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DMET Is Dead: All That’s Happening In IMU Kolkata Right Now

Yeah, you read it correct. The prestigious Maritime training institute of Asia was dead in the 2000s. ‘Directorate of Marine Engineering Training’ (DMET) was renamed as ‘Marine Engineering and Research Institute’ (MERI) and at last, the formation of Indian Maritime University (IMU) in 2008 was the last nail in the coffin.

If you are planning to get in IMU Kolkata Campus, then this article is a must for you to read. For the rest of the people, I can say with utmost certainty that this article is the ultimate truth of this college which the present students can fully relate to. Read it fully.

In the following sections, I will explain about the present situation of Indian Maritime University Kolkata Campus, its history vs its present, the fake placement records, the greediness and money-mindedness of this college, its faculties, the psychological subversion of students in this college, its ‘dead’ alumni lobby and the questions posed to its present batches, teachers, alumni, and the new student who wants to enrol here. This article mainly serves as a guide for new students who want to get enrolled in this college to know about it beforehand so that they may not regret their decision later. This article also acts as a mirror for the present batches, authorities, teachers and alumni.

[Remember whenever I say DMETians, it strictly means the passouts before the year 2000, or till the year IMU came into existence (i.e 2008).]

Past Is History, Learn To Accept The Present

  1. First of all, learn to accept the reality. Now here comes the reality which every student in the IMU Kolkata at present can relate to.
  2. Back in the 20th century, DMET was hailed as one of the best maritime colleges in the world. The scenario is fully different now.
  3. The last nail in the coffin was put in 2008 when the Indian Maritime University was formed and everything was integrated.
  4. The curriculum changed, the exam pattern changed and now it has been reduced to just a profit-making enterprise.
  5. The present cadets are in a fake misconception that they are studying in one of the best colleges, which is absolutely vague and totally false. Deep in their heart, they know this fact well.
  6. Some cadets go on to an extent to title it as ‘IIT-DMET’, to ambiguously compare them at par with the IITians, which in reality they never are. Just compare the entrance examination level, IMU CET vs IIT-JEE Advanced. It’s funny.
  7. Nothing is paramilitary here. ‘Paramilitary’ is just a word to fool the outside world that something special training is given to the cadets, which is absolutely false. The truth is that the college is even lower in quality than the rest of the colleges in India taking into account the Fees and the provided Expenditure per student plus the final goal i.e PLACEMENT done.
  8. The uniform is just a piece of cloth for them just to flaunt it on social media, they never earned it as it was there during the time of DMET. Since the uniform is provided to the students without any formal moral counselling and without any proper pledge and promise to safeguard the dignity of uniform at any cost. Thus due to which the dignity of uniform is tarnished and can be clearly observed in a usual day at IMU Kolkata for instance students smoking in stinky colonies nearby with a nasty beard and improper appearance.
Pic of DMET (1960s)/Image by the author

Fake Placement Records In Official Websites

Presenting fake data of placements in the DG Shipping website and in IMU Kolkata official website, the college has stooped so low. These data are spread all over the college finding websites (like collegedunia.com, shiksha.com, etc) designated as true, but the truth is that just the 3/4th or 80% students are passed out from this college as unemployed youth to increase the burden on the country as well as their parents.

Here is the link of DG Shipping official website (click on the Placement Record section) and here is the link of IMU Kolkata official website (Placement section).

Fake Placement Record as found in the DG Shipping official website

When you open the present website of IMU Kolkata and open its placement section, you will find the most luring words written depicting a number of companies which come to the college. But except 10% of those depicted, none comes. The college authorities don’t even bother to update the present placement scenario and shamelessly depict the false information and play with the careers of new students.

Due to this false primary source, the new children get to witness false 4-5 out of 5 stars on the renowned college describing portals (like shiksha.com, careers360.com, htcampus.com, etc). The information about the recent companies that came for placement and the number of students they took from the final year batch can be verified through a casual talk with any of the present students of the college. The above-given college portals have most of the comments of seniors who passed out way back from this college are not aware of the present situation, thus they end up unknowingly misguiding them of the present scenario of this college.

New Children who want to get enrolled here, don’t get fooled by the internet, google images or YouTube videos, they are just sour cream on the shattered dreams of unemployment. They may seem good but its a TRAP.

