Vidya-Setu A Tribute for Education by Dr. Vijay Page

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This document was humble tribute to the society (by Dr. Vijay Page Director General MET, Mumbai), which has richly contributed to the metamorphosis of our
university. A celebration of awareness, this is our offering "VIDYA- SETU" - a bridge spanning the
knowledge divide.

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Vidya-Setu A Tribute for Education by Dr. Vijay Page

  1. 1. Preamble The aim of education is primarily to prepare a student for life. University education further aims at shaping the youth to conquer societal challenges and build a vibrant and enlightened civil society. In our country, institutions of higher learning were founded as early as 7th Centrury BC (Takshila/Nalanda) to evolve, develop and deliver knowledge to build a learning society, a tradition nourished and fiercely guarded by modern centers of learning including the universities of Mumbai, Madras and Calcutta. For the last 150 years, they have shaped millions of professionals and academicians who have richly contributed to the economic and social upliftment of our country. However, as the chasm between the haves and the have-nots appears to be causing concern, the role and responsibility of academicians and centers of learning have assumed new dimensions. It has now been conclusively held that the gap between the rich and the poor is basically the 'knowledge gap'. Though technological advancements like the World Wide Web and global networking have brought us closer to one another, it is critical to ensure extensive participatory exchange and interaction between the knowledge haves and have-nots in our midst. Only through their bonding and fusion can we hope to build an enlightened civil society. Therefore, the United Nations evolved and adopted Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to mark the 21st Century covering a wide range of critical concerns like: poverty alleviation, education, health, etc. Through public and private partnerships and active participation of the NGOs, the UN hopes to reach out to the global society. Though the goals are to be accomplished in two decades, the progress has been insignificant in this decade. One cannot fault the mission or the message of the UN (MDG) for this lapse, but there appears to be a strong case for integrating the youth medium into the program, besides broadening the interface, to build passion for pro-active participation for societal upliftment. Our university, while celebrating its 150th year of service, has taken upon itself the onerous task of bridging the knowledge divide in our society through initiatives, which will reach out to the weakest segments. They will galvanize the knowledge workers of the university, to reach out, especially to the underprivileged sections and bring them in the main stream through empowerment and capacity building by deployment of soft skills. The approach, content, methodology and delivery of this program focuses on building small successful models driven by care, concern and compassion of the knowledge workers to shape a mass movement, which will elevate the weakest segments of the society. This effort will be integrated into the heart of the structured learning system with students and faculty leading the way. This is our humble tribute to the society, which has richly contributed to the metamorphosis of our university. A celebration of awareness, this is our offering "VIDYA- SETU" - a bridge spanning the knowledge divide. Dr. Vijay Khole Vice - Chancellor University of Mumbai Prof. Vijay Page Director MET League of Colleges Knowledge bridge for societal bonding
  2. 2. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Vidya Setu Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Objective : To evolve and deliver participatory civil society enrichment programs so as to nurture and enhance the quality of life through interventions by students and faculty of the university by deploying tools like, information sharing using IT, networking, dynamic training, skill development, counselling, experiential learning and other soft skills, thereby bonding all the stakeholders for promoting community welfare, harmony, sharing and caring, thus elevating knowledge economy to sublime levels and in the process shaping the youth as responsible global citizens. Core Program : Our society like many others the world over, presents a multi-layered class structure with the rich and the poor separated by an ocean of ignorance, lack of opportunities and aspirations. Undoubtedly, the state and market mechanism are continuously engaged, in fine-tuning governance to build and sustain the liberalized economic entity. But, the dice seems to be heavily loaded against the poor and weaker sections of the society. A deeper analysis of the successes and failures of our system reveals, that apart from the inputs of hardware and resources, economic sustainability and growth are primarily driven by the software and soft skills - the knowledge component. There have been numerous successes in our country where with the same availability of opportunities and resources, a handful of societies and regions have progressed leaps and bounds. Driven by passion, they surmounted obstacles and shortages through knowledge and skill set. The process blessed the beneficiaries, while the change agents attained nirvana of sorts. The Vidya Setu therefore has been designed keeping in view the benefit and enrichment of both deliverer and the receiver. On one hand, the missions are meant to help the students and faculty of the university to reach out to the weaker sections of the neighbourhood through knowledge sharing and deployment of soft skills. On the other hand, this process of intensive and extensive interaction with the broad strata of the society will enrich the learning of the academia. It will eventually shape and mould the students as chosen members of the civil society, which they inhabit and will inherit. The youth will undoubtedly bring in passion and a breath of fresh air and thought, which will galvanise the forces of development and hopefully build a seamless enlightened society with equal opportunities for all. 1|| ||
  3. 3. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 2|| || Plan of action Broadly, this involves the following components: „ Principal Missions „ Methodology and Focus „ Implementation „ Assessments and Rewards „ Logistic support and facilitation Principal Missions : The 15 principal missions proposed to be launched are as follows:- 1. Mission to Eradicate Hunger and Poverty 2. Mission to Promote Universal Primary Education 3. Mission to Promote Gender Equity and Women Empowerment 4. Mission to Reduce Child Mortality 5. Mission to Improve Maternal Health 6. Mission to Combat HIV. AIDS/ Malaria and Others 7. Mission to Ensure Environmental Sustainability 8. Mission for Popularization of Fitness and wellness including Sports and Yoga 9. Mission for Reaching out to Physically/ Mentally handicapped persons [Differently Abled] 10. Mission to Nurture and foster dignity and respect to Elders through study & practice of Geriatric Care [Senior Citizens] 11. Mission for Providing Relief, Counseling and Hand holding to School dropouts/ street urchins and other underprivileged children [ The Economically needy category] 12. Mission for Reaching out to high risk, high work pressure/ stress groups like Defence/ Police/ Fire fighters/ local train/bus drivers to provide emotional relief / counseling/ etc. to this High Stress Category. 13. A mission to promote universal cross cultural understanding through culture tourism and exchange showcasing the city as Global Tourism & Brotherhood hub. 14. Mission to Generate dynamic societal participation in development of Emergency response systems and networking vital for Disaster Management 15. Mission to Develop Global Partnership for Development
  4. 4. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 3|| || Missions from 1 to 7 and 15 are based on, 'Millennium Development Goals' promoted by the United Nations and universally adopted to be achieved in the first quarter of this century. They are aimed at development of an enlightened civil society worldwide. The missions from 9 to 14 have been evolved so as to reach out to the community and ensure bonding of society with our stakeholders.Under each of the above missions, ten sub-missions are proposed which will be focused on action areas to be developed through participation of students and faculty, thus reaching out to the STAKEHOLDERS of our education system. In all there will be totally One Hundred and Fifty new missions proposed to be launched by the university in the service of community. METHODOLOGY & FOCUS : Right from inception, focus of the program would be on identification of the weaker, neglected and under-privileged members of the community located preferably in the 3-4 km. radius of the institution who would form the core of the beneficiaries to be covered under the respective mission head. Having located the critical segment, identification of their needs with regard to knowledge gap inhibiting their sustenance and growth would be done through benchmark surveys. Then with the help of faculty and subject experts, tools and learning inputs as well as information sharing will be deployed and delivered to the beneficiaries. Help support and participation of NGOs, voluntary organizations, facilitators, neighbouring educational institutions including primary and secondary schools will be sought to achieve the mission objectives. Thus, the emphasis of the program is on empowerment and capacity building through training, counseling, skill development and other soft skills including IT so as to build courage and confidence alongwith competence of the beneficiaries. Care will be taken to resist access to instant success models involving doling out funds and goodies as they have been found to be counter productive and harmful to the society. In addition help and support of technology using IT and knowledge sharing and exchange platform will be taken so as to improve efficacy of the program. All these sub-missions will be delivered to the society on the following lines : A. STAKEHOLDERS OF THE MISSION PROGRAM:- STUDENTS/TEACHERS/ ACADEMICIANS/INSTITUTIONS - These stakeholders of the university would reach out to the society through students and faculty to serve with care, concern, compassion and love.
