There was no doubting the commitment, belief and enthusiasm of the students of Amity University Rajasthan. For them, donating blood was a cause, and they wanted to stand up and be counted.
As many as 246 students and ten Faculty and Staff members donated blood in the blood donation camp that was organised by Amity University Rajasthan on April 8, 2013.
There was an excited buzz outside the Students Lounge where the students started queuing much before 10 a.m, the time when the blood donation camp was to start, and the queues continued till 4 p.m. The volunteers were not limited to boys alone. A large number of girls took permission from their respective teachers and queued up to donate blood.
In all, 403 students volunteered to donate blood. However, 157 of them returned disappointed because the team of doctors supervising the camp said they did not fulfil all the medical conditions needed to donate blood.
The camp was conducted on two locations in the campus. Seven beds were placed in the Students Lounge and four beds were provided in the bus that the team of doctors from Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Research Centre had brought with them.
A highlight of the camp was the enthusiasm and the sense of purpose displayed by the students. Led by engineering students Jaspal Godhra and Aditya Rathore, who run an on-campus NGO Prayaas, the team of student volunteers managed all aspects of the camp – from registration, regulating entry, guiding donors to their respective beds and serving of refreshments.
The Pro Vice Chancellor, Maj Gen (retd) B.N. Kaul, visited the Students Lounge and commended the students who were donating blood. He also interacted with the volunteers and the team of doctors.
Dr Raunaq led the 11-member team of doctors and paramedical personnel who had come from Santokba Durlabhji Memorial Hospital and Research Centre, Jaipur, to conduct the camp.
Each donor was provided with a pen set by the Durlabhji Hospital, while Amity University served refreshments to the donors. The donors will also be provided a donor card with one-year validity and a comprehensive blood test report by Durlabhji Hospital.