The students of IIT-I have proven that every man can make a difference in this world; it's only how you perceive it. A social welfare club in IIT Indore called Avana has made numerous efforts to spread education in their area. It was initiated by a third year student SiddharthDugriwala. Today it has a membership of about 350 students and is actively involved in many social welfare programmes.
Avana is most famous for its One Rupee Miracle (ORM) scheme. Under this scheme each member donates one rupee per day for a month and the money is then used to fund the development of schools and spreading education. For example, Avana took up the responsibility of teaching young students in at Ashrawad government school in AshrawadKhrud. Moreover, through their ORM fund, Avana also sponsored a library for students of this school. There are many such schools which need help in terms of furniture, libraries, sanitary facilities, etc. Avana aims to help as many of them as possible.
Apart from teaching, students of IIT-I engage themselves in many other welfare activities through Avana like distributing blankets, organizing blood donation camps, etc. As a part of their Independence Day celebration, these students decided to set up libraries in two schools of the city. It is indeed delightful to see students celebrating this day in its true spirit unlike using it like another holiday. Every year IIT Indore also organizes a city marathon. The marathon is usually for a social cause and to bring about an awakening in the society. Social Welfare requires mass support and these kids know just the right method to get that. They also work through the popular forums like Facebook to catch the attention of people all over the country and focus it on the social problems around them. They keep posting their recent activities and motivating posts or pictures to keep their presence alive in the social world. Thus one can conclude that these students have worked up on several fronts to achieve their objective.
The efforts made by these students are truly commendable and they have set an example before the country of how little things can make a big difference in the world. It is time to be socially active like such students and do our bit as a responsible citizen of the country. It does not take a lot of time to teach a class on a Sunday. Nor does one rupee make any major difference in your daily life. Youth of today can bring about great revolution if they have will for it. Such efforts also serve as a wake-up call for our government to do something concrete in this field. Simply formulating the Right to Education does not serve the purpose of spreading education. There is a need for greater funds for education and skill development programmes. Together with the government we can make this endeavor a success. The students of IIT-I have indeed ignited the spark!