  5. 5. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 4|| || a. AREA OF OPERATION:- Each institution will sensitise its students/faculty on the principal missions, thus forming the core of implementation team. This will be extended to the neighboring school children/institutions, thereby ensuring complete coverage of the area covering 3-4 km. radius. Besides, the institution may add either local or outstation areas so as to work with other interested organizations and communities. b. PARTICIPANTS:- The program will be compulsorily implemented by students and faculty of each affiliated institution of the university, commencing in the 1st semester of the first year in the under graduate program and will continue till the completion of graduation. The registration of students will be done by registering minimum of five students per sub mission at the undergraduate level. Thus there will be a minimum of 750 students for every institution. They will be guided by minimum of six full time faculty members, consisting of one coordinator and five mission controllers who will each monitor three mission. In case of post-graduate institutions, the number can be proportionately adjusted, depending upon the strength. IMPLEMENTATION : The main action areas and delivery platforms for reaching out to the stakeholders will focus on leveraging dynamic training, skill development, counselling, demonstrative and other learning tools through students and faculty interaction. This will involve - „ Induction/Training Program for faculty, who will deliver the same to the students „ Promoting the missions among the stakeholders „ Registering interested mission beneficiaries willing to participate in the program. „ Delivering the program to the beneficiaries. „ Program review and impact assessment. „ Feedback, research and archives After the INDUCTION of the faculty, in the first year students will be trained in the actual training and delivering of the mission program. Initially, the second year students will be registering participants, while the third year students will try to reach out the stakeholders to popularize the missions. From the second half of the academic year, the first year students will continue mission implementation in their chosen areas for the next two-and-half year. In the last semester of the undergraduate program the students will undertake program review and impact assessment of the
  6. 6. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 5|| || beneficiaries they have covered in the four semesters and submit a final paper of their achievements. The post-graduate students of the university will be primarily concerned with areas like assessment and review of mission program, monitoring and course correction and impact assessment. A paper of the work done by each post graduate student will be submitted to the university towards completion of the program. ASSESSMENTS AND REWARDS : Each student and faculty will contribute a minimum of three hours per week or sixty hours per semester to this program. For this contribution, the student input will be assessed by the internal faculty. At the end of the semester through joint evaluation of the mission coordinator and the Principal of the institution, maximum of one hundred marks per semester may be awarded to each student. Thus every marksheet of the student of the University of Mumbai will carry a new column of subject Vidya Setu I to VI. The same will be applicable to post graduate students as well. This system of assessment and allotment of marks will be fine tuned and implemented subject to the consideration of the Academic Council and the regulatory mechanism of the university. There will be at least one hundred and fifty merit awards offered by University to the students and fifteen awards to faculty for best participatory effort every year. In addition the fifty outstanding institutions will also be rewarded with trophies etc. LOGISTIC SUPPORT AND FACILITATION : The program will be monitored by the Directorate External Education of the University. It will seek funding support from donors/industry/UGC/GOI, to raise and allocation of Rs. 1 crore in the first year, which will be subsequently raised if needed. Necessary support of NSS, NGOs and voluntary organizations will be sought to ensure speedier implementation of the program. Thus, the entire mission program would be aimed at uplifting the weakest section of our society through deployment of soft skills so as to help build momentum for generating mass movement, since this would serve as a model and motivator to the upper strata of the society to reach out and attain higher levels of economic prosperity and growth. The whole process itself will prove the belief of the poet who wrote:- “As one lamp lights another nor grows less, Nobleness enkindleth nobleness.”
  7. 7. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 6|| || M ISSIO Now we shall briefly present the 150 missions grouped under each focus area and present the desired impact. Here, it must be noted that though it is assumed that each sub-mission will be addressed by at least five students, thus offering 50 students per area i.e. a minimum of 750 students per institution per year, the program coverage and resultant impact may not follow a linear function. What is attempted here is initiation of a dynamic process of change and quantification if any, may not reflect the true picture. It is needless to state that development and growth are reflected in the quality of life and not necessarily in metric tones or calories consumed. Therefore the reference to numbers is purely to indicate the quantitative dimension, which has to be read and judged in conjunction with the impact it will generate on the quality of life of the poor.
