Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati was a Social reformer and the founder of Arya Samaj. He resolved to uplift the Indian society from the throes of ignorance, illiteracy, injustice. He openly stood up against all the social evils – discrimination on grounds of caste, need, sex, economic status and social bigotry, male chauvinism and religious dominance of higher castes over the backward castes and classes. He fought for the rights of women and opened Kanya Vidyalayas to empower and enlighten them. Thinking on the rich legacy of Swamiji DAVCMC has been supporting and promoting the activities for social upliftment through establishment of socio-cultural & institutions.
These institutions are
- Research Institutions
- Arya Yuvk Samaj
- Arya Pradeshik Pratinidhi Sabha
In order to inculcate Vedic values in the learners who are enrolled in DAV Institutions, DAVCMC has undertaken the following initiatives.
- Competitive examinations in Dharam Shiksha
- Dharam Shiksha Examination for Schools
- Sanskrit Examination for schools
- Dharam Shiksha Examination for Colleges.
- Chiritra Nirman Shivirs and Jan Chetna Yatras
Social Upliftment Programme
i. For the upliftment of the North-Eastern India
ii. For the underprivileged of the Society
iii. Adult literacy drive and Vocational Training.
DAV caters to the needs of urban as well as rural students together with adivasi and tribal children. In tune with the National Literacy Mission , DAV Organization has carried education to the doorsteps of the needy and the under-privileged. Even the remotest areas of India have been provided with basic life skills.
DAV is involved in social welfare schemes, education for the weaker sections and for students from tribal areas, comprehensive plans for the upliftment of tribal people in North East Regions, programmes for the disadvantaged sections of the society and for the mentally challenged children of society.
True to DAV Values, schools have been catering specially to the under-privileged. The DAV Public Schools have provided fee concessions, free text books, free uniforms, free transport, mid- day meals and have also provided non- formal education for the needy.
DAV institutions are conscious about education of girls. Providing job opportunities to women is also a priority. Free vocational training and literacy units are dedicated to hundreds of women of slum areas and gadgets like sewing machines are provided to them for their initial settlement.
Adult education centre and vocational training centres have been set up for financially disabled women and girls. There is a scheme to provide basic literacy and free vocational training in tailoring and embroidery to women and girls living in jhuggi clusters. Mass marriages of poor girls is arranged-. About 1000 girls have been settled through mass marriages. Each couple is given a few articles worth Rs. 20,000/- to set up their homes. An adult education centre has been set up and vocational training is given to financially disabled women and inmates of jails. To kindle social consciousness in students, awareness campaigns are organised against the evils of female foeticide, dowry system, AIDS, child labour, deforestation, global warming to name a few.
The students shoulder the responsibility of disseminating literacy, cultivating hygienic habits organizing medical camps, arranging mobile library etc. for the benefit of the rural populace.. Every year thousands of DAV students go to villages and hold short term programmes, such as, adult education, vocational courses, medical check ups and training about health and hygiene.
Apart from this many rural friendly schemes have been undertaken such as provision of:
- Medical facilities by setting up dispensaries
- Provision of education to school drop out and girl child
- Awareness about basic hygiene
Recently a scheme was launched in the district of Jind wherein ration, clothing and vocational training is being given to widows.
DAV Schools have been sensitive to the need of the people suffering from cancer, paralysis or requiring limbs of organ transplant. Help in the form of cash and kind is also extended to the victims of terrorism and fire accident.
DAV Schools have made collections for social organizations such as National Association of Blind, Spastic Society of India, Help-age, Tuberculosis Association of Bihar etc. to contribute to their good work.
Environmental issues like the reduction of pollution and sustenance of the environment have also been taken up by DAV institutions. Several projects like van-mahotsav, ''say no to poly-bags' campaign, 'say no to fire crackers' campaign, water-conservation and anti-pollution drives are regularly carried out by the DAV Schools in order to create awareness not only among the students but the whole community. The students from DAV institutions have carried out sanitation and cleanliness drives in the school neighbourhood also.
DAV has always been a pioneer for any National cause specially- in the hour moments of National Crisis. Whether it be the earthquake at Pauri or Gujarat, the Kargil war, the Orissa tragedy or the Tsunami catastrophe -the DAV has always risen to the occasion by donating generously in the form of cash, kind and voluntary service to alleviate suffering