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IFIM College students make waves at NSS Special Camp at Ragihalli

21st - 27th January, 2016

The students of IFIM College successfully participated in the NSS Special camp at Ragihalli Grama Panchayat from January 21, 2016 to January 27, 2016.

Fact Sheet
NSS Special Camp : 2015-16
Dates : 21st Jan, 2016 to 27th Jan, 2016
Venue : Ragihalli Grama Panchayat limits.
Activity : Biodiversity Conservation- Tree plantation and Preservation
Under : Samsad Adarsha Grama Yojana, Central Govt of India.
In association with : Adamya Chetana NGO

The NSS Unit of IFIM College planned its Special Camp for the academic year 2015-2016 from 21st Jan, 2016 to 27th Jan, 2016 at Ragihalli Grama Panchayat limits in association with Adamya Chetana under Samsad Adarsha Grama Yojana. Environmental conservation and maintenance of biodiversity are two causes that students of IFIM truly believe in. Hence, keeping in tune with IFIM’s mission of molding student’s to be socially responsible; students had taken up the task of planting a large number of saplings on both sides of the roads in that area. Moreover, to protect special saplings and distinctive varieties of trees, they had taken up the additional task of installation and putting up of ‘tree-guards’.

It was decided to participate in this activity in association with Adamya Chetana, an NGO, with its office in Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru that is feeding around 2 lakh under-privileged needy school children. The special feature of Adamya Chetana kitchen is usage of renewable, fossil free-bio fuel and is a zero garbage kitchen which is appreciated at international platforms for eco-friendly practices. The camp had a humble beginning on 21st Jan 2016, after which the environmental conservation activities started full-swing. On 25th Jan 2016, the officials of Adamya Chetana visited the camp and expressed their satisfaction with the work and progress of the IFIM College students. The Principal and few other staff members were also a part of this official programme.

The students and faculty worked round the clock to preserve the rich biodiversity of the Ragihalli Grama Panchayat area, with the peak timings of activity being 7am to 10pm. Talks by Dr. Tejeswini Anantha Kumar, Mr. Vidya Shankar, a senior financial journalist, Dr. Geetanjali, Professor Sirisha K were the few who addressed our students about the importance of ‘seva’. The motto or watchword of the National Service Scheme itself is ‘NOT ME BUT YOU’. This reflects the essence of democratic living and upholds the need for selfless service and appreciation of the other person’s point of view and also to show consideration for fellow human beings. It underlines that the welfare of an individual is ultimately dependent on the welfare of society on the whole.

Prof. Ramesha C, Prof. Vandana Srivastava, Prof. Reena Chopra, Prof. Lakshmi Saranya and Prof. Vrushali Manohar were the faculty support strength that motivated the students to give back to society, and continue their work in ecological safeguarding of India’s biodiversity. Prof. Ambanna S Madabhavi was the co-camp officer who stayed throughout the duration of the camp, and proved to be an inspiration through leading by example. This was a unique opportunity for the IFIM College students as they were exposed to the rural community and their ways of living.

They were also oriented into community living and made familiar with concepts like self-help, social service, group preparation of food etc. It was a first- time experience for a large number of students which created a profound sense of bonding and team work among students. The work done by the IFIM College students was well appreciated by the villagers and the officials of Adamya Chetana.

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