  8. 8. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To Eradicate Hunger and Poverty [Missions 1 - 10] Objective : To identify critical group of beneficiaries from the poorest section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution through an assessment of the micro economic parameters, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate needbased soft skills training to them so to sharpen and improve the employability of the focus group through E-empowered information sharing, knowledge building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) 7|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[HHPP 11-1100]] HP1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey HP2 Facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for self sustenance & Leveraging network strength for work options agencies HP3 Link up & Leverage Agencies for employment generation & promotion HP4 Link up & Leverage Agencies for financial assistance & marketing HP5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub HP6 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online training HP7 Identify & develop seasonal/ exceptional job opportunities with web support HP8 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. for synergistic action HP9 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions for poverty eradication. HP10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for poverty alleviation
  9. 9. Impact : While each locality would present a unique model for development, the benchmark survey followed by impact surveys at periodic intervals will help impact assessment. It will also help in reshaping and redesigning the approach and tools so as to ensure rapid coverage of the critical group. It may be difficult to quantify the beneficiaries of such a program but it will be safe to assume that this mission group will be able to reach out to a hundred families in a year and facilitate upward mobility of at least half the number per annum. This number will gradually go up manifold as more agencies join the program and the community starts receiving the benefits of the intervention. Through this process it is safe to assume that even with sustained input of fifty students per year, over 1000 families would be benefited under this program in a decade. Review & Monitoring : The faculty concerned with the mission with support and assistance from the post graduate students and institutions like TISS and Maharashtra Labour Institute, etc., will conduct a pre and post program audit. This will help shaping the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 8|| ||
  10. 10. Mission: To promote Universal Primary Education [Missions 11 to 20] Objective : To identify critical group of illiterates both young and adults, belonging to the weaker section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution by conducting a benchmark survey with the help of schools in the proximity with focus on illiterate parents of the school children and housewives, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate literacy and functional literacy programmes besides launching a school children enrolment drive with the help and support of other NGOs and popularize the mission through E-empowered information sharing, knowledge building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 9|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[PPEE 11- 1100]] PE1 Critical beneficiary identification - with bench mark survey PE2 Facilitate & Deliver literacy training program Leveraging network strength for extensive & intensive coverage PE3 Link up & Leverage Agencies focusing on working male literacy PE4 Link up & Leverage Agencies focusing on working female, housewife & senior citizens literacy PE5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub especially school dropouts PE6 Set up SDWT* to link up & leverage agencies for delivering Survival skills to school children/ teenagers PE7 Link up & leverage agencies for delivering 8 Habits, cleanliness & hygiene to teenagers PE8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance so as to offer models for follow up PE9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online training PE10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for poverty alleviation
  11. 11. Impact : Since high levels of illiteracy are present among the poorer strata of the society the mission will focus on identifying whether children as well as their parents need functional literacy skills. In this process the local networking with primary and secondary schools will help in conducting benchmark surveys and identification of the beneficiary groups of young children and illiterate parents. This will be helped by a school enrolment drive and reach out to illiterate parents, especially to housewives. Functional literacy training programmes launched with help of NGOs and voluntary agencies will help generate more interest in the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of NGOs and students, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year, thus easily achieving the figure of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground situation. Review & Monitoring : The critical support of primary schools, NGOs and other agencies is vital for success of the mission. Therefore faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting a pre and post program audit with the help of TISS and other PG evaluators. This will help shaping outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 10|| ||
  12. 12. Mission: To Promote Gender Equity and Women Empowerment [Missions 21- 30] Objective : To identify critical group of women including housewives, single mothers, working women and widows, belonging to the weaker section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution by conducting a benchmark survey with the help of schools in the proximity with focus on parents of the school children, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate literacy and functional literacy programmes besides offering counseling and employment opportunities including entrepreneurship promotion through self help groups like Lijjat/Annapurna mahila support groups etc. with the help and support of other NGOs and popularize the mission through E-empowered information sharing, knowledge building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases: (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 11|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[WWEE 11-1100]] WE1 Critical beneficiary identification- with benchmark survey WE2 Facilitate & Deliver Training programs aimed at developing self reliance & confidence WE3 Link up & Leverage Agencies for providing training in functional education WE4 Link up & Leverage Agencies for providing training in personal finance/marketing/ CRM areas WE5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub including work and family issues WE6 Link & Leverage Agencies for providing training in micro business/ entrepreneurship WE7 Set up SDWT* to link up & leverage Agencies for participating in women welfare associations and programs WE8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions WE9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online training WE10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for providing relief
  13. 13. Impact : The mission will focus on identifying women, young and old alike especially those who are illiterate and need functional literacy skills. In this process the local networking with voluntary women self-help groups like Lijjat and others, will help in identifying critical beneficiary group and deliver programs. Their involvement right from conducting benchmark surveys to the delivery of programs will significantly improve response and coverage of the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of NGOs and students, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving the figure of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground situation. Review & Monitoring : Women empowerment and promoting gender equity is a difficult task in poorer sections of the society since the exploitation levels are very high. But with multi-level participation of voluntary agencies, success can be achieved. Therefore review will focus on ensuring wider voluntary agency participation for mission accomplishment. Therefore faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting a pre and post program audit. This will help shaping the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 12|| ||
  14. 14. Mission: To reduce Child Mortality [Missions 31 - 40] Objective : To identify critical group of mothers with new born kids or pregnant ones, young and middle-aged women including housewives, single mothers, working women, belonging to the weaker section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution by conducting a benchmark survey with the help of maternity care centers/hospitals in the proximity, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate child and mother care, health and hygiene inputs with the help of NGOs and voluntary support from Medical professionals and offer counseling and employment opportunities including critical medicare, help and inputs from Pharma companies and popularize the mission through media based information sharing, confidence building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[CCMM 11-1100]] CM1 Critical beneficiary identification - focusing on women in labour & children below 5 years. CM2 Facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for child/ mother health hygiene & preventive care CM3 Link up & Leverage Agencies seeking critical beneficiary participation in K.G. education CM4 Link up & Leverage Agencies for including NGOs for offering cash/ kind support to the critical beneficiaries CM5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub CM6 Help set up SDWT* as early response mechanism for critical child health support CM7 Help set up direct action group for abandoned & wayward children CM8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions CM9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online relief CM10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for providing relief Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 13|| ||
