Jagruti –an awareness towards global warming: Culmination Week

  • The second phase of Jagruti –towards Global Warming  as a part of the University’s  Social responsibility saw the culmination of it’s year long activities on the 19th of June, 2020.  The program was held at the REVA Rangasthala with strict observance of social distancing.  On the day the souvenir which chronicled the various activities conducted under the second phase of the campaign was released by the Chancellor, Dr. P. Shyama Raju.

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    Jagruti

  • Jagruti - The Journey So Far… 

    BEGIN TODAY FOR A BETTER TOMORROW

    The brain child of Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Honourable Chancellor, REVA University, Jagruti is a cause that is close to everyone’s heart at REVA. 2018 saw the conception of RELA- REVA Electoral Literacy Association, an organized effort to spread a sense of civic responsibility towards voting among citizens and thereby inducing their democratic sensibility. Thus was born Jagruti, its first program. The main focus currently is the constituency of Byatarayanapura in Bengaluru.

    What is Jagruti

  • An awakening! A rise to action, a quiet revolution that could only be fostered amidst a growing intellectual community like REVA. In spite of an energetic cosmopolitan population, Bengaluru has been moving backward in terms of participation in the democratic machinery of the country. The overall aggregate voting enrollment and participation from urban India has been rather poor, as observed through the country. This disappointment strongly points towards the eminent failure and loss of faith amongst this populace in the ideals of democracy, so arduously built by the freedom struggle and the architects of our constitution. A large democracy naturally translates to a large voting population due to its sheer size. However, our country here needs a step up, not just in active involvement but also in being equipped with the right knowledge. This precipitation needs a boost. REVA Electoral Literacy Association (RELA) is a convinced endeavor by the University, faculty and students, to conscientiously evoke in citizens the awareness, knowledge of and need for ideally functioning democratic processes. The essence and vision of RELA is aligned with empowerment of the citizens for better participation in the electoral democracy in voluntarily registering and ethically voting in every election.

    RELA constituted Jagruti to counter this legacy of a non-participatory mindset in people.

    Objectives of Jagruti - Towards Voting Rights

    • Creating awareness on the electoral process of the country.
    • Aiding voters’ contribution through activities organized by students.
    • Providing platforms for people to interact and expand on their knowledge of democratic processes.
    • Encouragement of people’s interaction with the political system.
    • Promoting accountability towards civic responsibility.
    • Helping citizens make informed choices.
    • Introducing and enlightening citizens on Digital electoral procedures.
    • A hands on engagement with citizens of the constituency to take the cause forward by setting an example.

    The PREPARATION

    RELA has been conducting interactive activities in the University campus to impart electoral education to students. The students have actively immersed themselves in a consolidated foregrounding required for this enterprising and enriching task. In order to inform and expose students to Indian General Elections, RELA had organized and ensured their participation in debates, essay writing competitions, Nirvachitra- a film show, celebration of National Voter’s Day, Democracy Wall and elucidation of the electoral history of the Country.

    Jagruti: The Inauguration
    The campaign was inaugurated on 16th November 2018. Sri Sanjiv Kumar, IAS, Chief Electoral Officer, Karnataka was the Chief Guest of this event. Sri Sreenivasachary, IAS (Retd.,), State Election Commission was the Guest of Honour of this event and Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Hon’ble Chancellor, REVA University presided over the event. This event witnessed the oath taking ritual for all at REVA to uphold independent India’s democratic values. The Guests and other dignitaries shared their thoughts on the growing need for democratic values to come into play for the betterment of our society. Student volunteers also exhibited a play which proclaimed the importance of voting.

    Phase 1

  • Jagruti: The Interaction- Phase 1

    ‘Jagruti’ conducted ‘Deeksha Vidhana Event’ on 19th November 2018. More than 800 students of REVA University and its allied educational institutions participated in this event as volunteers to spread the message of voting, beginning with conducting an awareness electoral centric survey in Byatarayanapura Constituency of Bengaluru.Close to 50 lecturers participated in the campaign. Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Hon’ble Chancellor, REVA University initiated this campaign. Two round workshops were conducted for students and lecturers who were involved in this campaign. In these workshops electoral officers participated to guide the group to a better understanding of the mission and its importance. BBMP officials were a crucial part of this door to door campaign.

     

    The Findings

    This 11 day arduous process had student and faculty volunteers move door to door, interacting with residents of the constituency, armed with a google form questionnaire that would help them prepare a detailed survey report on the voting pattern and mindset of the city. At the culmination of this project, which was also an experiential learning for students, a report will be submitted to the State Election Commission for further action and study. Dr. Shubha. A, Director, School of Commerce and Management Studies and Dr. K. S. Narayanaswamy, Director, School of Management Studies, REVA University were at the helm of this campaign directing the mission forward. The joint effort of students and faculty covered 1, 02, 420 homes of the constituency, a remarkable feat.

