Cancer patients will soon be able to learn
Cancer patients will soon be able to learn

Good news for the cancer patients in India The young cancer patients in India will now be able to register themselves in the short courses of photography animation and painting and start to spend some quality time on with learning

The young cancer patients especially the teenagers and those in early 20s will soon be able to enroll themselves in various vocational courses in Nashikbased Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University YCMOU said an official from the Tata Memorial Hospital Mumbai

The initiative was taken by University vice chancellor R Krishnakumar vice chancellor of the university after reading about a 21yearold student Vaibhav Shinde and his inclination towards learning despite suffering from leukemia

When I came across Vaibhav and his will to learn and educate himself I was filled with appreciation for his desire After reading about him I had an urge to contribute in his life and hence we enrolled him for a course in our university said Krishnakumar

However it was not easy for Vaibhav to carry out his studies regularly He said From there stemmed the idea of establishing a study centre within the premises or near the Tata Memorial Hospital he added

There are several teenaged and young patients in the hospital who seem to have lost the will to live because of the disease They drop out of their schools or colleges eventually While not much can be done to help with this we thought we will come up with shortterm vocational courses like photography animation and painting to keep these young patients occupied he added

The university is likely to start the study centre from the next academic year as talks for the same are going on with the officials at the Tata Memorial Hospital

Though it will be difficult for Vaibhav a resident of Raigad to carry with his study undergoing long days of treatment at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai Vaibhav is suffering from leukaemia will last three years Vaibhav had enrolled himself for a graduation degree in information technology but could not continue due to health reasons YCMOU in addition to enrolling him for the course is also helped him with his tuition fees and other expenses

But this was not enough I saw the boy struggling hard to strike a balance between his studies and his cancer treatment So we gave him a certificate to appreciate his urge to be a learner Krishnakumar said

I have seen Vaibhavs zeal to learn In spite of suffering from this disease he has come across as a happy and smiling child We appreciate the efforts of YCMOU to fulfil his desire to learn said Tushar Vora who has been treating Vaibhav

It will be a great help for the young patients of cancer who have the entire life to look forward and I am looking forward for such an initiative in the hospital premises

Vaibhav has been such a model student and patient that we are working out a schedule for him so that the treatment sessions do not clash with his exams or study hours Vora said

Anuradha Deshmukh director of collaborations and initiatives at the University of YCMOU threw some light on the types of courses to be started and said they are also keen on several preparatory courses for patients aged 1416 years

We will be looking at the database of young patients at the hospital and will work out shortterm preparatory courses that can help teenagers find a direction in their career she said

We look forward to designing study modules not only in the form of books but also in the form of multimedia making it more interesting for young patients she added

Deshmukh also expressed appreciation towards the doctors who bacme ready to schedule the treatment of the pateints or students accordingly

Moreover the university is also taking care of the study of Vaibhavs younger brother who left his study to look after his brother

The hospital has a total footstep of almost 43000 new patients every year from India nad abroad out of which 60percent of the cancer patients are provided with primary care of which over 70 percent gets free treatment in addition to that more than 1000 patients visit the hospital to attend OPD daily for medical advice and followup treatment

Date : 31 Mar, 2012
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