Guwahati, April 25 � The nascent social organisation billed UTSAH (Universal Team for Social Action and Help), formed with a firm commitment to work wholeheartedly for the cause of positive change, besides endeavouring to encourage development in the four vital pillars of society � youth, old age, environment and culture � has drawn up a relatively detailed roadmap to provide value-based education with a holistic mechanism of positive activism needed for the betterment of the nation.
Talking to newsmen here today, UTSAH founder and chairperson Miguel Queah said: �We believe in a curriculum based on Gandhian principles, historical understanding, scientific temperament, social entrepreneurship, secularism, traditional wisdom on environment and social work so that our beneficiaries get an insight into their historical situation and respond accordingly.�
UTSAH aims to empower the minds of the young generation to contribute actively towards nation-building through its chosen approach, besides seeking to bridge the discontent between the young and the old through interventions that would involve both the generations to communicate effectively on social development, Queah said.
�We will strive to eschew differences among systems and determine a future that is filled with hope, promise and unity,� he said, adding, �We will pursue lasting equality and friendship among people to tear down iron curtains and bring down walls of injustice and intolerance that thrive on human suffering, pain and animosities that have already caused immense harm and lengthened darkness.�
�As community service plays a major role in the formative development of student life, UTSAH will attempt to officially conduct a community service curriculum for schools and colleges in the Northeast,� Queah added.
To mark the launch of its endeavour, UTSAH will hold its maiden programme to launch its avowed initiatives for social uplift through Gandhian values at the Swahid Khargeswar Talukdar High School, Chenimara village in Baksa district on May 1. The programme will have interactive session among students of some schools from Guwahati and Chenimara.
Hemanga Sharma, Commissioner, Lower Assam Division and Commissioner, Social Welfare department, Assam will be present on the occasion as the chief guest and actress Nishita Goswami will be the guest of honour at the function to be attended by Gandhians Natwar Thakkar and Damayanti Devi, litterateur-educationist-singer Dr Lakshahira Das and residents of old-age home Amar Ghar.
Meanwhile, UTSAH vice-chairperson and executive director Pallavi Barua said, �We will approach responsible corporate houses to streamline their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in perspectives suitable for the cause of genuine development of the society.