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A new initiative by St. Stephen’s College

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The Social Service League of Delhi’s St. Stephen’s College organised a rehabilitation project at Barkhua village in Bihar earlier this month.

The project was aided by Prajapati Mission in collaboration with Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti. A group of 13 students and a teacher from St. Stephen’s College went across to Bihar.

“Over the course of the eight-day project, we built 20 houses, constructing them with bamboo, jute rope and tarpaulin sheets. There was also a survey team whose task was to gauge the economic condition of the villagers,” said Pushparaj V. Deshpande, president of the League, on return to Delhi.

The team distributed blankets and mosquito nets along with 30 kg of rice and 5 kg of daal to each of the 20 families whose houses they had built, and also to 15 other economically deprived families. They also gave medical supplies to the local civil hospital.

“We realise that we were able to make only a small difference to the entire situation, perhaps something that was negligible. But it is those 35 families that we helped rehabilitate and their gratitude that we will always cherish. We also learnt that social service is essential to make this society a better place,” said League secretary Paridhi David.

In a novel and “healthy” initiative, Delhi University’s Zakir Husain College has opened a Safal food outlet of the Mother Dairy co-operative on its campus.

Dairy products such as flavoured milk, dahi, lassi and fruit juices are popular among the students as well as the staff. Mother Dairy ice creams are also a great attraction.

“The idea is to inculcate healthy food habits among students who are otherwise addicted to aerated soft drinks and ready-made snacks. Since the college has said no to junk food and other carbonated drinks, the Safal outlet offers an excellent option and a healthy alternative for the entire college community,” said a member of the college media committee.

“The Safal range of fresh fruits and sprouts are being appreciated by college sports team members who come in for practice sessions early in the morning. The reasonable rates of the products are an added attraction in these times of high inflation,” she added.

Pearl School of Business, Gurgaon, has announced admission to its two-year MBA programme for 2009-11.

The course has a unique integrated curriculum, oriented to the needs of global industry and start-up enterprises.

Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission. However, two years of relevant experience will be desirable. Only applicants who have appeared for CAT/ GMAT/ MAT would be considered for admission to the programme.

The last date for submitting applications is January 31.

Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor P. K. Abdul Azis presented the Award of Excellence to Dr. Afshan Naheed Hashmi, an alumnus of the institution, and president of the Global Regulatory and Business Solutions at Maryland in the US, at a function organised by the Ladies Club of the University.

The lady teachers at AMU and the wives of the male teachers are members of the club.

The president of the club, Dr. Jamila Majid Siddiqui, highlighted its activities and said the club had set up the Ismat Literacy Centre to provide education to the girl children from the poor households in the areas on the campus neighbourhood.

Prof. Azis urged the club office-bearers to come forward to do more social work and remove illiteracy in the AMU surroundings.

Parul Sharma

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