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Vikalp
A Students' Initiative

Lighten the way to Blossom India

“We believe that the various problems that the society faces have a common error source, that is, lack of proper elementary education. Everything else is distributed out of the same, poverty and over-consumption, unemployment and agricultural crisis, social injustice and middle class apathy, health and environmental degradation, and so on. Hence the approach to address these should be holistic, and we at Vikalp believe that the youth can play a pivotal role bringing about a change.” - THE VIKALP TEAM

Services on Vikalp

Health Care facilities

Healthcare for children is one of the prime concerns of Vikalp. It focuses in imparting the knowledge of hygienic living to those who don’t have an access to basic healthcare. They could be slum- residents, labor families travelling across the country for work or even the poor of fixed geographic regions. Vikalp has actively interacted with Medical Officers of Shri Mata Vasihno Devi University and public infirmaries and launched its various initiatives as part of its endeavor to introduce healthcare awareness and contemporary healthcare to the underprivileged. The team has organized about 5 free camps since the inception of Vikalp. These were regular medical checkup camps, vaccination camps, and counseling and checkup camps. The camp provides them with free medicines, free consultations and counseling.

Non-Formal Education and tuition classes

Although there are many Government schools which children can attend, there is a big problem with non-attendance, low literacy and a high dropout rate for children from the lowest socio-economic groups. This is due to parental ignorance and fear. Therefore, there is a need to care for younger ones, without prejudice and discrimination. Vikalp has launched non-formal education programs in such a deprived locality of Jammu and Kashmir. The main aim of it is to provide free education to the children affected by poverty, migration, marginalization, natural calamity or child labor. Girls are even more likely to be uneducated as they often carry the burden of taking care of their siblings, domestic and paid work. The Vikalp team extends tuition program for children from around the Kakryal and Sira villages of Reasi District. These children do attend local schools but are deprived of holistic growth opportunities. They are also not aware of the benefits of Government schemes. Vikalp endeavours to fill the gap as for as possible.

Counseling Services

Under our counseling project we have a number of volunteers as mentors. They closely interact with the people/parents so that they promote education of their children. Vikalp offers counseling on issues as: –"

  • Career Counseling
  • Women’s participation in family finances and decision making
  • Abstaining from consuming alcohol and drugs
  • General hygiene and health
  • Income generation
  • Computer Literacy

    Vikalp also extends to its participants an opportunity and exposure to better education ambience by introducing computer classes. High School and Intermediate students are provided Computer Education as part and parcel of Vikalp curricula for them. The School of Computer science & Engineering of SMVDU generously supports this venture by extending computer facilities as and when required.

    About Vikalp

    "Vikalp..... An Alternative"

    Despite India’s spectacular economic development, millions still have to go hungry; live in most unhygienic conditions, without even basic education for their children; and die of diseases that can be prevented. What is needed is to build a strong civil society that should work in tandem with the government in making a difference in the lives of those who are in need.

    The students at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University initiated the Vikalp program in January 2009, with a small team of thoughtful and motivated students, whose main aim was to bring about an overall social change in the society. Today the program has reached a point where more and more people have chosen to become a part of this program. The program has become successful beyond everyone expectations and is best illustrated by the students as ‘an alternative, a step taken by the SMVDU family to provide education to the underprivileged children which has played the role of a candle in their dark lives’.

    The main objective of the Vikalp program is to extend basic education to the under-privileged children of the nearby villages and to the children of the of the construction workers on the campus. The objective is to take care of their overall growth including their medical care. Vikalp is committed to social justice, sustainable development and human rights and undertakes development activities and programs for the literacy of children, and adults who belong to poor and rural areas; provides occupational training and guidance for rehabilitation. The team at Vikalp is also planning to conduct surveys and social research work for the weaker sections.

    One of the major projects taken up by the team is to improve the condition of deprived living in poor human condition in suburbs of Kakryal and Sira villages, adjoining the University campus, in Reasi District of Jammu and Kashmir. The team conducts classes focusing on the issues of personal hygiene and general cleanliness for the students of the rural community in and around of the university premises. The focus is also on the healthcare and awareness program for various government initiatives.

