The Urological Society of India (USI) came into existence as ‘Urology Section’ of the Association of Surgeons of India(ASI) at their Annual Conference in Baroda in December, 1961. At inception a provisional Executive Committee with the late Dr. G.M. Phadke as the Chairman and Dr. B.N. Colabawalla as the Hon. Secretary-cum-Treasurer, were entrusted with the task of framing the rules, enrolling members and ensuring passage through the Governing Body of A.S.I. The membership of the Urology Section, which was later on rechristened as, “The Urological Society of India” was 32, and most of whom were general surgeons along with a handful of trained urologists.
The first department of Urology, free from the shackles of general surgical service probably was at George’s Hospital, Bombay in 1961-62 with Dr. B.N. Colabawalla as the Head. Well established centres were soon established at Madras, Vellore. Delhi and Chandigarh under the Chairmanship of Prof. A. Venugopal, Prof. H.S. Bhat, Prof. S.M. Singh and Prof. B.C. Bapna. What followed in the subsequent 3 decades, was the establishment of many such departments all over the country. At present, we have close to 100 centres recognized for M.Ch. Urology training and about equal number of centres recognized by the National Board of Urology for the award of D.N.B.
The Society holds its annual conference usually in the month of January by rotation in the four zones. The annual conference is usually attended by close to 2000 delegates. Apart from scientific deliberations, there is technical exhibition for latest equipment in urology.
The Society has created 4 zonal chapters with the idea of spreading urology to each & every corner of India. Each zonal chapter conducts CME programmes & workshops and zonal annual conference which are attended by 300-400 delegates.
The Society also publishes its own journal, the ‘Indian Journal of Urology’, and a Newsletter, four times a year. The Indian Journal of Urology is an indexed Journal by the Excerpt Medica and Pubmed (Medline).
The Indian Urology has now come of age and the membership has now crossed 4200. We have entered the new millennium with plenty of hope and promise from our younger colleagues, who will take us to even greater heights.
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