management of the case. I am publishing my articles on yoga practices and its effect on health and disease in my blog ‘Yoga and Spirituality’ basing on my knowledge in medical science, experience relating to effect of yoga practices as a yoga practitioner, development of knowledge and skill by reading texts on yoga and attending lectures, demonstrations and practical classes conducted by SVYASA Yoga University, Bangalore for yoga practitioners of different yoga centres during their visits  to the Yoga University.
After retirement, residing first at Gurgaon and then relocating to Bangalore; whenever I have visited the work places in the State of Orissa where I worked in my service period I have felt: People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did;but,People will never forget, how you made them feel.
Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda
Bangalore

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Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Qualification:M.B.B.S.,M.D. Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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40 Responses to Working with Values in Public and Professional life

  1. Dr. Madan Goyal says:

    It is a great to read pursuit of your career with so much devotion.

    Sincerity and achievements are really inspirational.

    It is because of great people like you that virtues are still alive on this earth.

    Your devotion to cause of writing too is fantastic.

    We will keep on getting guidance from you.

  2. Gayatri Panda,New York, U.S.A. says:

    I truly appreciate your sincerity, honesty and dedication for your entire professional life which was devoted to public service.

  3. Satya says:

    Dear doctor,

    Rightly said and higly appreciative of your efforts throughout the life.

    Your article is a source of inspiration and guidance to many and I am glad to be the fortunate one.

    Hari OM,
    Satya

  4. Gyanaprakash Kar says:

    Respected Sir,

    It is a great achievement for us.

    I am proud & appreciate your sincerity, honesty and dedication for your entire professional life which was devoted to public service.

    Your article is a source of inspiration and guidance for public.
    It is essential for human being in today`s life.

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  7. Respected Sir,
    Sorry for delayed comment on “Working with Values in Public and Professional life”.

    The most soul-touch line for me from your article is: “People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did; but, People will never forget, how you made them feel”.

    Could I appreciate you with honour…? This question arises when ever I need to see your article.

    In fact when you have forwarded the link to take a look for your article, I then & there visited the link and found a very long article; due to tiredness I never checked it thoroughly and just closed down the window.

    Here today again, I got reminded when I re-checked your e-mail sent by u and when I watched it during my leisure hours,I could feel the reality and importance of the article;and the values which are very fact in real life.

    I was working under a C.D.M.O.,the Departmental Head of the District , who was always using slam language to all his employees including me;and all his staff were tolerating it for his power only.He who used to manage staff by following British-Administration is now no-longer. To manage Administration with brotherhood amongst all staff reserves special space in heart of all staff.

    I had participated in farewell party of Dr.B.Shukla, Ex-CDMO and feel my self very happy on his retirement becuz that guy did not know how to love his sub-ordinates, but a master to criticize them in loud voice.

    I think this article must be read by all leaders and administrators before taking any charge of higher authority.

    I will follow the golden messages…!

    Om Sai Ram
    Gyana Ranjan Mohanty

  8. Respected sir,

    After reading your article on Working with Values in Public and Professional life, I came to know more detail about you.

    You have a lot of service experience in State as well as National level.

    But your tenure as CDMO is praiseworthy(at that time I was working as SDO,Lepra society,Bargarh).

    Your last sentence of article is more encouraging for me i.e. Really people never forget…

  9. Chandra Kumar Panda says:

    Sir,
    Namaskar.

    The article Working with Values in Public and Professional life is indeed a glorious reflection of your professional life.

    Even if I have not seen your previous stages of life,Yet when you entered into the administrative post and joined particularly as A.D.M.O. (F.W.) Bargarh and then promoted to the post of C.D.M.O.,I have worked under you and experienced the technique and skill of your administration which seem to be miracle.

    I have learned a lot of things from you by dint of which I am at present without any guidance pulling up well in my job.

    Your sincerity in duty, transparency in administration and hard working personality is an example for all and even today you are being reminded up by the staff.

    Sir,with the mercy of Almighty; I have become one of the disciples of Shirdi Sai.May God bless all.

    Yours Sincerely,
    Chandra Kumar Panda

  10. V.Nageswara Rao says:

    Dear Sir,

    Your article on Working with Values in Public and Professional life is valuable for any public servant either he or she may be retired or in service, who are mainly working in Health department to provide proper health care services to the people.

    You have very rightly mentioned that ‘work is external but our attitude to it is internal’ based on which the performance of an individual and healthy future of the particular area`s people depends on.

    “The physical, mental, emotional and intellectual attitudes need to be integrated while working with values.How we respond to a situation depends how we uphold our personal value system. Values determine preferences and priorities of action. Efficiency and proficiency in work, sincerity, honesty, integrity with good coordination with juniors and subordinates having regards to the seniors and superiors along with compassion to the beneficiaries speak of high value system of working.”

    All these are the golden words for any health personnel working to provide health services to the needy and poor, based on the attitudes only the behaviour and practices can be possible for any individual.

