Kolkata, Jan 28 (Agencies): Nepal President Dr Ram Baran Yadav on Friday recounted fond memories of his relation with the metro city during his student days while inaugurating the 177th Foundation Day celebrations of Medical College in Kolkata, of which he is an alumnus.

The event started with lighting of a lamp at the college auditorium by the first President of Nepal. He said, "Medical College Kolkata is my alma mater where I studied 43 years ago and it is this place which made me what I am today."

"At a time when we had few qualified doctors in Nepal, it was a matter of pride for me to be imparted medical education in this great institute of learning," expressed Yadav.

Lauding the city's cosmopolitan nature, he said his education days have left a deep mark on him of the cultural heritage of India and West Bengal, in particular.

Yadav, an alumnus of Calcutta University that has produced India's first President Rajendra Prasad, said, "Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and Kazi Nazrul Islam's works deeply influenced me."

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and other ministers of his cabinet were also present at the function.