Uttarakhand Open University operates in the entire state of Uttarakhand through its RCs and LSCs and being an ODL institution it follows non-conventional methods of carrying out its activities and as such its activities includes many such functions which are usually not followed by the conventional Universities. We need to sensitize the learners about the University as well as about the social and sustainable development issues. Thus, we have been carrying out a range of extension activities which have sensitized the learners and other stakeholders as well as made the University’s presence felt in different areas of the State. A brief description of these activities is as follows:
Adoption of villages: In order to directly focus on the social and sustainable issues the University has adopted 8 villages in the State. These villages are located in Kumaun and Garhwal both the divisions of Uttarakhand. In these villages the University carries out various activities like creating awareness about health issues, dietary pattern, nutrition, agriculture, computer literacy, etc. Further, Yoga campus were also organized in these villages to create awareness about Yoga. The other flagship programme of the Govt., Swacchta Abhiyan, has also been repeatedly carried out by the Universityin these villages.
Community Radio: Community Radio of the University is directly linked to extension service. It airs programmes related to health and other community issues (in addition to academic programmes). The Radio Jockeys of community radio went outside the University campus talk to women and children, created their groups and these programmes were aired on the community radio to take-up social and development issues related to community. Leading doctors practicing Allopathic, Ayurveda and Homeopathic have delivered talks on the community radio of the University. Further, the community radio organized many seminars and interaction sessions in which participants from leading national and international media groups participated. In another programme Gram-Pradhans and representatives of Village Panchayats were invited to share their views.
Thus, the activities of the community radio have contributed substantially in sensitizing the learners and other stakeholders regarding social and sustainable development issues.
Organization of various events: The University organizes various events from time to time and in some of these events students of LSCs also take part. These event create an awareness about some pertinent social issues and make the presence of the University felt in the town and in the State, some of these are as follows:
- World Autism Day
- Event to honor the Acid Victims women of the State.
- Programmes of differently abled persons.
- Swacchta Pakhwada.
- Run for Unity.
- International day of Yoga.
- Honoring senior academics of the State on Teachers Day.
- Participation in Vasantotsav at Raj Bhawan.
- Creation of Wall of Heroes and Shaury Vatika, etc.
- Further University and its learner participate every year in the Governor’s Best University awards function and the sporting events organized for the Universities of the State
Thus, during the last 5 years the University has carried out many such activities which have a direct or indirect bearing on the sensitization of learners and other stakeholders regarding social and developmental issues.