IIT Delhi’s social fest presents unique solutions to the problems faced by elderly

NSS IIT Delhi conducted Kaizen'20, the social fest of IIT Delhi, from 28th February to 1st March. For the first time, Kaizen was plastic free and saw the organising team using glass bottles and jute folders instead of their plastic alternatives.

The fest kicked off on 28th February with a blood donation camp and dental check-up camp within the IITD campus. The event was accompanied by a street play by Asmita Theatre on atrocities on woman in society.

This was followed by Kaizen's inaugural event, Udhghosh, which was graced by the presence of Dr. Kamal Kar, Assistant Programme Advisor, Directorate of NSS, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. Dr Kamal Kar appraised of the various flagship NSS programmes of the Ministry of Youth affairs and invited IIT Delhi to be part of their village immersion process.

Accompanying him were Shreshtha Verma, Director at International Development Consultation Limited and Prof T C Kandpal, Deputy Director Operations.

Prof. Kandpal expressed his views on the importance of youth involvement in the upliftment of society. Dr Samrat Mukhopadhyay, the NSS coordinator, IIT Delhi shared the wide gamut of social service schemes undertaken by team NSS, IIT Delhi and the directions forward.

The second day had several events lined up for those attending the fest starting with Parivesh, a panel discussion on Environment with Mr Jay Prakash Dabral, President of Himalayan Chipko Foundation, and Ms Manju Minhas, Founder and Director at Sifar Zaya Environmental, which works for waste management. This was followed by a session by Humane Society International on animal cruelty and ecological sustenance. Following this, there was Parivahan: A panel discussion on Urban Mobility overlooked by Dr. S Rajesh, Director of Niti Aayog, Mr Vaibhav Kush, Project Associate - Cities and Transport at WRI, Dr. Amit Gupta, professor at AIIMS, and Prof. I V Rao from TERI.

Further, there was an UN Volunteer workshop on Sustainable Development Goals along with several competitions. On the second day, Kaizen held Think Tank, a case study competition on finding solution to the plastic waste followed by a Slam Poetry competition where people shared their poems on an act of kindness.

On the third day, there was a Social Innovation Challenge, in collaboration with Tryst IIT Delhi, on how to find technical solutions and innovating for the problem faced by the elderly in our communities. This event saw people from several colleges, and even a student of 6th class, participating and presenting unique solutions to this problem.

On the third day, HumanQind organized a workshop on "Compassion by design", a design thinking exercise which saw people discussing a problem and coming up with novel ways to solve them. This was followed by Saksham: A panel discussion on education which saw Mr Vishwajeet Ghoshal from Prayas, Mr Dilruba Kalsi from Vidya and IIT Delhi alumnus Mr Kumar Shubham from Vision India Foundation discuss a formative approach to quality education for underprivileged children.

This event saw INTELLIFY, another organisation started by IIT Delhi alumnus, launching its National Science and Creativity Programme on the platform of Saksham. The flagship event, Social Convention, saw several NGOs and CSRs, including those from Shell and IDCL, actively participating in the event. The NGOs presented their work to the CSRs and the various heads of student organisations such as NSS so that they could collaborate with them. Further, this event saw dance performance by the children from the Munirka village and a song by the people from NAB.

The fest concluded with an enthusiastic response from the team, volunteers and the audience. The entire fest was supervised under the guidance of Prof. Samrat Mukhopadyay, the coordinator of NSS Team who did not only help the Kaizen team ideate and execute its plans but was actively involved and present throughout the fest.

5th March 2020