    A Mission Accomplished

    REVA University celebrated the successful completion of the first phase of Jagruti, a campaign by REVA Electoral Literacy Association (RELA) on 6 December 2018 at Kuvempu Auditorium in the campus. A voting awareness campaign, students of the University immersed themselves in the process of educating residents of Byatarayanpura constituency on the importance and details of elections.

    To commemorate the realisation of this ongoing campaign, where more than 800 students and 200 faculty members supported by the very involved members of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) participated, REVA hosted an Appreciation Meet. Shri. P. S. Vastrad, IAS (Retd.), Karnataka, Senior Consultant, SVEEP, (Election Commission of India), was the esteemed Chief Guest with Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Honourable Chancellor, REVA University presided over the event.

    Vice Chancellor, REVA University, Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni welcomed the gathering of an auditorium full of students and faculty, who were the driving force behind and at the forefront of Jagruti. Addressing the excited crowd of social crusaders, Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni defined the goal of the meet and the continuing campaign, “to build a better society, where Democracy functions at its best”. Chief Guest, Shri. P. S. Vastrad congratulated Jagruti on, “Infusing new blood” into the spirit of democracy in the country by blazing the trail, informing residents on the relevance and working of electoral aspects like VVPAT and NOTA. Event President, Dr. P. Shyama Raju, said that by initiating RELA, thus Jagruti, REVA has attempted to reinstate faith in our nation’s civic cognizance and “began a revolution by empowering people with knowledge”

    The Journey Goes On…

    This is only the beginning of a quiet revolution. The campaign will enter its second phase, a performative and participatory engagement with residents, where street plays, songs, cultural performances will become the medium of imparting and spreading electoral awareness, for another segment of this journey.

    Phase 2

  • Jagruti Phase 2

    REVA University inaugurated REVA Electoral Literacy Association’s (RELA) Jagruti, commencing its Phase 2

    Date : 28th March 2019

    Time : 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Venue : Kuvempu Auditorium on the campus, REVA University

    Ms. DishaOberoi, RJ, RED FM 93. 5, who has tied up with Election Commission to spread awareness on voting and has been actively involved in causes related to that was the Chief Guest of the event. Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Honorable Chancellor, REVA University presided over the meeting along with Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni, Vice Chancellor, REVA University and other dignitaries gracing the occasion.

    Jagruti Phase 1 started in 2018, was the “antecedent to a thought that needed youth participation” said Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni. It ripened into a wonderful conclusion; a 12-day survey process where students and faculty members of REVA were engrossed in an interactive session with every resident of Byatarayanapura Constituency of Bengaluru. Phase 1 concluded taking a positive direction with an overwhelming response from residents.

    Encouraged by the success of the survey, RELA spearheaded Jagruti Phase 2, a more participatory podium. Students will engage residents with powerful enactments, songs, performances and more. This time the engagement will be more direct and hands on. The inauguration also released the Jagruti Phase 1 Souvenir- a chronicle of the work accomplished and a record of the experience in the form of a booklet.

    “It falls on your shoulders, everyone present here, to encourage the other to vote” articulated Disha Oberoi, who is considered a youth icon for her continuing support for causes and initiatives for public welfare. Dr. P. Shyama Raju took this moment to further motivate students of REVA in “realizing the vision of a better nation”

    More than 1 lakh homes were visited in Phase 1. With this staggering achievement, REVA became one of the pioneers to herald a cause so closely associated with national development. The efforts that found fruition with the hard work and commitment of REVA, was recognized on 25 January 2019, International Voter’s Day, where Dr. P. Shyama Raju, Honorable Chancellor, REVA University, was felicitated by the Governor of Karnataka, Shri. Vajubhai, Rudabhai Vala along with other dignitaries of the State Election Commission for ushering in social awakening through Jagruti. Phase 2 is the beginning of marching this awakening to action.

    Phase 3

  • Jagruti Phase 3

    REVA University inaugurated REVA Electoral Literacy Association’s (RELA) Jagruti, commencing its Phase 3

    Date : 9th April 2019

    Time : 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Venue : Kuvempu Auditorium on the campus, REVA University

    Promotional Mode: Digital (Google, Whatsapp & All Social Media Channels)

    The third phase of Jagruti was preceded by Phase 1 and 2, spanning over 6 months. Jagruti- a voting awareness initiative by REVA University has been on a singular mission, to educate citizens on voting as a right and a responsibility. In the first phase, more than 800 students and 100 faculty members participated undertaking a digital survey to record the voting mindset systematically. In phase 2, students took the performative route to invoke civic consciousness on voting. Street plays, dance performances and songs were performed in rural settings to reach a large number of people.

