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With community service being made mandatory in government colleges from the session 2012-2013, it would ensure all round development of students. The number of hours put in 'community outreach programme' by students would be recorded by their teachers from this session onwards. They would be required to do some form of community service. These programmes include adopting surrounding villages and rural areas in city, creating awareness among schoolchildren about brushing teeth and personal hygiene to conducting cleanliness drives in insanitary areas.
Taking into account the marks allocated for community related activities to students seeking admission in top-notch B-schools, universities and other higher educational institutions, besides foreign colleges, this decision was taken at a meeting of the director, higher education (DHE) and government college principals recently. "Community service has now become an integral part of college teaching. Teachers will be maintaining a record book to account for the number of hours each student puts in community service," says Mani Bedi, principal, Post Graduate Government College for Girls, Sector 42.
At the end of three years of graduation, the hours of community service logged in by students would be accounted for and they would be awarded certificates for it. "Youngsters have a tremendous ability to influence people around them. We would be encouraging students to create awareness on drug de-addiction, environmental issues and traffic concerns among their peers and public," says Gurjit Kaur, officiating principal of Post Graduate Government College, Sector 46.
College officials also cite it as an opportunity for youngsters to come out of their comfort zone. "In the current scenario, most families are nuclear, where youngsters get all comforts. They don't value several benefits that they get and by contributing to society, a new horizon will open up for them. Serving and educating others will give them confidence as well," says Manjit Brar, principal, Government College for Management and Business Administration, Sector 42.
Courtesy: Times of India
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