College students in Mumbai are ditching run of the mill activities for social change and are adopting innovative ways to help the society. Colleges are not limited to organizing blood donation drives or safety campaigns alone but are also taking more proactive steps in ensuring an on-ground change.
Mithibai College in Vile Parle is a prime example of this as it has recently adopted Vile Parle railway station which is very close to the institution and used by students for commute. A group of 25 students visit the station every week to spruce it up and also put up messages about keeping it clean.
The management of the college has funded all the supplies and according to the principal, Dilip Kamath, this is a long term project.
Another college to have adopted a railway station is Vivekananda Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT). As a part of the college’s campaign ‘Yuva for Seva’ the students have adopted Chembur railway station and have begun its maintenance , right from cleaning the platforms to installing dustbins. Since the beginning of the year, students have been involved in maintaining the station along with help of the Vedant Welfare Foundation, an NGO.
“Apart from cleaning up the place, other issues like medical facilities, clean bathrooms and safe food is a priority. We are slowly working on getting it all fixed. Railway stations are extremely important and used by almost every Mumbai resident however no one cares about keeping it spruced up”, said Anant Dwivedi, a second year student of the college.
The college had earlier taken up the responsibility of Kings Circle station as well. The Yuva for Seva initiative has been included in the curriculum of the management students of the institute as well.
Furthermore, National Social Service (NSS) students across colleges are involved in a senior citizen survey to identify problems and issues of senior citizens living alone in the city. The Mumbai police is pioneering this survey and according to data collected from the election commission, around 15 lakh senior citizens within city limits have been identified who will be approached by the NSS volunteers to fill up forms with their details.
A group of students from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B) are making sure that the dialogue about rights of the queer community does not die out.
Saathi, a society and resource group for the queer students at IIT B shot a video about the campus being LGBT friendly which went viral within two days.