An NGO Meet and Health Mela was organised on the concluding day of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the Department of Social Work (UGC Centre of Advanced Study) Jamia Millia Islamia.
A total of nine stalls were installed by the NGOs. Besides, a health camp by Department of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Dentistry and Dr Ansari Health Centre of JMI was also organised as part of the four-day youth festival, SEHER 2017.
The NGOs that participated were HAQ, VIDYA, MARTHA FARRELL FOUNDATION and the non-profit mini publication, Critical Quest, that seeks to make available the best and the most relevant of social science writings in India and abroad to individuals – students, teachers and the general reading public.
Delhi-based Centre for Child Rights, HAQ works in the area of child rights while VIDYA: Integrated Development for Youth and Adult seeks to educate and empower the less privileged through integrated methods and to provide holistic education to socially challenged children, youth and women. Martha Farrell Foundation engages with youth in gender issues in order to train and facilitate gender mainstreaming by raising awareness about sexual harassment in the workplace. Besides this, they provide awards, scholarships and fellowships to promote a gender-just society.
The programme is an attempt to link the department with other partner organizations. The programme was inaugurated by Prof. Ushvinder Kaur Popli, Head of the Department accompanied by faculty members and students in the lawns of the Social Work Department.
Other NGOs that set up their stalls included UDAYAN CARE, an NGO working for the children in need of care and protection and underprivileged women and PRAJA FOUNDATION, working to empower citizens to participate in governance by providing knowledge and perspective so that they can become politically active and involved.
Blood Pressure, Sugar test, physiotherapy and dental check-ups were conducted at the health mela. The health facilities were availed equally by faculty and students, said the university in a statement.