IMU Is Just A Vulturous Profit-Making Enterprise, Greed And Money Making Is In Its Veins

  1. The number of placed cadets in the passing out batch is very less than the total number of cadets admitted in the first year batch. The balance is bound to shake resulting in degradation of quality, increase in the money mindedness and greediness of authorities in every situation.
  2. The total expenditure of 1 student is normally around Rs 10 lakhs (1 million) in the 4 years of study in college. Many cadets take loans which further amounts to Rs 12-13 lakhs after repayment.
  3. Instead of paying this huge amount to a public-funded Central University, at the end of their curriculum, the students here are left unemployed.
  4. For the new students who wish to enrol into this college, you better know before that this college has 85% attendance criteria, and the internal marking will be given if only you get 90% attendance. But let me come to the “most important aspect”: the college’s greed for money. The college is so vulturous for money that it takes a penalty of Rs 10,000 if your attendance falls below 80% and even detention of one year if your attendance falls below 75%. And unfortunately, the teachers too to justify it in their classes. Whereas in the rest of India, you will find just 75% attendance in other colleges with some minor penalties.
  5. And let me tell you, the point does not end here, after taking your 90% attendance in each semester for 4 years, at the time you pass out, this college gives you NO Placement. The majority of the students remain unemployed and in the end, the authorities will tell you to search for other avenues in the world. Ironically, you spend your 12 hours straight in college activities from 6 am to 6 pm doing your parade, PT, studying marine engines, boilers, compressors and play outdoor games. Do the students get time to study for other avenues? And to hide their failures of giving the majority of them the placements, the authorities very cutely suggest you look for other avenues like government jobs or try in some IT sector (or something like that), etc.
  6. Now the hypocrisy and greed of this college came to another level in this pandemic. The college made its students pay for full Rs 1,00,000 in January 2020 with no 30% money-back which is solely for mess or hostel charges. And again, while the students are at home suffering in this pandemic, this perceived ‘government’ college is taking Rs 1,05,000 again for this semester (beginning in September 2020) giving no rebate, and NO Placement.
  7. I could call it a modern way of looting. In the past centuries, it was done by dacoits.
  8. As a vulture is a scavenger in the birds’ kingdom, IMU Kolkata is one in the college kingdom.

IMU Kolkata Faculties: Mere Salary Collectors

  1. The allegiance of teachers of this college is more towards the administration than towards the students. This makes them choose the side of the administration whenever there’s a clash between the interests of IMU Kolkata students and the administration. Though less noticeable, this habit is the most dangerous as it leaves the students alone without any support.
  2. The personal interest of teachers here is greater than the student’s interests. Take my words, new students who wish to enroll, you will greatly suffer due to this.
  3. The ultimate interest of the students is around 85% Placements from that batch after they pass out, but no teacher even bothers to notice it. Even the students sacrifice their living facilities, their food quality, and many such facilities and lodge no complaint or come forward to face the authorities just in hope of getting placements at the end, but unfortunately, everything has gone and will go ‘in vain’.
  4. In order to show increased placements elsewhere, the authorities with the help of teachers maliciously fail a good number of the final year students in order to show that they can’t be counted as ‘total numbers’ since failed cadets are never eligible to sit for placements as per the college guidelines.
  5. Adding to voluntarily failing the cadets, the college even charges them a whopping amount of Rs 700 just for rechecking plus around Rs 600 for the re-examinations per subject. The normal examination fees is around Rs 3000 for every student. They have to pay this huge amount even after paying around Rs 2.25 – 2.5 Lakhs fees for the whole year. Do teachers stand against these rules?
  6. Leaking out true information is dealt with severe blows and torture from teachers in the form of failure in the exams, voluntarily harassing the students, making them feel isolated. The ‘foolish’ students join this pursuit just to please the authorities which is only an act of fooling their own-selves.