  15. 15. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Impact : This mission focuses on a highly delicate and sensitive issue concerning every household. Therefore mixed student groups especially girls will have to be trained for overcoming the initial resistance from the weaker sections of the community to identify the focus group. In this process the local networking with voluntary groups especially the maternity care hospitals and specialists is critical for identifying beneficiary group and deliver programs. Their involvement right from conducting benchmark surveys to the delivery will significantly improve response and coverage of the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of Medicos, NGOs and students, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving the target of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground situation. Review & Monitoring : In this mission group induction of trained students working side by side with medical professionals and voluntary agencies right from focus group identification to the delivery of mission programmes is vital. Only through multi-level participation of mother care agencies and support of medical fraternity, success can be achieved. Therefore review will focus on ensuring wider voluntary agency participation with mother care agencies for mission accomplishment. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post program audit. This will help shaping the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation. 14|| ||
  16. 16. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To Improve Maternal Health [Missions 41 - 50] Objective : To identify critical group of mothers with new born kids or pregnant ones, young and middle-aged women including housewives, single mothers, working women, belonging to the weaker section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution by conducting a benchmark survey with the help of maternity care centers/hospitals in the proximity, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate child and mother care, health and hygiene inputs with the help of NGOs and voluntary support from Medical professionals and offer counseling and employment opportunities including critical medicare, help and inputs from Pharma companies and popularize the mission through media based information sharing, confidence building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases: (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team 15|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[MMHH 11-1100]] MH1 Critical beneficiary identification - focusing on women in labour & post pregnancy period - with benchmark survey MH2 Facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for child/ mother health hygiene & preventive care MH3 Link up & Leverage Agencies seeking critical beneficiary participation in mother care & disorders & liaise with Celebrities/ brand ambassadors/ etc. to seek their support for this cause MH4 Link up & Leverage Agencies for including NGOs for offering cash/ kind support to the critical beneficiaries especially to honour outstanding and meritorious beneficiaries / felicitate/ display societal reverence for their achievements MH5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub MH6 Help set up SDWT* as early response mechanism for critical maternal health support MH7 Help set up direct action group for abandoned & discarded mothers MH8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions MH9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online relief MH10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for providing relief
  17. 17. Impact : This mission is almost parallel to the Mission Group 4 which focuses on the highly delicate and sensitive issue concerning the child and mother care which is an integral part of every household. Therefore the student teams of both Group 4 and Group 5 will have to work together sharing their network of hospitals and medicare fraternity willing to offer voluntary input for the mission programs. Mixed student groups especially girls will have to be trained for overcoming the initial resistance from the weaker sections of the community to identify the focus group. In this process the local networking with voluntary groups especially the maternity care hospitals and specialists is critical for identifying beneficiary group and deliver programmes. Their involvement right from conducting benchmark surveys to the delivery of programmes will significantly improve response and coverage of the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of Medicos, NGOs and students, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving he target of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground situation. Since the activities of Mission Group 4 and 5 are closely linked, joint mission groups may be formed for smooth operation. Review & Monitoring : As this group is linked with Mission Group 4 we have to jointly review the mission operation. Here again success will depend upon induction of trained students working side by side with medical professionals and voluntary agencies right from focus group identification to the delivery of mission programmes is vital. Only through multi-level participation of mother care agencies and support of medical fraternity, success can be achieved. Therefore review will focus on ensuring wider voluntary agency participation with mother care agencies for mission accomplishment. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post program audit. This will help shaping the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 16|| ||
  18. 18. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To Combat HIV. AIDS/ Malaria and Others [Missions 51 - 60] Objective : To identify critical group of beneficiaries belonging to the weaker section of the community in the neighbourhood of the institution especially those residing in slums and shanty towns/ unhygienic conditions, by conducting a benchmark survey with the help of health care centers/hospitals in the proximity, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment, and evolve and deliver appropriate child, mother and adult care, health and hygiene inputs with the help of NGOs and voluntary support from Medical professionals and offer counseling and expert advice where necessary, including critical medicare, help and inputs from Pharma companies and popularize the mission through media based information sharing, confidence building, counselling and support from facilitators and stakeholders. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team 17|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[AADD 11-1100]] AD1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey AD2 Facilitate & Deliver appropriate Training programs for creating disease awareness, preventive care, early detection & curative inputs AD3 Link up & Leverage Agencies for conducting mass awareness & treatment camps & liaise with Celebrities/ brand ambassadors/ etc. to seek their support for this cause AD4 Link up & Leverage Agencies offering financial assistance, relief through use of latest technology support AD5 SSet up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub AD6 Launch of STWD* / beneficiary forum for seeking relief from work discrimination/ societal taboo AD7 Identify & develop linkages with rehabilitation and societal care centers for community acceptance & support AD8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions AD9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online relief AD10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action
  19. 19. Impact : This mission pertains to the preventive and curative regime critical for developing a healthy society. Therefore in conjunction with Mission Group 4 and 5 this group will have to work jointly sharing their network of hospitals and medicare fraternity willing to offer voluntary input for the mission programs. Mixed student groups will have to be trained for overcoming the initial resistance from the weaker sections of the community to identify the focus group. In this process the local networking with voluntary groups especially health care centers/ hospitals and specialists is critical for identifying beneficiary group and deliver programmes. Their involvement right from conducting benchmark surveys to the delivery of programmes will significantly improve response and coverage of the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of Medicos, NGOs and students, and organizing mass awareness and treatment camps, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving the target of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground situation. Since the activities of Mission Groups 4, 5 and 6 are closely linked, joint mission groups may be formed for smooth operation and the impact may be significant by close networking of these mission groups. Review & Monitoring : This group performance is linked with Mission Groups 4, 5 since health and hygiene are closely linked with the overall family health situation. Hence we have to jointly review these missions. Though the mission success will depend upon induction of trained students working side by side with medical professionals and voluntary agencies right from inception, arranging common health care and awareness camps will be critical for success of these missions. Thus while reviewing the performance of these groups, a holistic view of common efforts made to enhance the over all public health, hygiene awareness profile will be necessary. Through multi-level participation of health care agencies, voluntary agencies and support of medical fraternity, success can be achieved. Therefore review will focus on ensuring wider voluntary agency participation with other health care agencies for mission accomplishment. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post program audit. This will help shape the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 18|| ||
