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Volunteers in India

Currently, only 1.5% of India’s population volunteers for some activity
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First Published: Fri, Feb 01 2013. 12 18 AM IST
A file photo of volunteers during an event at IIT Mumbai. Photo: Mint
A file photo of volunteers during an event at IIT Mumbai. Photo: Mint
Updated: Fri, Feb 01 2013. 01 31 AM IST
According to a March 2012 report from the ministry of statistics, 1.5% of India’s population volunteers for some activity or the other. Most of this volunteering happens at grassroots-level through small organizations.
Ashish Rajpal, Harvard-trained founder of iDiscoveri, an organization that seeks to improve education through changes in the curriculum, is sceptical about the effectiveness of small organizations. He calls for more introspection on their impact and scale.
However, Jamghat, a small organization that rehabilitates street children, points out that it is able to do good work because its small size allows the staff to focus on individual residents.
Meanwhile, students at Indian Institutes of Technology, Delhi, who volunteer under the NSS scheme, stress that the issue isn’t that people don’t want to volunteer, it’s that they simply don’t know where to go or how to help.
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First Published: Fri, Feb 01 2013. 12 18 AM IST
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