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Social Transformation Empowerment Program (STEP) encourages volunteerism in service activities and social entrepreneurship among youth. STEP focuses on orienting and connecting college students and professionals to various social organizations in nearby geo-localities.

The STEP program is divided into two phases.

Phase-I is a weeklong orientation camp to enable volunteers to understand the Lifecycle of Social Transformation initiatives, and to interact personally with leading Social activists and their activities. Phase-II is a Six month long execution activity where social volunteers pursue and work in a social project of his/her choice under the guidance of a Social Activist or NGO, and expects volunteers to submit a social Impact report on his/her social transformation initiative by the end of Phase-II. STEP conducted its first Orientation camp from January 23rd to 31st, 2016 in Dayananda Sagar Academy of Technology and Management (DSATM), Kanakapura Road campus (near Art of Living Ashram), Bangalore. The STEP camp was formally inaugurated on 120th birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose by Swamini Pramananda of Purna Vidya, and presided by Prof.Lakshmikanth, Principal, DSATM.


Past Event Details

January 2016

A typical day in the camp starts with a wake-up call at 5:45am, Yoga session from 6:15am – 7:15am, Chintana from 7:15am – 7:35am, presentations, discussions, workshops, field trips, games and interactions spread over 6 sessions from 9:30am – 8:00pm, and ends with an informal entertainment program from 9:00pm – 10:00pm.

The STEP camp had 67 participants (35 College boys, 24 College girls, 8 Professionals) from 11 Colleges (NMIT, BMS, MIT, Vemana IT, Jain University, PESIT, Vivekananda, DSI, Bangalore University), 3 Corporates (Bhoruka, HCL, Zemomm), and 3 NGOs (UsiriGaagi Hasiru, BloodWithYouForEver, YFS). The camp was planned and organized by a dedicated team of 10 full-time volunteers and 12 part-time volunteers.

The camp focused on the session topics from 8 social segments (Education, Health, Rural, Urban, Policy, Media, Environment, NGO enablement), covered 32 sessions by 28 eminent speakers. The topics covered sector specific issues, motivational and ideological concepts. Some of the sessions include:

– ‘Social Work – Meaning, necessity and philosophical perview on social work’ by Swamini Pramananda(disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswathi), Purna Vidya.

– ‘Methodical approach to Social Transformation’ by Vishnu Swaminathan, Ashoka Foundation

– ‘Social Re-Engineering’ by Dr. Chitra, Arohi Research Foundation

– ‘Education system and the way Ahead’ by Prof. MK Sridhar, Ex. Chairman, Knowledge Commission, Karnataka

– ‘Social Re-Engineering starts from within’ by Prof. Raghuram, SVYASA

– ‘Social challenges and opportunities in Health Sector’ by Dr. Devishetty, CEO Narayana Hrudhayalaya Hospitals

– ‘Life and Message of Swami Vidyaranya and Swami Vivekananda’ by Dr Arathi Subramaniam

– ‘Awareness on Social and National security’ by Lft.Gen PD Kamanth (Rtd)

– ‘Village Development – a vision and mission for life’ by Shri Popat Rao, Hiware Bazar, Maharastra

– ‘A development vision – Building India’s Human and Social Capital’ by Dr. Balasubramaniam, Vivekananda Youth Foundation

– ‘India Genius’ by Ma. Ravikumar Iyer, HSS Pracharak

– ‘Rise and establishment of New Israel’ by Ma. Santhosh, BJP National Joint Organizing Secretary

STEP conducted field visits to 8 social organizations including:

– Abhala Ashrama – Women Empowerment

– Manonandhana – Mentally Challenged Children

– Anadha Shishu Nivas – Child Care

– Rashtotthana Blood Bank & Thalesemia Center – Health Care

– Vanashri – Natural Farming-Doddamarulavadi – Agriculture

– Sidhi Samadhi Yoga Samsthanam – Rehabilitation of Jail & Disabled, Organic Farming

– Art of Living – Spiritual Center

– People Tree Hospital – First Aid Training

The camp conducted a ‘Social Volunteer-NGOs’ meet with 15 NGOs (Narayana Hrudayalaya, Forward Foundation, Krishi Prayog Parivar, Bharatiya Sikshana Mandal, Youth For Seva, SAKSHAM, Arohi Research Foundation, FINS, Disha, KSS, Abhyudaya, Swadeshi Jagaran Munch, …), presenting 35 social projects in and around Bangalore, and assisted the Camp participants in selecting 15 social projects to work as part of STEP Phase-II.

The Phase-II projects include:

– Rural Energy sustainability development

– Education Policy – Data Analysis

– Rethinking of the Rape debate in India

– Survey of Roof-top Solar PV and Solar Energy Audit

– App development for Organic Produce Marketing – Krishi Prayog Parivar

– YFS – App development

– Portability of Pond water

– Conducting Medical Camps – Narayana Hrudyalaya

– Ground water analysis and Lake Restoration

– Survey and analysis of Green patches in and around Bangalore – Aranya Climate Changes Services

– Serving mentally challenged children – ARUNA CHETANA