Serve an Hour (SaH) is an initiative taken by our college at Amritapuri, Amrita Vishwavidyapeetham to devote at least an hour of service to the ones in need and to understand and to try solve the problems they face. It is a part of our curriculum, and this year’s (2018-19) theme is Water. The main aim of this initiative is to give exposure to students to actual problem solving at the ground level. It starts with identifying a main problem (could be water, or waste management, etc.) , discussing it with the villagers and then coming up or implementing a solution.
In my personal opinion, this is no more than a golden opportunity for students to actually contribute to the society by helping solve their problems. Our college education is not just completing assignments or writing tests or writing some code, it is also gaining the skills required to understand the basic problems that people face and that is exactly what Amrita is providing us with, which personally, I cannot be thankful enough for.