As an upshot of the slew of cases of violence against women, in a first-of- its-kind initiative, National Service Scheme (NSS) has stepped forward to equip 15,000 female students from across the state with various techniques of self-defence.
The NSS cell of University of Pune (UoP) has decided to impart these skills to 2,500 girls across its jurisdiction in three districts, and appealed to colleges to proceed accordingly.
“Crimes against women are on the rise. So, organising self-defence workshops at the college level is an initiative to encourage girls to retaliate any attempts of violence,” said Pandit Shelke, programme coordinator of NSS.
Through a detailed notification, UoP has asked all its affiliated colleges situated in Pune, Ahmednagar and Nashik districts to register their names, so the varsity can arrange workshops accordingly.
All participants will get a day of basic training in self-defence, which would include how to react in a panic situation, how to combat harassers, and what tactics one can use to hit back at various attempts of violence, among other things.
“UoP has identified some NGOs and martial arts training institutes, which would help the varsity put in order daylong workshops at various colleges. In the first phase, we can include up to 40 colleges in this initiative.
Each institute that will participate in this programme will get Rs 10,000 as aid from UoP to motivate it to hold many more such self-defence workshops in the near future,” Shelke told MiD DAY.
Abhijit Ghalsasi, senior instructor of city-based Bhonsale Taekwondo and Fitness Academy, which has conducted similar workshops in several schools, said, “We teach 10 fundamental techniques about how to defend, react in critical situations, and come out from the danger zone.
We also give detailed demonstrations and organise practice sessions. Our observation is that after the workshops girls do get motivated and filled with confidence. We congratulate NSS and UoP for taking this much needed initiative.”
Amount each participating college will get from the UoP
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The National Service Scheme (NSS) is a central government-sponsored public service programme conducted by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports. The scheme was launched in Mahatma Gandhi’s Centenary year, 1969. Aimed at developing students’ personality through community service, NSS is a voluntary association of young people in colleges, universities, and at +2 level working for a campus-community linkage. The programme aims to inculcate social welfare in students, and to provide service to society without bias. It also provides help in natural and man-made disasters by providing food, clothing and first aid to victims.