    Jagruti Phase 3 is a digital platform where voting as a right is being endorsed hoping to capture modern social media aficionados. Phase 3 will transform the campaign with WhatsApp, Twitter, Website, Facebook, Vlogs and blogs as the forums for communication.

    Initiated in the month of November 2018, Jagruti Phase 1 & 2 have made an impact and impressed upon more than 1 lakh homes of Bengaluru. The cause continues to stir the country with small but methodical steps. Finally taking the digital world too. So far Jagruti Digital Campaign has fashioned an incredible response from the forums. The fulcrum of this mission being a fused strong voice of the youth. Through the combined platform of Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube and Slideshare, the campaign was able to reach more than 34 lakh views and responses. Continuing to affect, the campaign is still fluid and reaching as many as possible.

    JAGRUTI TOWARDS GLOBAL WARMING

    An auspicious inception…

    Post the overwhelming response for Jagruti towards Voting Rights, the Chancellor of REVA University, Dr. P. Shyama Raju initiated Jagruti towards Global warming this year. The School of Applied Sciences is glad to co-ordinate the Jagruti towards Global warming. The school organized the Inauguration of Jagruti-2 on 29/08/19 at the Amphitheatre, C V Raman Block. It was an auspicious beginning as it was followed by a workshop on Making of “Eco-friendly Ganesha”. The Inauguration was presided by Dr. P.Shyama Raju, Honourable’ chancellor, REVA University. The guests for the day included Girish and Amulya M G., Clay modelling experts. The other dignitaries included Dr. S. Y. Kulkarni, The Vice Chancellor, Dr. N Dhanamjaya, Registrar and Dr Beena G, Director, School of Applied Sciences. Hon’ble Chancellor explained the significance, the at most need of this step to the gathering that awakened the sense of social responsibility among the young minds.The inauguration was followed by a workshop on Making of “Eco-friendly Clay Ganesha” led by Mr. Girish, an expert in Clay modelling. Around 70 students and 20 Faculty members were a part of this Hands-on Training. They were trained step by step in the process involved in making a Clay Ganesha. Many participants came up with their innovative creations giving a wonderful touch to Lord Ganesha. The end of the workshop was marked by a variety of Bappa idols. A blissful vision indeed!! 


     

    Reaching the young minds

  • Department of  Biotechnology, School of Applied Sciences organized awareness program on global warming for the students and faculties of Government high school, Jakkur, Bangalore-64, as part of Jagruti towards Global Warming.  1st and 2nd year students of B.Sc. Genetics along with Dr. Manjula.K R visited the School on 27th August 2019. Program started with a global warming awareness talk by Dr. Manjula, and followed by a song on global warming by our students. Children got enlightened about the theme through the skit performed by students. Competitions were held for high school children to check their interest and knowledge about the theme. Program concluded with distribution of plant saplings.
     

    The Go Green Initiative…

  • The School of Applied Sciences, organized an “Awareness campaign and Cleanliness Drive of Non-biodegradable wastes” as a part of Jagruti Towards Global warming. The first session of this drive was Cleaning up of Non-Biodegradable Wastes at Nandi Hills, Bengaluru. It was conducted on September 14th, 2019. 200 students from various departments of the School were a part of this campaign along with 20 Faculty members. Students intentions screamed loud as GO GREEN with their green attire. Students dispersed to different areas at Nandi Hills and picked up non-biodegradable wastes including Glass bottles, Wrappers, plastic bottles, plastic covers etc. At the end of the students’ toil, we were able to collect around 25 gunny bags of waste which was handed over to the authorities for proper disposal. We are extremely thankful to Mr Ramesh, Deputy Director, Nandi Hills for his immense support and permission. We also take the opportunity to thank our Honourable Chancellor, Dr P Shyama Raju as this idea is his Brainchild. We are immensely proud about our mission on spreading awareness on Global Warming. Let’s come together, participate and make the earth a better place to live.

    A step towards Clean Bengaluru

  • On the occasion of Gandhi Jayanthi, the School of Applied Sciences and RISM MBA, REVA University organized Awareness Campaign and Cleanliness drive of Non-Biodegradable wastes at Lalbagh Botanical garden. The drive was flagged off by Dr. P. Shyama Raju and Mr. Chandrashekar, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Bengaluru. Around 600 volunteers comprising of students and staff of the university took part actively in the collection and disposal of Non-Biodegradable wastes within Lalbagh premises. As a part of the campaign, a survey on CO2 levels in and around Lalbagh was carried out by the students of Biochemistry.  The causes and prevention of Global warming were depicted through a flash mob near the main gate. As a part of the campaign, the experts from the Wildlife Conservation Society enacted a street play on “Snake Bite: Survival Guide”. This drive is one of the many forthcoming events planned by the University.

