A highly successful and decorated individual with a long list of medical adornments and feats to his credit, the Chairman and Chancellor of Nims University Rajasthan, Jaipur India Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar, is the actual impetus and reason of existence of this magnificent institution of learning. A renowned personality, Dr. Tomar is famous in medical circles not only within the country but even abroad for his dynamism, versatility, charisma and multi-dimensional personality. A rare precedent of exceptional talent, hard work and acute insight with an immense zeal to serve society Dr. Tomar was born to a noble family of educationists and doctors in Varanasi. A bright student all through his academic years he followed the wishes of his parents and decided to become a doctor early on for which he took admission in the Gajra Raja Medical College in Gwalior. A true achiever he passed his MBBS with a Gold Medal and claimed the top spot in his University.
When Dr. Tomar was pursuing his education proper medical services for children were seriously lacking in the country. There were only a few good Hospitals in the big cities. He was deeply moved by the plight of these children as most of them were suffering from a rising mortality rate, malnutrition and many other diseases. His deep rooted empathy towards young children made him opt for an MD in Paediatrics, which was a tough branch at that time and only toppers would get admission into this specialization. He relentlessly pursued the specialization with full zeal and enthusiasm. While pursuing his MD he worked selflessly towards taking care of sick children and provided them with medical assistance whenever possible. In spite of all the noble work that he was doing he even bagged a Gold medal in his MD.
Dr. Tomar didn't just stop there. He had an undying zeal to study further. The many research papers that he had written and presented began getting popular not just in the country, but even internationally. He pursued his specialization in Paediatric Nutrition from the prestigious Harvard University, USA. Because of his academic brilliance, he was called by the Oxford University to pursue his further studies on scholarship. He then moved to the Kings College, London to complete his specialisation in Paediatric Liver. Even at Kings College he was a Gold medallist and was given many honorary memberships including MIAP, MIHP and FACU. Other than this he also got training from University of California, San Diego, USA, making his educational qualifications much stronger. He also did fellowship from the University of London and is a WHO fellow in Child Health in USA, and Common Wealth Medical fellow in London. Always a devoted Paediatric, Dr. Tomar was one to invent a treatment therapy for a rare disease in children known as 'Indian Child Cirrhosis'. The disease was so dreaded that almost 100% of children used to die of this medical condition. His research project was published in 'Advances in Paediatrics', which is a yearly advanced research book published from USA. After his research project the disease was eradicated. Owing to his academic and medical efficiency, the World Health Organisation, made Dr. Tomar a Fellow Member. He was asked to work on the rising mortality rates and dreaded diseases affecting children in lesser developed countries. He was successful to a large extent in his endeavour and was soon awarded the 'Commonwealth Fellowship in London'.
Dr. Tomar was destined to acclaim a tall stature for himself in the medical and healthcare field. Over the years he has widely been admired as a strategist, innovator, dynamic leader, motivator and a humane educationist who values holistic development of individuals. A man of many experiences and exposures, Dr. Tomar travelled the world, but his heart was in India. After extensive travel for his academic pursuits abroad, Dr. Tomar returned to India and joined the Sawai Man Singh Medical College in Jaipur. For the first time ever at Sawai Man Singh Hospital, he set up a Paediatric Gastroenterology Centre, which helped in reducing the death rate among children suffering from Gastric disorders by 90%. The centre that he had set up initially did not have the required funds and so contributions and donations were invited. Looking at his passion, perseverance and noble vision; people started sending their donations and the entire centre was finally set up. The centre's aim was to treat children with stomach related issues.
In 1995, Dr. Tomar organised the 1st International World Congress of Paediatric Gastroenterology, where around 150 world famous Gastroenterologists came together for the very first time. The conference proved to be a milestone and initiated an era of Paediatric Gastroenterology in the world. For the first time the World Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology was established under the mentorship of Prof. Balvir S. Tomar with more than 1000 members. Due to his exemplary efforts in this field, where he bought together so many international Doctors together, he was felicitated in the second conference in Boston.
Dr. Tomar is the only to be a member of GastroenterologySociety of USA. A distinction nobody has been able to achieve. He still pursues his love for academics and is a visiting professor at the Harvard, Kings College London, University of California, and other leading US and European medical colleges and universities. He is also the Editor in Chief, member of Editorial Board of numerous leading publications and has written many books and journals on Paediatrics. He also has a chapter in the text book of Indian Academy of Paediatrics (IAP). Dr. Tomar also serves on a number of bodies and associations in the country. He serves as the President, Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Transplant and Nutrition; Director, Institute of Paediatric Gastroenterologyand Hepatology and Institute of Organ Transplant. He is on the Chair at the Institute of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine and Institute of Nutrition and Public Health. Dr. Tomar also serves as the Chancellor of NIMS University, Jaipur, and is Chairman of the NIMS Global Group. He is Chairman of the National Council on Chemicals and Petrochemical - ASSOCHAM, and National Council of Skill Development - ASSOCHAM. He is also member of the Medical Council of India and the National Accreditation Board for Education and Training. According to Dr. Tomar, "Education is inevitable for sustainable development and competency based education holds the secret to a sustainable career." Dr. Tomar has also proved to be an exemplary citizen of the country all through his life. He always did what he thought was right, following his heart's calling even if it wasn't the norm. Among the many awards that hehas received he has been felicitated with the 'Rajeev Gandhi' award that he received from the then Prime Minister, HD Deve Gowda. For outstanding contribution in the field of Health and Education worldwide Dr. Tomar was given the 'Bharat Gaurav Award' by the British Parliamentarian (London). Due to his exemplary work in field of Health and Education he has been felicitated with the 'Lifetime Achievement Award' by many renowned world organizations.