    As much as I know about you and any body who ever came in contact with you ; can understand how really you were instrumental in Public and Professional life towards the healthy future of the people of any area, where ever you worked.

    The last sentence of this article is really heart touching: “People may forget what you said, people may forget what you did;but,People will never forget, how you made them feel”.

    Expecting to read many more praiseworthy articles.

    With Regards,
    Nageswar

  11. drmcpanda says:

    The article Working with Values in Public and Professional life reflects Self-realisation and Self-analysis of Karma, Jnana and Bhakti Yoga in Yoga and Spirituality.

  12. Janmejaya Samal says:

    Respected Sir,
    It is nice to recollect very often your efficiency and proficiency in work, values of sincerity, honesty and integrity & transparency in administration during your tenure as Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh.

    With Regards,
    Janmejaya Samal
    Sr.Clerk,Office of the Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Odisha

  13. Dr.Binod Kumar Patro in his comment posted on July 12, 2010 on About | Yoga and Spirituality has said:
    Sir,
    Its nice to see your photograph and new article on ‘Working with Values in Public and Professional life’.

    You may recall my interaction with you was just more than a day as a copassenger in Indian Railways. Its was your values both in Professional Front and Public Front which impressed me and you won over me.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience and enlightening one and all.

    Best Regards
    Dr.Binod Kumar Patro
    Assistant Professor of Community Medicine
    School of Public Health
    PGIMER Chandigarh

  14. After reading my article ‘Working with Values in Public and Professional life’ Dr. K.R. Antony in his mail sent to me on December 10, 2011 has said:

    Read your article in the blog. Impressive !! and Congratulations on your achievements.Agree with your reflections on life. I wish Orissa had more doctors like you.I left Orissa only in 1997 for U.P.as UNICEF Project Officer Health.

    Keep up your good work.
    May God Almighty reward you more.

    Dr.Antony.K.R.
    Former Director, State Health Resource Centre,Chhattisgarh,India
    Former Health & Nutrition Specialist,UNICEF,India
    B-6-B,Chackola’s Habitat,
    Ferry Road, Thevara,
    Cochin-682013.

  15. I sent an email on May 21, 2012 to Dr.Radha Raghupathy who is
    a haematologist/ oncologist trained in India and the United States,
    and is currently working in Hong Kong as follows:

    Dear Dr.Radha,
    I read your article ‘Pursuing the MBBS dream’ published in ‘Education Plus’ supplement of ‘The Hindu’ on May 21, 2012.

    I very much appreciate the theme of the article:”Professionally,medicine is one of the few careers with immense gratification and fulfilment, making a difference to people when they need most.”

    I would like to request you to read my article & responses on ‘Working with Values in Public and Professional life’ published in my blog Yoga and Spirituality and post your response/comment if you so like.You can view it through the link
    https://yoganspirituality.wordpress.com/2010/07/08/working-with-values-in-public-and-professional-life/ .
    Best Wishes
    Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda

    In reply Dr.Radha had written on May 22, 2012:

    Dear Dr.Mahesh,
    I very much appreciate your email and acknowledgement of my article. I read through your article. Congratulations on such an illustrious and service oriented career. You are certainly an inspiration to physicians like myself. I especially like your closing sentence on how “People will never forget how you made them feel”. This is so true and the way you have articulated it is very thought provoking.

    Once again thank you for your thoughtful email.
    Best,
    Radha

  16. Bhabani Shankar Pradhan says:

    apan kar lekha nu apankar activity janbar k paelin bahut badhia lagla . enta seva amar mankar lagin karuthaun agyan.runi aun ame.

    The New X`Ray Machine installed during your tenure as S.D.M.O. Padampur for public service during 2003 to 2005.

    The New QBC Machine were installed during your tenure as S.D.M.O. Padampur for public service during 2003 to 2005.

    Bhabani Shankar Pradhan
    At/PO-Kansingha via-Rajborasambar,Padampur
    Dist.-Bargarh PIN-768036 Odisha

  17. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Dear Sir,

    Your exemplary life-entry to domain of yoga as a senior citizen; that is too after retirement from Govt. Service as Chief District Medical Officer is an inspiration, reflection & encouraging adaptation to your co-brothers. Your step by step upright in yoga & spirituality fortifying enthusiasm & zeal in old age body and mind add vigour in your spirit to march like a young man what we see lacking in modern technocrats today.

    Thanking You,
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Sr.Surgery Consultant
    Bargarh Odisha

    • Dear Dr.Naik,

      You are in transit phase of your post retirement life. I am very happy to observe that besides your engagement as a surgery consultant in professional capacity, you have developed the hobby as well as keen interest in reading & posting a good number of comments in my blog Yoga and Spirituality during 2012 to top in ranking as a comment author.

