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Ramesh Chennithala, Home Minister, Government of Kerala unveiled a 40- feet statute of ancient sage Sushruta, who is considered as the father of surgery, at the Amrita Institute of Medical Science (AIMS), Kochi on Thursday 4th Feburuary 2016. The two-tiered concrete statue, by sculptor Chavara Vijayan, shows Sushruta seated in padmasana on a raised pedestal. At its base, there is also a detailed sculpture of the sage performing surgery on a patient, assisted by a team of physicians. The sculptor is Chavara Vijayan. Sampoojya Swami Poornamritananda Puri, General Secretary, Mata Amritanandmayi Math; Dr. N. Gopalakrishnan, Director of Indian Institute of Scientific Heritage; Soumini Jain, Kochi Mayor; Hibi Eden MLA; Ambika Sudarshanan, Councillor and Dr. Prem Nair, Medical Director, AIMS were present.