Project “Protsahan Chiraiyya” -Life Skills Education Programme of BIMTECH Enters Its Third Phase At Neemka Village on 4 Dec, 2016
Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida and Ranganathan Society for Social Welfare and Library Development (RSSWLD)- the CSR implementing agency of BIMTECH, reached another landmark by launching the third phase of its Life Skills Education (LSE) Programme- Project “Protsahan Chiraiyya” on 4 Dec., 2016 at Neemka Shahjahanpur Village in Jewar District.
The Chief Guest on the occasion was Ms. Sujata Singh(IPS), SP City, Gautambudh Nagar. On behalf of BIMTECH, the launch event was attended by Dr. Anupam Varma, Deputy Director, BIMTECH along with his wife Mrs. Subhra Varma, Prof N N Sharma, Mentor of the Project, and Prof. Saloni Sinha, Project Coordinator. Neemka Admistration was represented by Shri Arvind Singh, Village Pradhan and Smt. Asha Sharma, School teacher at Primary school, Neemka who has been providing her constant support to the project. Dr. Rishi Tiwari, Secretary, RSSWLD, presided over the launch event. He expressed his gratitude to the residents of Neemka for wholeheartedly supporting the project. Ms. Renu Singh, LSE Trainer, along with other RSSWLD volunteers, students of BIMTECH and the local village community showed great enthusiasm in organising the event.
Ms. Sujata Singh congratulated the girls for enrolling in the project. She lauded the efforts of BIMTECH and RSSWLD for creating capacity enhancement platforms for girls. A Civil Engineer from IIT Roorkee and an IPS, Ms. Singh encouraged the girls by sharing her life experiences which was replete with challenges due to lack of resources. Her journey towards the blue beacon was awe inspiring, and it certainly instilled a lot of confidence among the girls who shared their aspirations with her later. A true role model, she implored the girls to believe in themselves, have self respect and feel proud of being a girl. She urged the girls to raise their voice against gender discrimination and abuse.
On this occasion, Prof N N Sharma shared the future vision of upscaling the project. Dr Anupam Varma in his address mentioned the various social initiatives undertaken by RSSWLD and BIMTECH. He particularly highlighted the social campaign “ Beti hi bachayegi”. Mrs Shubhra Varma encouraged the girls by actively engaging in their activities. They all were delighted to see the motivation, enthusiasm and acceptance of the project by Neemka residents. Dr. Varma reiterated that the success of the project certainly encourages the institute to support such initiatives in future. The village Pradhan shared the positive impact of the project on Neemka Village. He promised to arrange resources for future projects of RSSWLD. The girls of three batches of LSE entertained everyone with songs, their experience of being a Chiraiyya.
The first phase of the project was launched on 28 March, 2016 for 30 girls to commemorate the first death anniversary of Dr. Sarla Devi Birla, Founder of BIMTECH. Till date a total of ninety girls have enrolled in LSE batches which comprise of rural adolescent girls of Neemka village who belong to underprivileged sections. The girls who benefitted from the project in the first two phases were made aware of several government schemes, fundamental rights, gender related issues, role of rural administration etc. In LSE programme, the girls attended 17 carefully designed modules spread across 51 hours on relevant issues related to fundamental rights, health, education, leadership, security, self development and community engagement. The weekend classes are conducted by Life skills trainers.
Post LSE, the girls attend Basic English Expert Course (BEE). The English course is designed, developed and taught by the students of BIMTECH. While improving English Language Proficiency, this highly interactive course is designed to enhance confidence and self expression among the girls.
All the girls have now become true ambassadors of the project, and have actively engaged themselves in improving their village with the support of the local administration.
The Chiraiyyas are certainly spreading their wings. And so is Project “Protsahan Chiraiyya” with the blessings of all.