Ludhiana Christian Medical College Sends Medical Team to Nepal

Left to right:  Dr. Sajan K Sebastian,  Dr. Abhishek Samuvel, Director, Anandaban Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal, Dr. Ashwin Sakharia and Dr Ajay Alex

Left to right: Dr. Sajan K Sebastian, Dr. Abhishek Samuvel, Director, Anandaban Hospital, Lalitpur, Nepal, Dr. Ashwin Sakharia and Dr Ajay Alex

On April 25th, 2015, a devastating earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale struck Nepal with the small town of Gorkha – roughly 140 kilometers from Kathmandu – being the epicenter. The aftermath of this natural disaster was a great loss of life, homes and livelihood. The devastation was widespread across Gorkha, Kathmandu and other neighboring districts. The approximate numbers were 8000 killed and over 20,000 injured. An International call for help was sent out from Nepal and Missionary Hospitals in Nepal and in Indian towns on the Nepalese border to help with relief process and to manage the scores of patients who had been affected directly and indirectly by this event.

Under the guidance of Dr. Abraham G Thomas – Director, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana – a response and aid team was assembled on the 27th of April, 2015. The team of 4 consisted of an Orthopaedic Surgeon, a Maxillofacial Surgeon, an Anesthesiologist and a Resident in Orthopedic Surgery. The following were the team members –

  1. Abhishek Samuel – Orthopedic Surgeon (Team Leader)
  2. Sajan K. Sebastian – Anesthesiologist
  3. Ashwin Sakharia – Maxillofacial Surgeon
  4. Ajay Alex – Resident, Orthopedics

(Click here to read the full report of the team and to see pictures of the destruction and the team in action.)

Let’s Move Mindfully, by Dr. Zachariah


Click the picture below to read about the book and the author and to order Dr. Prof. Alex Rhema Zachariah’s book, “Let’s Move Mindfully”.  Dr. Zachariah is a graduate of the Ludhiana Christian Medical College, batch 1957.

Graduate Serves in Spite of Ebola

The Ludhiana Christian Dental College has been sending some of their graduates to the Ganta Methodist Hospital in Liberia to treat patients and train dental health care workers. There is an acute shortage of dentists in Liberia. Recently Dr. Sundeep Franklin was called back to Ludhiana because of the Ebola crisis. Now fullly understanding the risks, he has chosen to return as an ambassador for Christ and the Ludhiana Christian Dental College to continue serving the people of Liberia at though Ganta Methodist Hospital.

Walking Normally For First Time

Walking Normally For First Time

Walking Normally For First Time

We visited in the pediatric ward with an 18 year old whose feet were deformed from birth. (See girl in black pants) She had been walking on tip toes since it was impossible for her to walk flat on her feet. We also visited with a nine year old girl (see girl in pink pants) with one of her feet deformed in the same manner. Both were from very poor families who never dreamed of their children walking normally. Both children had to be carried often. With joy we visited both of them after surgery with big smiles on their faces as they showed us how they could now walk with the flat of their feet touching the ground. Such miracles occur on a regular basis through the ministry in Ludhiana that you and I are a part of.

A Visit with Dr. Kenneth Scott – Transition in Leadership

I had the joy of visiting with Dr. Kenneth Scott in March 2012. Dr. Scott served as the Director of the Ludhiana Christian Medical College in India from 1963 to 1974. In this portion of our visit he tells about the transition from western missionary leadership to Indian leadership.  Click picture to listen to the interview.

A Personal Eulogy by Dr. Ernest Chander

By Dr. Ernest Chander

Dr. Scott left for his heavenly abode at 4.00 p.m. on September 15, 2014. He was surrounded by his three children, Ken, Charles and Betsy. Grand children had been coming to see him. Pushpa and I were very fortunate to reach there about 2.00 P.M. Dr. Molly Joshi (Retired Dietitian) and Dr. Joy Joshi (retired founder principal of the dental college: a South- North Indian couple of CMC, Ludhiana) were with us. They were in the USA visiting their friends and students. I had the privilege to pray for and thank God for Dr. Scott’s life, for giving him to his family, and to us, his extended family. I asked for God’s peace in this time of our sorrow. He was in a coma when Joy and I bade farewell to him. However, when Pushpa and Molly said “goodbye” he opened his eyes a little, looked at Molly and murmured a feeble goodbye response! We left him breathing his last in the company of his loving children. We went to spend some time with Dr. Andrew Forbat (formerly anesthesiologist in Vellore and Ludhiana) who is 89 years old and lives in the same assisted living place where Dr. and Mrs. Scott had moved.

