This year from 1st Feb to 8th Feb, 13 students of VSM ( 9 students of MBBS and 4 students of OT ) had attended Sevankur’s ” One Week for the Nation ” programme at Bishnupur, Jharkhand. This programme was arranged under the guidance of Padmashree awardee Mr Ashok Bhagat of Vikas Bharti. The theme of this eight day programme was ” Social Awareness through Self Awareness “.
There were many participants from various parts of Maharashtra. All participants were divided into groups,each group consisting of 16 students. Each group was allotted one expert doctor for providing guidance.
Usually any programme starts after participants arrive at the place. However, this programme started from the time of travel. A health survey was conducted in the train which facilitated the dialogue between participants and unknown co-passengers.
The eight day programme was full of many insightful sessions such as a Dialogue ( interview) with Padmashree Awardee Mr Ashok Bhagat,
- Visit to Vikas Bharti Prakalp (Project)
- Health camp in nearby village
- Lectures on various topics by Manik tai Damle, Shiv Shankarji Urav and by Mr Atul Jog
- Play by participants on various social issues and many more workshops, discussions
A session by Padmashree Mr Ashok Bhagat threw light on how he mingled with Tribal people of Jharkhand. Listening to the problems faced by him made the students sensitive.
Under the guidance of Mr Bhagat, Vikas Bharti has undertaken number of projects like
- Goshala ( Cow Shed), Handicraft workshop
- Agro science and agriculture project
- Food packaging and Aadarsh (Ideal) School project
Students visited all these projects and realized how one person has changed the lives of underprivileged tribal people of Jharkhand. His empathy and understanding of social problems, his approach to resolve the issues after analysing them in detail, and his style of working along with the villagers has played a key role. The emphasis is given on creating employment, adopting modern agriculture techniques. This has helped the tribal people from this underdeveloped area of Jharkhand to be independent and self -sufficient.
On the day of Health Camp, villagers, with no basic infrastructure facilities, welcomed all student participants with lots of love and warmth. Vitamin deficiencies were commonly observed among the villagers. Participants explained them about diet, cleanliness, and how to take care of a patient and pregnant woman. Students realised the importance of empathy in this health camp.
Maniktai Damle in her session guided students about how to understand personalities; how to assess oneself; how to boost the self- confidence; how to reduce fear factor and how to develop leadership qualities.
In one session, local students performed cultural programmes displaying their hidden talents. The participants were asked to enact on the topic
“India of my Dreams”. Through the play the participants expressed their views on Women empowerment, Employment, Social media etc.
Through these various sessions,programmes and group discussions, students realised that along with managerial skills like discipline, planning, execution of planning ,time management; self confidence,social awareness,field work and willingness to make change in oneself is equally important.