Faculty Convener-Ms Geetesh Nirban
Shining Network, a youth empowering and value creating society is an initiative of the young minds of KNC to promote global understanding and peace. The society aims to sensitize the youth to various issues and problems that plague the present day world and to promote human values that are gradually dwindling. The student members of Shining Network look for solutions through interactions and discussions and desire to bring about an ethical awakening so that each one feels concerned for the other and our world becomes a better place to live in. They call the society-Shining Network…..A RayVolution.
Shining Network makes an effort to invite achievers from various walks of life so that the students can get an opportunity to interact with them and learn from their ideas and experiences. Since the inception of this society in 2007, its enthusiastic team has been working to create peace and understanding by vising and working consistently with the old age homes, children’s homes and the prisons.
The society initiated a theme called Building A Culture Of Peace: Remembering An Iconthree years back wherein the former President of India Dr A.P.J .Abdul Kalam was the esteemed guest of the year 2008-2009 to address the students on “Vision 2020”, His Holiness Dalai Lama was the honorable guest during 2009-2010 to interact with students on “Power of Non Violence in the age of Violence”.
Carrying forward the theme, Shining Network began the academic year 2010-2011 by commemorating it to one of the most iconic women of the world-- Mother Teresa. The year 2010 marked the 100th birth centenary of Mother; and we kick started the beginning of the celebration of it in KNC by organizing an “Interactive session on mother’s life and teachings” on the 25th August 2010
Eminent speakers of the day were:
His grace Vincent M. Concessao, the Archbishop of Delhi
Mr. Navin Chawla, the former Chief Election Commissioner of India
Sister Sherine, the regional superior of the Missionaries of Charity
All of them shared their learning about Mother and in turn made us reflect on the work that Mother was dedicated to.
As a mark of respect, book mark with the quote by Mother, “We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of the missing drop.”was released by the honorable speakers.
Students felt so inspired to learn about Mother Teresa that they organized a Book Mark Making Competition for their fellow friends of the college on the 28th August 2010. There was enthusiastic participation towards it. Mrs Nirmala Devi(Associate Professor, Dept. of Pol.Sc. KNC) kindly agreed to judge the event.
Further an Exhibition on Mother in collaboration with Missionaries of Charity was organized on the 6th and 7th September 2010. We were honored to welcome 480 visitors (from and outside college) to the exhibition. It was inaugurated by the Principal, Dr Minoti Chatterjee and all the Professor in charges of the various Departments of KNC were the esteemed guests.
In course of this, the team of Shining Network realized that mere talking about Mother could never make them understand the cause that Mother lived and worked for. Children were the closest to Mother’s heart. Following her footsteps in their own way; the students stepped outside their comfort zones took up a project on “Unexplored Pearls of Divinity: The not so privileged children”. Nanha Ahsaas, a small school run for not so privileged children in the urban slums of Sarita Vihar became the center of the action plan and various field visits were organized.
1st visit-2nd Oct.2010: Celebration of Gandhi Jayanti wherein a power point presentation was made on Gandhi explaining the practical teachings of Gandhi to the children in the simplistic and humorous style. The team interacted with the students on their dreams and aspirations and gave a goody bag all students which really brought joy on their faces.
2nd visit-31st Oct. 2010: An interaction with the fathers of the children was organized to learn what they expected from the Government and how they were making their ends meet to give education to their children.
3rd visit-25th Nov. 2010: A heart to heart dialogue with the mothers of the children with the focus on Women Empowerment was arranged wherein the team of Shining Network made the mothers watch a film on how empowerment of women could help in bringing a positive change in the society. This lead to a fruitful dialogue between the team and the mothers assembled.
4th visit- 15th Dec. 2010: An interaction with the little students was organized to make them learn about the importance of health and hygiene. The entire communication was done through the help of beautiful visuals which were appreciated by the little ones of the school.
5th Visit- 4th Feb. 2011: A short meeting with the children of the school was arranged to interact with them on the basic day to day manners. This involved both fun and learning for the kiddies.
6th Visit-28th Feb.2011: The little ones in the school were given a lesson on nutritional awareness which made them learn about the importance of rightful eating. This was followed by healthy breakfast for all the kids of the school.
7th Visit-2nd Mar 2011: A drawing competition was organized and the children of the school drew and colored their favorite fruits and vegetables which according to them were good for their health.
