Daan Utsav Comes to a Close with Rangat
MANIPAL: Officials and volunteers from various colleges of MAHE (Manipal Academy of Higher Education) gathered in Dr TMA Pai Auditorium, Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal on October 8, 2018 to conclude the week-long celebration of Daan Utsav: the Joy of Giving Week, in the presence of chief guest, Dr. Narayana Sabhahit, Registrar, MAHE.
The organisers of this week, VSO (Volunteer Services Organisation), held an event, Rangat, which had many enthralling performances lined up for the evening. The evening showcased dazzling performances by Goonj, the Hindi literary club of Manipal, ADA Dramatics, a drama club of Manipal, and a song and dance sequence presented by the students. Following this, mementos were presented to all the participating colleges by the chief guest.
The multiple performances put forward by Goonj highlighted the theme of suicide awareness. The mime act presented by ADA Dramatics, titled ‘Donation’, was on the theme: ‘you reap what you sow’. “We volunteered because it is for a good cause. Daan Utsav is how we enhance humanity. And we have come here to contribute today. It was an amazing experience for us,” concluded Steffi Zimran, an ADA Dramatics member.
Daan Utsav, held from October 2– 8 this year, featured projects executed by various institutions of the university. A dental camp was conducted by MCODS (Manipal College of Dental Sciences) while a blood grouping camp was organised by Kasturba Medical College (KMC), Manipal on October 4. National projects like ‘Seva Sandwich’ were planned in which volunteers prepared sandwiches and distributed it among shopkeepers and vegetable vendors. In School of Communication (SOC), funds were raised from college to provide refreshments to the traffic police department and an evening was spent with the housekeeping staff where they were shown a movie.
The event, which is in its 10th year nationally, started in Manipal in 2012 and comprised of old as well as new projects. “Some projects are new, like blood grouping. Last semester, we realised that a lot of kids don’t know their blood groups which was a concern. So, we decided to conduct a blood grouping camp where they identify their blood groups. It’s something simple that has a very lasting effect and important impact”, said Navneeth Ganesh, student ambassador of VSO.
This year Daan Utsav saw greater participation from colleges wherein they voluntarily took up projects compared to the last few years when VSO was more actively involved. “The participation during this year’s event was comparatively better since we gave colleges their own Daan Utsav. Additionally, there was a large population of non-VSO volunteers,” added Isheta Sarkar, student co-ordinator of Daan Utsav.
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Edited by: Bhavna Subramanian