“FINDING WAYS TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN READING BEYOND THE CLASS ROOM MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOLS TO INFLUENCE SOCIAL CHANGE”
One of the main goals of the Alva’s Education Foundation is to prepare the students for professional world, including academics and corporate. With this motivation, Alva’s Institute of Engineering and Technology (AIET) has initiated a forum called LITERARY CLUB with objectives of conducting various competitions such as debate, quiz, elocution, script and act, essay writing etc. at departmental and college level to identify student’s hidden talents and also encourage and help the students to face the real world with courage. Further, the Club has also put effort to develop a group of students to be ready to compete inter collegiate competitions any time.
Now, the “READERS CLUB” is another endeavor of AIET along with Homeopathy and Naturopathy colleges, which comes under Literary club, aimed at providing a platform for students to enhance the general, technical and scientific knowledge, including communication skill by reading and analyzing the news paper articles or any relevant current topics on daily basis, initially at class room level and later it would be extended to departmental level to a college level.
In addition to this, the club is also having objectives of:
- 1. Organizing regular basis invited talk and interaction session from the various writers, Columnists, authors in association with THE HINDU.
- 2. Forming study circles to create reading environment
- 3. Encouraging students to produce their own articles to publish in news papers
- 4. Organizing various competitions at different level
- 5. Displaying articles in display board at regular basis
As an initial step to this mission, more than 160 members of the readers club are subscribing THE HINDU News Paper daily at nominal charges. The readers club was inaugurated on 31st October, 2015, by Dr Sharanappa S.D., Superintendent of Police, Dakshina Kannada. Speaking on ‘Career Options in Civil Services and the Role of the Media’, after inaugural function, he said that with intelligent planning and a systematic approach, students could easily crack the Union Public Services examination. “Your background, political connection or being the son of a civil servant will not matter. It all depends on you and you alone.” He also highlighted that Indian Civil Services provide an opportunity to serve people and bring smiles on the needy. Youngsters should not be discouraged from pursuing it as a career option.
Reading newspapers, Mr. Sharanappa said, was an important part of the preparation for civil services and other competitive examinations. Apart from giving an understanding on the incidents in society, it helps one improve language proficiency.
Mr. Sharanappa asked students to think of themselves and realise their potential. He asked them to take the right decision at the right time and join the civil services.