8 students of TISS complete rural practimum in YUVA

TISS students doing their rural practicum with Yuva. (pix: Uttam Acharjee).

Jamshedpur: Eight students came on 31 march and after completing their rural practicum with Yuva, departed on March 15. Staying at chakdi village of potka they participated in the activities carried by YUVA. They played with and taught sabar children at Dhengam and Krarkocha. They also actively participated in organizing Mahila Haat. Every year TISS sends children for rural practimum.

Rural practicum is an integral part of social work curriculum that facilitates students to understand rural contexts of marginalisation, organisational approaches to deal with them and strategies applied to empower people.

The objectives of the rural practicum are:
1.To facilitate students to gain knowledge and understanding about rurality and rural life situation, through exposure to Indian villages.
2.To enable students to critically examine rural poverty, rural social structure and its impact on children and women.
3.To understand rural governance systems and process of devolution of rural programmes (ICDS, NRHM, NREGS, NRLM and such others) and linking them with children.
4.To engage the self in developing sensitivity and basic understanding of issues concerning children, women and families in rural India.

During this two-week programme, the students are expected to stay in the villages and learn about rural life from various dimensions, by interacting with people. They would be engaged in various activities to broaden their understanding of rural realities particularly the power structure and governance.

As part of their coursework in the villages, students are expected to submit the following assignments:

1. A village profile using transect walk (group assignment).
2. A case study of a child that they could select based on certain indicators (individual work).

Names of the students are as follows:

1. Christopher Binoy Nag
2. Imtirong Arong Amri
3. Indu Sarki
4. Kanushikha Yadav
5. Raaga Ramesh
6. Rabi Shah
7. Samiksha Todaria
8. Swati Singh

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