Hindustan Times (Delhi)
At SRCC, a chance to change lives too
ENACTUS PROGRAMME The college allows about 30 first year undergraduate students to take up various projects and work with communities to empower them
Tatheras community of Jandiala Guru, Amritsar.
The handicrafts of the Tatheras community was the only one from independent India to be recognised under Unesco list of cultural heritage. They have set up a brand called P-tal (Punjab Tathera Art Legacy), where they empower craftsmen to use their skills and make “modern” appliances with the help of product designers. They then sell the products at better margins, eliminating the middlemen, to ensure workers get a fair share.
“It is a dying art form as people do not consider it a profitable trade. We are try- ing to change that. I remember there was this craftsmen named Gaurav, who had stopped doing the work a year ago as he thought he won’t earn a decent living. He had started selling kites instead and used to make around ₹5,000. After we started working with them, he heard from others that they were earning around ₹12,000 each month, so he took up the art form again,” said Goel. Goel said that they give the craftsmen their labour costs, and also 60% of the profits.
“With Project Asbah, we aim to solve the water requirement of India, but as of now we are focusing on Delhi. We realised water becomes undrinkable largely because of either bacterial contamination or chemical contamination. For bacterial contamination, we have tied up with Pristin water services, and are providing sodium hyperchloride solutions to disinfect the water,” said Rakshith Chhajed, the project director of Asbah.
Chhajed said that they have identified local entrepreneurs in AC Nagar, Faridabad, who has a machine prototyped to produce 250ml bottles of the solution and sell it to the locals at ₹25 per bottle. “The cost of making the solution is ₹10. Of the ₹15 profits, we give the entrepreneur ₹10 per bottle, and ₹5 goes to the salesman,” said Chhajed. Hostel for both girls and boys. Each year, around 30 seats are available for first year students
The college has an active placement cell run by a committee
The annual inter-college festival called ‘Nexus’ is very popular among students for its music shows, drama performance and literary activities
College provides facilities in cricket, football, badminton, carom
The college has a Wi-fi enabled campus and a computer lab with more than 300 computers
Open yard canteen where dosa, thali and idli are the favourites Not available
The cell which helps not in placements, but in preparing CVS, facing GDS and interviews
‘Pallavi’ is a three-day winter cultural fest. There are competitions organised for students to display their talents in dance, music, graffiti, fine arts, etc
The college provides facilities for cricket, athletics, football, netball, volleyball and kabaddi
Three computer labs, a food technology lab and an applied psychology lab. The campus is Wi-fi enabled
Hygienically prepared meals are served in the college canteen