The pandemic has been terribly robust for college students, who’ve been fighting on-line courses, exams and even admissions. Many, nevertheless, reworked the state of affairs into a chance for them to interact in noble causes. They’ve completed all of it, from helping freshers searching for admission to the college, to preventing for the roles of hostel staff, and going out to lend a helping hand for these in want resulting from Covid-19. On World Students Day, October 15, some Delhi-based school college students share how they managed to conduct some acts of kindness within the #pandemicyear.
Amisha Nanda, an LLB scholar, at Faculty of Law, Delhi University, helped regain jobs of 16 contract staff and multi-tasking employees of Ambedkar-Ganguly Students House for Women. Recounting her battle to get the hostel staff their job again, Nanda says, “It started out as an online petition to gather attention to the cause. I wrote to various commissions, ministries and workers unions, and even tried to spread the word on social media with an SOS appeal and a video where the workers put forth their grievance so that other people can also reach out to help them through crowd funding, or extend legal help. Their termination by the authorities was illegal, so we decided to move the court and the workers did have a physical protest in mind. After sleepless nights for over a month, the court decision was in the favour of workers. It was their fight and they fought it with great courage, and they are an inspiration not only to other workers but also students like us! We students have just directed our privilege to help them… In such unprecedented times when students’ lives are rampant with challenges, I feel it was my duty to stand up for these hostel workers. It gives one immense strength when one can be a support to others, while themselves battling unknown waters.”
“In such unprecedented times when students’ lives are rampant with challenges, I feel it was my duty to stand up for these hostel workers. It gives one immense strength when one can be a support to others, while themselves battling unknown waters.”– Amisha Nanda, a DU scholar
Many hostlers who stayed again in the course of the pandemic, have been partaking in charity work across the campus. Sanjay Kataria, is one among these. A masters’ scholar at DU’s Department of Library and Information Science, who’s at present residing in Gwyer Hall hostel, he has been working from pillar to put up to ship necessities to rickshaw pullers on campus. “The once vibrant campus now lies dull as it awaits students to come back. And the rickshaw pullers here have been the backbone of campus life. There are no words to describe the bond we students have developed with them over years. So, I take out a few hours every day to buy essential food items and clothing for these ricksha wale bhaiyas, who really don’t have an alternate job. I also took one of them to the hospital when he was badly hurt, and didn’t have the money to visit a doctor,” says Kataria, including, “As a student I’ve been facing blows in terms of placement difficulties and perpetual uncertainty regarding the future. But no matter what challenges I face because of the pandemic year, it feels lighter whenever I focus my energies on helping these rickshaw drivers. I feel it’s our duty to look after everyone on campus.”
And on the subject of campus bonhomie, seniors aren’t letting the pandemic have an effect on their would-be juniors. Helping DU aspirants dealing with the daunting process of on-line admissions, Manmohan M, a Hindu College scholar says, “I realised how DU aspirants were feeling overwhelmed due to sky high cut-offs and complete online procedure for admissions, this time. So, I decided to offer my number for counselling them, and now I take random calls and messages from aspirants, to understand their challenges. It’s quite time consuming to help the freshers battle these issues as they are undertaking #campuslife during very different times. Sometimes these juniors tell me how unsettled they feel with how things are going. And I feel it’s important for me as a senior to at least lend them a patient ear, and help as much as possible.”
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