Devi Shetty group help underprivileged pursue medicine
India Blooms News Service
Kolkata, Oct 8 (IBNS): Eminent cardiac surgeon Devi Shetty led Rabindranath Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences (RTIICS) and Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals Sunday felicitated students who received scholarship under the Udayer Pathey 2012 initiative.
Udayer Pathey, an initiative by Narayana Hrudayalaya and RTIICS, was undertaken to help students who are underprivileged but have shown their excellency in the Joint Entrance Exam for Medical to pursue their medical studies with the financial assistance.
Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty was present to felicitate the students.
Shetty said, "Medical Profession in the past and even in the future will remain attractive to children coming from working class and poor class. But unfortunately the system of medical education in our country has reached such a level that the cost of study has grown up extremely high."
"Our target is to identify the children who are at the school going age because aspiration to become a doctor happen when they are 14 to 18 year old but due to the poor financial condition they cannot afford for medical study which blocks their aspiration and their desire to become a doctor ends there."
"Our desire is to identify these children and educate them, hold their hand and assure them that we are here for you until you become a doctor."
A student of Burdwan Medical College Subodh Biswas got the opportunity to study MBBS under the scheme who is now pursuing MBBS 3rd year, informed Shetty.
The cardiac surgeon asserted that he has decided to set up a specialised health care unit at Birbhum district's Bolpur area.
Narayana Hrudayalaya had submitted a detailed plan to West Bengal government on setting up dialysis units, diagnostic laboratories, cardiac catheterisation laboratories and coronary care units near the district hospitals in Purulia, Birbhum, East Midnapore, Bankura, Nadia and Malda districts.
Commerce & Industry Minister Partha Chatterjee, Minister of State of Health & Family Welfare Chandrima Bhattacharya, Minister of Transport & Sports Madan Mitra , General Secretary of Ramakrishna Vivekananda Mission Swami Nityananda , President of Rotary Club of Calcutta Mahanagar Satish Bansal, Vice Chairman of Narayana Hrudayalaya Dr. A. Raghuvanshi and Vice President and Senior Cardiac Surgeon of RTIICS Dr. Kunak Sarkar were also present there at the occasion.