To enable students to become more productive members of society, a South Mumbai college has started a course in civic awareness in collaboration with Nariman Point Churchgate Citizens Welfare Trust (NPCCWT).
Titled “Civic Awareness: Rights and Responsibilities of Citizens’’, the course will train students in understanding the functions and challenges of local authorities.
This is one of the first courses launched by a college in collaboration with a citizens’ association.
The NPCCA has sponsored the course and worked with the college in designing the twoand-a-half month course.
It will be conducted by the college faculty and guest lectures, familiarising students with the roles of various civic institutions and state government departments.
“Youth today are charged up about doing something to improve their city. But they do not know where to begin. Through this course they will get a knowledge of the roles of various departments,’’ said Atul Kumar, trustee, NPCCWT.
Students will also learn about their duties as citizens by learning about relevant acts such as the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act.
As part of the practical aspect, students will also have to complete five projects related to pressing problems such as protection of the city’s open spaces and rainwater harvesting.. This year, only KC Law College students will be able to take up the course.
Next year onwards, other colleges will also start the course. In the third phase, it will be opened up to the general public.