The aim of education is primarily to prepare a student for life. University education further aims at shaping the youth to conquer societal challenges and build a vibrant and enlightened civil society. However, as the chasm between the haves and the have-nots appears to be causing concern, the role and responsibility of academicians and centres of learning have assumed new dimensions. It has now been conclusively held that the gap between the rich and the poor is basically the 'knowledge gap'. Only through their bonding and fusion can we hope to build an enlightened civil society.
MET has taken up the onerous task of bridging the knowledge divide in our society through initiatives, that will reach out to the weakest segments. They will galvanise the knowledge workers of the university to reach out especially to the underprivileged sections and bring them in the main stream through empowerment and capacity building by deployment of soft skills. This effortwill be integrated into the heart of the structured learning systemwith students and faculty leading theway.
This is our offering 'VIDYA-SETU' - a bridge spanning the knowledge divide.
It envisages the students to reaching out to the weaker sections of the society through person-to-person interaction with them using soft tools like training, counselling, experience sharing, hand holding, skill upgradation etc. In a typical undergraduate programme the students would be free to choose any one of the following 15 Missions detailed in the document for which he / she would be trained to be a facilitator in the first semester as well as identify the beneficiaries located within the 3 - 4 km. radius of the institution spending 3 - 4 hours / week in a semester.
beneficiaries every semester. In the sixth semester, students would present a paper on their experience with the families they have interacted and submit it for finalisation. The students of post graduate and masters will help in review of the schemes and reshaping the programme. In every semester the student is supposed to spend not more than 3 - 4 hours per week with the beneficiaries in the programme. In addition, summer camps or training programme could be held to bring in an outbound training experience to the students. In the entire programme the faculty would be guiding the students and evaluating their performance on a continuous basis. The students will be given credits for their work with due acknowledgement in the graduate programme. A pilot programme is already under the way at MET with good result. As an extension of Vidya Setu to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs) in the least developed areas of India, MET has been implementing an integrated programme for holistic rural development entitled ‘Project- TRUTH’ - Total Rural Upliftment Through Holistic care. Over the past 5 years, MET League of Colleges has successfully undertaken several programmes at Waliv village at Vasai including eco conservation, health-care, promotion of tribal arts and crafts and a unique alternative energy programme. Through these initiatives MET has made a difference in the life of many tribals. MET has decided to support and partly fund the following programmes at Waliv: