International Youth Day “Youth Connection for Zero Discrimination” (12 Aug 13)
1. In order to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS among the youth, on the occasion of the
International Youth Day, Amity Institute of Education (AIE), in collaboration with UP State AIDS Control Society (UPSACS), organized an event on ‘Youth Connection for Zero Discrimination’ on 12th August 2013. Following objectives were laid down to be achieved through this programme:
- To deliberate on need and means to challenge the existing myths and misconceptions, and fight unnecessary HIV / AIDS related discrimination.
- To empower young people to promote their rights and to inform them about how HIV can and cannot be transmitted and how can they protect themselves.
- To involve more & more people living with HIV / AIDS in campaigns and educational activities.
- To crate spaces for people living with HIV / AIDS and share concerns and information and take joint action.
2. The Programme was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Prof. Ramakant, Former Head, Department of Surgery, KGMU, Lucknow. On this occasion, Special Guest, Prof. (Dr.) M. Azam, Chief Medical Superintendent and former National Consultant, World Bank and Guest of Honour, Mr. Narendra Kumar, Addl. Project Director, UP State AIDS Control Society, were also present. This session was attended by senior faculty members of Amity University, representatives of UP State AIDS Control Society and students of Amity University, Lucknow.
3. The Inaugural Session was followed by Panel discussion on the theme ‘Youth Connection for Zero Discrimination’. It was conducted by three eminent panelists - Prof. Rakesh Chandra, Head Department of Philosophy, University of Lucknow, Dr. Lalita Pradeep, Principal District Institute of Education & Training (DIET), Lucknow and Dr. Sangeeta Pandey, the Joint Director of UP State AIDs Control Society (UPSACS). Ms. Suniti Niyogi, Operation Research Officer, Care India, moderated the discussion. The panelists discussed about the role of youth in zeroing the stigma of HIV / AIDS. More than five hundred students attended this Session. The Session was highly interactive & informative and kept the students involved in the discussion.
4. Post lunch session began with two competitive events- Poster Competition and Slogan Writing Competition. The topic of Poster Making Competition was “Youth, HIV and Zero Discrimination” and of Slogan Writing Competition was “Zeroing Stigma and Discrimination of AIDS”. More than hundred students participated in each of these events. Their entries were judged by senior experts. Winner of each category were given Ist, IInd, IIIrd and 5 consolation prizes.
5. A street play, ‘Namumkin Nahi’, was also staged by a theatre group YAHOVA, which highlighted the ways of transmission of AIDS. The play indicated that, if people are made aware and take adequate precaution, the transmission of AIDs can be prevented.