Bringing a Change, Empowering Lives: Aasra

Bringing a Change, Empowering Lives: Aasra

Abhipsa Nayak | Aug 03, 2015

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Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family
                                                                                                                      -George Bernard Shaw 

Blessed are those who are meek and oppressed for they shall inherit the earth. The catalysts for this ascension are aplenty and Aasra is one of them. Aasra, as its name suggests is a ray of hope to shelter all those in need of aid against the harsh realities of life. Established in the year 2005, by a group of few young enthusiasts with the motto to promote education to the underprivileged section, Aasra is now all set to welcome the freshers to its family. Aasra, the social service wing of NIT Rourkela conducted its Orientation Programme on 29 July 2015 in LA-214.

The event started at 6 pm with the hall flooding with a huge crowd who seemed to be excited to attend their first orientation programme at NIT Rourkela. The programme commenced with an interaction session with the freshers where they shared their experiences regarding their life at NIT Rourkela. Freshmen took active participation in the interaction session. It was then followed by a PowerPoint presentation introducing Aasra, its journey from 5 people to a family of 500.Workplaces were then introduced where each member works in ground zero living conditions and gets an opportunity to interact with people and become a part of their lives.

Inspirational and motivational videos were played related to the workplace conditions. The videos gave the viewers a brief idea about the issues and problems faced in the society and how Aasra aims at curbing those issues. The crowd was mesmerized and inspired after getting a look of the heart-touching video.

The event was adorned by the presence of supporting faculties of Aasra - Prof. S.K Das and Prof. D.P Acharya from Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering and Prof. Bala S from Department of Biomedical Engineering. The professors congratulated Aasra members for their dedication to work for the society and motivated them to carry on the noble work for a good cause. Hence, it was quoted that,

Time is money, it is your money that you are investing to help the underprivileged section of the society.

The motivating words of the faculties inspired the freshers to create a change that they want to see in the society. Prof. D.P Acharya then felicitated the children of workplaces for their outstanding academic achievement. This left them motivated to pursue further education in their life to become self-reliant.

The event touched the hearts of many and was finally ended with a short talk by Swadhin Kumar, President of Aasra, focusing on life at Aasra. The love and affection that an Aasra member gets from the children is the best feeling ever. Aasra has a long way to go. Only one decade has passed and many are yet to come. The family looks forward to the new generation who can create a major change in the society with their creative and innovative ideas.

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