GUNTUR: Pharmacy students have found a direct link between the Mumbai terror attacks and the need for voluntary blood donation during such emergencies, at a special programme organised by the Friends To Support Organisation ( www.friends2support.org) in association with the Chalapathi Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Lam.
On the occasion of World AIDS Day, the college played host to more than 100 students from 15 pharmacy colleges in Krishna, Guntur and Prakasam districts at a day-long essay writing, elocution and painting competitions held on the topic – Voluntary blood donation: need for registry services – the college principal N. Rama Rao said here on Tuesday.
The canvas was painted red by Sk. Salma, depicting the live action on Mumbai incidents and also the voluntary donation that helped save several lives in hospitals. “If every person gets motivated and is aware enough to go and donate blood voluntarily at regular intervals as and when an emergency arose like the one in Mumbai last week, such registry services might become a thing of the past,” said a participant in the elocution Ch. Malathi Suvarna of Madermetla Aniamma Mastanrao College of Pharmacy. A documentary titled ‘Pranadata’ was shown to students to drive home the need for voluntary blood donation and how they could become part of it to bridge the gap between demand and supply.
The college principal inaugurated the programme and college president Y.V. Anjaneyulu gave away cash prizes, certificates and mementoes provided by the www.friends2support.org as part of its third anniversary celebrations.
The winners of the competitions were: essay writing: R. Rama Krishna, CIPS and K. Tejaswi, Sri Siddhartha College of Pharmacy; elocution: K. Rajakrishna, Vagdevi College of Pharmacy, Gurazala, K. Kusumanjali, CIPS, and B. Rajsekhar, Hindu College of Pharmacy; painting: Sk. Salma, Victoria College of Pharmacy, G. Sucharita, Cherbrolu Hanumaiah Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and K. Madhuri, Hindu College of Pharmacy.
Consolation prizes were given to P. Rajeev Kumar of CIPS, R. Raviteja of Hindu College of Pharmacy in painting; K. Kishore Babu, CIPS, and G. Ramachandrika, Hindu College of Pharmacy, in essay writing.