Sankshema was registered as a Charitable Trust in March 1990. After a brief socio-economic survey, the trustees decided that the primary aim for the trust should be Medicare, specially focused on cancer awareness, detection and treatment. In addition to Medicare, the trustees decided to provide scholarships to the economically deprived rural students to help them pursue higher education.
After the charitable trust was established, the trustees decided to start a Cancer Hospital to serve rural poor who were suffering with cancer and were unable to meet the prohibitive costs which are involved in treating the disease in big cities where the cost of boarding and lodging for the patient and attendant is higher than the cost of treatment for a cancer patient. Sushruta Cancer Hospital named after the famous ancient Indian surgeon “SUSHRUTA” was set up in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh in 1992 with a capital cost of two crores.
The Cancer Hospital is equipped with Alcyon II Telecobalt Unit from France to conduct Radiotherapy on patients. On an average, the machine is used for 10 hours a day. Well equipped medical oncology, surgical oncology and brachy therapy departments have been set up to cater to the needs of the patients. Free meals and accommodation is provided to every patient and one attendant caring for them.
From 1995 to May 2012 15,538 patients were treated. If radiotherapy is prescribed, the patient would have to take at least 40 radiotherapy sessions. Annadanam (Free Food) is provided twice a day to the patient and their attendant. This scheme which was started on 1st January 2000 has served meals 430,617.
Many bright, hardworking and deserving students in India do not complete their education because of their poor economic background. Many of them are children of poor farmers and daily wage laborers who go to great lengths to provide their children basic education. The students themselves study in conditions which would not be acceptable in any developed country. They lack basic infrastructure like a table and chair sufficient books etc. In spite of these odds, they manage to qualify in the entrance exams for professional streams, but they back out due to lack of financial support.
In 1999 the Sankshema trust decided to allocate funds from the group companies and collect donations from individuals and organizations to sponsor students with merit from economically deprived rural communities to complete their studies by providing them with financial support. The scheme commenced in 1999 with 14 students in the fields of medical, engineering and commerce streams.
We are very proud of the fact that we have, from 1999 to 2012 given educational scholarships to 2,342 students. Amount disbursed as scholarships until 2012 is Twenty three million, nine hundred and forty seven thousand, five hundred rupees (23,947,500) Rs. This figure continues to grow every year.