The Telegraph
Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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Bat-&-ball battle against social evils

- Child labour concern for IIT, domestic violence bugs NIFT

Eight top institutions will cross swords on the cricket field from January 24 for one cause: eradication of social evils.

Rukmani Buildtech Social Premier League (SPL) powered by Airtel would be a Twenty20 cricket tournament with a difference. Besides keenly contesting on 22 yards at Moinul Haque stadium, each of its eight participating teams — IIT-Patna, BIT-Patna, CIMP, NIFT-Patna, AIIMS-Patna, LN Mishra Institute, Amity-Patna and IIM-Ranchi — would convey a social message during the event of which The Telegraph is the media partner.

Budding technocrats of IIT-Patna have pledged to fight against child labour off the field. Aspiring designers of NIFT (National Institute of Fashion Technology) would campaign against domestic violence before and during the matches being organised by Young Indians, a wing of Confederation of Indian Industry.

Driven by the social cause, an eight-member NIFT team on Monday “stepped out” to visit Kendriya Vidyalaya, Ishan International Public School and Litera Valley School (all in Rajendra Nagar). NIFT captain for SPL Aman Choudhury said: “Domestic violence can be found almost every next door. One out of every four women in our society is a victim of some type of domestic violence and our aim is to create awareness against the social evil.”

The NIFT team members would “catch up with” students of all the major educational institutions, especially the girls’ colleges and schools, and enlighten them on the provisions in the Constitution to fight the domestic violence. Aman said: “NIFT would have a tie-up with an NGO fighting against domestic violence in the near future to eradicate the evil from the society.”

The IIT team members would play powerful shots against child labour before hitting towering sixes at Moinul Haque stadium. Saurav Anand, a fourth-year electrical engineering student of IIT-Patna, said: “Lack of awareness is the main reason behind the prevalence of child labour after so many years of Independence.”

Having his roots in Purnea, Saurav said education was the biggest tool to “hit the social evil for a six”. The budding IIT techies would visit the slums in the city and inform the parents of children engaged in child labour about various educational schemes of the government.

There are several government welfare schemes for promotion of education, but most people are unaware of them. As a result, children from underprivileged families are sent to earn while they are supposed to learn. Anand said: “We shall inform parents about different scholarships.”

The IIT students would also encourage owners of restaurants, shopkeepers and other units not to “play” with children’s future.