The Psychological Subversion Of Studens In IMU Kolkata

  1. The very first day, the training of the first year starts. The first year hostel is like a mock ship where each and every cadet is allotted a room and the Sadan has upper reck and lower reck and each Sadan has a bathroom. The cadets here are trained to become good marine engineers at the end of their college year.
  2. The semi-solid clay now has been given in the potter’s (IMU’s) hand with the expectations of parents to see their ward as one of the best marine engineers. Around 10 lakhs is provided to the college to turn their ward into the beautiful dreams their parents aspired. Many go on to take loans and later, it turns out that around 12 lakhs are to be paid back to the bank in future after college.
  3. Now the tragedy starts here, according to the Maritime Training Institute manual, for every 85 cadets passing out from college who are placed, the college can induct 100 new cadets to the first year. So that input in the college is roughly equal to the output of the college so that from the students inducted, no one should be left behind during placements.
  4. As the IMU Kolkata Campus knows that it cannot fulfil the placement criteria due to its increased intake, now here starts the game of psychological manipulation of the newly inducted first years, who have a very pure dream of perfecting themselves to become a successful engineer placed in a wonderful company with a handsome salary. In the present year passing out batch, around 200-300 cadets were inducted but only few could make up to get placements via college. What about the 150-200 unplaced cadets? What will happen to the majority of those who had taken loans and just after 6 months of passing out, they have to start repaying that?
  5. I can say without any doubt that the process of demotivation starts from the class itself. The teachers are not focused in motivating the students, rather they demotivate them by telling the ‘present scenario’ of the shipping industry i.e like – there is a scarcity of jobs “Chappal Ghisne pad jaayenge Mumbai mein” (It will be incredibly hard to find a job).
  6. The process of demotivation is done in such a way that if the passing out cadet has passed out jobless, they think that it’s their fault. Rather than blaming the college authority whose job was to induct as many cadets as it can produce output, they start blaming themselves for their present condition.
  7. The students here, from the very first year itself, are put in false hopes by their present seniors in college that playing football, cricket or any other event could guarantee their placements. But the real fact is that nothing could guarantee the placements of the passing out cadets from the college, it’s just a matter of chance, luck and more importantly, the JACK to enter in the ’80 placed guys club’.
  8. The root cause of all lies in the fact that here students are admitted like a herd of lambs just to make money, nobody cares the simple relatable fact that:- If Input > Output, the pressure in between is bound to be created. This pressure takes the form of frustration, ill-habits, using illicit ways of getting placement in the few companies which come to the college, for ex: calling or emailing from the side to the officials which adds to the bad impression of the college as a whole.
Pic of IMU Kolkata Campus

The DMETians Lobby- In Which No One Cares

Again Remember whenever I say DMETians, it strictly means the passouts before the year 2000, or till the year IMU came into existence (i.e 2008). After 2008, all the passouts are just ‘IMU Kolkata passouts’, Note it. I would like to start this section by a simple but very relevant question – If you won a gold medal in an event, then how could you expect that gold medal not to get dirty after so many years without you polishing it? [Gold Medal – your DMET college which was dead way back], [You – DMETians]

  1. Now let’s talk about ‘the saviours’ of this college, the DMETians lobby, they never come to the rescue for the present students, instead, they advise them not to speak against this college so that their reputation in their organisations remain safe. Now is the grave situation of illicit plundering of money by the college with the placements absolutely tending to zero? All they care about is just their reputation, but never bother to consider that the thread of their reputation also connects to the success and well being of the present batches in college.
  2. The majority of alumni of DMET don’t consider the students of IMU Kolkata as their own juniors. Because they know the facts about the working and legislation of IMU, the quality of entrance exams, the quality of cadets. Comparing the present students with their former DMET passouts in the 20th century, the present ones don’t stand a chance. It is just because of the entrance exams, legislation, the curriculum of Indian Maritime University, which the present students can’t be blamed for.
  3. But why don’t the present students digest this fact that the people who had passed out in the 20th century don’t even consider the present generations as their juniors? If now is not the time to stand by the juniors, then when?
  4. Imagine that there is a wall in the year 2008 (the time when IMU came into effect), the passouts previous to 2008 have their own fraternity, the rest of the students after 2008 are mere silly orphans who need to understand that they got no relationship with that fraternity. But who will educate this shining reality to these dumbos? The students can feel this in their full conscience and yet act like ostriches.
  5. In order to protect the golden dignity of DMET (i.e the way it was in the 20th century), I want this college to immediately regulate the intake as per the output placements, to modify each of its policies as per the student’s welfare. Or if the former is not possible, this college should be closed, sadly. Otherwise, the college will live to see more miserable days further maligning the dignity of DMET.

