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All for a cause

Rashi Wadhera, a second year student of Hindu college, gives dance training twice a week to visually impaired girls at the National Association for Blind. Vimal Chander Joshi tells us...Special: I Love Delhi

delhi Updated: Jan 05, 2008 02:13 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Delhi’s youngsters are making a mark as responsible citizens. Don’t label them as MTV generation; they have now become socially conscious and are ready to embrace the city’s ills and virtues equitably.

Rashi Wadhera, a second year student of Hindu college, gives dance training twice a week to visually impaired girls at the National Association for Blind. “When I was in school, I learnt western dance from a reputed performing Arts Academy and also performed on stage in India and abroad. So, I thought, why not to use this expertise for doing good to the society?” she says. Her friend Sahil Mallik, 19, teaches illiterate kids in slums of Delhi in his quest to make it a fully literate capital.

There might be flaws in the system but with social awakening and joint efforts, youngsters like Mallik and Wadhera are poised to usher in an era of growth and prosperity. Some undertake candle light vigils while others are trying to set precedents of reverse brain drain.

Today, youngsters are harnessing their knowledge to society’s advantage. Students of Management and Environmental studies at the Indraprastha University have made a model to transform a slum cluster (near Akshardham Temple) into an eco-village. They have even done the groundwork to make it an economically sustainable project.

“We have approached NABARD for a grant of 25 lakhs. To add to it, the corporate sector is also willing to help. The eco-village is expected to draw tourists from all over. If every thing moves as planned, our dream might turn into a reality soon,” says Disha Srivastava, a management student in the Indraprastha University.

Apparently, these students are choosing to spend time with the underprivileged than having a nice time at some disco or cinema. They are tenacious to trudge the chosen path and make Delhi a better place to live. Students of demanding courses like medical and engineering also manage to cull time out of their busy schedule for such social indulgences.

“Some people ward off activities that are connected to a cause, with an excuse that they don’t have the time. But, taking out two or three hours in a week is not that difficult. Rather than playing cricket or watching TV, I feel it’s better to work for a noble cause,” says Pavneet Kohli, a second year student at Maulana Azad Medical College.

Making use of youth-oriented-communities on web, some students join hands to jointly shape a vision. This is what Kulsum Rashid, a third year student of Jamia Milia Islamia, has done. When she noticed kids of construction workers in her campus who were home-bound, she took the initiative to teach them and roped in students from other colleges to volunteer.

Now, with help of few NGOs, she bears the expenses of school education of 19 kids. They are also trained in dancing and other extra-curricular activities.

Delhi’s young population is now known by the ethos and their socially-driven-vision. They might not determine the decision making of policy-makers but are certainly capable to bringing about a “change”.