By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 9 May: The students and teachers of Graphic Era Hill University and Graphic Era Deemed University on Wednesday donated 1007 units of blood to be used by the needy. In this session, a total of 4053 units of blood were donated in Graphic Era. Speaking on this occasion, Nitesh Kumar Jha, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said that, out of the total blood received from volunteers in the state, nearly 10% is contributed by Graphic Era, alone. He further said that blood donation played a major role in protecting the needy.
Jha inaugurated the blood donation camps in both Graphic Era Hill University and Graphic Era Deemed University. Elaborating on the need for blood in the state, Jha said that blood donation was a noble step towards protecting valuable lives that could be done without losing anything in the process. He motivated the students, faculty members and staff members at all the five blood donation camps held at Graphic Era Hill University and Graphic Era Deemed University to practice blood donation and presented each one of the donors a flower.
Prof (Dr) Kamal Ghanshala, President, Graphic Era Group, said that along with understanding of educational concepts, the students at both the Universities were also made aware of their social responsibilities. He added that the record breaking scores of donated blood units from the past 8 years was an example of the same.
The blood donation camp saw IMA Blood bank receive 257 units, Doon Hospital, 101 units, Himalayan Hospital Jolly Grant, 262, Mahant Indresh Hospital, 312, and AIIMS Rishikesh, 75 units. Prior to this the record for donating maximum blood units is in the name of none other than Graphic Era.
The enthusiasm of the students was clearly visible from in the campus as many students waited for their turn at the stalls of the blood donation camp in both the Universities which did not decline with rising temperature. The camp also saw a large number of girls participating. Only those students were allowed to donate who had the required hemoglobin, weight measure and blood count. Nearly 700 students, staff and faculty members were not found fit to donate blood and were denied the right to donate. All these were further given medical consultation from experts regarding right food habits and diet to be fit and healthy.
Dr Amal Shankar Shukla, coordinator of the blood donation camp said that any member of Graphic Era group could avail free units of blood when required from the blood banks.
The camp also saw first time donors at Graphic Era Deemed University – Paritosh Saxena, 1st year student of Hotel Management, Ankit Rawat BBA 1st year, Prashant Upadhayay and Varun Tuteja, Ria Phuleria of BA (Hons) Economics, Mahima Deopa of BSc 1st year, Gargi Kandwal, Niharika and Aditi Rawat of B.tech 1st year. Similarly in Graphic Era Hill University, Sushmita Fonia of B.Tech, Shalu of BBA, Vishal Walia of BSc Maths, Ayushi Panwar of Fashion Department and Arpit Derrick Belfore of Mass Communication were the first time donors at the camp.
Prof Dr AS Shukla of Computer Application Department Graphic Era Deemed University donated for the 50th time, and Aditya Harbola of Computer Application Department donated for the 16th time. Bhaskar Nautiyal of Graphic Era Deemed University donated for the 12th time and Prof Saurabh Rawat for the 10th time at the camp in Graphic Era.