My Questions To The Majority Of Those Unplaced Students

  • After paying 10-12 lakhs for your graduation, do you afford to sit unemployed at your home?
  • Won’t you feel ashamed when your parents, who spent this huge amount of money on your college studies, look at your face?
  • Is the college not responsible for all these? The same college who never bothers to decrease the intake in ratio with the placement from final year and keeps on searching the ways to maximize its profit.
  • When will your blood boil?
  • If the same truth about this college had been provided to you beforehand, would you have taken admission in this college?
  • Or will you again go in pursuit of the author of this article, ignoring the ways of improving the present condition of the pit you have fallen into?
  • Or will you come together, join each other’s hands and shout in one voice against this atrocity and spread awareness that the same condition should not be met with any others child, any other students, who like you unknowing of this college’s true facts will take admission here and curse his decision afterwards at the time when he will see that the tree of his placement bore no fruit?
  • Or will you again show your ‘Teacher Pampering’ by not questioning or asking them for help in your placements who never bothered to help you out at your prime motive i.e PLACEMENTS? All they bother about is their monthly salaries, rest everything is just a formality.

My Questions To The Teachers AT IMU, Kolkata

  • The students who respect you so much, who follow your words, do their work on time maintaining full copies and relevant stuff; don’t you feel ashamed of not helping them in their prime motive, i.e Placements? At least not with the placements directly, but you can still help them indirectly by standing with them to support their aim rather than taking the side of the administration in its mischievous profit-making tactics, opposing the students every time when it comes to student’s welfare.
  • How do you wash your face and look in the mirror before sleep?
  • Is your teaching profession just reduced to your monthly salaries?
  • Or would you come forward to support the cause and oppose every legislative guideline which is against the student’s welfare, first one starting from the reduction of intake in the new batch in accordance with the placement of the passing out batch?

My Questions To The DMETian Lobby

  • Sorry, there are no questions, as you don’t consider the present batches as your own juniors.
  • You have your own fraternity with people who are well qualified and are in influential positions who never bother to look at what’s happening to the present batches, and what could be done for their welfare.
  • You might sympathize with the present students. But the reality is that you fail to do the action on the ground because you don’t even bother to stand by them whenever they need you most.
  • The quality of the present batches is difficult to alter but you can, by your peer pressure in the ministry, demand the same DMET which was before, it’s selection, it’s autonomy, it’s glory. Otherwise, you live to see worse days. This would be the ultimate help on a tertiary level that you could do.

Remember that the thread connects with your reputation too.

My Questions To The New Students Who Want To Enroll In IMU Kolkata

This article is less for the present batches, the teachers, authorities or the alumni. This article is mainly for you, the new students, who are gonna enrol here if you don’t get to know the real truth beforehand.

  • After knowing the reality, will you still enrol in this college?
  • Your co-curricular activities will be greatly hampered here. Will you be able to afford that?
  • After you enrol in this college and don’t get a placement at the end, which is obvious, will you be able to show your face to your parents who earn a lot and will pay this huge expenditure in this college?
  • At last, your parents’ Rs 10,00,000 – 12,00,000 of hard-earned money will go in vain. Mark my words. If you enrol in this college, who will you blame after you get to know this truth slowly- slowly in the passage of time?

All I can tell the present batches is that it is your duty to spread the truth, share this article on every college searching websites (like shiksha.com, careers 360.com, htcampus.com, etc), on Quora, Google Maps, etc and give ratings honestly. Let the people not get fooled in this web of loot. You can save their future from getting ruined. I rest my words here.

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  1. Kunal Keshav

    This article is so hard to read right now, just one thing, why is it not on any social media platform? Do reply to this

    1. Author Anonymous

      By the overwhelming response and views to this article, I came to believe that this problem is not only of one college but many other colleges face the same situation too.

      As I have mentioned in the article that revealing the truths could lead to your loss if you are related to this fraternity. So, mostly with the help of other people not related to this college could help in spreading it.

      Rest you can also find some articles written in support of the authorities, that too I mentioned about the ‘foolish’ students, they have their own personal interest of becoming Junior/Senior Cadet Captians which are to be chosed by college authorities.

      Try to share it as much you can. This way it could become a revolution which is very much needed for the reformation.

      ‘Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.’

    2. Author Anonymous

      For me, alone, in fighting this giant crocodile of corruption, being an incognito figure is an advantage.

