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This unique Internship by ANSH Happiness Society is using the power of the youth for social developement

While the stereotypical internships bind their interns into complex organisational structures and pre defined areas of activity, a youth led organisation called ANSH (Act Nonsense Spread Happiness) came up with a one of its kind summer internship opportunity. In the 30 day program the interns were not only given an insight into the various problems prevailing in the society but they also met the people who are fighting against all odds to make a difference in the society.Moreover, the individual initiatives and ideas of the interns were heavily promoted.

protest near Union carbide factory marking the environment day and questioning the dumping of toxic waste in open.
Interns participating in a protest near Union carbide factory marking the environment day and questioning the dumping of toxic waste in open.

During the internship, the group visited many organisations who work on various issues such as the LGBT community, women empowerment, under privileged children, differently abled persons, victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy, on rural and urban youth empowerment and many more. Moreover, various talk sessions were arranged to enlighten the interns and help them exchange their thoughts with some prominent personalities working in their respective fields. Some of the interactions included sessions with young entrepreneurs like Mr. Harsh Songra and Mr. Susant Pattnaik, with the ex chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh Mr. Sharad Chandra Behar, with the AAP state chief Mr. Alok Agarwal and with Ms Asha Mishra at Bhartiya Gyan Vigyan Samiti. These leaders shared their life experiences, their struggle to make a change in the society and guided the interns on a path of a heightened sense of responsibility and personal transformation.

Summer Interns visiting UNICEF at UN House, Bhopal
Summer Interns visiting UNICEF at UN House, Bhopal

The interns gathered everyday at various parts of the city to brainstorm about various issues and how they can be addressed. Once the group came up with an idea of a street play which was targeted towards an apt portrayal of the evils that persist in the society and generating the solutions available and the steps that need to be taken to eradicate such evils. Above all the 30 day programme brought home the idea of self change and introspection and concretised the point that personal transformation is the key to community and social transformation.The basic motive behind designing such a dynamic internship was to develop a sense of understanding for one’s own surroundings.

the House of Transgenders (Gharana) and had a dialogue with Head of the House (Guru).
Summer Interns visiitng the House of Transgenders (Gharana) and having a dialogue with Head of the House (Guru).

India is a country with the highest percentage of the youth population. The youth in our country is expected to innovate and harness the exemplary potential that is embedded in all the spheres of our society. We are in dearth of good leaders, everybody is waiting for someone else to take the first step but hardly do we take time out of our drab schedules to introspect that what is stopping us to take one. This initiative by ANSH was taken to direct the energy of our youth utilising numerous constructive channels that lead to development and progress. Let us all collectively assume the responsibility of constructively using the power of the youth for the betterment of the nation and frame such policies which aim at guiding our nation towards the pinnacle of equality and peace so that we can be assured of a better future with a brighter tomorrow.

Story by : Pulkita Agrawal

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