The Social Service Society was founded in 2009 and is one of the earliest student societies in the JGU Campus. It was born out of a motive of JGU to motivate its students to actively interact, understand the complexities and relate with the underprivileged sections of the society, outside and beyond the campus. The student members of the Society are supported and encouraged by the academic as well as non-academic staff of JGU.
Some of the events, programmes and initiatives undertaken by the Society are as follows-
A curriculum has been devised by the members of Social Service Society for children between six and thirteen years of age by using sports as a tool for education and personality development. Learning through the medium of sports enables children to understand and appreciate basic life skills, essential practices for healthy living. With a lot of trust-building exercises, gradually, the children started showing a fair amount of enthusiasm for this initiative by actively participating in various sports activities such as cricket, badminton, football and random acrobatics.
Through sports, under this initiative, the children are taught virtues such as team-spirit, leadership, discipline, determination, concentration, and to set targets. Generally, sports is seen as a male-centric arena. To break this inherent stereotype, a mandatory requirement for the teams is made to include at least three girls. With an increase in communication between the girls and boys, where the role of girls is recognised to be as important for the win as that of the boys, the social stereotyping is done away with and replaced by peace, mutual respect and greater interactions.
With an approach that develops the academic as well as social well-being of the children, the JGU student members of Balgram strive to educate more and more number of under-privileged children to help them lead a better life.
Regular visits to the Tulip, a labour colony 300 meters away from the campus, is an ongoing practice of the Society. This colony houses about 100 kids from migrating families out of which about 40 to 50 are identified. These children are taught alphabets and spellings of short words in English. Apart from mainstream education, life skills are also taught such as the importance of hygiene, basic first-aid skills and how to read time.
An annual lunch is organised as a follow up of the Annual Winter Clothes Drive, conducted in coordination with the JGU Human Rights Society. Close to 80 people, mainly women labourers and their children are invited to the campus and the volunteers of Social Service Society and Human Rights Society serve them lunch.
For close to 2 years now, we have been providing tuitions to children of the security guards. We’ve been holding classes for them daily and have had 3 consistent students, in their 11th and 12th standard, and have helped them in English, Mathematics, Physics and Biology. Their performance in their last set of exams is reflective of the work they put in, with 2 of them obtaining over 90% and the 3rd scoring an 80 out of 100. These children are enrolled in local Hindi-medium schools, which is why we are now shifting our focus to bettering their spoken and written English so as to ease them through the entrances for colleges which two of them will be undertaking soon. Two of the three children underwent their final exams in the month of March, with the results coming out in the last week of June. As of now, we have been holding English classes for all three of them, for they recognize the importance of being able to speak the language fluently. Also, we have been preparing them for their college entrances.
The members of Social Service Society aid the Sodexo staff to learn basic Mathematics and English for over a year now. This has brought about an unexpected return, for now the Sodexo staff comprehends the importance of basic education better and are now more invested in securing better education for their children as well.
In association with Human Rights Society, the Social Service Society put up a stall and sold greeting cards made by the children from the Balgram Orphanage as a means of spreading awareness about the initiatives of the Societies. About 50 children from the Tulip labour colony and 50 from Balgram were invited to the campus for a movie screening of ‘Mad about Khan’ which reinstates the importance of washing hands properly and the value of hygiene. This was followed by football and cricket matches.