XLRI students initiate social programme - “Jagriti”

Organizes Confidence Building Coaching Session for Underprivileged Students in Gamharia village

August 30, 2013 12:31 IST | India Infoline News Service
Students of XLRI, the premier private B School in India, recently conducted a confidence building coaching session for underprivileged students under the social programme – ‘Jagriti’. The session was held at a high-school in Gamharia village near Jamshedpur; where the students were familiarized with the banking system and safety in investments. They were given career counseling sessions to make them aware of the various career avenues and the means to achieve them. Personality development programmers were also conducted for senior students to hone their writing and communication skills.
“We have been conducting informal interactive sessions and under ‘Magritte’ regularly over a period of 2 months, July and August, 2013. The coaching sessions along with financial awareness programmers have received a roaring welcome by the schools’ students and teachers alike. They are highly receptive and thoroughly enjoy the lessons. We gauge their progress level through small assessment tests and appropriately reward the successful students to encourage more participation,” commented Praveen Kumar, a doctoral student at XLRI.
The programmed -  ‘Magritte’ is spearheaded by a team of first year students of XLRI, under the guidance of Father Antony Ovary, and they working with NGOs operating in and around Jamshedpur to instill high self-esteem in students at the grass root level focusing on financial literacy, career counseling and personality development. Primarily working with the students in Gamharia village, they have also implemented the module at govt. schools in villages around Chaibasa. They have joined forces with the financial literacy initiative of XLRI called ‘Sanchetna’.
Welcoming the initiative, Dr. H.K. Pradhan, Professor of Finance & Chief Mentor of ‘Sanchetna’ initiatives, XLRI said, “It is imperative for the underprivileged students to realize the importance of saving, and the time value of money early on. Through the programme-‘Jagriti’ our students, are continuously working to help the underprivileged youth become self-reliant and more expressive and confident. As a first step, it aims at going beyond school-going children and reaching out to the unskilled workers in Jamshedpur itself”.

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