Dr. Scott came from a family with a long tradition of missionary work and witness abroad. He wrote in his memoirs (AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY YEARS, 1998), “Ann Bicksler: the nurse I fell in love with and married, 1942.” Ann stood by him throughout their long years of living and working together and facing many uncertainties of life. Once she told some of us, who were gathered in their home in Swannanoa, North Carolina, “In all these years of our being together, he has never once raised his voice at me.” After her death he looked rather lonely, but was always cheerful and had the same old (or rather that of the younger days…) welcoming smile on his face. Pushpa and I had visited him about a month ago. He had become very weak after a fall, but his mind was clear till a few weeks before his death.
Before becoming a Christian missionary himself, he had served in the US army as a medical officer in the China-Burma-India Theater during World War II. After the army service, he entered surgical residency and served the US Veterans. Before going to Ludhiana, India, he served as a medical missionary in Korea. Though his sister and brother-in law were beheaded in communist China (December 8, 1934) , some Chinese Christians were able to hide their infant daughter and later smuggled her back to the USA. Dr. Scott himself was born in China to American Missionary parents.

Dr. Scott writes in his book, “….More and more Christian Koreans with professional and administrative expertise and growing responsibility were arriving on the scene. After all, our missionary goals were to do ourselves out of our jobs by raising the nationals to replace us….” The Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India needed a committed missionary doctor to be the new director of the Institution. “The answer came like a thunderbolt out of the blue sky, totally unexpected (both for him and the people in Ludhiana)…First came a cable from London, followed within a day from New York—inviting me to come to India to be the director of the Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana….my initial reaction was ‘why me Lord’….Just then I was reading about Moses at the burning bush… ‘Then the Lord’s anger burned against Moses’, and I didn’t want that to happen to me. I knew I was not Moses, but the story squarely hit its target as far as what my response to Ludhiana’s invitation should be.” Dr. Scott’s memoirs narrate his own good and bad times there. Different people will have different memories of the Scotts. Some used to be annoyed saying that he used his partial loss of hearing to his advantage: agreed with what he liked and turned a deaf ear to what he did not! But I never heard anyone say that he was malicious, arrogant and unfair.

Here, I am summarizing my own memories and transections with him.
Ann and Ken Scott lived in Ludhiana for ten years (1964-1974). Their children recollect some happy memories of those days. Betsy, in fact, went back to Agra to major in Hindi before she became a nurse. He had not been there too long, when Christmas came. I was the president of the Student Christian Movement (It was later changed to S.C. Fellowship). Along with some staff members, Dr. Constable (British principle) had invited me to the Principal’s office to plan the program. I felt rather small and insignificant among the big wigs. Dr. Scott came and sat next to me. He conversed with me and made me feel at ease. I felt important. Next spring we planned a retreat. At the last minute we students found out that the driver who was to drive our van had fallen sick. No one had any idea what to do. I did not want to cancel the retreat. I told the students and our staff guides that I could go and ask Dr. Scott if he would help us. They were flabbergasted at my audacity. But I had been touched by Dr. Scott’s humility and the gentle side. I had no hesitation to approach him. He gladly agreed to do so and said, “Just sit behind me and make sure I don’t veer to the right side as in America we drive on that side!”

Recent generations of CMC staff, students and alumni may not know much about him. During his time there the Ross hostel for men medical students, Mitchel hostel for technicians, hostels for nurses, the large hospital chapel and the private patients block were built. Nursing college was started and many departments were upgraded to the post-graduation level. He was well known and appreciated for playing the piano during the Sunday services in the nearby Calvary Church of Ludhiana. After his retirement in the USA, his alma mater the famous Davidson College of North Carolina, recognized him with an honorary Doctorate in Music.

Just as in Seoul Korea, He encouraged students to go for higher education and experience and return to be on the faculty and staff of CMC. He also looked for deserving Christians to join and stay in CMC. Drs. Joy and Molly Joshi are a great example of such people who have spent their lives at Ludhiana. He had postponed starting a department of psychiatry till a local/regional Christian psychiatrist was available. As the Lord would have it, I wanted to be a psychiatrist and, after completing MD (Post graduation) from the A.I.I.M.S. , New Delhi, I had the privilege to be the founder of the department. He granted me three years’ study leave to gain experience about the US mental health and administrative systems (Johns Hopkins). On my return to Ludhiana I was given the opportunity to be the first alumnus medical superintendent of the institution.

