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Wednesday , January 22 , 2014
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Bat for a cause to bowl out social evil

- Teams pad up for Social Premier League on issues concerning people

Cricket has never been so cause-driven.

If budding technocrats of BIT-Patna were “padding up” to fight against illiteracy, medicos of AIIMS-Patna would “take on” death and disease on 22 yards.

Eight educational institutions are in for some power shots for the Rukmani Buildtech Social Premier League (SPL) powered by Airtel starting January 24.

Driven by the social cause illiteracy, budding engineers of BIT-Patna would launch a campaign to educate slum children.

Skipper of the team, Abhinav Kumar, a fourth-year mechanical student of BIT, said: “Since our theme is illiteracy, we would strive to spread the light of knowledge in society.”

To promote their social cause, the BIT students are running a Right to Education and Vision for All (Reva) campaign. The BIT students have been teaching slum children round the year.

“Through Reva, we have been educating slum children. Every year, under the Reva mission, underprivileged children are given a platform to exhibit their skills,” Abhinav said.

The BIT students have so far educated more than 250 children but they intend to aggressively promote their campaign through the SPL. The team intends to educate more than 500 slum children in the next one year by providing them all kinds of knowledge-based assistance.

The eight teams — IIT-Patna, BIT-Patna, CIMP, NIFT-Patna, AIIMS-Patna, LN Mishra Institute, Amity-Patna and IIM-Ranchi — would be vying for the T20 cup to be keenly contested on 22 yards at Moinul Haque stadium. Each team would convey a social message during the event, the media partner of which is The Telegraph.

The AIIMS team would “bat for” health and hygiene through their social message “fighting death and disease”.

Team AIIMS captain Mohammed Hamza said: “We are thankful to the CII and other sponsors for organising a cricket match to promote social causes. Post-match, the AIIMS medicos through workshops, seminars and symposium would create awareness about a healthy life.”

Young Indians, a wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), is organising the league. To host SPL, the CII has chosen Patna as the first city.

In India, Hamza added that cardiovascular disease, diarrhoea, and lung disease account for most deaths. Through their workshops and seminars, the AIIMS students would create awareness about the risk factors involved and how the diseases affect a body.

“Smoking, sedentary lifestyle, food habits have adverse impact on people. Through SPL, we would create awareness about their hazards. We would also encourage people to opt for safe drinking water because water plays a pivotal role in diarrhoea,” said the skipper.

The would-be-doctor added that workshops and seminars would be held on the AIIMS campus but if required, the students can also organise such workshops outside their institution so that a large number of people is benefited.

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