Dr. Tomar has been an ardent follower of Pt. Madan Mohan Malviya and his teachings. His teachings have been an inspiration for him to continuously strive to achieve all that hehasset out to do and yet make valuable contributions to society for the larger good of people. Prof. Tomar has also made pioneering contributions in the area of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. He has always promoted the creation of opportunities for acquisition of skills especially for the youth, women and disadvantaged groups. He has also suggested the Six Arm Theory for skill development and entrepreneurship. The six pillars of the theory of skill development and Entrepreneurship are Knowledge, Awareness, Competencies, Experience, Training and Creativity. In this post-globalization era, except a few, almost all nations across the globe are struggling with economic and political instability, social atrocities, lifestyle problems, slow pace and quality of human development and low per capita incomes. Some of these crucial issues can be dealt with skill development and developed countries in the current era of globalization, Dr. Tomar has initiated skill development certificate courses in the NIMS University for graduate and post-graduate students.
With more than 100 Research Papers credit and being part of many international bodies namely the WHO, UNESCO and UNICEF, there was a lot that Dr Balvir S Tomar had already achieved in the field of Medicine. But his infectious energy and a vision to do something for society didn't let him stop there. After having pursued his education from some of the best institutions of the world, his dream was now to build an institute of world class standards in his own country, one that would impart quality education to all. And hence, the NIMS University was born. He set up the college in the year 2004 and four years later he took the college to great heights to make it into a University, being its mentor and driving force right through. Over the years there have been a number of awards and recognitions that the University has got for its work and accomplishments in the field of education. Pursuing the motto "Education's World, World's Education," Nims University has only grown from strength to strength, with each passing day and year. With more than 350 courses on offer namely Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Paramedical, Engineering and Technology, Management, Architecture, Humanities, Fashion Designing and Aeronautical Engineering, NIMS has become a Global Epicenter of Knowledge, attracting even international students from more than 25 countries.
Nims University is spread out on a sprawling campus on the Jaipur Delhi highway. It is not only excelling in almost every sphere of work but is also of great help to the many communities living around the area. Other than providing employment to a large unorganized workforce, NIMS is also focusing on affordable healthcare so that the not so privileged can afford entrepreneurship that can be taught in varsities in those countries.
Keeping this objective in mind, NIMS University has set up a centre of Indo Japan Technical Intern Training Programme (TITP). Its aim is to provide a platform and prepare young workers from India to acquire industrial and vocational skills as technical intern trainees in companies in Japan and thereby improve their acquired skills through more three to five years of technical intern training, so that they can utilize such skills for economic and industrial development after they return to their home country.
He has also suggested the integration of traditional medicine with modern medicine. Prof. Tomar organized the international seminar 'Integration of Indian Medicinal System into Modern Medicine' with the department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. During a global conference of 'Consensus of Pediatrics and Child Health' (CIP) in China in March 2016, he suggested that the integration of traditional individual medicine of the country is a better way for medical healthcare globally.
Prof. Tomar is also the Chairman of the National Skill Council, ASSOCHAM and member of the Quality Council of India: NABET. He has also taken initiatives for skill development in the Petrol Coal sector. Many projects have been planned to develop a skilled workforce in the Petroleum sector with the collaboration of the UFA state Petroleum Technological University, Russia.
Since, skill education and innovations are critical for the development of a nation and more so with developing and under quality healthcare services.
Under the dynamic leadership of Dr Tomar, NIMS University has earned a number of awards and recognitions to its credit. For the last five years, NIMS University has been awarded as 'Best University' on various parameters. NIMS was awarded as the 'Best Private University' of the year by Assocham in the year 2016 and 2017 it was also rewarded as the Best Professional Institute for Skill Development again by Assocham. The University has also been given 'Six Sigma Healthcare Excellence Award' and also the Best Medical Science University for 2015. NIMS Medical College was ranked the 'Fifth Best Emerging College in India' by India Today in 2016.
Dr. Tomar is known as a deft planner and facilitator who have brought about countless growth opportunities for students, faculty members, associates and people at large. He is applauded by one and all for his observance of highest principles of integrity in professional and personal life. The University has an Office of Academic Integrity to uphold fair practices and promote faculty diversity. He has regularly undertaken numerous philanthropic endeavours, establishing research centres in many areas, dedicated to the service of nation and the society at large.
The NIMS University and Medical College campus also has a Super Specialty Hospital with specializations of Neurosciences, Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Oncology, Nephrology, Urology, GI and Liver Sciences, IVF, Critical Care and Emergency Medicine and Bone and Joint Replacement Surgery. This exquisite hospital is a 'Healthcare for All' centre, catering especially to the needs of lower income groups. The hospital specializes in providing low cost treatment of all ailments and is approved by the Government of Rajasthan for Bhamashah Yojna, BPL Chief Minister Scheme, Janani Suraksha Yojna and other such welfare schemes.
Dr. Tomar's vision for Nims University is to build a truly innovative higher education system. "NIMS University stands to create linkages between competency based professional and technical education and employability," says the Chairman and Chancellor of NIMS University.
Prof. (Dr.) Balvir S. Tomar sees students, faculty members, doctors, patients and associates as integral elements of a large, close-knit community, working towards the common goals of human welfare and service of the nation through academics and healthcare. He has been a strong pillar, amidst tough times and challenges that holds high the morals and ethics of this grand institution called Nims University Rajasthan, Jaipur to which he is dedicated just like a priest to a temple.