Looking at life outside classrooms

Noble efforts
Last Updated 28 November 2011, 12:51 IST

Gone are the days when colleges had to focus only on curricular activities. Over the years, educational institutions have been supporting many noble causes and encouraging students to be a part of them too.

Most colleges opine that these activities are conducted to help those in need and to inculcate a sense of responsibility in students towards the society and environment.

Planting trees, conducting blood donation and free health check-up camps, creating awareness about rainwater harvesting, waste management, minimum usage of plastic etc, are some of the activities carried out by the various institutions in the City.   

The members of ‘Mountaineering Club’ in BMS College of Engineering have been helping two orphanages — ‘Anatha Shishu Nivas’ and ‘Nele’ — since 1997. They make periodic visits to these homes and help kids with their academic activities. The students also donate money, clothes and stationery to them.

Moreover, they celebrate Deepavali with the children of the orphanage by bursting crackers and spending a few hours with them.

“The idea of celebrating the festival with them came to our mind a few years back and we implemented it instantly. We really enjoy their company and get a sense of satisfaction every time we conduct such activities.

It’s an exhilarating experience and we feel so good to be able to make them smile. The members also bond well with the kids,” says Manu Kittane, a member of the club.

“Whenever we go for treks or outings through our club, we strictly keep the environment clean. We never pollute the place with non-biodegradable items like plastic,” adds Manu.

The students of Dayananda Sagar Institutions celebrate the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ in which they conduct blood donation camps, free health check-ups for orphans and distribute stationery and clothes to the needy. The students of BNM Institutions also organise many events periodically to help senior citizens and orphans. All these activities are coordinated and carried out by a group of interested students.

One can see hundreds of plants donated by colleges like Surana College and PES Group of Institutions in the City. “A lot of trees have been cut over the years for Metro and other developmental projects. In order to maintain the ecological balance, our college has taken an initiative to preserve the greenery of the City,” says Pramila, a degree student of Surana College.

Various social activities are being conducted at the PES College of Business Management in order to involve the students in community service activities.

“We are given an opportunity to serve the society with a motto of ‘Sharing and Caring’. Every year, we carry out programmes like blood donation, distribution of food to the needy and distribution of artificial limbs to disabled individuals in association with the Rotary Clubs, NIMHANS and Jaipur Artificial Limbs. Through these activities, we develop a sense of belongingness towards the society. We feel proud of being able to provide a better living to the less fortunate,” opines Ajeya Krishna.

(Published 28 November 2011, 12:51 IST)

Follow us on