Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) PILANI, Rajasthan: HRIDAY joined hands with BITS, Pilani, a reputed engineering college to come on board as ‘Social Partner’ to their 3 day Annual Cultural Festival, OASIS’12. OASIS is the biggest college festival in North India and witnesses a young crowd of over twenty thousand students during the festival. HRIDAY had set up an information table at the college festival; HRIDAY staff interacted with Youth on various health related issues especially tobacco control. Besides this, youth were also oriented about the Importance of balanced diet and regular physical activity. HRIDAY table received tremendous response from students at the festival with more than 5000 people and over One Thousand students signed up in support of HRIDAY’s health promotion campaigns.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) -Delhi: HRIDAY’s global youth network, Youth for Health (Y4H) was invited onboard as ‘Social Partner’ by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi at their Annual Welfare Festival, ‘SPERANZA’. The main aims of setting up a table at the festival was to aware youth on health issues and get them to join HRIDAY’s campaign called the ‘Delhi Active Daily Active’(DADA) campaign- a campaign to promote regular physical activity, by way of signing up a pledge to remain physically active and work towards making fellow youth physically active too. Youth were also distributed cool sweat bands, skipping ropes etc to motivate them to practice regular physical exercise. In just one day, over 1200 students took pledge to be physically active.
Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), Delhi University: To promote the importance of regular physical activity among youth, HRIDAY collaborated with a Mini-Marathon event organsied as the part of the Annual Sports Festival of SRCC. Around 600 students from over 40 colleges across Delhi participated in the marathon with HRIDAY logo printed on the ‘chest numbers’. The Marathon was inaugurated by former Olympic Bronze Meadalist and Arjuna Awardee, Ms. Asha Agarwal, who spoke on the importance of being physically active and appreciated HRIDAY’s work during her inaugural speech.
HRIDAY was presented a memento by Hon. Minister (State) of Power, Food and Civil Supplies and Development, Mr. Haroon Yusuf at the closing ceremony. HRIDAY had a fruitful discussion with the Minister discussing our Health initiatives in schools and colleges. HRIDAY has also been offered a permanent membership to become ‘Social Partner’ by the physical education department and the Principal of SRCC College.
Continuing the association, youth health activists from one of their intervention community inaugurated the Annual Theater Festival of SRCC, HISTRIONICA performing a street play on tobacco control. These youth health advocates performed in front of teams from 45 colleges across India. They not only spread the message of tobacco control but also won hearts by their scintillating performance and demonstrating strong commitment to curb tobacco use fellow youth.
Scient Institute of Technology (SIT), Andhra Pradesh: HRIDAY had been regularly interacting with college students in Delhi and neighbouring states, as a result of which HRIDAY was approached by SIT to be a partner to their Annual Cultural Festival, SAMVIGYAN and interact with students on various health issues, especially tobacco control. HRIDAY oriented the students at SIT to make them volunteer for the campaign and put up a table on behalf of HRIDAY at the festival. This interaction built their capacities to be youth leaders in their college to promote tobacco control. The table was visited by over six thousand students over 3 days of festival.
Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Hyderabad: Impressed by our table at BITS, Pilani, authorities at BITS Hyderabad invited HRIDAY to organize a similar interactive session with students at their annual Cultural Festival ‘PEARL’ as ‘NGO Partner’. HRIDAY trained some youth activists from BITS Hyderabad to interact with fellow youth on various health related issues, especially tobacco control. HRIDAY table received overwhelming response with over two thousand students signing up in support of our health promoting campaigns.
Kirorimal College (KMC), Delhi University: HRIDAY conducted a signature campaign under the Delhi Active Daily Active (DADA) campaign at KMC. The campaign garnered widespread support by the college authorities, students and member from National Service Scheme (NSS) who helped us carry out the signature campaign in the college. DADA campaign received tremendous response with over one thousand students taking pledge to include regular physical activity in their daily routine and advocate the same fellow beings.
Hansraj College, Delhi University: Delhi registers a high rate of deaths due to road accidents with over 2,000 people dying every year in road accidents with most casualties in the age group of 15-39. HRIDAY has collaborated with road safety cell of the Delhi Traffic Police to promote road safety among people of Delhi, especially youth. On National Youth Day, 2012, HRIDAY organized a mobile exhibition on Road Safety at Hansraj College. A traffic police personnel was present at the exhibition alongwith HRIDAY staff members to orient the students on traffic rules, Dos and Don’ts while driving, walking on the road. Visitors were also distributed a ‘Student Charter on Road Safety’ developed by HRIDAY. The Charter defines the essential requirement of safe roads and improved traffic conditions, which meet the health and environmental needs of the Indian people. It highlights road safety issues such as providing signaled zebra crossings, safe pedestrian pathways and protected cycle lanes to improve road and traffic conditions for safe environment.
NSIT, Delhi: HRIDAY has been ‘Social Partner’ to NSIT’s annual cultural festival MOKSHA for 2 years now. HRIDAY has a strong base of volunteers who are present at the table and interact with fellow youth to aware them about health issues that affect them. Special activities such as slogan writing and T-shirt painting was also organsied during the festival and winners were felicitated with a HRIDAY goodie bag containing T-Shirts, Mugs, and resource material on health issues.