By the time Pushpa and I returned to Ludhiana in September 1976, the Scotts had retired and were settled in Swannanoa, North Carolina, a beautiful part of the Smokey Mountains of the East Coast. We visited them there before our return to India. Our small daughter, Renuka, and son were with us. Neeraj was playing with his little toy car on Dr. Scott’s piano. The car fell down into a crevice! Ken got up and brought a screw driver and opened the back of the piano. He reached in to get the car and gave it back to Neeraj. Both had broad smiles on their faces. In early 1983 we moved to settle in Connecticut. Pushpa had been an anesthesiologist in Ludhiana. In the USA she entered internal medicine residency (at the University of Connecticut), while I completed my Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Yale. In 1995 we moved to practice in North Carolina, little realizing that we will be just two hours’ drive away from the Scotts. Sometimes Pushpa cooked a nice Indian meal and we took it to the Scott house, where many other former missionaries would also be gathered to refresh their taste for such delicacies. Pushpa worked for the Gaston County Health department before staring her own practice. She came across a familiar handwriting in some of the patients’ notes. She was pleasantly surprised to see Dr. Scott’s signatures at the end of the notes. Both Ken and Ann had served the people of this region before going on full time retirement.

After he finished writing and publishing his own memoirs, he helped to edit my book (Trishul to Trinity: an Indo-American Christian psychiatrist’s account of Heritage, History, Healing, Faith and Dharma: 1999). He gladly accepted to write the foreword also saying, “As a North Indian Christian, you are amply suited to write such a book.” Dr. Silas Charles (Ludhiana’s first alumnus Indo-American physician to hold such a position) carried its copies to CMC. I have some more copies left over. I am interested in putting these in the hands of the outgoing CMC students so that they get a perspective of India from an Indian Christian alumnus author’s point of view. I am waiting to get an acceptance reply from the present director Dr. Abraham Thomas. Dr. Scott’s children will be happy to include copies of his book also for free distribution to such mature students so that they may understand how West and East met in Ludhiana to proclaim to proclaim the News of the Gospel. When Dr. Scott was at Ludhiana, after some functions and plays in the college assembly hall, he witnessed to staff and students by giving them copies of the book which detailed his sister Elizabeth Alden Scott Stam and her husband John Cornelius Stam’s work, life and tragic death in China. He has written in his book, “God has used Betty and John’s story to Sharpen and strengthen Christian commitment around the world to such a degree that its blessing has far exceeded its tragedy”. Besides its excellent medical work, Ludhiana, also needs to uphold the Christian witness to keeps its previous generations’ memory and efforts alive.

Charles Scott, Ken’s second son, called me to inform us of his passing away. Molly has already sent out the sad message of Dr. Scott’s death on Facebook and so many have already responded back. I am sure his memorial service will be a memorable occasion (Sept. 28, 2014 at 3.00 p.m.)

Ken is now a pillar in the eternal Kingdom of GOD.

Ernest R. Chander

Alumni Reunion – August 13-15, 2015 – Cleveland, OH

2015 Alumni Reunion Promo6






We just received this information from Alumni President Arun Adlakha: The 2015 CMC Alumni Reunion, will be held from Thursday, August 13 to Saturday, August 15, 2015. It will be held at the Downtown Westin Hotel, in Cleveland, Ohio. Please block off these dates and plan on attending. Local hosts are Dr. Krishan Chandar and Drs. Tejbir & Rani Sidhu. Registration information and more details will be forthcoming.

Salute to Dr. Kenneth Scott

Ludhiana Christian Medical College Director (1964-1974)

 texture for website-5in-backgroundDr. Kenneth Munro Scott departed for his Heavenly Home at the age of 98 on September 15, 2014 to join his beloved Ann. His passing was eased by the patient and loving care of the wonderful Health Care staff of Givens Highland Farms, Black Mountain, under the auspices of CarePartners Hospice.

