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Dr Thomas Chandy starts a new scholarship for new medical students at Saint Johns Medical College through the Alumni Association
After some deliberation and soul searching I decided that this was a suitable time for me to start a scholarship at John's my Alma Mater through my charitable foundation (The Dr. Thomas Chandy Foundation)which is for poor school students. Saint Germains in Bangalore my old primary school has assistance from me in the form of scholarships at this time.My charity also helps poor patients and students of music who cannot afford their fees.
I started a similar scholarship at The Bangalore School of music, where the interest pays for the tuition fees of two or three music students.
Having had the experience doing this in the past ,when the Alumni Association got their own 80G I felt this would be something I should do. I chose an individual scholarship as opposed to a group of Johnites contributing as the accountability and transparency would be better for all concerned.
I realized that all the previous scholarships from our days, of Rs 5000 or 10000 (which was a big amount those days) the interest is Rs 450 and 900 respectively per year which today is a miniscule amount due to inflation and much higher fees presently.,I figured that to make a difference a scholarship today should be Rs 6 to 10 lakhs which why I decided on the 10 lakhs.
Another motivating factor for making this donation was that during my MBBS days at St. Johns I was the youngest of 8 children. My father was First Corporation Commissioner, and later the Registrar of the Karnataka high court. Being on a senior officials government salary, which may have seemed good at the time, he did have some strain in educating and graduating 8 kids, as well as getting 4 girls married. At the present time I see some teenagers opting out of joining private medical colleges, and joining Government colleges, due to lack of funds. This scolarship is intended for this group of new students having very high grades, and are bright but their parents are unable to afford the high cost of medial school. I am hoping this scholarship will help one first MBBS student annually.
I would urge any Johnite that has the financial means to do so to also help the students joining Johns who cannot pay the high fees that it now takes to graduate. I hope to do more for needy students in the future
Chairman and Chief of Orthopaedics,
Hosmat Hospital, Bangalore.
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