RAKSHA – DISASTER MANAGEMENT

Objectives:

  • No povertyZero hunger
  • Good health
  • Quality education
  • Gender equity
  • Clean water, sanitation
  • Affordable energy
  • Decent work, economic growth
  • Industry, innovation, Infrastructure
  • Reduced Inequality
  • Sustainable Cities, Communities
  • Responsible Consumption, Production
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land
  • Peace, justice and strong institutions
  • Partnership for the goals

Context

The relevance of the SDGs and the increasing significance of putting these goals into practice in a social context that bears the brunt of negligence of their importance motivated the institution to uphold these goals. The industrial, agricultural and Government organisations with which we collaborated to improve the social skills and awareness of the students contextualized the adoption of the SDGs, as a helathy practice. 

Practice

Construction of houses, medical aid (for dialysis, cancer treatment, liver transplantation, pain & palliative care), distribution of clothes, food kits, mobile phones, books etc., marketing products made by the disabled, aid for paddy and tapioca cultivation, Miss-a-meal program, yoga and medical camps, awareness programs (on AIDS, Transgender equity, energy saving equipment/activities, climate, sanitation, sustainable use of resources, screening documentaries), blood donation drives, skill development programs, webinars, club activities, job fairs, collaborative programs on environment protection, cleaning rivers, canals, ponds, zero-waste management (constructing bio-bins, cleaning side-walks, collection and disposal of plastic and  e-waste), socio-economic surveys, bio-gas plants, 30 KW solar power plant, LED/Solar lamp workshops, rehabilitation of and service to the aged, building strong institutions through mentoring (UGC Paramarsh scheme), low cost vending machines (sanitary pads), Anganawadi renovation, tribal colony visit, garden making, programs for conservation of wetlands and ecosystems, planting saplings, nature camps, maintaining bio-diversity registers, organic fish farming, river restoration and vocational training for neighborhood women, all of which contributed to the pursuit of the 17 sustainable development goals. 

Evidence of Success

  • Rehabilitation of flood victims
  • Houses constructed/renovated
  • Anganwadis renovated
  • Patients cured thanks to medical assistance and blood donation drives.
  • Increased awareness among students regarding the relevance of SD
  • Self-reliance in pooling and adding to resources towards attempting to achieve many of these goals
  • Acquisition of new technical and practical skills
  • Increased civic and environmental sensibility among students.
  • Improved mutual association and collaboration between students/institution and the neighborhood community, NGOs, other institutions, government units and the like.
  • Successfully contributed to enriching environment through garden making, planting saplings, cleaning rivers, conserving wetlands etc.
  • Successfully resourced and provided livelihood for neighborhood women through vocational training.

.Problems Encountered and Resources Required

  • Pandemic hindered logistics for conducting surveys and data collection.
  • Lack of proper funds from national agencies, and projects viz.,  RUSA
  • Streamlining of exam schedules required for the availability of students for the tasks in hand.
  • Professional training to equip students and staff for the same
  • Lack of public awareness regarding SDGs
  • More financial and material support needed for bio-gas plants, 30 KW solar power plant, LED/Solar lamp workshops.
  • Proper aid for maintenance of infrastructure