    The Vikalp Team
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    Prof. Sudhir K. Jain

    Vice Chancellor

    Education as a tool of change and as a source of positive energy is desirable for any society to progress in the right direction. Deprivation of such an opportunity is sinful and criminal lest the potential lost is irrecoverable. Efforts made by any educational institution of educating the needy and deprived as an additional responsibility contributes towards the noble cause of spreading knowledge and awareness. After all lighting a candle allows other candles to be lit and requires only a helping hand to spread light all around. Vikalp has been an expression of social consciousness of high order amongst those who have chosen to illuminate the lives of the deprived in the neighbouring villages adjoining SMVDU. In the current phase of its initiative Vilakp has been able to make an imprint even if a small one. It would be desirable to maintain a record of its work meticulously and follow up those who benefitted from this effort. Showcasing of this noble cause would inspire others to replicate the model. Ascertaining quality improvement through feedback from its students would help the Coordinator and his team of faculty and students to provide value addition in the programme. It has been a wonderful experience to observe young associates of Vikalp from villages participating in several cultural functions of SMVDU. Their involvement in sports and cultural activities would help in their overall development. It is indeed a challenge to establish credibility and a meaningful role in shaping a holistic personality of currently underprivileged sections of the society around us. I wish the volunteer students, staff and faculty of SMVDU a bright future and the Vikalp a long and healthy life ahead.

    Dr. Varun K. Tripathi

    Faculty Coordinator of Vikalp points out “Vikalp is not only an activity which is running on the campus with a view to enhancing educational and personal standards of the participating children but also a platform for inculcating in our students (who extend teaching assistance to the program) a sense of responsibility. Any institution or organization highly rests on the resources of the society, so one must develop in oneself a vision for society and a sense of paying back to society through service to society in some form or the other. That is why Vikalp is run on the basic principles of voluntary service and self-sustainability.”

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    Prof. R S Misra

    Former Dean of Students, is strongly appreciative of the role played by the student and says, “I give all credit to these students who have dedicatedly worked for so long in making this program a success. I would highly appreciate if students along with their studies are acquainted with some basic skills which can help them in their daily life.”

    Our Volunteers
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      Vipul Kumar

      It is a platform to impart education and provide awareness to those who are needy. I always looked forward to a new day at Vikalp and would always cherish the moments.

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      Aishwarya Singh

      The beauty of life is in possibilities.Vikalp is one place were I believe we try to give choices to kids who don't have many.

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      Kanahiya Sharma

      It is our moral duty to serve and serving to humanity in the form of education is the best thing I learnt at vikalp.

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      Bipin Kumar Mishra

      Vikalp makes me proud to feel that I got to serve those underprivileged children because of this program.

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      Mitika Sharma

      When I look back, these four years of B.Tech would have been blank without Vikalp. I was away from my family but around these children and NSS volunteers I felt at home.

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      Kaushal Kumar

      Vikalp is a place to universalise knowledge through international medium of expressions called love and care. Indeed a life changing experience.

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      Anand Kumar


      Vikalp is like second incarnation, where I experienced a beautiful aura coming out from the most pious and profane soul of kids.

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      Jayvardhan

      VIKALP is a platform where we can do things to little bit change our country.so do good that makes u happy as well as make your soul proud

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      Chitrarth Nirmal

      Being a part of vikalp is something that I'II cherish all through my life. It's been a wonderful experience working in vikalp where I had lived my childhood.

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      Kashyap Monika


      The experience gained at Vikalp, while teaching and learning with all the awesome children, gives immense pleasure and satisfaction.

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      Sudhanshu Raj Sagar

      I feel immense pleasure and honoured to be a part of vikalp family. Spending an hour of a day not only puts me into introspection of my childhood days but also provide a platform of learning.

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      Shubham Tiwari

      It’s a great initiative taken by the university to help the children get education. I feel lucky to be a part of this university. Hats off to everyone involved

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      Shambhoo Vishwakarma

      Getting acquainted with the company of local community and their culture, brings me the moment of magic to improve the living standards.

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      Shaurya Jain

      Vikalp is an arena for all-round development of children growing in an underprivileged environment. A child at Vikalp transforms to a socially sensitive individual .

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      Yagyank Srivastav

      Vikalp for me is a programme that brings together the best of the caring souls from the learning mob of SMVDU.

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      W.R. Anbu Mathika

      To see a person smile, and to know that you have contributed something for that smile, gives ultimate joy and internal satisfaction.

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      Sadhvi Sharma

      I learn how to work in team at vikalp. I feel enthusiastic energy to be with vikalp kids.

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      Ankit Kumar

      I realized how privileged I was to get a quality education in India. Vikalp was my opportunity to pass on that privilege to those deprived kids. I learnt more than I taught.

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      Shivani Bhardwaj

      Patience, perseverance, happiness and loving children is what Vikalp has taught me so far. I have had an amazing experience having worked as a volunteer with Vikalp.

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      Raj kamal

      I had some amazing time with kids, teaching them, nurturing them for their better future. This is an another kind of life, an atmosphere that i am living within the university.

    Contact us
    Dr. Varun K. Tripathi

    Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
    Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University
    Kakryal, Katra -182320, Distt. Reasi, J&K

    Phone

    01991-285634 (Extn. 2607)
    (M) +91-9419165772

    Email

    varun.tripathi@smvdu.ac.in
    varun_tri@yahoo.com

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