  2. Manohar Singh

    It is a misleading article. Don’t pay attention to it. it has exaggerated all the things

  3. Protibadi

    This is the truth not only in IMU KC but also IMU MPC. Very well written article covering all the points. Harsh but it is what it is.

  4. Turth Speaker

    Bahut time hain yaar teraa paas. ethaa time khud koo uupar leke aanee keliyee kartha tho google ka ceo ban jaathaa..

    saach yee baath hai ki naukri keliyee.. bahut mehenat ka zaroori hain… poora time barbaad karkee.. jab samay aajaathee hain.. .. thab jaagooge.. tho vasahii lagtaa hain.. frustration aajaathi hain…

    edar vudar… galiyaa deenaka mann lagtaaa hain… yee.. aasthithvatha samay pee.. apnaa ko khud aur neechee giranaa jaroori hain kya.. ! thoda .. sooch loo… jithnaa loog naukri payehain.. aur jiskaa abhi naukri ka interbiew chalraha hain… Unki …. jo chance ko… kya karnee wala hain ? IMU chennai yaa.. mumbai campus logon ko ethnaa thakleef nahin.. wo log.. aaraam karr rahe hain.. aur thum maza lerahee ho…

    Badiyaa… !! Zorr see thaliyaaa… mahan atmaa ki…

  5. Sahil Basu

    Sir this is a very detailed post that you have written. Surely this has taken a significant amount of time compiling this misleading post and editing all these photos. Since you have put so much effort in conveying your thoughts, let me put some of my time to prove you wrong. I am going to write point against point, don’t worry.
    A. Past is history, Learn to accept the present.
    1. Formerly known as DMET, IMU Kolkata is the preference of all top ranking students. You wanted to know why IMU Kc is known as the IIT of marine engineering and training. This is why. The exam on the basis of which selection to all maritime colleges is known as IMUCET(on a national level). Every year only the top ranking candidates get the opportunity to study at this prestigious college. Think this is false? Go look it up. Moreover, every year of all the IMU campuses and affiliate colleges, this has always found a place to rank among the top 3 at every semester examination. You wanna know what’s funny? The propaganda you are spreading is funny.
    2. Yes the curriculum is changed and yes the exam pattern is different. The college was previously autonomous and now it is affiliated to a central university under government guidelines. So what? Does this mean the college standards have declined? Does this mean the students pass the examination by fluke? Come on, I am sure you know better.
    3. Paramilitary training? I wouldn’t call it paramilitary training. Waking up at 0530, reaching the field by 0600,0800 reaching the hostel to get ready for the fall in at 0900, academics from 0930 till 1630, games from 1700, games over at 1930, and again a grueling fall in at 2030 hrs. No I wouldn’t call it paramilitary training. Should I call it child’s play?
    4. Uniform is just a piece of cloth to us? The value and dignity of the uniform, the stars on the shoulders of the seniors, the cadets memorising what do those stars mean by heart, the epaulettes tightly binding on our shoulders.Every morning fall in includes a complete check of the uniform and grooming of the cadet. The cadets are not allowed to sit in classes without a clean shave. The cadets are not allowed to sit for examinations if they are not properly groomed. Still not convinced? The cadets are not allowed wear the uniform until they have earned it. They are allowed after the first three months of their first year training to give them an understanding of its value and pride of donning that uniform. Tell me which college other than IMU Kc is doing that. The college has set the bemchmark for discipline and grooming for institutes all over Uniform is just a piece of cloth to us? Yeah sure!

    B. Fake placement records in official websites.
    Do you know where a government college like IMU Kc draws its funds from? The government. The fees is given to IMU from which the fees is distributed. The faculty will get paid the same regardless of the number of students studying there. The college will stay no matter what happens. The college doesn’t need to show fake placement records for new enrollments to obtain money. “The DG shipping website is giving a false placement report? “Yeah right, says a post on a website. Great!
    On the other hand, if you really want to know who is money thirsty? Go look up the fees charged by private colleges. The government colleges ask for 9 lakhs for marine training. The private ones ask for 30 lakhs for the same! If you want to give this huge amount of money for the same curriculum and buying your placement to a company, I would suggest you don’t delve into this field of work at all. At government colleges you need to work your way up to get placed by hardwork and determination with results that show. Would you not want to be a mariner by competence? Or do you want to cash up some private college? If that is the case, it is the same as giving money to some agent to get yourself placed. Think about it dear.

