Service Before Self: Rotaract Club
Dibya | May 15, 2017
The student chapter of the international organization, Rotary International: Rotaract Club is one of social services club in NITR.
The club was allotted a meager sum of INR 15000 at the start of the academic year which fell short considering the number of events the club organized. However, extra funds were allotted as and when necessary by the faculty advisor of the club, Prof. Susmita Das.
Like every year, the club organized a “clothes collection drive” in the month of August in which they collected the old and unused clothes from the faculty and staff quarters. Once, the clothes were filtered and segregated, they were donated to Shanti Bhawan, an old-age home. The club also set up a few performances to keep the residents entertained. In the month of October, the club was instrumental in organizing the blood donation camp in association with NITRAA and Red Cross which had a turn-out of more than 150 people.
Says the club president, Avinash Yadav,
The turn-out has instilled in us a sense of confidence and we plan on a bigger camp next year.
The club’s primary work area is the Birsa Munda Vidyapeeth, a run-down government aided school where the club members teach the students every Saturday. The school was also the project area for the “Cleanliness Awareness Campaign” held in the month of March.
The club aimed at involving the general NITR junta in the spring semester by hosting a Grand Housie, the funds from which were utilized in Makar Sankranti celebration in Birsa Munda Vidyapeeth. Rotaract also organized a "blanket distribution drive", the funds for which were collected by selling cards in the month of February. Another annual event by the club, called Impulse was organized in the month of April in which various competitions were held for over 100 school students.
The active nature of the club has earned it a name in the city of Rourkela. The club had been invited as special guests in the annual function organized by Kalyan, a non-profit organization under the Rourkela Steel Plant. Furthermore, they were guest invitees to the seminar on “Gender Equality and Disability Inclusive Development” organized by Odisha State Disability Network.
As the year draws to a close, the club president says on a concluding note,
Keeping in mind the events that have been organised and are in-plans of being organised, the club faces a dire shortage of funds. We are hopeful of an increment in budgets in the upcoming academic year. Another issue that is commonly faced is the tedious and outdated process of acquiring permission. Running from one authority to another to get attestation is tiresome and digitalization of the process would help.
Talking about the future of the club, he adds,
We plan on expanding our outreach to more people, especially school children. Anyone can donate materials but we aim at instilling in them a sense of personal, national and civic responsibility.