Ken was born on March 22, 1916, in Tsingtao, in the German Crown Colony on Shantung Peninsula, China. The youngest of five children, his parents, Charles Ernest and Clara Heywood Scott, were Presbyterian missionaries in China for 36 years. The family for the next thirty years was buffeted by the brutal Communist uprising and the Japanese invasion of the Chinese Mainland. After attending schools in China, the Scott family was forced by political events to move to North Korea where Ken attended the first years of high school in Pyongyang, Korea (under Japanese colonial occupation), and then graduated from The Stony Brook School, Long Island, New York.

In 1933 Ken began studying music, both piano and organ, at Davidson College in North Carolina. While he ultimately went on to pursue a career in medicine he continued to be an accomplished pianist and organist, playing in recitals, church sanctuaries and the Black Mountain Rotary Club until he was 97 years old. He graduated from Davidson Summa Cum Laude in June 1937 and was accepted at the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania. During his residency at the Presbyterian Hospital in West Philadelphia Ken met Anna Bicksler, the charge nurse and “little general” of the third floor. The wedding took place on July 11, 1942, and they honeymooned in Western North Carolina.

But they did not have long together as Ken entered the U.S. Army as a Captain in the Medical Corps just three weeks after they were married. After training he was shipped out to China via India, to serve as an advisor to the Third Chinese Army in Burma and China (because of his fluency in Chinese). He returned to the United States in 1945, much thinner after the rigors of jungle life, but ecstatic to be reunited with Ann.

Children soon followed: Ken, Jr. was born in 1946 and Charles in 1950. Ken completed his surgical residency and then served on the staff of the Veterans Administration hospital in Coatesville, PA. During this time he decided that he was called to serve as a medical missionary. As China was now closed to Americans, Ken accepted a call to serve in the Republic of Korea. October of 1952 found the Scott family on a freighter traveling across the Pacific Ocean to Yokohama, Japan. They lived in Tokyo until it was safe to move to Korea following the Korean War. From April 1954 to the summer of 1957, Ken was director of the Presbyterian Hospital in Taegu and its chief surgeon. A daughter was born in March 1956 – Elisabeth Alden Scott, or Betsy.

After furlough in the US 1957-58, Ken was assigned to Severance Hospital in Seoul which became part of Yonsei University. He served as professor of surgery at the medical school. While he was very happy to serve in Korea, in 1964 Ken was called to another country – India – to serve as the Director of the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab. This large institution – an 800-bed hospital, 350-student medical college, nursing school, and several subsidiary hospitals – needed calm leadership and a vision for transition to Indian leadership. After ten years Ken achieved his objective and was succeeded by an eminently capable Indian director.

The Scotts returned to western North Carolina in 1974 and lived in Swannanoa, overlooking Warren Wilson College, for 27 years. The couple happily participated in the life of the Swannanoa Valley and Warren Wilson Presbyterian church. Ken worked at the Black Mountain Center as a physician in the tuberculosis program of the NC Department of Public Health, retiring in 1991. Ken and Ann then moved to Black Mountain in 2001 and to Highland Farms in 2010. His beloved Ann passed away in August 2010.

Ken is survived by three children – Ken, Jr., Charles (Marjorie), and Betsy (John Murphy); seven grandchildren – Thayer Scott (Diane Waggoner), Audrey Scott (Daniel Noll), Michael Scott, Brian Scott, Gordie Murphy, Joey Murphy, and Nick Murphy; and two great-grandchildren – Vivian Scott and Sylvia Scott.

Ken took Proverbs 3:5 as the guideline for his life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight”. He believed this promise implicitly and felt God’s guidance through all the decisions and major commitments in his long and productive life.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Sunday, September 28 at 3:00 p.m. at the Black Mountain Presbyterian Church, 117 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to Presbyterian World Missions, PO Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Funeral arrangements have been made through Harwood Home for Funerals, Black Mountain.

2014 Alumni Reunion, Los Angeles, California

To view the 2014 alumni reunion video click above.  When the video starts click in the lower right hand corner of the video to make the video open as a full screen view.  If you want to download the video and watch it later click the link below and tell your computer where you want the video file to be saved.

Click here to download the video to view later.  The file is large (382MB) so allow plenty of time for the download.


CHRISMED – New CMC Medical Journal

CHIRSMEDCHRISMED Journal of Health and Research, a publication of Christian Medical College; Ludhiana Society, is a peer-reviewed online journal with Semiannual print on demand compilation of issues published. The journal’s full text is available online at The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts and even for color reproduction of photographs.

To read the journal click on the picture or go to


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