| Students perform at a cultural programme during a BIT programme in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Jai Prakash |
Right to Education and Vision for All, the annual corporate social responsibility event of Birla Institute of Technology, Patna, started on Sunday.
In the course of the two-day event, economically backward school students who have been groomed by aspiring techies would perform and take part in different events. On Sunday, more than 200 students of Rajvanshi Nagar School, Shastri Nagar School, Sheikhpura School and Phulwari Government School — many of whom live in slums — took part in singing, painting, dance, drama, sports and other competitions.
Swapnil Shukla, a second-year civil engineering student, said: “Reva provides a platform for these students to showcase their talents.”
Under the programme, BIT-Patna students not only provide academic training but also groom the children from economically humble background in extra curricular activities.
Zeya Ahmad, a recent passout of the tech cradle and member of Reva, said: “Every weekend BIT-Patna students visit nearby slums and teach students.”
Those who performed on Sunday would be awarded with cycles and other gifts on Monday.
The chief guest at the event was Pratyaya Amrit, secretary of the road construction department and Bihar State Road Development Corporation. He said the corporation had adopted 12 children and was sponsoring their education. “The work done by the BIT-Patna is commendable. Students who hail from humble background are also being given a platform to showcase their skills. Such opportunities are generally limited to student of premier institutions,” said Amrit.
This year, the corporation, IRCON, AVZ Services and Techbuzz Pvt. Ltd and National Insurance are supporting the event.