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Anekant Institute of Management Studies (AIMS)

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1. Title of Practice

Primary Educational Counseling to Sugarcane Cutters [Someshwar Sugarcane Industry]

2. Objectives

  • To know if the children of the sugarcane cutters are going to school; if not then to know the reasons for not attending.
  • To provide primary educational counseling to the sugarcane cutter migrants.
  • To help enroll the children of sugarcane cutters in the primary schools that has migrated from different parts of the state.

3. Context

In Maharashtra, Sugarcane industries start in the month of October. Considering a case of Someshwar Sugarcane industry in Baramati taluka, Pune dist., it is been observed that 269 sugarcane cutters migrate with their families. These families have children in the age group of 0-14 years. This migration affects schooling of children of these migrants. It is observed that 794 children in the age group of 6-14 though might have got some education, but are in the state of despair as change of place and lack of help makes it difficult for them to go to school. This problem that is identified by the Institute needs to be addressed.

4. Practice

The problem so identified is addressed by forming small groups of student volunteers directed by the Institutional staff. As the industry is located in Baramati taluka, convenient weekly visits are done to work on the problems of these people. Understanding people from a crude background and counseling them itself is a herculean task which we try to solve with the help of an NGO i.e. Tata Trusts & Janaseva Gramin Vikas va Shikshan Pratishthan.

The activities undertaken were as follows:

  • Survey of schools: Public and private Schools in someshwar region and industry premises were identified to get the children admitted.
  • Survey of migrated children: Primarily we visited the migrated families and tried to know their demographic profile more particularly their ward’s educational status.
  • Counseling session for the sugarcane cutters: Due to migration and changed atmosphere to live in, these sugarcane cutters are apprehensive in completing the schooling of their children. This is a serious cause and a matter of concern. No child should be devoid of education as per ‘Right to Education Act 2009.’ We initiated counseling for these sugarcane cutters so that they can send their children with a free and healthy mindset that can make their child’s future.
  • Counseling session for the public and private schools authorities and teachers: As the socio-economic status of these sugarcane cutters and the shabby look of their children makes the public and private schools authorities and teachers resist their admission. To work on this, we personally met some of these authorities and teachers and tried to explain them that more than their look and status what is more important is their education and our acceptance for the same.

5. Evidence of Success

Out of 792, 474 children were admitted by the identified schools which itself is an evidence of success.

1. Title of Practice

Student behavior at home.

2. Objectives

  • To visit students’ home and know if he/she helps his/her parents in household chores.
  • To know if they shoulder responsibility of their home.
  • To identify and counsel the students showing irresponsible behavior at home.

3. Context

Student Behavior at the Institute and at home might be different. Student may be good at the Institute but might not be so at home. Distinctive to our vision we believe in developing the overall personality of our students. This involves assessment of their behavior at their Institute and at home as well.

4. Practice

Institute practices mentorship. Each mentor is responsible for the development of students allotted to him/her. This includes monitoring academic performance and home visits. All the mentors visit the homes of their respective mentees by contacting their parents. Based on the discussions between the mentors and mentees’ parent, mentors carry out a counseling session for their respective mentee. This session is carried out as per the convenience of both mentor and mentee. All the mentors keep in touch with their mentees’ parent to know if there is any positive change in the behavior of the student.

5. Evidence of Success

Parent in contact, themselves are happy with their child’s behavior and that positive change of the respective student is reflected by virtue of their participation in the activities of the Institute and their overall behavior in the campus.