Lockdown Era: Youth Leadership Comes to Fore


Lockdown Era: Youth Leadership Comes to Fore

The coverage of the national lockdown in relation to Covid-19 has largely been restricted to the metros and the urban centres. Ever wondered how ‘Bharat’ is coping with the present crisis in relation to ‘India’?

Some answers are already emanating from Manjakkudi. The birthplace of Pujya Swamiji, this village is the fulcrum of our educational, community development and farming initiatives.

With the Covid-19 crisis continuing to loom large, youth leadership has come to fore at Manjakkudi. A number of student volunteers from the Swami Dayananda College of Arts & Science, Manjakkudi, Tamil Nadu, are deeply involved in social work. Though not exhaustive, some of the volunteering efforts undertaken by our students is highlighted in this section.

  • C.Subathra (2nd Year BA English) is distributing masks to the elderly in her hometown located near Trichy, Tamil Nadu. Her family is supporting and encouraging her in her social work.
  • V.K. Vijay (1st Year, BCom (Banking Management)) and his team feel the best way to beat Covid-19 is via the traditional route. His mates and he can be seen spraying turmeric and neem water in Tiruvarur where they all reside.
  • Y. Mohamed Ismail (3rd Year BBA) and his team are also proving to be good Sevaks in  times like these. They are purchasing medicines and provisions and helping people to make online payments in Srivanjiyam Village, Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu.

The student volunteers are ably supported by the staff. Sri. K. Ezhumalai from the Department of English and also the Youth Red Cross Programme Officer has been on a padayatra since 24 March. He has visited over 30 villages so far and has created awareness on Covid-19 through lecture demonstrations on hand washing techniques, social distancing and distributing pamphlets.

On 1st April, Sri. K. Echolalia had participated in the Youth Red Cross meet conducted by the Indian Red Cross Society at Tiruvarur, Tamil Nadu. The masks received during the programme were distributed to the public at large that included tea shop owners, scavengers and security guards. Sri. Ezhumalai is also distributing bread and bun packets.

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