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Student activists find social causes cool

india Updated: Jan 17, 2007 13:46 IST
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Students are getting proactive. Sonali Shah, a student of mass communications, walks around with a bag full of notes and eye donation pamphlets.

Any conversation with Sonali — who has been part of the Rotaract for two years — includes how an eye donation can help two blind people. “I accidentally attended a Rotaract meeting and it then hit me that people around me were doing so much while I was whiling away my time at coffee shops,” she said.

Akanksha, an NGO for the less privileged children, is an example of rising student activism. The NGO had 153 active volunteers in the academic year 2005-06, but 2006-07 saw 132 youngsters joining in just six months.

There are various theories about the rise in youth activism. The first is that it is easy to enlist. It is due to this that cyber activism seems to be the favourite. All you have to do is sign up as an activist.

Of the 1,000 applications to Child Relief and You (CRY) in 2005, 570 were posted online. The media has also led to more awareness.

Also, with corporate social responsibility being the new mantra, a socially conscious employee is viewed favourably. And nobody minds looking good on CV.