  18. I had the privilege to visit The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York on August 2, 2013 during my visit to U.S.A., where my second daughter and son-in-law are working as scientists in research projects. The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, NY 10029 U.S.A. comprises The Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the United States` oldest, largest, and most respected tertiary care facilities, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Medical Center treats patients with extremely complex medical and surgical needs, using highly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic services. Mount Sinai is particularly renowned for translating discoveries from the laboratory into new and better ways of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease. Teams of physicians and scientists work together to devise groundbreaking approaches, many of which are initially available at only a handful of facilities in U.S.A. – some, only at Mount Sinai.

    • Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

      Respected Sir,

      Much happy I am also, because your real and pinpointed description of infra structure ,working pattern, implementation of mind exhausted research would bring definite welfare up to certain extent of diseased persons in Mount Sinai Hospital NY is flashed back to me with in my visual range and is feeling as if naked eyes`s view.But let me know your view`s comment of health care are whether sub-charged with spirituality or not; then I will pulse the popularity of Yoga ;that may replace cellular research effect on the diseased.

      Thanks for your communication of your first visit note to medical fraternity in USA.

      Your Divine Brother
      Dr Binod Bihari Naik (M.S.)
      INDIA

  19. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    Your value based reward shows your efficiency & proficiency in professional life that had have been contributing a lot at individual to community level as that now by Yoga & Spirituality in same spirit even at the stage of ascending senior citizen; that you are.Thanks for your harvesting knowledge of Science & Spirituality to the field of community for astute aspirants to reap in time at least for self development,:– an initiative, innovative healthy world mission.

    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odisha

  20. I appreciate your works in Yoga Dear Mahesh Chandra Pandaji

  21. The National Urban Health Mission was launched in 2013-2014 which has provision of selection, training and engagement of ASHAs in Urban area in the country’s march towards Universal Health Coverage. However ASHAs of Bargarh Municipality were selected, trained and engaged by District Health Mission Bargarh under National Rural Health Mission (N.R.H.M.) under my direct guidance and supervision as C.D.M.O. Bargarh 3days prior to my retirement in last week of February 2008 who have been providing health care services in Bargarh Municipality since more than 6 years. I consider this as my extraordinary achievement in providing health care service at grass root level ahead of other urban bodies in Bargarh Municipality.

  22. Barun Pani says:

    Serving our own community as a healthcare professional is a divine call and you have done it very well Mahesh Babu, even after your retirement your relentless effort to educate people about health and well-being with no material return is an admirable step.

    I wish you and your family have a long happy life so that you can continue the cause, which needs selfless people like you.
    May Maa Samaleswari bless you and your family.

    Barun Pani
    Ridgeland,Mississippi,United States

  23. Sweet Memory of State Honour 8 years back: I was bestowed with State Honour as an efficient heath care provider, manager and administrator; and a proficient trainer in medical and health education in XXVI Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, Orissa Chapter held on January 12, 2008 at M.K.C.G.Medical College, Berhampur Ganjam while I was working as Chief District Medical Officer, Bargarh.

    State Honour

  24. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Your career is fantastic. Last lines are true. I enjoyed reading your article.

  25. Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda is a very popular physician who has selflessly served the people of Padampur area for a long time.He has served as Medical Officer, Sub-Divisional Hospital Padampur Dist. Bargarh from 1988 to 2003 and as Sub-Divisional Medical Officer Padampur P.O. Rajborasambar Dist. Bargarh from February 1. 2003 to April 2, 2005. Many happy returns of the day.

  26. Good To Know That!!!!
    Love Your Working Style….
    Also Working For Below Poverty People….!!!!
    Stay Blessed By Sri Prabhu Jagannath..

  27. Purnima Panda says:

    Respected kaka,

    I am glad to read your article. Your sincerity, dedication to your work is really a source of inspiration for me through my life.

  28. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Your lucid description of your work- ethics and dedication to whatever assignment you have taken up makes interesting reading sir.

  29. Professional Memory: Attending Free Health Camp as Chief Guest 9 Years back on December 18, 2007 in Bargarh town Odisha when I was working as C.D.M.O. Bargarh .

    Attending Free Health Camp as Chief Guest in December 2007 as CDMO Bargarh

  30. Parbati Giri Jayanti

    I pay my homage to Late Parbati Giri on her 91st Birth Anniversary. Parbati Giri, of Western Odisha, was a prominent female freedom fighter from Odisha, India Due to her anti-British government activities; she was imprisoned for two years at the age of just 16 when she was in the forefront of agitation following Mahatma Gandhi’s “Quit India” call. She continued to serve the nation socially after independence. She opened an orphanage at Paikmal village and devoted rest of her life for the welfare of orphans.

    I had the privilege to personally interact with Late Parbati Giri during my visit to Kasturba Gandhi Matru Niketan Paikmal as Medical Officer, Sub-Divisional Hospital Padampur Dist. Bargarh Odisha for health check-up.

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