In a bid to make students more literate about their rights as a consumer, authorities of the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), along with the Consumer Guidance Society of India, kicked off a year-long initiative to hold consumer rights workshops for students in all colleges.
A recent workshop which took place in the varsity campus in the presence of consumer affairs minister Girish Bapat, saw varsity officials asking students to come to the forefront of consumer protection.
SPPU V-C Vasudev Gade said that the varsity is contemplating setting up a students’ cell through NSS for consumer guidance on the campus at a later stage of the initiative.
“Students are the real ambassadors of change and our effort has been to engage them in various aspects. The idea of conducting the workshops is to raise awareness amongst them and make them literate about their rights. Once we have percolated to a few colleges and we find that students are willing, we can set up some kind of guidance cell through the NSS later,” Gade said.
Sanjay Dalvi, director, Board of Student Welfare, and NSS co-ordinator, said that the drive is being undertaken in all 680 colleges affiliated to SPPU, and nearly 7.5 lakh students would be benefitted.
“We have decided to form a cluster of 5-6 colleges at a time to conduct the workshops. We would do it in 100-odd colleges on a pilot basis and see the initial response, following which we would decide if we want to upscale the initiative,” Dalvi said.
Dalvi added that the workshops cover various aspects related to consumer literacy such as adulteration, consumer protection laws, actions to take if cheated, and financial literacy.