SHILLONG, May 19: The students of Martin Luther Christian University (MLCU) were at the forefront of two community outreach programmes on Friday seeking to play their part in making a difference with regard to problems being faced by the society at large.
With the city and the state as a whole witnessing a rapid rise in road accidents causing not just injuries and property damage but also a rise in accident-related deaths, the Department of Management and Commerce studies, MLCU organised a Road Safety Awareness Programme, along the Mawkdok-Sohra road, Sohra Sub-Division on Friday.
The main objective of this Awareness Programme is to remind car drivers, bike riders and even pedestrians about the safety measures one must take while travelling on the road.
With an approximate of 280 road accidents all across Meghalaya, in which a total 204 persons have lost their lives in 2016, the need for such measures has become an urgent need. According to the data provided by the Office of the Sub Divisional Police Officer, Sohra the stretch of road between Mawkdok and Sohra has seen 34 road accidents, 40 injured and 2 deaths in 205 while in 2016 a total of 33 road accidents with 52 injured persons and 2 deaths.
The Department of Management and Commerce Studies, MLCU during their awareness campaign which has been sponsored by the NSS MLCU Unit, distributed pamphlets and stickers with traffic rules and regulations to vehicles traveling along this particular stretch of road.
The students also spoke to many tourists present at the Duwan Sing Syiem View Point Bridge, who came to visit the region from across the country on the dos and don’ts of driving and traffic rules.
Speaking about this initiative the SDO of Sohra, Ankit Kumar said that such an activity is much needed in this area to sensitize the public about the various road safety measures to ensure a accident free zone. He added that this particular stretch of road has witnessed many accidents over the years and also they are many drivers who perform stunts on this road proving fatal time and again.
Meanwhile, the students of the Department of Counselling Psychology of MLCU organised a visit to Mercy Home, Demthring in Shillong as part of the students Community Outreach Programme.
The students of BSc Psychology 6th Semester visited the Home and spent time with residents of the Home and also conducted a short programme called, “Positive Psychology and Old Age”.
The objective of having this programme was to spread positivity among the elderly through art and to give them company and care. The students had a very interesting interactive session with the elders at the Home, listening to their stories and keeping lively conversation with them to lighten their day. The students also acknowledged the elders’ experiences in life and also did other activities to try and instil a sense of belongingness in them.
The residents at the Home were very excited for the visit and added that the students should visit more often and sing and dance with them.
They also advised the students to love and respect their parents and not to abandon them later in their old age, while some shared their opinions on how much this generation has changed with no or little respect for the elderly.