Rhythm Of Nation (RON) is a unique youth led organization that acts to inculcate service mentality amongst the youth by various activities, so that they are trained to serve humanity. It was initially started in Mumbai by Jitin Raj and his schoolmates O.S. Rajaram, Soumen Ghosh and Harish Vellathery, presently studying Electrical and Electronics in 4th year Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology(KIIT), Bhubaneswar are responsible for bringing the organization here to Odisha.
RON’s 1st campaign was held on 26th Oct 2009. They distributed food at Shikharchandi slums. More than 600 people were fed by this endeavor . Sponsored by the students of KIIT, this charitable effort caught a lot of media attention.
On Nov 1, 2010 RON organized the 1st of its Pollution Awareness Programmes in Bhubaneswar joining hands with BMC (Bhubaneswar Muncipal Corporation). 10k passes on vehicle emission norms were distributed across 6 different traffic lights by the volunteers.
The 2nd Poll Awareness Programme was held on 6th of Feb, 2011 where RON was successful in distributing about 25k passes across 4 traffic lights in Bhubaneswar. It was sponsored by Lankeshwar Petrol Pump. Reports showed later that more than 10k vehicle owners opted for a repair servicing that month.
The Broken Scooter caught up with Soumen and Harish in KIIT campus to know more about the organization.
TBS – How was RON formed?
RON – Jitin was a schoolmate. He joined hands with the Trust and informed us about it. We were always keen on social matters. RON was an opportunity we just couldn’t afford to miss. We have 150 members (and counting) at present already.
TBS – Any specific reason behind the name of the organization?
RON – We took the name from our school’s event called “Rhythm of Navodya Vidyalaya”.
TBS– What are your current plans?
RON– Currently we’re spreading awareness about the use of computers amongst the the children of the “Patani Samanta School”, Patia. 10 volunteers go to the school every day with their laptops. The students are learning basic applications like MS-Paint, Ms-Office and languages like Logo. The response from their side is encouraging. In the next phase of this project we’ll launch our E- Waste Management Programme under which we will install discarded computers in schools and slums so that kids can get easy access to computers.
TBS– Why do you think that the Government schools like “Patani Samanta” are losing out on basic education?
RON– Well, surely because of lack of proper funding and limited availability of teachers.
TBS- Where else is RON discerned?
RON– Apart from Mumbai and Orissa, RON has the registration office in Kerala. We are trying to create a branch in Jaipur as well.
TBS-What can we expect from RON in the near future?
RON– We are working on making a Blood Donation Database. This would ensure blood availability from a nearest Blood Bank, in any region across India. Registered people will get mails and SMS on the availability and requirement of blood.
We are also thinking of organizing a 3rd Pollution Awareness Programme in the future.
TBS – How does one become a volunteer of RON?
Article Courtesy : Subhobrata Das and Surabhi Singh