From the next academic year, colleges affiliated to Mumbai University have been instructed to print an organ donation pledge on the identity cards of their students to encourage them for the same.
“We have asked colleges to compulsorily print an organ donation pledge on the identity cards of students. It could be a one-liner, saying ‘I am an organ donor’ or ‘I pledge to donate my organs’. We believe if a student makes such a promise and has it on his/her I-card for three years, it will motivate them in future to donate their organs,” said Mrudul Nile, director of students’ welfare, Mumbai University.
According to the city’s Zonal Transplant and Coordination Committee (ZTCC), there are currently 2,900 to 3,000 people awaiting kidney transplant in Mumbai, while around 165 are in line for liver transplant.
This year, 34 kidney and 17 liver transplants have been done so far in the city.
Further, according to available figures, from 2001 to date, 324 kidney transplants have been done in Mumbai. The number stands at 69 for liver transplants.
The university, meanwhile, has asked colleges to paste a sticker on the cards this year as identity cards for 2013-14 academic years have already been printed.
“From the beginning of the next academic year, you are requested to implement incorporation of organ donation pledge by printing such a pledge on the identity cards of your students, and the compliance report for the same should be sent to university,” says a circular issued by the varsity after the governor’s office sent directives to universities in the state, listing measures taken in Maharashtra to facilitate human organ transplantation.