Interactive Learning and Platform-based Approach in a University Leading to an Award-Winning Hindu Student Organization
Akshay Jajoo, Shivaram Gopal, Vasudevan Iyer – Hindu YUVA Purdue
It is often difficult to set up a Hindu student organization in a university atmosphere. This is especially true when there is no presence of like-minded organizations in the vicinity. University students are generally not motivated to get involved in activities which do not guarantee immediate benefits. Some students are also not very comfortable due to socio-political reasons.
To overcome these problems, the Hindu Yuva Purdue started working with “Interactive learning and Platform” based approach from September 2016. This approach has helped us grow quickly with a number of successful activities ranging from regular weekly classes on Vedanta, Yoga and Samskrit to festival celebrations like Basant Panchami, Ram Navami and Diwali to community events like Surya Namaskar Yagna, International Yoga Day, winter jacket collection and distribution among homeless, to travel and volunteering trips to Ashrams and HSS-Yuva vargs. We host guest speakers and closely collaborate with a local temple, Hindu Yuva volunteers conduct weekly balvihar classes there. Our successes have recently won us the title of “Outstanding Student Organization“.
The learning-based approach helped us to easily fit into the university culture. It also helped us to actively engage with faculty members. It allowed us to easily incorporate people with different interests. Several different groups of people are using Hindu YUVA as a platform to conduct Hindu activities of their interest.
In this poster, we will share details of our model and present it as a case study of how this approach relates to the Hindu leadership concept of keeping ourselves in the background while promoting societal interests. The platform-based model also closely resonates with successful professional models like Android.
About the presenter…
Akshya is a Ph.D. student in computer science at Purdue University. He earned his B.Tech in computer science in 2015 from IIT Guwahati with Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma Gold medal for excellence in academics and social work. Akshya has been actively involved with RSS and other Sangh Parivar organizations (Samskrit Bharati, Yog Bharati, Think India and ABVP) since 2012 while he was studying for his undergraduate degree in Guwahati. He is currently serving as the President of Hindu YUVA at Purdue and is a co-convenor of ABVP Overseas (Prabhar – USA)