Higher education in India: Want to get involved in social activities? Start from your college campus
Pritha Roy Choudhury, 15 May 2017

College students are now taking up activities that make a difference to the marginalised sections of the society while at the same time enriching their learning experience. Careers360 tells you why CSR activities are important and why one should develop the power of giving back to society. Read the complete article below.

College going youth of today are a different bunch of thinkers. They are not just rooted to their passion to climb the academic ladder, but are equally concerned about bringing changes for the lesser privileged.


Colleges and universities across the country are utilizing their passion by encouraging them to give their time and know-how for social causes. The youths, now not only love to work for a cause while they study but continue to do the same even after getting jobs. It’s a win-win situation for the students who learn important life lessons and for the beneficiaries as well.


Nurturing social activities on campus

Some of the colleges which have kept up the culture of social work within their campus includes The Energy and Research Institute (TERI), Jagannath Institute of Management Sciences (JIMS) in New Delhi, Sathaye College and Valia College in Mumbai, St Xaviers College, Calcutta to name a few.


JIMS has been conducting social work activities on the campus for more than a decade. The colleges divide the students into groups and the best group is given due recognition.


Students’ involvement

Clifford Lawrance, President of the Patriotic Club in JIMS say that he has been actively involved with various social causes right from the time he joined the college for his management studies. “The activities enabled me to acknowledge the hidden patriot inside me and encouraged me to make this world a better place,” said Lawrence, a 2nd year student.


The activities for the students of JIMS include women empowerment, female foeticide and infanticide, health camps, plantation drive, Swacch Bharat Abhiyan among many more.


The students also work for the skill development initiatives for the under privileged as a part of CSR activity. Again, the students regularly visit PALNA, an NGO run by the Delhi Council for Child Welfare to extend their helping hand in the work of the nonprofit. “The activities here have played a major role in the achievement of my objective of social welfare,” added Sanya Aggarwal, another student.


Importance of CSR activities on campus

College campuses allowing CSR activities are contributing towards making the youth more responsible towards the nation. The respective colleges also attract mainstream media for the good work of their students towards society. This in turn helps students to choose their career in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) jobs as project managers or social activists and many more.  


NGOs too benefit

Not-for-profits working for various causes also utilize the energy of these youths for the various activities they are working on.  One of the non-profits which Careers 360 spoke to “The Green I Initiative Foundation” (TGIIF), identifies schools and community centres in rural areas where there is an acute shortage of electricity and help them come out from their issues with the use of solar gadgets. TGIIF utilizes the passion of such college going youths to take care of the power needed for such activities.


In return the youngsters are given a small token of appreciation and a certificate of excellence. There is always a shortage of dedicated volunteers in many non-profits and sometimes there are wastage in the resources, but involving students with their own interest can solve this problem to a large extent.


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