The Young Explorers’ Institute for Social Service, IndiaWritten by Sushanta De
A group of individuals used to gather every Sunday at the open ground of Salt Lake; they were Cubs, Scouts and Rovers, they used to learn scouting and to work for the betterment of their society. Initially there was a Scout group only; later on, a Guide group was also inducted. It was twenty years back, now those Cubs, Scouts and Rovers, are quite grown ups as most of them are today engaged in studying or working as young professionals.
Building scientific temperament
Amateur Wireless activity is a scientific hobby, but for full-fledged operation, one should certainly pass out the examination to get the license, under Government of India, Ministry of Communication. Mr. Sushanta De, who is a license operator and at the same time the Honorary. The Secretary of this organisation. He along with his group had previously organized World Wide Wireless Radio communication, for Scouts & Guides, which is known as “Jamboree on the air.” The Representive of this Institute taking sessions at Administrative Training Institute, Government of West Bengal on the strengthening communication for Disaster Management
A wide range of programme were organized by this society at Birla Industrial Technology Museum, Kolkata, Science Museum at Burdwan, Purulia and mobile exhibition at salt Lake, visits at various Radio Stations at Kolkata, Simla, Allahabad, Leh and Syleth( Bangladesh. The programme on youth development, adventure, environment, volunteerism and international friendship were broadcasted.
For making international brotherhood this institute took initiative to know the SAARC Countries, visited SAARC Secretariat, support was extended to the team who took up a SAARC Safari in 1995 by 3 motor cycles. SAARC PUBLICATIONS were handed over to Indian National library.
During January 2005, World Peace Congress held at Kolkata, it was organized by International Society for Intercultural Studies and Research. The Department of Post, Government of India, released a special cover, the lay out of the same was done by the young member, and this was arranged by this Institute.
To know the serious problems and the darker side of our society, one of their member participated in a National level competition on the hot burning topic, ‘Do the boys and girls are having equal rights?’ organized by Unnati Features, a leading feature group of New Delhi and which was rightly supported by United Nations Population Fund. He won a merit award for his entry along with other 50 other students.
Institute’s representive was invited to take part various programme, two of them are: a) French Expertise in an Indian context for urban and industrial environment, this was held at Kolkata in March 2003,
b) Consultation on National Water Policy: Problems and alternatives at Indian Social Institute, New Delhi, April 2003. Environment awareness progrmmes On their initiative, an audio visual on Rain Water harvesting of Purulia was prepared in Bengali language, this was included second National level film festival on wild life and environment held in New Delhi. The new threats by global warming and its subsequent effects is definitely a major concern for all of us; their representatives took part in two expeditions on river Ganga, starting from Maharajpur, Bihar to Behrampure (West Bengal), covered a distance of 190 kms in just five days. In the next year another venture from Behrampure to Kolkata, a distance of 300 kms. This time by rafts, both this expeditions were organized by The Institute of Exploration Regional unit Behrampure. · An exhibition on Ganga was organized at State Central Library for mass awareness, it was a five days programme in which the subject was presented by visuals, prints, audio visuals and performing arts. Such awareness programme were organized in various districts of South Bengal, this were mainly in educational Institutes, museums, and libraries
· A special tram was used for awareness generating among the citizens of Kolkata, the teachers, students and parents took part in this programme. They spread the message ‘peoples participation to protect the environment’.
· Institute published a Bengali monthly, titled ‘Youth Forum’; it is mainly to promote volunteerism among the civil society.
· Students of West Bengal Judicial Science, Vidyasagar University & Viswabhrati took part with this Institute for their practical works.
· International Youth Day was organized at Jadavpur University, Kolkata in 2006.
· Six days joint programmes on the “Role of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose, INA & East Asia’s countries for India’s freedom struggle.
· Wall climbing training, awareness programmes for Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata.
· Institute was financed by charity and grants from Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Department of Culture, Government of West Bengal, Department of Environment and West Bengal Pollution Control Board, private funding agency and individuals. The Income Tax authority has granted this Institute to accept the donation, which will be exempted under 80 G. Contributor Sushanta De