Published on: May 11, 2018

Pallium India has a collaborative project with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) University, Puducherry, to integrate palliative care into medical and nursing curricula, the first of its kind. Mrs Anu Savio Thelly of SBV writes:

An energetic team under Dr Satvinder Singh Bakshi, Associate Professor, Department of ENT and Dr R.Kannan, Asso Professor, Dept. of Surgery in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute (MGMCRI) set up a stall for supporting charity and volunteering work for the students of MGMCRI.

“I’ve been a volunteer. I wanted to do something that I could be proud of, something that would help me as well as other people. I felt very good working in the stall”, said Ananya, 1st year medical student.

The response for the stall was amazing. The participating students and faculty of SPECTRA 2K18 appreciated the good steps taken up by the students for capacity building, humanitarian and sharing concerns.

There were handmade crafts, hand painted umbrellas, and T-shirts for sale. They also arranged sales for items donated by MGMCRI students and faculty. Lots of fun games were also conducted.

Final Year student Vignesh said, “Volunteering in the shop has certainly provided me with a strong insight into what shop work is like and I was surprised to find how much I really enjoy doing it.”

The money they have raised will be used for supporting poor patients, their volunteering works in various orphanages and old age homes and for creating awareness regarding palliative care treatment for the needy.

“We are so proud to see these kind of self-driven compassionate activities from students,” said Dr Uma Narayanamoorthy, Asst. Prof. in Pharmacology, a faculty volunteer in the stall.

“We are planning to scale up the activities in the future. Let our students be role models for other medical colleges,” said Prof. M. Ravisankar, Dean, MGMCRI. Dr Partha Nandi, Vice Principal (Student Affairs) of MGMCRI congratulated the students for their effort.

Pallium India congratulates the teachers and students of SBV for organizing this event and we look forward to more such initiatives.


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