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Susmita Bagchi, along with being the co-founder of Mindtree and a philanthropist is also a remarkable writer. She has published five novels!
Today we live in a world where unknown diseases like Covid-19 and its variant keep rising at any moment. The field of medicine is in need of advancing with the tick of the clock.
Contributing towards the advancement of medical field, Mindtree co-founders and Philanthropists Susmita and Subroto Bagchi, and Radha and N S Parthasarathy made a combined donation of Rs 425 crore ($60 million) on Monday, 14th February towards IISc’s project of setting up a Postgraduate Medical School along with a multi-specialty hospital in its Bengaluru campus.
The hospital will be named after the couples as the Bagchi-Parthasarathy Hospital. After its founding, it will be the largest single private donation received by the IISc.
The officials stated that, “The academic centerpiece of this initiative will be an integrated dual-degree MD-PhD programme aimed at creating a new breed of physician-scientists, who will pursue careers in clinical research to develop new treatments and healthcare solutions.”
On behalf of her husband and herself, Sushmita Bagchi said, “We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the IISc. In a country like ours, medical research and delivery cannot be left to the government or the corporate sector alone. The time has come for more people like us to engage. With the IISc, we find a shared vision. It is an institution with depth, competence, leadership, and capacity to deliver in scale. We are greatly confident of the lasting, beneficial outcome of our donation.”
Born to Sakuntala Panda, a prominent Odia writer and founder of Odia women’s monthly Sucharita. The magazine was also the first where Susmita featured her work. Susmita followed her mother’s footsteps into the world of literature.
Susmita Bagchi along with being the co-founder of Mindtree and a philanthropist is also a remarkable writer. She has published five novels, numerous collections of short stories, and a travelogue. She writes in both Odia and English. Even though she did not spend alot of time is Odisha, she wanted to write in her mother tongue as she shares with The Hindu, “It is very important to sustain regional languages. People should not lose touch with their mother tongue”
Her first short story collection Akasha Jeunthi Katha was published in 1990.
Her Odia novel ‘Deba Shishu’ was published in 2006. It was translated into English and published by Penguin as ‘Children of a Better God’ in 2010.
Her debut novel in English is one she asserts more people should read. The novel deals with mental health.
“The protagonist in my debut English novel is a psychiatrist and any person or family grappling with the issue of mental health will find and feel the familiarity,” she says.
Her writing is simple and relatable which made her popular among her readers.
She recieved the State Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for her short story collection ‘Akasha Jeunthi Katha’. Apart from that She has also received many other prestigious awards like the Utkal Samman, the Prajatantra Award, the Gangadhar Rath Foundation Award among many others.
Susmita Bagchi is currently the chairperson of the Mo school programme of Government of Odisha that aims at improving the government aided schools in the state.
Adding to her list of donations towards the medical field, along with her husband she has also donated Rs. 340 crore towards the establishment of a state-of-the-art cancer hospital and a palliative care centre in Bhubaneswar named the Bagchi-Sri Shankara Cancer Hospital and Research Centre and Bagchi-Karunashraya Palliative Care Centre.
Susmita Bagchi was just a girl from Odissa, with a pen in hand wanting to change the world with every word on the page. Be it her book about children with cerebral palsy or donating crores towards cancer hospitals and now IISc.
From that girl with a golden pen, she transformed into the woman with a golden heart. She not only her own life by achieving her dreams and marking a change with her works but she also changed hundreds of lives with her contribution and donation.
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