SLS Mirror Dec - Jan 2017 - Page 27

SLS RURAL INTERNSHIP 2016 - 17 From the very beginning, the SLS Rural Internship (RI) Program has been committed at providing diverse opportunities to learn for its students. Our partnership with various NGO's is motivated keeping this very rational in mind. The basic thought behind sending students out in a rural environment is to help them understand the nuances of rural life with an objective of learning from indigenous adaptations and solutions to rural challenges. We believe there is a lot the students can benet from the interface of rural with urban. Needless to say, that every noble endeavor needs full participation of its constituents. A group of 113 students of First Year B.Com. (Hons.) 46 Girls and 67 Boys were sent to Lokniketan Trust Ratanpur and Virampur for 21 days starting from December 19, 2016 to January 10, 2017. This is a compulsory Internship and holds 3 credits. The students are required to stay at the NGO and work in the villages as per the given schedule. They are not allowed visits back home and have to live the way the rural people live, getting up early at 5.30, cleaning their own utensils, taking buckets of hot water to the common bathrooms, learning to live without Television, Air conditioners, no WiFi and poor network and contribute to the life of the villagers and villages by means of tasks assigned by the NGO. The Girl students were put up at Lokniketan Ratanpur and Boys were put up at Lokniketan Virampur. The internship was coordinated by Ms. Neeta Khurana with Ms. Khushali Purohit being the co coordinator from SLS, PDPU while Mr. Kiran Chavda, MD Lokniketan Trust personally oversaw the Internship at his institutes with h