    C.IMU Is Just A Vulturous Profit-Making Enterprise, Greed And Money Making Is In Its Veins.
    1. The attendance percentage is 85. Cadets are awarded on the punctuality and discipline. I don’t understand how this can be an issue. A cadet needs to be regular with his academics to understand his subjects thoroughly. The cadets at this college need to earn every bit of that bachelor’s degree rather than just paying for it. Yes, this college is not for the slouching fellow. This college will prepare you for your journey into the seas, regularity being a part of it.
    2. Like academics, sports and exercise is also an integral part of pre sea training. Being physically fit and mentally strong is important for this field of work. This is not the IT sector. One needs to work hard in order to be an able cadet of this prestigious institution. Think this is too tedious? Wait till you get on a ship when you get placed. They don’t train you for nothing here.
    3. The fees of IMU Kc is similar to the fees of any other IMU college. I don’t understand why IMU Kc is targeted for that.

    D. IMU Kolkata Faculties: Mere Salary Collectors
    Think over it before saying this about the most dedicated and experienced faculty in maritime training. Private colleges are eager to hire these renowned ex-DMETians and faculty members. “Mere salary collector”? Why don’t they go over to some private college? With 70 years of experience in maritime training, people rarely think about other institutions. This gets under you skin, doesn’t it?

    E. The Psychological Subversion Of Students In IMU Kolkata
    1. First year at IMU Kc is the basis of all further training and the first year hostel is the birth place of the finest marine engineers for decades and still reaching greater heights.
    2. Getting into this college is difficult. Passing out from this college is more difficult. You have to earn your placement here. If you are capable and deserving you will get placed.
    3. “Chappal Ghisne pad jaayenge Mumbai mein” . Seriously? People won’t spoon feed you here. You need to work hard and with discipline.
    4. The cadets get the best education and training. Every year many cadets go abroad to present their research and reports in renowned organisations. The cadets here have proven their mettle in every field, be it academics or extra curriculars, and brought valuable accolades for the institute. “Chappal Ghisne pad jaayenge Mumbai mein”? , you will never hear this at IMU Kc. This institute produces the finest marine engineers. Use this quote while you look at yourself in the mirror.

    F.The DMETians Lobby- In Which No One Cares.
    1. The passouts of this prestigious college is not here to place cadets. The cadets need to be placed on the basis of their capabilities. You are asking for a system that is corrupt sir. I don’t think that is the way to go and it is good that this doesn’t happen here.
    2. The passouts and seniors are always there to help with academics and guide you in every step of your career in the maritime industry and beyond.
    3. Every year, numerous passouts visit the college to share their experiences on board ships and instill their juniors with the zeal to work harder for your dreams, rather than just handing over a job.

    I think every question to every person is well answered and struck down by this comment.
    Enough about IMU Kc.
    What propaganda are you circulating here?
    What is your motive?
    And how come you have so much time to edit photos and write such a huge misdirectional post on the college?
    Please tell me. Eager to know about this.
    Great slogans, by the way. Sadly it won’t be doing what you intend.

    Regards.

    1. Sahil Basu

      Lastly I forgot, you don’t have the moral courage and spunks to publish your name with this post? I assure you the DMETians have it in abundance. Character building is one of the main goals of IMU Kc. Be a man and then dream to be a mariner.

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MH Fellow Sabna comes with significant experience working with a range of development issues. A co-founder of Project Sakhi Saheli, which aims to combat period poverty and break menstrual taboos, Sabna has, in the past, worked on the issue of menstruation in urban slums of Delhi with women and adolescent girls. She and her team also released MenstraBook, with menstrastories and organised Menstra Tlk in the Delhi School of Social Work to create more conversations on menstruation.

With YKA MHM Fellow Vineet, Sabna launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society. As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

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A student from Delhi School of Social work, Vineet is a part of Project Sakhi Saheli, an initiative by the students of Delhi school of Social Work to create awareness on Menstrual Health and combat Period Poverty. Along with MHM Action Fellow Sabna, Vineet launched Menstratalk, a campaign that aims to put an end to period poverty and smash menstrual taboos in society.

