The Outreach Program Society was constituted with the objectives of reaching out to the larger society and bringing about a positive change in the lives of the people. As an educational institution, a major component of our Outreach activities is education along with raising awareness. Our Outreach activities are directed to bridge the gap in services provided by official/governmental sources and non-profit organizations. Apart from motivating the various Departments, Centers and Societies of the College to periodically undertake social outreach programs and documenting them, the Society itself initiates various outreach activities. The Society has about more than 50 volunteers who assist and work for the Society with enthusiasm
ACHIEVEMENTS AND EVENTS
The Society has organized the following events aimed at providing services to the underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society:
Outreach Program in collaboration with the NGO, Rupantaran, organized in Coolie Camp (Vasant Vihar) in May 2016. It was aimed at motivating the children to go to school and pursue education. Children from all age groups showed effective participation in the cultural activities and were inspired by the motivating speech by Mr. Vivek Sood, the founder of Rupantaran.
Community Outreach Program, organized in Ghalib Auditorium on 12 August 2016 for school-going children from Sudhar Camp (Kalkaji). Students from our College gave short awareness lectures on Educational Opportunities, Physical Health and Sports and Sanitation and Hygiene, under the guidance of faculty members. Children enthusiastically participated in physical exercises demonstrated to them and various fun activities, including a performance by Jazba, the street play theatre society of the College.
Education-oriented Outreach Program in collaboration with Rupantaran, organized in Coolie Camp (Vasant Vihar) on 4 September 2016. The main objectives of the event were to make the children of the camp understand the importance and value of education and provide a platform for them to showcase their talent. The children performed plays on sensitive issues like Religious Coexistence and Beti Bachao, recited poems and sang group/solo songs, displaying exceptional talent and abilities, despite limited resources and financial support.
A Talk by Mr. Vivek Sood (Founder and Director, Rupantaran), on the Importance of Social Outreach was organized in the College premises on 16 September 2016. He emphasized the role of youth in the development of a country and emphasized on the need for various types of outreach activities like rural, urban, self-help groups, education, craft, health, awareness regarding drug abuse, sanitation, etc.
Adoption of Coolie Camp (Vasant Vihar) and Inauguration of Seva Kendra, a joint venture for capacity building and education. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by the College and Rupantaran, under which College students will provide teaching services to the children and women residents there, while Rupantaran will provide infrastructural facilities. On 23 October 2016, the Coolie Camp was formally adopted and our Principal, Dr. S. P. Aggarwal, inaugurated the Sewa Kendra. The objective is to achieve economic self-sufficiency through coaching classes in various subjects, computer classes, spoken English classes, counselling sessions, and interactive sessions through music, street play and dance.
Internship Program, has been started by the Committee, under which the students are required to complete stipulated hours of teaching upon which they are awarded certificates. A schedule has been made for the students to regularly teach at the Coolie Camp during weekdays, along with music, street play and dance classes for weekends.
Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, was jointly organised by Ramanujan College and Rupantaran at J J Bandhu Camp (Vasant Kunj) on 5 February 2017. The campaign included a recital by the students of Shivranjini (the music society of Ramanujan College), a dance recital and a play on Beti Bachao Beti Padhao by the children of the slum.
Adoption of J J Bandhu Camp (Vasant Kunj) and Inauguration of Computer Centre, a collaborative initiative for training the children. The College and Rupantaran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), under which the College will depute students and teachers to organize events at the Camp. The Computer Centre was inaugurated at the Camp by our Principal, Dr. S. P. Aggarwal, on 19 February 2017.
Orientation Program was held on 6 March 2017, where the existing and newly joined student members of the Outreach Program were addressed by the teacher coordinators and explained the motive behind the program.
Orientation Day followed by workshop was organised on 24 August 2017 in the Ramanujan College auditorium. The Chief Guest and resource speaker for the program, Dr. Preeti Kapur (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Daulat Ram College), along with Guest, Mr. Vivek Sood, graced the occasion. Certificates and rewards were given to the students who completed their internships, Volunteers and Best coordinator(s) and the best learner (from Rupantaran, Coolie Camp) during the past session. The orientation program was followed by a Workshop on Sexual Health and Hygiene for Women conducted by Dr. Kapur. The participants of the workshop were female students, teachers from the College and Non-Collegiate. The discussion covered the ways to maintain and ensure personal hygiene to avoid chances of infections and diseases, Menstrual cycle, how to make a menstrual calendar and tips that should be taken care of while making the calendar. Dr. Kapur also suggested a variety of products that can be used to ensure menstrual hygiene. The workshop was suggestive and very informative.
