Awareness session on organ donation at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi

Updated on Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • On September 18, 2018, MOHAN Foundation conducted an awareness talk on organ donation at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi for the students of National Service Scheme (NSS). It was organised by Dr. Pallavi Rekhi, who was also the resource person for the session and was accompanied by Dr. Muneet Sahi. The session was coordinated by Mr. Shreyash Raj (Student, IIT & member NSS).


    The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a Central Sector Scheme of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports. It provides an opportunity to the student youth of 11th & 12th Class schools at +2 Board level and student youth of Technical Institution, Graduate & Post Graduate at colleges and University level of India to take part in various government led community service activities & programmes. The sole aim of the NSS is to provide hands on experience to young students in delivering community service.


    The session commenced with a video on organ donation. Dr. Pallavi Rekhi asked the participants a few introductory questions to gauge their level of understanding regarding organ donation. She then explained the reasons “why organ donation has become the need of the hour,” also touching upon the probable factors why European countries have a much higher ODR (Organ Donation Rate) than India.


    Dr. Pallavi then emphasized on the importance of eye donation, trying to motivate the participants to promote it at an individual level as well. The myths related to eye donation & organ donation in general were spoken about and their corresponding reality checks were given.


    The participants had a few queries listed below:

    • Is the patient disconnected from the ventilator while performing brain-stem death testing?
    • Why cannot India adopt opt-out system of consent?
    • What is the importance of pledging your organs?


    The session ended with a motivational video on organ donation. Close to 27 participants attended the session.

    Source-Dr. Pallavi Rekhi
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