    Collaborating with the Social Groups

  • The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike-Lakes Division and the Jala Poshan Association is hosting the Jakkur Kere Utsav from 09th November to 8th December 2019, which is a step towards celebrating our natural heritage and reviving the lakes in Bengaluru.  Our team Jagruti  from the School of Applied Sciences and RISM took part in the Inaugural programme held at Jakkur lake on 10-11-2019 and extended help in coordinating the event. Shri Krishna Byregowda, the Ex-minister addressed the gathering on the occasion and gave an insight on importance of water and rehabilitation of lakes in Bengaluru. The programme also included felicitation to people working in the development of Jakkur lake, the launch of magazine Jalashodana and initiation of the Nature’s Gurukul programme. 

    Being a part of Plantation drive

  • Team Jagruti from the School of Applied Sciences were a part of the Plantation drive held at Jakkur lake on 24-11-2019. A team of 6 members actively took part and planted 70 saplings provided by the L and T limited. The volunteers also attended a talk on ground water recharge and its importance in the current scenario. Our volunteers were also a part of demonstration on rain recording and water quality testing.

    Nurturing the young minds

  • The team Jagruti from the School of Applied Sciences visited Yashaswi Vidyanikethana School, Kattigenahalli on 22-11-2019. The students at the school were addressed on Global warming, its consequences and measures to avoid them. A quiz competition on Global warming was conducted and prizes were given to the top 5 students. 

    Visit to Kattigenahalli and Palanahalli School

  • The team Jagruti from the School of Applied Sciences visited Kattigenahalli Government Higher Primary School and Palanahalli Government School on 30-11-2019. The students at the school were addressed on Global warming, its consequences and measures to avoid them. A quiz competition on Global warming was conducted and prizes were given to the top 5 students. 

    With the young minds at St. Mathew Memorial English School

  • Team Jagruti visited Mathew Memorial English School, Ramamurthynagar on 10-12-2019. A play on Global warming and its consequences was staged by the students of PUC spreading awareness on conservation of water and "say no to plastics". A quiz was conducted and prizes were given away. 

    Orientation on Waste Segregation

  • The School of Applied Sciences in connection with Jagruti towards Global Warming organised an orientation on Waste Segregation. The Resource persons were Mrs. Latha Krishnan, Architect and Mr. Vinayak Iyengar. A live demonstration on composting was given. 

    Awareness Campaign on Waste Segregation -Phase I

  • Team Jagruti organised an door to door awareness campaign on waste segregation and saying no to plastics. The campaign was conducted on 27-12-2019 at villages of Chikkaballpur, Devanahalli, Haliyooru and Yeliyooru. Our Jagruti volunteers visited around 2000 houses and conveyed the people about the importance of waste segregation and the consequences of using plastics. The team also distributed jute bags shouting out the slogan "SAY NO TO PLASTICS". The campaign was well received by the villagers and also supported by the respective municipalities. 

    Visit to Yeliyooru Government High School

  • The team Jagruti visited Yeliyooru Government High School on 27-12-2019 and gave a talk on Global Warming, its consequences and preventive measures to be taken. The team also conducted a quiz on Global warming and gave away prizes to the winners.

    Plantation Drive at Kogilu Lake

  • A noble initiative was undertaken on 04thJanuary 2020  to plant 500 saplings of native tree species by the faculty members of the School of Applied Sciences  and RISM (MBA) under the guidance of their Director, Dr Beena G., on account of Founder’s day, a special event organized to commemorate the birthday of our honourable Chancellor Dr P. Shyama Raju. The saplings were planted in the vicinity of  Kogilu Lake at Srinivaspur (Yelahanka Post, Bengaluru – 560 064), close to REVA university campus. The corporater of ward no. 5, Mr. Munindra Kumar was also present at the venue and addressed the gathering on importance of green revolution and encouraged the volunteers in taking up socially responsible initiatives.

    Awareness Campaign on Waste Segregation- Phase 2

  • The team Jagruti from REVA University organized an awareness campaign on waste segregation at Nagashettalli and Manjunath Layout, Bengaluru on 14-01-2020. The campaign was inaugurated by Mr. Randeep, Special Commissioner, BBMP who also addressed the volunteers on the importance of saving mother earth for our future and how youth can bring about a change in the society by awareness activities. The corporator of ward 18, Mr. Anand also addressed the volunteers on how essential it is to create awareness on saying no to plastics. He also appreciated the initiative taken up by the University and the enthusiasm students show towards organizing such campaigns. The health inspector, assistant engineers of ward 18 and Mr. Vignan Gowda, social worker were also the part of the inauguration. The campaign was door to door, where the volunteers educated the people on waste segregation methods and stressed on the importance of switching towards the usage of eco-friendly things in day to day life. The volunteers visited 1500 households in and around Nagashettalli and Manjunath Layout and distributed jute bags saying no to plastics.