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Cancer survivor bags 3.5L scholarship

Times Of India
09 June 2012

Mumbai: Days after TOI reported on May 23 about 16– yearold Gautam Gauba, who battled bone cancer to score 93.2% in his CBSE Class X board exams, a suburban college has offered Rs 3.5 lakh scholarship to him. The amount will not only cover his education expenses in the next two years, but also the cost of IIT– JEE coaching.

Last year, T P Bhatia College in Kandivli (W) decided to start a scholarship scheme for 10 deserving students keen on joining the IITs. "The decision was taken last year, but it was a bit late and so, we couldn’t find any student. Gautam is the first one to be awarded this scholarship and we couldn’t have offered it to a more deserving student," said Sangeeta Srivastava, principal of the college. Gautam has already confirmed his admission to the college in the science stream.

Gautam’s mother Jyoti Gauba is elated with the news. "It is a proud moment for all of us. Gautam has worked really hard and attained this feat all by himself."

Gautam was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer when he was in Class X at Ram Ratna Vidya Mandir. He couldn’t attend school till December last year, as he had to undergo chemotherapy every 21 days and was rendered too weak to sit through classes. As part of his treatment, he also underwent a surgery that removed the bone of his right arm– from shoulder to elbow – which was replaced by an implant. But he did not allow his ailment come in the way of his studies. Determined to lead a normal life and with support from his mother and twin brother, Gaurav, Gautam soon returned to school. "He started attending school in January. But since he had missed out on amajor part of the syllabus, he could not follow what exactly was being taught in class," said Jyoti. "With permission from school, he stopped going to classes. Instead, he sat in the library and studied on his own."When he took the board exams, in spite of his ailment, Gautam did not take help of writers.

Currently recovering from the effects of chemotherapy, Gautam has been declared as "out of danger" by doctors. He has to go for check-ups every three months to avoid a relapse.

Gautam Gauba with mother Jyoti

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