Shillong Times – Day 1

Shillong Times – Day 1

Social Surfing
Our crazy crew is in Shillong, Meghalaya and it really is the Scotland of the East! Braving torrential rain and landslides, the Social Surfing team conducted 3 workshops in Martin Luther Christian University in the Departments of Fine Arts, Management Sciences, and Computer Sciences. Never having attended a workshop like this before, they were shy at first but it didn’t take long to get them up on their feet and dancing! The sessions were most interactive and the trainers had as much fun as the students did. The students loved the format of the workshop with the part regarding safety mechanisms and how to stay safe online causing many curious students to reach out to the trainers post the workshop with queries. And that’s our favourite part! The first day…
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Masterclass On Online Safety and Social Media for Social Change

Masterclass On Online Safety and Social Media for Social Change

Social Surfing
College - National Institute of Technology, Rourkela City/State - Rourkela, Orissa No of Students - 51 Positive vibes all around NIT, Rourkela is ranked 12 in the list of Indian Engineering Universities. Its foundation stone was laid by the first prime minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. It was granted autonomy in 2002 and now functions independently under the Ministry of Human Resources Development thus becoming one of the National Institutes of Technology. Social Fencing - one of the most popular activities in our workshops The drive to Rourkela was stunning. We drove from Balasore and went through about 3 national forests and the landscape was lush green. We arrived at the university and the workshop started at 4 in the evening. The students were of sociology, b-tech and chemistry.…
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Social Media & Online Safety Workshop at Fakir Mohan University

Social Media & Online Safety Workshop at Fakir Mohan University

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College - A mix of the different departments at Fakir Mohan University City/State - Balasore, Orissa No of students - 100 When we arrived at Fakir Mohan University Balasore/Baleshwar is around 194 Km's from the capital of Bhubaneshwar and the drive was absolutely beautiful. Not all that different from Vietnam or Laos, social media could play a great role in promoting tourism for this part of the country. Interesting fact- 18 km's south of Balasore is the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Program's integrated test range. Many well known missiles such as Nag, Brahmos and Agni Missile etc have been developed here by the Defence Research and Development Organisation. One of our most popular activities - Social Fencing We arrived at the university and a heavy bout of monsoon arrived with…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 5 Workshop in JKKN Institution

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 5 Workshop in JKKN Institution

Social Surfing
Today was our last set of workshops at JKKN university, Tamil Nadu. The team was to head onward to Kerala for another set of workshops. Among the trainers, Arnika and Vikram are a dynamic duo and together bring great energy to the workshops. Today's crowd of students was really exuberant and it took a firm voice to handle them. Arnika knows exactly how to handle crowds and did a brilliant job at directing their attention to focus on what was going on in the workshop. As always, our focus today was to encourage our students to express themselves freely in whatever language they felt comfortable. We involved some of the faculty as well in the activities today and this worked brilliantly in encouraging the students to participate more. Arnika was…
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Social Surfing 3.0 Day 1, 3 Workshops Down

Social Surfing 3.0 Day 1, 3 Workshops Down

Social Surfing
After a long 34 hour, back breaking drive all the way from Delhi to Chennai, tired and hungry, we finally arrived. But, social change soldiers don't have the luxury of time to chill so we grabbed a bite and called it a night. We had a mammoth task ahead of us and so, charged and pumped we took day 1 head-on with buzzing energy. The students at Alpha Arts & Science College were patient, enthusiastic and good listeners. Amitabh, our captain, effectively cast the spell of his charm on the students and the first workshop was a success. Humour is essential when dealing with students, a straight jacket approach simply falls flat on deaf ears. The 2nd and 3rd workshop followed suit, we sustained the energy and managed to deliver…
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