To encourage the sportsman spirit among the students of the College and Coolie and bandhu Camps (which are adopted by our college in association with Rupantaran NGO), a Kabaddi match was arranged between the College team and Coolie and Bandhu Camps’ team. There was two competitions of kabaddi organised for both boys and girls respectively. All the participants performed with full enthusiasm and energy and trophies were awarded to the winning teams.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Coolie Camp has been one of the most engaging activities, organized by the outreach program. The students at the Camp were told about safety precautions which they should keep in mind while participating in the Abhiyan. The students then followed the volunteers from our College in four sections to target different areas that required cleaning.
Painting competition was organized at the Coolie camp on the theme corruption. The children at the camp and students of Rupantaran NGO participated with full interest and expressed their views with creative and wonderful paintings. All the posters attractively and creatively conveyed the theme.
Cloth Distribution Drive was organized in collaboration with BLISS, NGO. Ms Nivedita from the NGO distributed clothes among the residents of Coolie camp and Bandhu camp among all the age groups.
Talk on Health and Hygiene for Women was organized for the women at Sudhar camp, Kalkaji. The discussion was led by Ms. Akanksha Bhatia, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ramanujan College and accompanied by Dr. Madhu Kaushik, Assistant Professor, Department of Hindi, Ramanujan College. Candid and informal discussion was carried out as Ms. Bhatia interacted with the women and created and maintained a comfortable atmosphere for them to discuss things they otherwise are not able to discuss with anyone else. They were told about the diseases and problems which women face and about the hygiene that women should take care of in order to avoid problems related to sexual health.
Nukkad Natak was organised in collaboration with the JAZBA, the theatre group of Ramanujan College. JAZBA presented a Nukkad Natak near the Sudhar camp area on the theme of cleanliness.
A cultural programme was organized with the children at the Coolie Camp on the occasion of Independence Day. Mr. Vivek Sood form Rupantaran NGO was present during the celebration along with the volunteers from the College.
A painting competition was organized in September 2018 in order to bring out the hidden artist in each student. More than 30 children form the Coolie Camp participated with full enthusiasm and energy and came up with beautiful and eye catching drawings and paintings.
A day long program was organized in the Coolie Camp on 2 October 2018, in collaboration with the Mathematical Society of Ramanujan College “Ramanugen”, to celebrate Gandhi Jayanti.
“Nawazish”- The Diwali Mela was organised in Ramanujan College collectively by the Outreach Program Society, the Centre for Social Innovation and Pathshala on 1 November 2018 to raise money for the welfare of underprivileged children being taught by Pathshala. All the societies had put up different stalls with games and eco-friendly diyas for sale. Live music and performances by the students of the College made the afternoon more fun-filled and memorable there was. Two competitions, painting and card making, were organized for the students caressed by Pathshala and Alankaar Foundation.
An Orientation day cum NGO meetup was organized on 13November 2018 for new incumbents. Prof. Shobha Bagai graced the occasion, which was also witnessed the distinguished presence of members from ten NGOs who have collaborated with the Center for Social Innovation (CSI). The E-Magazine of CSI was launched on this occasion. The present version of the online portal of the project Sociovation was also presented for suggestions and guidance. Certificates and awards were given away to the students who completed internships, Volunteers and Best coordinator(s). The program also included some wonderful performances by volunteers as well as the students taught by Pathshala. All the NGOs gave a brief description about their work and accomplishments and guided the volunteers for the future endeavors in this area. The program ended with sessions by members from Azad Foundation on Gender Sensitization and Pravah NGO on the 5th Space.
Christmas Meet was organized on 24 December 2018 at Rupantran NGO, Munirka, to celebrate the festive spirit. The program included painting session for children to portray their scenario of Christmas, followed by a small session on discipline, telling them about its importance and how they can attain it in their daily life. Christmas gifts were distributed among the children the College volunteers, emphasizing the importance of caring and sharing and spreading goodness all around to them. The children spread cheer with their smiles.
Regular teaching is carried out at the Coolie Camp the volunteers from the Outreach Program Society and students from NCWEB. Classes are conducted in two batches, one for younger students from 3 to 4 pm, and one for senior students and women 4 to 5 pm. These classes have been continuing from the past one year.
Computer Classes at Project Why (NGO), Govindpuri, were initiated for underprivileged children from January 2019. As part of this, two student volunteers from the College and Ms. Bhavya Ahuja (Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science), began computer classes in the Govindpuri Centre of Project Why NGO. Children from classes VI-IX were made to understand the basics of computers and the popular softwares like Word, Powerpoint, etc. They will be familiarized with other software tools and provided with basic computer education.
- Training in Self Defence for the girls in Coolie Camp and Project Why
- Expanding our teaching base by networking with more NGOs and experts
- Engaging in other volunteering activities for social causes
- Programs for gender sensitization and raising self awareness