  20. 20. Mission: To Ensure Environmental Sustainability [Missions 61 - 70] Objective : To identify and focus critical intervention areas for control of local environmental degradation, polluting sources and agencies through environmental impact assessment studies, with the help of voluntary groups and regulatory agencies, thereby evolve and organize environmental damage control awareness programs and identify and facilitate execution of micro damage control and improvement measures so as to generate a wider movement to facilitate mass societal participation, drawing help and inspiration from voluntary agencies including environmental watch groups and statutory agencies. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) * SDWT - Self Directed Work Team Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 19|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[EESS 11-1100]] ES1 Identify & focus on critical present & potential sources of Environmental damage to the neighborhood - with reference to the local situation through a benchmark survey ES2 Facilitate & Deliver mass awareness & Training programs for creating community commitment to environment ES3 Link up & Leverage Agencies involved in environmental damage control & sustainability for focused ground work in project area ES4 Link up & Leverage Agencies offering financial assistance & technology support services especially to honour outstanding and meritorious benefi ciaries / felicitate/ display societal reverence for their achievements ES5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub ES6 Set up SDWT* for environmental watch & monitoring ES7 Set up SDWT* for offering direct relief to persons affected by environmental damage ES8 Set up pilots for each micro area of assistance to deliver customized solutions for environmental sustainability ES9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online training ES10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action to ensure environmental sustainability
  21. 21. 20|| || Impact : This mission is directed to focus on improvement of environs and check polluting and eco-system damaging sources in the neighborhood. Student groups will have to be trained for overcoming the initial resistance from the weaker sections of the community living in sub human conditions so as to convince them to eliminate the sources of pollution and eco-system damage. Thus through a close interaction with the local residents and mass awareness drives involving voluntary agencies, eco-watch groups and other environmental control, public and private agencies, the mission group will be able to identify and strategize interventions. Their involvement right from conducting initial surveys to the delivery of programmes will significantly improve response and coverage of the mission. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with participation of environment watch groups, NGOs and students, and organizing mass awareness programmes, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving the target of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground reality. Review & Monitoring : Assessment of this mission group performance is a complex affair since the environmental damage and polluting sources are a result of long years of neglect and mass abuse by the weaker section of society. Identifying focus areas for intervention and controlling eco-system damage touches delicate social issues and therefore only through mass awareness program highlighting the damage caused by pollution and eco-system degradation it may be possible to design and implement suitable interventions. Here again the progress on ground may be slow, therefore patience and dogged follow- up from the students may bring positive results in due course. The mission success will depend upon induction of committed students working side by side with environmental watch professionals and public and private pollution control agencies along with support from media whose help will be critical for success of these missions. Thus while reviewing the performance of these groups, a holistic view of common efforts made to enhance awareness towards environmental damage and pollution control along with its adverse impact on public health and hygiene will have to be taken into account. Only through wider participation of agencies linked with environmental protection success can be achieved.. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post program audit. This will help shape the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding
  22. 22. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: Popularization of Fitness and wellness including Sports and Yoga [Missions 71 - 80] Objective : To identify and create awareness about criticality of physical fitness in the society especially among youth and middle aged strata of the society and identify a focus group of youth, working professionals including working women and housewives so as to present a pilot demonstration for spreading the message of positivity towards physical and mental well-being by using yoga and modern methods for fitness training as well as organizing media sponsored events and competitions to attract people participation and build a healthy society, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment. Process & Phases : (Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program) 21|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[FFSS 11-1100]] FS1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey FS2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission FS3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task FS4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input especially to honour outstanding and meritorious beneficiaries /felicitate/ display societal reverence for their achievements FS5 Set up Help Desk, Counseling & Information sharing hub FS6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action FS7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support like Marathon/Walkathalon/Olympic Torch, marches, etc. FS8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic and galvanize dynamic community action FS9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission FS10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking &dynamic action
  23. 23. Impact : In the present turbulent times the hard ships of sustenance and daily routine take a heavy toll of individuals health and one tends to take good health for granted. However with the rise in environmental pollution and harsh work schedules, unless proactive efforts are taken by following any system of physical fitness including yoga and other forms of exercise, it will be very difficult to maintain sound health. Therefore the mission group will focus on identifying a core group from the neighborhood including school children, youth, working professionals as well as women who will be exposed to the benefits of fitness programme. The mission group will have to undertake mass contact programmes including help of physical fitness professionals and voluntary agencies to demonstrate positive impact of these measures. Only through multi level efforts involving the entire strata of society, it would be possible to generate mission impact over a period of 2-3 years. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with the dynamic participation of fitness enthusiasts and trainers including NGOs and students, and by organizing mass awareness programmes, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of 100 beneficiary families every year thus easily achieving the target of 1000 beneficiary families in a decade, depending upon the ground reality. Review & Monitoring : The mission success of this group will depend on induction of physically and mentally fit and alert committed students working side by side with health and physical fitness professionals besides support from media whose help will be critical for popularizing the missions. Therefore intervention by trained students with expertise in yoga as well as modern fitness regimen will bring positive results. Hence while reviewing the performance of these groups, a holistic view of efforts made to enhance awareness towards fitness as well as building up of small groups to act as change agents will have to be taken. Participation of diverse fitness groups will create healthy competition and therefore such multiplicity should be encouraged for programme success. But all this may take some time to build up. Hence a minimum sustained input of 2-3 years is necessary before a meaningful mission review could be undertaken. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post programme audit to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 22|| ||
  24. 24. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: Reaching out to Physically/ Mentally handicapped persons [Differently Abled] [Missions 81 - 90] Objective : To identify differently abled and handicapped persons from the neighborhood especially those who are left out from the rehabilitation mission programmes, belonging to the weaker section of the community and reach out to them to deliver assistance package with counselling, networking and hand holding where necessary and integrating them with the mainstream society by organizing special events like sports, marathon, competitions, etc. as well as recognizing their achievements despite the handicap so as to broaden mission participation, while keeping in view practical issues of access, mobility and perception to change and betterment. Process & Phases: (Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program) 23|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[DDAA 11-1100]] DA1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey DA2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission DA3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field including public utilities so as to ensure special protection & relief to senior citizens & seek support in this task DA4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance, equipment support & HR input especially to honour outstanding and meritorious beneficiaries / felicitate/ display societal reverence for their achievements DA5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub DA6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action DA7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/festivals/ opportunities for mass support DA8 Organize mass display and exhibitions of tools, literature, equipment, therapeutic care and relief for beneficiaries to offer customized solutions & achieve mass participation and galvanize dynamic community action DA9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission DA10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & dynamic action
