Delhi: Stephanian, 18, who aided patients, dies of Covid | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: A first-year history honours student hailed by his classmates and teachers as “bright” and “an allrounder”, and who was part of St Stephen’s College’s efforts in helping Covid-19 patients find hospital beds and precious oxygen, fell to the virus on Tuesday.
Satyam Jha (18), who had passed out of Kolkata’s St Xavier’s Collegiate School with 99% in his Class XII board exams and wanted to become a civil servant, lost his life in Rajasthan’s Kota. He was in the town with his mother and elder brother, who is preparing for his medical entrance examination.
Stephen’s pays tribute to fallen student
Jha, a native of Howrah’s Bally, was actively involved with the college’s Covid resource team, helping out patients. John Varghese, St Stephen’s principal, paid a tribute to Jha in an article titled “Pandemic to Panacea” that was uploaded on the college website. Students held a candlelight vigil at the college residence in his memory.
“Satyam was admitted to a hospital with a lung infection. When the family didn’t like the facility, they shifted him to another hospital. He condition worsened, but he was not put on the ventilator. His last rites were performed there itself,” said a family acquaintance.
Varghese’s article read, “The pandemic has brought the world to its knees. The second wave has been heartless in its ruthless rampaging through our country exposing our hollow claims of being prepared, of being one of the largest producers of pharmaceutical products in the world, of even being a civilization that places value on the higher things in life. But if life itself is gone, then whither all these claims? They are merely a futile breath of air. A mere posturing, signifying nothing. The claims of belligerent and blind leaders who are immune to the suffering and death of simple people also show that we are veering off dangerously to becoming a cruel and insensitive race.”
Anuscha Thomas, a second-year history (Hons) student and executive member of Social Service League of the college, said, “We are very sad to hear about him. He was an active member of our Covid resource team.”
Another senior, Ananyo, whom Jha was very close to, was informed of his death by his brother. Speaking to TOI, he said, “From the very first day at the fresher’s party in November, Satyam and I got along well as we shared the same ideology. He had been selected to the council of Gandhi Ambedkar study circle, a society of the college. When he didn’t respond to my messages, I called him and came to know that he was in the hospital. He last called me on May 19 and told me that after he was discharged, he would become active in the study circle. I asked him to take rest.”
Jha was also elected to the Student Federation of India organising committee of the college. Malay Neerav, a teacher, said, “It’s most shocking and unbelievable. He showed unmatched excellence and promise as a student and an all-rounder. This is so heartbreaking. I was mentoring him. My bad luck.”

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