In recent years,blood donation camps are being organised not just by political parties or NGOs but even by colleges. One such project by students of Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research aims at taking blood donation campaigns to the doorstep of colleges under Mumbai University.
The project Nirvana was selected among 15 other projects at Munijan 2012 (Mumbai University New Initiatives for Joint Action Now) to be adopted by all the colleges under the university. The competition was open for all Mumbai University-affiliated B-school students where teams had to present sustainable and practical project ideas.
The winners aim to collect 3,000-4,000 litres of blood from colleges across the city. Our idea is a very simple one,but can benefit the society on a large scale. Even if 3 lakh students out of the total 6.5 lakh come forward and donate blood,we will be able to collect enough blood for next 3-4 months. This would save thousands of life. Colleges will just have to provide the infrastructure, said Team Nirvana member Sushrut Nikalje,a first year student of Masters in Management Studies at Welingkar.
In its third year of existence,MUNIJAN aims at taking its cause to a grand level each year. The objective of Munijan is to bring positive changes in the society by involving around 6.5 lakh students in a series of constructive and socially responsible activities, said Dr Rajan Welukar,vice-chancellor,MU.
This year,15 ideas were shortlisted from the 100-odd entries. Some of the shortlisted projects included an idea that will help in saving water pumped for flushing in colleges,an initiative to convert the daily newspapers from houses into books for poor children,and recycling of pens that could be donated to underprivileged students and raising of funds through selling old clothes and providing school kits to the needy.
The University realises the importance of inculcating these values in the students and hence,with the principles and values of Mahatma Gandhi in mind,we welcome new ideas from the students every year. We make sure that the ideas are implemented, Welukar said,adding the University hopes to extend the competition to a national and global level in the near future.