  25. 25. Impact : The mission group will focus on identifying a core group from the neighborhood among the school children, youth, working professionals as well as women who suffer from handicap of any type. The mission group will have to undertake mass contact programmes including help of physical fitness professionals and voluntary agencies to demonstrate positive impact of these measures. Only through multi level efforts involving voluntary agencies and NGOs as well as institutions like Spastic Society, it would be possible to generate mission impact over a period of 2-3 years. By forming Self Directed Work Teams (SDWT) with the dynamic participation of voluntary agencies and trainers including NGOs and students, and by organizing mass awareness programmes, it would be feasible to achieve mobilization of beneficiary families. Since this task of bringing the differently abled person in the mainstream of society is a qualitative effort, any quantification would be misleading and therefore not attempted. Review & Monitoring : The mission success of this group will depend upon reaching out to the differently abled members of our society especially those who have not had the opportunity of receiving inputs from state or private agencies. Help and participation of specialized agencies dedicated to help the handicap people and support of professionals as well as media will be critical for popularizing the missions. Hence while reviewing the performance of these groups, a holistic view efforts made to enhance awareness in combating the physical and mental handicaps through building up of small groups to act as change agents will have to be taken into account. Participation of diverse agencies will create healthy competition and therefore such multiplicity should be encouraged for programme success. But all this may take some time to build up. Hence a minimum sustained input of 2-3 years is necessary before a meaningful mission review could be undertaken. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post programme audit to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 24|| ||
  26. 26. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To nurture and foster dignity and respect to Elders through study & practice of Geriatric Care - Senior Citizens [Missions 91 - 100] Objective : To identify senior citizens especially handicapped and disabled persons from the neighborhood including those who are isolated due lack of family support, primarily belonging to the weaker section of the community and reach out to them to deliver assistance package with counselling, networking, sharing and caring as well as health checks and hand-holding, and integrating them with the mainstream society by organizing special events like community celebrations, sports, competitions, etc. as well as recognizing their achievements with help and participation of NGOS and senior citizen care groups, so as to broaden mission participation, while keeping in view practical issues of access and perception to change and betterment. Process & Phases : ** Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program 25|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[GGCC 11-1100]] GC1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey GC2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission GC3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task GC4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input especially to honour outstanding and meritorious beneficiaries /felicitate/ display societal reverence for their achievements GC5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub GC6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action GC7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support GC8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic events GC9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission GC10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking &dynamic action
  27. 27. Impact : The mission group will focus on identifying a core group from the neighborhood consisting of senior citizens, especially those who are handicapped or disabled or living in seclusion for different reasons, belonging to the weaker sections of the community. Here again, it may be difficult to access such citizens as there is reluctance but with the help of multiple channels including neighbourhood school children, NGOs and volunteers the core group will be identified. The mission group will have to thus work keeping the sensitivities of elders in mind. Their intervention will succeed depending on the training imparted to them as well as initial success of small groups identified for support. This may take some time but once such groups have been identified and brought into the main stream of the society, enticed by community programs and felicitations, then the program will generate momentum in a period of 2-3 years. Therefore patience and perseverance are critical to the success of this mission. Review & Monitoring : The mission success of this group will depend upon reaching out to such normally withdrawn and often despondent senior citizens who are weighed down by adversities including lack of sustenance and neglect. Therefore success of the mission will depend upon how skillfully and respectfully the mission group is able to approach and address the issues of senior citizens. This is a time consuming process and initially the progress may be slow. Therefore, while assessing the performance of the group, the focus would be on securing participation of multiple agencies to reach out to the core group and bring them into the mainstream of the society. Thus the accent is on quality and not on quantity as one helpless family duly supported would send positive message to the rest of the society. Since all this may take some time to build up, a minimum sustained input of 2-3 years is necessary before meaningful mission review could be undertaken. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post programme audit to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 26|| ||
  28. 28. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: Providing Relief, Counseling and Hand holding to School dropouts/ street urchins and other underprivileged children - The Economically needy category [Missions 101 - 110] Objective : To identify core group of school drop outs, street urchins and other underprivileged children, including handicapped and disabled ones from the neighborhood along with those who are isolated due lack of family support, primarily belonging to the weaker section of the community and reach out to them to deliver assistance package with counselling, networking, sharing and caring as well as health checks and hand-holding, and integrating them with the mainstream society by organizing training programs, involving them in events like community celebrations, sports, competitions, etc. as well as recognizing their achievements with help and participation of NGOS and voluntary care groups, so as to broaden mission participation, while keeping in view practical issues of access and perception to change and betterment. Process & Phases: (Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program) 27|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[RRCC 11-1100]] RC1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey RC2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission RC3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task RC4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input RC5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub RC6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action RC7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support RC8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic events RC9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission RC10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking &dynamic action
  29. 29. Impact : The street urchins, school dropouts and other underprivileged children form a large percentage of children and youth wandering aimlessly in the society. Therefore through this mission a core group of beneficiaries consisting of mix of the above category would be identified for providing relief and help through counseling besides offering functional training and skill development inputs so as to provide them opportunity to claw their way back into the society. Unless the entire community assisted by NGOs and voluntary agencies working in the mission area jointly work to involve them in the mission assistance programs, any mission accomplishment would be difficult. Therefore, using multiple agencies to persuade these misdirected children is necessary to generate positive impact on the neighbourhood. Through small successes in rehabilitating these children, over a period of time positive mission impact is possible. Undoubtedly this will involve sustained efforts on the part of the mission group and would take 2-3 years before significant impact is noticed. Review & Monitoring : The mission success of this group will depend upon reaching out to the underprivileged children and successfully rehabilitating them into the main stream of the society. These young children are extremely fickle minded and often misguided. Therefore a concerted effort will have to be made utilizing multi-level agencies and their support in accessing and delivering training, counseling and even hand-holding assistance for successful demonstrations. These successes will create a positive impact on the rest of the group and hopefully this will snowball into a larger movement. But here again, review and monitoring effort will have to take a long term view of the matter since noticeable impact may not be there in the initial phases. The accent is on quality and not on quantity as one helpless street urchin duly supported would send positive message to the rest of the society. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post programme audit to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 28|| ||
