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An Indian American, Dr. Uma Devi Gavini, donated her life savings of $ 2426646 9Rs. 20 crore) to her alma mater – the government medical college in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. The immunologist and allergy specialist had done MBBS in 1965 from the Guntur Medical College before moving to the US.
Dr. Gavini announced her decision to make the donation at the recently held reunion of Guntur Medical College’s Alumni Association in North America (GMCANA) in Dallas, Texas. After her husband’s death three years ago, she decided to donate her money and property to the government medical college in Guntur. The couple did not have any children.
An active member of the Guntur Medical College Alumni Association, North America (GMCANA), Dr. Gavini announced the decision to donate the amount at the recently held reunion of GMCANA in Dallas, Texas. She had been the president of GMCANA in 2008.
Former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, who is an MLA and the president of Telegu Desam Party showed his appreciation from his official handle on Twitter: “A heartwarming news. I appreciate Dr Uma Gavini Garu’s generous gesture of donating her wealth to Guntur Medical College’s MCCU. Her invaluable contribution will have an exponential impact and inspire many to share their resources for the greater good.”
Guntur Medical College had a humble beginning in the 1940s. The college began with 50 students and the first batch of MBBS students appeared for their final examination in April 1958. The students’ alumni association of GMC (GMCOSA) was founded in 1971 on the occasion of the silver jubilee of the college. In December 1981, the alumni in USA formed an organization called GMC Alumni of North America (GMCANA). In the past too the GMCANA members have donated generously to various projects like CME center, operation theatres, ultrasound and x-ray machines, neonatal care, and the auditorium.
Dr. Gavini’s donation will be invested in the setting up of a mother and child care unit at the GMC campus. Recently, the health minister of Andhra Pradesh, Vidadala Rajini held a bhumi puja for the construction of the mother and child care unit on the GMC campus. The hospital block will be built on a 2.69 lakh square feet area at a cost of Rs 86.80 crore. It will have 597 beds with 300 in the maternity ward and 200 in the child care unit, 27 in Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), 30 SICU, and 40 in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
The government of AP will give Rs 35 crore while the GMCANA will provide Rs 30 crore, of which Dr Uma’s contribution is Rs 20 crore. The hospital will be named after her late husband Dr. Kaanuri Ramachandra Rao.