Forwarded by Abhishek Singh (Metallurgy 2009). Email: email@example.com.
(Chronicle Note: As you are aware, our alumnus Jaskaran Singh (Civil 2011) met with a tragic car-accident in which all of his family members-parents and a sister-were killed. He survived with serious spinal-cord injury, for which he was hospitalized for six months. With the treatment, he is recovering now. Our alumni also came forward with financial help to cover his medical costs for the prolonged treatment. Here is an update provided by Abhishek Singh, who is in constant touch with Jaskaran Singh.
More details can be found on our website:
We have received overwhelming response from our students and alumni and fund collected has exceeded requirement of Rs. 7.5 lakhs. Hence the fund collection is stopped for now.)
Jaskaran Singh (left) on wheelchair
First of all we would like to congratulate all of us for achieving the first milestone of getting Jaskaran admitted to Indian Spinal Injury Center, New Delhi (admitted on 13-4-12). This would have never been possible without your support and guidance.
As per doctors, treatment is expected to run in between two to three months. They also said that there is good chance that Jaskaran will walk again.
Right now he is in room no. EW117. If anyone wishes to visit him in person, visiting hours is in between 7-8 A.M. and 4-8 P.M. Updates about his condition can be seen at following address:
After the accident he had to go through an operation for his spinal cord but was completely bed ridden. After few months of irregular physiotherapy in his home town he could move his hands and was able to sit with support, but not for very long. He was still not able to move his fingers and his lower body.
His treatment is doing quite well in ISIC. Before he was admitted, the hospital did an analysis of all body parts to know the amount of sensation.
After that a routine was developed for him in two parts: OT (Occupational Therapy) and PT (Physiotherapy) where physiotherapists help him perform rigorous exercises throughout the day.
There are specific exercises for his fingers as well.
Based on this schedule his progress is tracked every week by Dr H. S. Chabbra.
The Doctors say that they are concentrating firstly on making himself sufficient which mainly involves:
1. Solution for bowel movement and urine
2. Working on his fingers and his upper body so that he can move himself on his own using a wheel chair
After this they will be focusing completely on the lower body (the physiotherapy is still going on for lower body)
His body is responding well to the treatment. He can sit for a bit longer without support now and strength of many of his upper body muscles have improved.
He was extremely happy and positive. We would like to thank all of you from all my heart for your contribution. Without that it would not have been possible.
I will keep you posted with the regular updates regarding his health and his treatment.
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(Forwarded by Shobhit Shubhankar, 1st Year Chemical Engineering. Email: shobhit.shubhankar AT gmail.com)
In a deeply tragic incident on the campus, Anuj Rathi, a 2nd Year Chemical Engineering student, died in an accident near the Lecture Theatre Complex on 5th April. He was riding a bike on his way back from his department to the Morvi Hostel where he lived. He succumbed to injuries caused by another bike running over him.
The weather was windy with light rain. While the exact circumstances cannot be ascertained, from tyre marks on the road it was apparent that his bike lost balance and skidded across the road. Apparently it was then that another bike coming down the other side of the road ran over him. Rathi sustained severe injuries on his head and chest. Those on the other bike have been identified as Vishal Sharma and Sudhir Singh who are students at Kashi Vidyapeeth. Instead of taking Rathi to the hospital, they quickly fled directly to the Proctor Office where they told that an accident had taken place and they were not aware as to what had exactly happened.
While Rathi lay in a spreading pool of his own blood, no one came forward to help him. While this might be attributed to the fact that the road was mostly deserted, still there were some people present who should have rushed to him to the hospital. Ultimately students who were crossing the spot in an autorickshaw carried him to the Sir Sunderlal Hospital (SSL). At the hospital those who accompanied him said that the staff was exceedingly slow to respond considering that the situation was one of dire emergency and he was soon pronounced dead. The entire episode points at gross negligence and inexplicable sluggishness on the part of the hospital.
The procedures to be followed after his death could only be carried out within a short span of time owing to the fact that his friends kept at it all through the night, repeatedly insisting that the procedures be expedited. Rathi’s parents were informed and they arrived in the night from Kota, Rajasthan. They wanted to take his body back home the next day and had arranged for a chartered plane. The staff at the SSL, having displayed an utter disregard until now, proceeded to unbelievable callousness. They packed Rathi’s body in a crate and left it on the street to be taken by his family. The fact that a body needs to be embalmed before it can be taken on a plane had for some reason skipped their minds. Only after constant efforts on the part of Rathi’s batch mates could the embalmment finally be carried out.
But what was even worse was the irresponsible journalism on display in newspapers in the morning which had, instead of investigating properly, chosen to publish the story that irresponsible driving had claimed the life of Anuj Rathi and further that those on the other bike had been injured while trying to save him. The bikes tell a different story. While the one which Rathi was driving was almost without a scratch, the other was badly smashed. The injuries sustained could only have resulted from a bike crushing his body directly underneath. Now the rider would certainly have tried to apply brakes in an attempt to avoid Rathi. The fact that he couldn’t and further the fact that there were gashes on Rathi’s chest, the kind which seemed to be from a bike’s stand tearing past, imply that the bike must have been at a great speed. And there were no perceptible injuries suffered by the two, despite what the newspapers reported.
A sit-in protest against irresponsible journalism was organised by students on 7 April in the evening at the Rajputana Ground. At the end of it homage was paid by lighting candles all around a picture of Rathi.
The question that arises is who should be assigned responsibility for the death of this talented man. While the University takes the stand that keeping bikes within the campus premises is prohibited, when it comes to enforcing it, the authorities turn a blind eye. And how can the safety of the student community be ensured when anyone can enter the campus without a prior security check, can indulge in over-speeding or any other such activity and face no consequences whatsoever? It remains unclear whether any charges are being pressed against the other two involved in this accident despite assurances by the Chief Proctor that the matter will be looked into. The print media did not issue an apology and the University authorities made no efforts to pursue the matter.
Rathi had a YGP of 8.22 and was 4th in a class of 120 in the third semester with a score of 8.96. His elder brother is a 3rd Year Metallurgical Engineering student at IIT Bombay.
Students protesting at the Rajputana Ground against irresponsible journalism
Homage paid to Anuj Rathi at the Rajputana Ground by lighting candles around his picture
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