Albert Einstein once said – “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile”.
We, here at IMNU, abide by this saying.
The month of August, 2018 opened with an orientation to Managing Social Projects which, in essence, is service to others. It is the opportunity, designed in the form of a 1.5 credit compulsory course for the first-year students, of giving back to the society for giving is the highest expression of potency. The course takes the students through various NGOs or interacts them directly with communities where they work in teams.
The orientation began on a rather “conflicting” note. The first speaker for the session was Ms. Avni Sethi, the woman who conceptualised and created “Conflictorium” in an old Parsi building in Mirzapur, Ahmedabad. Conflictorium is an interactive space that expresses the history of conflicts of Gujarat through art & culture of the state since 1960.
Next up were Ms. Binal Patel & Mr. Rafi Malek from Childline India Foundation which is a project of Ministry of Women & Child Development for distressed children. The speakers took the students through the miserable lives of children who have made railway stations their humble abode. They highlighted the terrible situation of trafficking that India faces.
Finally, Ms. Meena Patel of Solidarity Centre addressed the students in the afternoon session. She gave them an insight into Poverty, Exploitation & Wage Theft of the workers in tea plantations of West Bengal.
MSP forms part of the institute’s responsibility towards the society. The sessions ended with a thought on the situation of the country ingrained into the minds of the students.
This article is contributed by Kavya Shah –
Picture Courtesy: Pratikriti- The Photography Club