Time to give back to society

As young engineers, the students of Dayananda Sagar Institutions not only take time off from their studies to be part of cultural activities but also try to do something nice for the
society.

Recently, a group of 14 students belonging to the community-service wing, Parivartan, dedicated an entire week to doing just that.

They called it the ‘Joy of Giving Week’ and each day of the week was dedicated to a different activity.

They went on a collection drive, by collecting old books, clothes, bags etc and giving it to the underprivileged. On another day, they went to visit an old-age home in the City and spent time with the people there.

They also had something called the ‘wish tree’, where the students fulfilled simple wishes of the underprivileged children. One day, all the students ensured that they went out and thanked all the non-teaching staff in the college with a card and a hearty meal.

One of the major highlights of the week was the Metro ride. Calling it a ‘Life in a Metro’, the students of the information and science department took around 50 underprivileged children from Boscomane and Yuvakendra on a ride in the Metro rail.

The ride was described by all of them as a trip they would never forget. The students never thought that something as simple as a Metro ride would get the children so excited. For many of the children, this was not only their first time inside the Metro but also on an escalator.

The ride may not have lasted long — but the smiles that the students saw on children’s faces will be etched in their memory forever.

Says Shashank, a student, “The entire week was very special for us. It gave us an opportunity to really give something useful back to the society, even if it was as simple as a notebook.”

For Jhanvi, another student, the real highlight of the week was seeing the smiles on the children’s faces.

“There is nothing more satisfying than knowing that I could put a smile on a child’s face. I really enjoyed myself and feel we should do more such activities,” she adds.

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