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Rally, talks mark red ribbon day
- students take lessons on AIDS prevention

Jamshedpur, Dec. 1: Red badges pinned to their shirts and placards in their hands, the students of the steel city walked through the thoroughfares today to make people aware of AIDS.

The awareness programmes were targeted at the youths who know less about the disease and how one can be a victim of it.

Various organisations, colleges and community development centres in Jamshedpur arranged rallies, events and infotainment programme to educate the young about AIDS.

Tata Steel corporate sustainability services organised an infotainment programme at JRD Tata Sports Complex where the 300-odd students were told about the symptoms, causes and preventive measures. The students learnt that HIV and AIDS are not the same thing and the disease does not spread through skin contact.

But the mode of communicating the message to the youths was interesting — through quiz and song.

“Till last year we used to restrict the programmes to rallies only but this time we thought an infotainment event would help the students to understand better. In these events they can participate and learn through it,” said Merlyn Anklesaria, an organisers from the family initiative department of corporate sustainability services.

School bands of Loyola School and Jamshedpur Public School presented songs to regale the audience.

Tata Steel community development centres across the city organised various programmes for the slum dwellers. Apart from organising a rally there were nukkad natak, puppet show on AIDS which was aimed at educating people and clear a few myths attached to the disease.

“We aimed at making the people from the lower strata of the society aware of the disease that has claimed several lives. They are the ones who need to understand and know about it,” said Ranjit Bhattacharya, the area officer of Sonari community development centre.

The colleges also organised various programme. The NCC cadets of Abdul Bari Memorial College took out a rally while the students and faculty of Jamshedpur Workers’ College organised a seminar on it.

“The youth needs to have an understanding of the illness, how it can be averted and recognised. We plan to organise such seminar every year to make more and more people aware of it,” said S.S. Razi, the principal of Jamshedpur Workers’ College.

Student activists of NSUI celebrated the World AIDS Day by distributing pamphlets among the public.

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