  30. 30. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: Reaching out to high risk, high work pressure/ stress groups like Defence/ Police/ Fire fighters/ local train/bus drivers to provide emotional relief / counseling/ etc. to this High Stress Category. [Missions 111 - 120] Objective : To identify core group of mission beneficiaries by conducting a benchmark survey of the neighbourhood to identify high risk, high work pressure /stress groups who are continuously subject to high work stress, and reach out to them so that they can seek relief from the stress to play their part as members of the civil society, involving NGOs and voluntary agencies so that they receive due acclaim and appreciation for their sacrifice Process & Phases : (Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program) 29|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[WWPP 11-1100]] WP1 Critical beneficiary identification - with benchmark survey WP2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission WP3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task WP4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input WP5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub WP6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action WP7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support WP8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic events WP9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission WP10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & dynamic action
  31. 31. Impact : The high stress category people are usually withdrawn and function in seclusion and this itself leads to building of stress in their lives. Therefore the process of bringing them back into the main stream of society can be best handled by networking with retired professionals from the same category as they would have better appreciation of the stress experienced by their colleague. The mission group would have to therefore have to necessarily be networked with former defense, police, fire-fighters and such personnel who can act as links to mission groups. This networking may take some time to establish, but once they realize the spirit behind the outreach they would respond positively. Through small successes in rehabilitating these professional, over a period of time positive mission impact is possible. Undoubtedly this will involve sustained efforts on the part of the mission group and would take 2-3 years before significant impact is noticed. Review & Monitoring : The mission success of this group will depend upon reaching out to this high stressed category preferably through their senior professionals and ex-colleagues who would be able to better appreciate their limitations. However, identifying these resource persons and seeking their participation in the mission program may take some time and effort. Therefore, while reviewing the mission it would be appropriate to assess the networking established and resource persons identified as primary achievements. Subsequently, through this network the mission group would be able to reach out and share the high stress burden of this category thereby launch a process of their re-entry in the main stream of the society. The accent is on quality and not on quantity as one high stressed professional joining the main stream of the society would send positive message to the rest. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this fact in view while conducting the pre and post programme audit to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 30|| ||
  32. 32. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To promote universal cross cultural understanding through culture tourism and exchange showcasing the city as Global Tourism & Brotherhood hub - [Missions 121 to 130] Objective : To identify and conceptualise unique cultural strengths and contributions especially those rich treasures which have captured the imagination of local populace including festivities like Ganesh, Holi, as well as local yatras and melas involving mass participation as well as rituals upholding rich traditions of the past and develop them as culture tourism packages for offer both as components of local programs like the Bandra and Kala Ghoda Festivals as well as showcase them to the international audiences as part of our rich cultural heritages, with help and access to the WWW and networking with NGOs and cultural groups. Process & Phases : (Designed by MET for the Social Outreach Program) 31|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[YYBB 11-1100]] YB1 Critical beneficiary identification YB2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission YB3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task YB4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input YB5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub YB6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action YB7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support YB8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic events YB9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission YB10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking &dynamic action
  33. 33. Impact : With a millions of tourists globetrotting without respite, we offer an excellent destination with hospitable climate round the year and yet only a few million enter our country for a holiday. Moreover, the tourism pattern is gradually shifting from structured and regimented outings to more exotic and in essence cultured tourism outings. Therefore this group will assess significant cultural strengths of the locality as well as the metropolis and identify niche packages, which can be organized to fit in global culture tourism exchange program. This would involve careful study of the prevailing culture scene and by networking with established culture groups and NGOs, with support of cultural festivals like Bandra/Kala Ghoda, as well as Malhar/Mood Indigo, the neighbourhood could evolve a package for attracting global tourism and cultural exchange. This is undoubtedly a painstaking process involving minimum 2-3 years of groundwork but once the tempo picks up then gradually cultural exchange would take off. Help of tour and travel agencies and corporate promotions would significantly improve the mission impact. After all, the Spanish bullfight owes its popularity to the pen of Earnest Hemingway. And we can certainly develop a richer fare than the West. Here again, patience is the key as it would take 2-3 years or more to make significant impact. Review & Monitoring : Since cultural heritage defines our quality of life, it is not possible to quantify the impact. Moreover as we approach the domain of fine art, we are entering in the arena of the sublime, which defies quantification. The task of identification of culture troves and heritage is quite painstaking and would require hard work by mission group in participation with other NGOs and cultural organizations. Thus while assessing the performance of the group emphasis has to be laid on development of culture exchange packages and networking. It would take atleast 3-4 years of effort before significant impact is generated. In the meanwhile, it would suffice to say that so long as we develop the right approach for identifying culture exchange opportunities and presenting them globally we can be certain of positive mission achievement. After all, we are one of the few societies in the world who dare to immerse the gods and resurrect them or throw colour at each other for pleasure and merriment. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 32|| ||
  34. 34. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To Generate dynamic societal participation in development of Emergency response systems and networking vital for Disaster Management - [Missions 131 - 140] Objective : To identify institutions, agencies, voluntary groups, professional, ex-servicemen, etc. in the neighborhood who have either the potential to help the neighbourhood or have responded to meet the challenges of common disasters and forge them into a vibrant response team which would offer support and relief to the populace in participation with other parallel public-private and NGO-based efforts in case of an emergency. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) 33|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[DDMM 11-1100]] DM1 Critical core group identification through response survey DM2 Set up SDWT to facilitate & Deliver need based Training programs for popularization of the mission DM3 Link up & Leverage NGOs & other agencies working in this field & seek support in this task DM4 Link up & Leverage Agencies which could provide financial assistance & HR input DM5 Set up Help Desk, Counselling & Information sharing hub DM6 Networking with Ex-Servicemen/ public servants/ citizen groups/ etc. set up SDWT seeking partnership with Corporate Sponsors/NGOs etc. in the mission for synergistic action DM7 Identify & focus on seasonal/ exceptional events/occasions/ opportunities for mass support DM8 Set up pilots for each micro area of activity to offer customized solutions to achieve mass participation and dynamic events DM9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online support for the mission DM10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & dynamic action