8th Visit-8th March 2011: Women’s day was celebrated with the mothers of the children. The NGO Bell Bajao supported the activity by providing pamphlets on women empowerment. It was for the first time that the mothers of the children learnt about women’s day. It seemed to be a day when they all interacted heartily,felt good to be a woman and determined to ensure education for their daughters also.
The project report was well concluded and presented on the 28th of March 2011. The esteemed observers were:
Dr Jitendra Nagpal(Psychiatrist Vimhans),
Dr Shikha Sharma (Nutritionist)
Dr Minoti Chatterjee (Principal, KNC)
The honorable guests were:
Mrs Asha Kohli(Associate Professor, Eng. Dpt. KNC) and Mrs Nirmala Devi(Assocaite Professor, Pol Sc. Dept. KNC). Commemoration the day, a book mark with a quote, “Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see” was released by the guests.
The entire team of Shining Network made a visit to Shishu Bhawan—Children’s home run by Missionaries of Charity, 12 Commissioner’s Lane, Civil Lines, New Delhi on the 27th Jan.2011. The members carried the essentials for all the children of the home and spent quality time with them—playing, singing, dancing and drawing. This proved to be a great learning for the team of Shining Network.
On 19th Nov. 2010, team organized a dailogue titled DIL KEE DIL SE BAAT IN DILLI HAAT with the students of the public schools of Delhi during Vatsalaya Mela (organized by the ‘Ministry of women and child welfare’) to understand the difference in the dreams and the aspirations of not so privileged and the privileged. This benefited the team in collecting their data and many important points for their ongoing project on not so privileged children.
On 15th Sept 2010, an interactive learning session on ‘Ageing and Aged’ was organized. The eminent speakers were Dr O. P. Sharma (President, Geriatric society of India) and Dr J. Nagpal(Psychiatrist, Vimhans). The discussion made the students learn about the importance of sensitivity of youth towards the ageing minds. A book mark with the quote, “Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life” was released by the Principal of the college to mark the occasion.
Theimneizho, Sweta Rana, Dimple Saluja, Chavi Sethi and Varuni Raina attended the three days 7th International Conference on geriatric care organized by the geriatric society of India organized by Geriatric Society of India in association with Fortis Escorts Heart Institute from 12th 14th November 2010 at India Islamic Center, Lodhi Road,New Delhi.
The academic year 2010-2011 was meaningfully hectic-full of learning, unlearning and relearning for the entire team of Shining Network. After an interesting completion of the project on not so privileged children, Shining Network plans to take up a project on the silver citizens during the forthcoming academic session. Apart from this the enthusiastic team would organize many more value creating activities which would further help in youth empowerment. Looking forward to another year of learning with joy……….and bringing about greater RAYvolution…
Faculty Convener: Ms Geetesh Nirban
Student Conveners: Samiksha Tadoria(Maths) and Anjali Gupta(Psychology)
Members: Vaaruni Raina,Nancy Khanna,(Philosophy), Rashi Rawat(Maths), Aparajita Dhobal(B.Com Hons)Sadhvee Manocha, Shireen Dossa,Deblina Das,Menakshi Kalra,(Psychology) Khushboo Gupta, Raveesha(Economics),Ditshala Anar and Ronika Vungmuankim(B.A.Prog.)
**For the academic year 2011-2012 an orientation was organized on 4th Aug. 2011 for the new team members to learn and understand the style of functioning of the Shining Network and its goals. It was decided that this academic session the team would tie up with a senior citizens home to visit there regularly for understanding the issues of ageing in a more practical manner. Shining Network had tie up with Gharaunda-a home for the elderly, in the village called Fathepur Beri in Chattarpur area of New Delhi. The new team for this academic session consisting of 14 students visited the home on several occasions on 20th August, 3rd and 21st September, 8thNovember 2011 and 11th January 2012 to interact with the members about their issues, spend time with them and made an effort to engage them in meaningful activities. These visits sensitized the team towards the problems of the aged people and the members of the home look forward to each visit by the team.
**An interactive session on ‘Ageing and Aged:Issues and Concerns’ was organized on the 19th Oct.2011. The guest speakers of the day were, Dr O.P.Sharma(National Professor of Geriatrics and the President of Geriatrics Society of India) and Ms Deepti Kathpalia(Advocate, High Court, New Delhi, who specializes in the legal issues concerning the elderly). The students got a chance to discuss the aspects of Ageing and learnt to plan for their years of ageing while being young. The day was marked by releasing the book mark that had the quote as: “Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.”
