Police officer takes IIT-JEE winning formula to healthcare

A sweeper with the Bihar Military Police (BMP), Ganesh Ram had never dreamt that he would inaugurate the BMP Command Hospital—funded and planned almost entirely by 12 BMP battalion—on June 16, while senior police officers clapped for him.

His role at the function had great symbolic value: the hospital is the brainchild of BMP Additional Director General of Police Abhyanand who founded the ambitious Super-30 programme, an educational 'experiment' under the Ramanujan School of Mathematics, which trained 30 economically disadvantaged but academically gifted students for the IIT exams each year.

In six years, it produced 150 IITians, and in 2008, all 30 students made it to the top institute. While Super-30 wound to a close this year, Abhyanand hasn't stalled his mission. Speaking to The Indian Express, he explained, "On getting 100 per cent results, I decided to take the concept to other social fields."

This time around, the top cop's goal was to get his constabulary to "collaborate and synergise" to develop a healthcare centre for themselves without relying on government support. "The government-run hospital was already in place, but had been lying almost defunct for years. I involved 12 BMP battalions to stand up for a healthy cause," said Abhyanand, adding that each battalion contributed Rs 50,000 each from its employees' amenity fund.

Ultrasound and X-ray machines as well as surgical equipment were contributed by organisations such as the Lions Club and Ruban Memorial Hospital. Although the hospital—now worth more than a crore—had an existing staff of four doctors, several others from private hospitals offered their assistance for the "cause of the constabulary." While only the OPD functioned, albeit sluggishly, earlier, the centre now has in-patient facilities with 13 beds and a fully equipped air-conditioned operation theatre. It will now serve 16,000 BMP families.

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