  35. 35. Impact : The rise of global warming as a threat to the universal civil society, has brought us to the brink of natural disasters of dimensions hitherto the unknown since the last Ice-age. It is therefore predicted that during the coming decades, tornadoes and cyclones will become more fierce and the tectonic movement might add to the chaos. Therefore it is necessary to shore-up our resources and join the emergency response systems being developed through pubic-private partnership. Therefore response survey could identify few key players in the neighbourhood and they could be networked to offer a common front for disaster mitigation. The key to the success of the mission however is delivery of awareness and training program to the entire neighbourhood with education institutions and corporates as the prime targets. Eventually, the entire neighbourhood will have to be covered and information-sharing network has to be put in place. All this would require some time to generate positive mission impact. Review & Monitoring : Since networking, training and awareness are the key components of this mission, establishment of SDWTs to carry the message in the neighbourhood should be the most critical step in mission implementation. This would be followed by gradual coverage of the neighbourhood and establishment of common networks for information sharing. Since only a sudden disaster or emergency could prove the efficacy of the system, one can only hope to aim at achieving total awareness and coverage in the neighhbourhood in five years, followed by training program completion within the decade. In the meanwhile, it would suffice to say that so long as we develop the right approach for identifying the linkages and generate total awareness about disaster management, we can be certain of positive mission achievement. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 34|| ||
  36. 36. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding Mission: To Develop Global Partnership for Development [Missions 141 - 150] Objective : To identify institutions, agencies, voluntary groups, etc. in the neighborhood who have either the potential for sharing programmes and missions on an international basis or those who possess global networking capabilities, including individual and global family linkages so as to bring them together to build a platform for sharing ideas, missions and experiences of societal outreach and development programmes including the VIDYA SETU missions so as to share our experiences and seek knowledge/ help/ financial inputs/ etc. from these agencies networking with local agencies like Rotary/ Lions/ Giants/ YMCA/ PIO/ etc. and form Self Directed Work Teams to link up with international agencies like UN ECOSOC/ UNICEF/ WHO/ UNIDO/ etc. to seek international help and support for our missions. Process & Phases : (This is a part of the Millennium Development Goals adopted by the United Nations for universal compliance by 2020.) 35|| || MMiissssiioonn,, SSuubb-MMiissssiioonnss && SSttuuddeenntt TTeeaammss [[GGPP 11-1100]] GP1 Critical partnership mission identification to achieve global networking & support - with benchmark survey GP2 Develop linkages through global forum like Rotary/Lions/Giants/YMCA/PIO etc. to form SDWT GP3 Set up SDWT to seek Global partnership/support for local work programmes seeking strategic & HR INPUTS GP4 Link up & Leverage Global Agencies for financial assistance & propagation abroa GP5 Set up Help Desk & Information sharing hub so as to Globally reflect the total spread of MUSESQ GP6 Set up SDWT to liaise with International agencies like UNECOSOC/UNICEF/WHO for relief & support GP7 Set up SDWT to popularize the MUSESQ mission programmes Globally GP8 Set up SDWT to act as watch dogs/monitors for each micro area of assistance to document & share success/failures of MUSEQ with SARC/third world countries GP9 Develop web support System for data storage, management & online exchange GP10 Develop idea exchange forum for promoting creativity and out of box thinking & action for mass popular relief
  37. 37. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 36|| || Impact : This mission is aimed at building a platform for sharing international experiences in building and implementing societal outreach programs for developing an enlightened civil society. Thus this mission group will absorb and share the learnings from implementation of VIDYA SETU missions as well as collate and collect parallel international experiences and share them with our mission participants so as to enrich our programme. Help and participation of voluntary agencies and groups like Rotary/ Lions/ YMCA/ PIO/ etc. as well as international agencies like UNECOSOC/ UNICEF/ WHO/ etc. will have to be integrated to enrich our missions. Here again the movement and integration on international level is a time consuming process and therefore requires great deal of patience and persistence on the part of the mission players. Individual and person-to-person contacts may add a new dimension to this effort and positive impact in the domestic and international spheres can be generated. Local mission programme implementation learnings may take some time to build up and therefore it will take minimum 2-3 years before any significant impact is generated. But over a decade it will certainly make a mark in the international arena. Review & Monitoring : Assessment of this mission group performance will be a matter of "Wait and See' on the part of the mission participants as well as review and monitoring group. But so long as the mission group is able to integrate local, national as well as international agencies in design delivery and extension of the mission programmes, significant impact will be generated in 3-5 years. Therefore measures like individual networking successes may have to be promoted and appreciated so as to build programmed momentum. This will help in keeping high morale of mission group and also spread the learnings world wide. The absorption and sharing of international experiences will undoubtedly enrich our missions and therefore special weightage and consideration should be given for such inputs. This mission group performance however will have to be entirely judged by qualitative considerations as the quantitative dimension may not be relevant. The mission success will depend on global acceptability of the programme and absorption of global wisdom delivered and accessed by us. The faculty concerned with the mission review and support will have to keep this reality in view while conducting the pre and post program audit. This will help shaping the outcome of the program as well as help assess the student's performance to facilitate academic evaluation of this sensitive area.
  38. 38. Knowledge bridge for societal bonding 37|| || C ONC Vidya Setu, the knowledge bridge for societal bonding, is an attempt to bring together the academia and the society, which it hopes to serve and seeks fusion for mutual benefit. While it is an undeniable fact that the problems of poverty, sustenance, literacy, health, women empowerment, etc. are mammoth in proportion to the resources the academicians have at their disposal, what is attempted here is focused intervention through the weakest links to seek mutual relief and harmony. In the dark ages, the earth was believed to be mostly inhospitable, while today 6 billion plus earthlings inhabit the space with abandon. The only difference between then and now is the power of knowledge, which has changed the equation of man with the primordial elements. We should be not be therefore demoralized by the dimension of the problem but deploy critical knowledge to seek micro solutions which will eventually turn a crisis into an opportunity. The very process of understanding the problems of sustenance in the neighbourhood will throw up new innovative solutions as the youth interact and struggle with societal problems. Neither the size nor the negativity of adversity should cast its dismal shadow on the bridge of knowledge attempted by us. After all, the mythical bridge mentioned in our scriptures once led to the destruction of the evil and established Golden Millennium in the past. We have no doubt that through the Vidya Setu, as hundreds and thousands of students reach out to their brethren, synergistic forces of development will galvanise the people to build the Knowledge society, which we aspire for. As a mystic aptly put it to an accompanying pantheistic friend, "Let us cultivate the Garden of Good as the men of religion, the Garden of Truth as the men of Science, hoping perhaps believing that one day through our joint operation, the waste places we are cultivating will break forth into beauty and the desert will blossom like the Garden of the Lord."
  39. 39. The mission program VIDYA-SETU is conceptualized and authored by MET League of Colleges, primarily its Institute of Management, with contributions from Board of Trustees, colleagues, Faculty and students with design inputs from the team of Knowledge Explorer Division of MET. The concept has been acknowledged as a significant contribution to the UNECOSOC Mission by the High Level Segment meet held at Geneva in July 2006, received and acknowledged by the U.N. Secretary - General. Established in 1989, with the mission to redefine the system of education, the MET League of Colleges is a professionally managed, multi-disciplinary and multi-faceted institution with state - of - the - art educational complexes located at Bandra and Bhujbal Knowledge City - Nasik. It offers unique learning opportunities with University accredited as well as autonomous programmes in Pharmacy, Management, Information Technology, Mass Media, Engineering etc. besides running a unique children school based on Meditational inputs. MET gratefully acknowledges the opportunity and encouragement offered by the Vice-Chancellor and his esteemed colleagues in the design and acceptance of this programme as an integral part of the Sesquicentennial Celebrations of University of Mumbai. AACCKKNNOOWWLLEEDDGGMMEENNTTSS Knowledge bridge for societal bonding

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