**The team of Shining Network actively participated in the National Geriatric Summit on ‘Eldery Health: Physical, Social, Mental, Financial, Spiritual’ organized by Geriatric Society of India at PHD Chambers, Siri Fort Road on the 1st Oct.2011.
**A book mark making competition on ‘Cure for Corruption’ was organized on 1st Sept. 2011. There was a participation by 40 students from the college and the event was judged by Ms Nidhi Bhandari(Assistant Professor, English Dept, KNC) and Ms Ritu Sharma(Assistant Professor, Sociology Dept, KNC). The first prize was won by Priyanka from B.Com Pass, The second prize went to Sadhvee Manoch of Psychology (Hons) and the third prize was given to Radhika Ray of Geography (Hons). The judges decided to give a consolation prize to Manaswita Singh of Psychology (Hons).
**Shining Network’s team members were the volunteers for the ‘Vatsalya Mela’ at Dilli Haat, which marks the annual celebration of ‘adolescent girl’ by the Ministry of women and child development. The team conducted an interactive session with the school students on ‘Dreams and Aspirations of Adolescents’ and participated most actively in the Youth Parliament held there on the 15th November 2011.
**All through the new academic session Shining Network continued with its visits to Nanha Ahsaas(the school for not so privileged). The students of the school were taught the art of origami on 16th Sept.and storytelling session was organized for them on the 27th Sept.2011. Children’s Day was celebrated by team Shining Network atNanhaa Ahsaas on 14th Nov.2011 wherein a film on Nehru was shown to the kids, fun and draw activity was organized which was followed by distribution of pencils and toffees. All that was distributed amongst the children of the school throughout the year was a contribution from the team of Shining Network. On 26th January 2012, the team celebrated republic day not just as another holiday, but by sharing the significance of this day with the students of Nanha Ahsaas.
**On the 24th of Jan 2012, Shining Network organized an interactive session on PARTITION: IMPRINTS, at 10:30 am in the college council room. For this very occasion the invited speakers were Prof Alok Bhalla(Professor Emeritus and visiting faculty at Ambedkar University, New Delhi) and Dr Debjani Sengupta(Associate Professor, Dept of English, Indraprastha College, DU), both of them being experts in Partition Studies. The distinguished speakers touched upon the trauma of partition, its after effects and the present scenario with emphasis on building better ties with our separated brethren on both sides of the border. A bookmark with a quote “ Harmony lies in erasing the lines from our hearts and from our minds….” was released and the session concluded with insightful discussion and possibilities of organizing exchange program visits to Pakistan and Bangladesh.
**On 28th Jan 2012, the team Shining Network visited the Ma Dham(widow empowerment centre run under the able guidance of Mrs Mohini Giri) in the Hare Krishna town of Vrindavan. A day long field-visit acquainted the students with the stigma attached to widowhood even in the 21st century in India and they observed how widowhood proves to be a form of double marginalization for a woman. She is first marginalized as woman in most societies in the country and then being a widow with no source of earning, she becomes a victim of many ills of the society. The entry in Ma Dham was easier and the environment very friendly for each member of the enlarged community sharing the same pain of widowhood. The team also visited the government owned widow homes which were maintained by NGOs -Maitreyi and Action Point Samiti (Lucknow). In these homes photography was prohibited and permission from the district magistrate was essential to interview the inmates which made the team learn that the women in these homes unlike Ma Dham could not make their voices reach the community/society. This visit was a real eye opener and encouraged students to take up a serious study of the same.
** A life skills workshop was held on 29th of February 2012 on the topic "Youth and A Beautiful Mind : Self Exploration Through Life Skills Education" wherein the resource person was Dr Jitendra Nagpal(Senior Psychiatrisht, Moolchand Medicity). The workshop enabled the team to think of planning more of such workshops on regular basis in the next academic session.
Thus the year 2011-2012 started with a bang and it concluded in a grand way. All the team members are geared up and look forward to organising many value creating sessions and activities in the new session 2012-2013 with newer members from the first year in the team.
Thus….With our thoughts we make the world: with our actions we bring a change….