Raipur: The AIIMS Raipur administration and the institute’s NSS unit students have been providing free education to the children of labourers, who were involved in the construction of the institute’s campus, to help them enter mainstream society.
Currently, 15 students and professors are taking classes for 32 children of 22 labourers on the campus. The children are between the ages of five and 11. Thirteen of these children belong to 10 labourers who have been working at AIIMS since its foundation stone was laid in 2010.
The initiative was first started by the institute’s students, who pooled in money to provide stationery, books, and uniforms for the children. When the AIIMS management learned about the student’s work, they appreciated the initiative and offered financial support. From the collection fund, school bags, uniforms, and stationery items were purchased for the children.
AIIMS’s NSS program officer Dr Mrityunjay Rathore helped further the cause by helping appoint two teachers under the state government’s Sarv Shiksha Abhiyaan and who now take classes for the children. He added that the institute is also planning to provide computer education to the children and will help them get admission in government schools after their primary education is completed.
AIIMS Raipur’s 160-bed hospital and college started in February 2014. AIIMS Deputy Director Naresh Sharma said that further expansion at AIIMS is currently underway. Four more blocks have to be constructed for which about 600 workers are working here. Their children also live near the campus and we are encouraging them to join the classes, too, he added.
(Story by Tanmoy Agarwal)