As a start, the campaign aims to begin conversations on menstrual health with five hundred adolescents and youth in Delhi through offline platforms, and through this community mobilise support to create Period Friendly Institutions out of educational institutes in the city.

Find out more about the campaign here.

A native of Bhagalpur district – Bihar, Shalini Jha believes in equal rights for all genders and wants to work for a gender-equal and just society. In the past she’s had a year-long association as a community leader with Haiyya: Organise for Action’s Health Over Stigma campaign. She’s pursuing a Master’s in Literature with Ambedkar University, Delhi and as an MHM Fellow with YKA, recently launched ‘Project अल्हड़ (Alharh)’.

She says, “Bihar is ranked the lowest in India’s SDG Index 2019 for India. Hygienic and comfortable menstruation is a basic human right and sustainable development cannot be ensured if menstruators are deprived of their basic rights.” Project अल्हड़ (Alharh) aims to create a robust sensitised community in Bhagalpur to collectively spread awareness, break the taboo, debunk myths and initiate fearless conversations around menstruation. The campaign aims to reach at least 6000 adolescent girls from government and private schools in Baghalpur district in 2020.

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A psychologist and co-founder of a mental health NGO called Customize Cognition, Ritika forayed into the space of menstrual health and hygiene, sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights and gender equality as an MHM Fellow with YKA. She says, “The experience of working on MHM/SRHR and gender equality has been an enriching and eye-opening experience. I have learned what’s beneath the surface of the issue, be it awareness, lack of resources or disregard for trans men, who also menstruate.”

The Transmen-ses campaign aims to tackle the issue of silence and disregard for trans men’s menstruation needs, by mobilising gender sensitive health professionals and gender neutral restrooms in Lucknow.

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A Computer Science engineer by education, Nitisha started her career in the corporate sector, before realising she wanted to work in the development and social justice space. Since then, she has worked with Teach For India and Care India and is from the founding batch of Indian School of Development Management (ISDM), a one of its kind organisation creating leaders for the development sector through its experiential learning post graduate program.

As a Youth Ki Awaaz Menstrual Health Fellow, Nitisha has started Let’s Talk Period, a campaign to mobilise young people to switch to sustainable period products. She says, “80 lakh women in Delhi use non-biodegradable sanitary products, generate 3000 tonnes of menstrual waste, that takes 500-800 years to decompose; which in turn contributes to the health issues of all menstruators, increased burden of waste management on the city and harmful living environment for all citizens.

Let’s Talk Period aims to change this by

Find out more about her campaign here.

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A former Assistant Secretary with the Ministry of Women and Child Development in West Bengal for three months, Lakshmi Bhavya has been championing the cause of menstrual hygiene in her district. By associating herself with the Lalana Campaign, a holistic menstrual hygiene awareness campaign which is conducted by the Anahat NGO, Lakshmi has been slowly breaking taboos when it comes to periods and menstrual hygiene.

A Gender Rights Activist working with the tribal and marginalized communities in india, Srilekha is a PhD scholar working on understanding body and sexuality among tribal girls, to fill the gaps in research around indigenous women and their stories. Srilekha has worked extensively at the grassroots level with community based organisations, through several advocacy initiatives around Gender, Mental Health, Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) for the indigenous in Jharkhand, over the last 6 years.

Srilekha has also contributed to sustainable livelihood projects and legal aid programs for survivors of sex trafficking. She has been conducting research based programs on maternal health, mental health, gender based violence, sex and sexuality. Her interest lies in conducting workshops for young people on life skills, feminism, gender and sexuality, trauma, resilience and interpersonal relationships.

A Guwahati-based college student pursuing her Masters in Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bidisha started the #BleedwithDignity campaign on the technology platform Change.org, demanding that the Government of Assam install
biodegradable sanitary pad vending machines in all government schools across the state. Her petition on Change.org has already gathered support from over 90000 people and continues to grow.

Bidisha was selected in Change.org’s flagship program ‘She Creates Change’ having run successful online advocacy
campaigns, which were widely recognised. Through the #BleedwithDignity campaign; she organised and celebrated World Menstrual Hygiene Day, 2019 in Guwahati, Assam by hosting a wall mural by collaborating with local organisations. The initiative was widely covered by national and local media, and the mural was later inaugurated by the event’s chief guest Commissioner of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) Debeswar Malakar, IAS.

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