VAPP provides opportunities for students to make a positive contribution to community development and social welfare and to explore alternative career possibilities.
Students are placed with voluntary agencies and NGOs working at the grass root level with underprivileged and marginalized sections of society such as street children, AIDS patients or the visually challenged.
Coordinators: Chhavi Arora, Sneha Harsh, Priya Dua, Mariam Rauf
Staff Advisors : Ms .Ruksana Shroff , Dr. Parul Bansal and Ms. Deepika Papneja
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One of the first events organised by the Voluntary Agency Placement Programme this year was a session on the theme “Walk Free: The Movement to end Slavery”. Mr. Rishi Kant, Director of Shakti Vahini was invited on 1 September 2015, to discuss various social and political issues related to Human Rights. He also talked about the ongoing campaigns to promote awareness among communities and the volunteering opportunities available.
This was followed by the WEALLFITIN Campaign on 24 September 2015 by Amrit Foundation of India, an organisation working for children with intellectual and development challenges. Thereafter, students from LSR were placed with the organisation to work upon the creation of service banks for care seekers and other mentorship projects.
On 29 October 2015, VAPP conducted an interactive workshop on ‘Social Surfing’ with the Centre for Social Research, a NGO which works with the mission to empower women in India. The session created awareness about building a positive gender sensitive online environment.
Two visiting professors from Lynchburg College, Virginia, USA were invited by VAPP on 6 January 2016 to discuss the prospects of pursuing Masters in Non-Profit Leadership and to inform students about related job opportunities in the field. VAPP also organised a three-day Handicraft Workshop, from 5-7 February, during TARANG 2016. A Cane and Bamboo Craft workshop was conducted on the first two days of the fest, and a Paper Craft workshop on the third day. The artisans taught students to make products such as baskets, greeting cards, covers and small artifacts. A stall was also set up to sell the products made by the artisans, which witnessed a huge footfall. On 24 February 2016, VAPP conducted a talk on “Entrepreneurship and Youth as Inspiration of Change” in association with the Gandhi Fellowship Programme. The session aimed to encourage students to take up entrepreneurial avenues and gave insights into the working of the programme and its course structure. VAPP in collaboration with the Placement Cell organised another interactive session with the founders of the I Am A Teacher (IAAT) Fellowship Programme, on 4 March 2016. The session discussed the prospects of the fellowship programme and was followed by various fun activities.
On 3 April 2016, VAPP organized a Field Visit in collaboration with Pravah as a part of their ‘Samjho Toh Express’ Campaign. 24 students from LSR visited ‘Pahal’, an organization based in Lakshmi Nagar in East Delhi which works for the rights of people from the Transgender community. During the community visit, students got an opportunity to challenge their own set notions and stereotypes by visiting areas which they had never visited before.
In addition, VAPP also provided students with information on volunteering opportunities with the Nizamuddin Mentor Project and the Prof. Jean Dreze and Ms. Reetika Khera led survey on National Food Security Act, among others.