Since the partnership with the University of Delhi, young adults are successfully participating in the Award Programme within the University/College education system. Successful introduction sessions of the Award Programme enabled through collaborative planning and implementation with help of Student Council representatives in the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Lady Shri Ram, IP College for Women, Jesus & Mary College and Sri Venkateswara College, University of Delhi colleges have completed a successful foray into the University Pilot Project. Read on to learn of successes, challenges and plans as shared by College Promotions Team headed by Gold Holder Jyoti Burrett.
The partnership with the University of Delhi (DU), India's premier public university has allowed the Award to break into the crucial 18-25 age category of young people that are looking to be engaged in the college extra-curricular framework. College students that completed the Gold level at the school level are now leading from the front with the support of College faculty to encourage their peers to participate in the Award Programme.
The Award in Universities allows young people to learn new, valuable skills that increases employability, gives them a chance to impress employers with their commitment to make a difference in their community through volunteering, builds their confidence through challenging new activities and above all gives young students an opportunity to make friends for life!
At the same time, the Award provides direct benefits to universities by enabling a positive learning experience through its practical, confidence building programme, helps universities be active with local businesses and in the wider community, builds a reputation as an institution that cares about its students welfare and empowers a team of student volunteers who go on to become Award Leaders/Ambassadors.
Jyoti says that, “the biggest challenge is to get college students to realise that all extra-curricular work being done by them outside of college hours qualifies for at least two sections of the Award Programme.” Gold Volunteers-Rishika and Lhamu are working in the Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) in liaison with an enthusiastic Professor at SRCC to create more visibility and awareness of the Award Programme. They claim that it is a challenge to get young students at the best commerce/business college in the India to realise that competition to be a better student is not enough to be the best employable candidate or even a good citizen. As Gold Holders, Thecountry, young students are very competitive