Disha

About

What should I choose as a viable career option? How do I prepare myself for it? What all subjects do I need to study? What’s the degree I need to acquire? Which is the best college I could enroll into for this? These questions are what a student faces while preparing for further studies and we people, at Disha, tackle and solve, for students in schools of Dhanbad, Jharkhand. These students have a very little knowledge regarding viable career options. We aim to bring down this lack of information by making them aware of the various career fields there are, which are suitable for them and how they can pursue them by providing them the necessary information like about nearby colleges, fee structure, etc. DISHA volunteers organize counseling sessions in schools and make the students aware of the aspects of careers. The volunteers are trained by the experienced volunteers. The volunteers are also benefitted along with the students as they get the opportunity to fulfill their social responsibilities towards the society, along with the enhancement of their skills.



Vision

This branch of FFI was started with a vision that DISHA will eradicate, the chimera of misinformation and ignorance, so that no student pays the cost because of such things. As in various cases, parents are not well-informed over the current career options and are often misguided. Also, there are cases where due to financial constraints, higher studies aren’t a priority. DISHA provides the students with a medium through which they can explore their options when they complete their 10+2.

Future Plans

Mass career counselling session to cover a large no. of audience at a single stroke, thereby increasing our reach.

  1. An internet forum to strengthen connection between volunteers & students.

  2. Collaboration with professional counsellors for training volunteers.

  3. Disha documentary to spread awareness about importance of apt career choice in life.

  4. Launching a career book which would contain important information about every field which would benefit students getting idea of every small aspect of that career field.



Working

DISHA volunteers organize counseling sessions in schools and make the students aware of the above mentioned aspects of careers. The volunteers are trained by the experienced volunteers. The volunteers are also benefitted along with the students as they get the opportunity to fulfill their social responsibilities towards the society. In DISHA, volunteers are trained to counsel classes from 9 to 12 in various schools. The session starts with a friendly meeting with those students, which help them to create an aura of ease before the start of counselling sessions as we don’t wish that they hesitate to ask anything from us. In the counselling sessions, these students are being told about various career options and also every aspect which helps them either socially or financially. Before the counselling sessions, volunteers are trained by the experienced volunteers so that they can carry out the session smoothly. For this, mock sessions for presenting career options and group discussion sessions are held to make volunteers more comfortable with most of the career options provided. Our volunteers are so much experienced that they get the chance for internships with various other NGOs too.

Recent Activities

Project EDU-Disha

Recent collaboration with Medhavi Foundation a Delhi based NGO with similar prospects and experienced professionals in the field of career counseling has boosted up our confidence ans paced up our working frequency. With Medhavi Foundation, we have started a new project EDU-DISHA which intends to reach 20 government schools around Dhanbad district in year-long plan. With the ongoing collaboration with Medhavi Foundation, professionalism has risen among the volunteers and the work and progress is duly documented, hence making DISHA even more organized and it is sure to reach out to more and more students in the foreseeable future.



Achievements

  • 50+ counselling sessions have been held in more than 6 schools across Dhanbad so far.

  • Successfully conducted “Petrowalk”, in association with SPE, a counselling session which aimed at providing insight into Petroleum Engineering.

  • A science exhibition was organised in ISM campus in SPARX the annual techno management fest in association with IEEE.

  • Collaborated with Medhavi Foundation a Delhi based NGO with similar prospects and experienced professionals in the field of career counseling started a new project EDU-DISHA.

  • Under the project EDU-DISHA, 4000+ students were helped through phonetic counseling regarding any problem related to the students.

  • Under the project EDU-DISHA, 4000+ students were helped through phonetic counseling regarding any problem related to the students.


Lakshya Project

In the past years we have been a part of a initiative taken by the government named LAKSHYA PROJECT which aimed to counsel the government schools around Dhanbad district under the supervision of The respected District Educational Officer (DEO) of Dhanbad. Under this tenure, 25 Counseling sessions in 5 Government as listed below schools have been successfully conducted around Dhanbad district and positive feedbacks from the students and the school administrations have been received.

  • Govindpur High school, Govindpur

  • B.S.S Girls High school, Dhanbad

  • Jharia +2 High School, Jharia

  • S.S.L.N.T Girls high School

  • Zila High School

Apart from Lakshya, our volunteers also actively took part in counseling of the students belonging to various private schools.

  • New South Point High School

  • Kids Garden School, Dhanbad

  • Gurukulam School, Dhanbad

  • Apart from that, a lot of students have also shown interest in the various fields they are told about and actively taken part in the activities conducted by the volunteers.

    Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad
    Jharkhand , India
    E-mail: fastforwardindia.org@gmail.com