Students of IIT Bombay have started a massive relief drive for Uttarakhand. Rahat floods includes both money and material collection.
So far,over Rs 1 lakh has been collected in two days and the funds will be directly submitted to a Delhi-based NGO Goonj,with which the institute has tied up.
We are doing our bit to help fellow citizens to tide over the calamity. So far,around 300 students have donated money to help in the ongoing aid efforts and we have collected over Rs 1 lakh till Wednesday afternoon. While money can never compensate for the human loss,we hope that our contribution will help ease the recovery and rehabilitation process. It is good to see that students have responded so quickly. They can contribute till July 7,after which we will hand over the money to Goonj, said Abhijeet Mukhekar,a student and general secretary of hostel affairs at IIT Bombay,who is coordinating the drive.
Its a great initiative by the students and is going very well. The fact that they came up with the idea of helping those in Uttarakhand on such a large scale is commendable, said Prof Urjit Yajnik,dean of student affairs.
The material collected has been handed over to the Mumbai branch of Goonj. They will take the material to Uttarakhand and distribute it. A three-member coordination team on material collection went door to door across the 15 hostels of IIT Bombay to create awareness on the initiative and one room in each hostel was allotted to collect the material.
We have got a good response from students despite the fact that many are on leave. We have collected clothes,blankets,bed sheets,mosquito nets,ropes,basic medicines,mats,mattresses and ropes. We have also given dry ration and boxes of biscuits, said Rajesh Nakka,a student,who coordinated the initiative on material collection. He said Goonj was chosen because they have been working in the field for 15 years and have a reliable track record.
Some housing societies near IIT Bombay have also responded to the initiative. The relief material is expected to reach the victims by the end of this month, he added.