The Telegraph
Thursday , May 31 , 2012
Since 1st March, 1999

Mission vision for doctor son

Home is where the heart, er, health is. Ranchi lad Bhibhuti P. Kashyap will surely agree.

The son of B.P. Kashyap and Bharti Kashyap — myophthalmologists and founders of The Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital and Charitable Trust — who has ranked 38 at the AIIMS postgraduate entrance exam, 2012, would like to come back to Jharkhand after completing the course to continue the free cornea grafting started by his parents.

The results of the exam were declared on Tuesday.

“I would like to form a team of specialists and bring them to Jharkhand. They will be experts not only in free cornea grafting that my parents have been actively doing since 1991, but also in other fields and will be able to provide specialised treatment to the rural poor for free,” Bibhuti, who did his MBBS from Kasturba Medical College-Manipal, Karnataka, told The Telegraph.

Of course, the free cornea grafting, eye camps in far-flung rural villages, eye donation awareness programmes and further development of The Kashyap Memorial Eye Hospital would continue with vigour, the younger Kashyap added.

Formed in 1991, the Kashyaps’ eye bank has so far received 252 eyes donated by citizens, of which 206 were successfully grafted for free. The beneficiaries were from the poor and neglected sections of the society.

The hospital has also been organising eye camps every year, diabetic retinopathy and cataract eye surgery in remote areas besides screening schoolchildren of state-run schools.

In 2010, the eye bank, in association with Jharkhand police and state health department, conducted eye check-ups of over 1,070 human trafficking victims, mostly young girls rescued from various metros by a local NGO.

“Many of my close relatives, settled abroad, are urging me to opt for medical colleges in the US. But I declined to appear for the United States Medical Licensing Exams — the gateway for PG courses in medical colleges in America. Instead I preferred to do my postgraduation from AIIMS, Delhi,” said Bhibhuti, an alumnus of DPS, Ranchi, who scored 95 per cent in CBSE Class XII in 2006. “I would settle in Ranchi and bring to its residents the best available medical treatment,” he pledged.

One can only hope that many more of our best brains follow in Bhibhuti’s steps.