The students of Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon will undertake a 20-hour marathon construction to build sanitary complexes in two government schools here.
To be done through its social work club,Samaritans,the students will start the construction on January 25 as part of the Republic Day celebrations at the Government Primary School in New Colony and the Government School in Khandsa village.
An Institute spokesman said the initiative was aimed at improving the sanitary facilities at these schools in order to reduce absenteeism and improve enrollment,especially that of girl students.
The initiative would help promote citizen participation in nation building,sensitise the local community about the need for a better education system and send across a message to the underprivileged sections of the society that the society cares for them, the spokesman said.
He said the idea was proposed by the students to HUDA Administrator Praveen Kumar,when he visited the MDI. Impressed with the idea,Kumar gave the necessary permissions while DLF came forward to fund the project.
Members of Samaritans said they undertook a survey and field visit of all government schools in the district before deciding on the two in which to carry out the construction.
We plan to build a sanitary complex of four toilets. The students would themselves construct it with the help of a few masons. The cost of each project is around Rs 2 lakh,and will be funded by DLF, said Mahesh a student of MDI and a member of Samaritans.
The spokesman added that this would be a major social welfare initiative as such activities would help improve the infrastructure and basic amenities in the city.