Warangal Urban: He was in Class VI when the school he was studying in conducted an essay competition on Mother Theresa. Keen on participating in the competition, he read a lot about Mother Theresa. In the process, he got an insight into her thoughts and this inspired him to do something for the society. He joined the National Green Corps (NGC) at the school.
Mohammad Azam, a PhD scholar in English from Kakatiya University, Warangal, has collected several awards for his social service activities since his schoool days. The 28-year-old who won the best National Service Scheme (NSS) volunteer award instituted by the Government of India, has now established ‘Dharti Bachao,’ a non-governmental organisation (NGO) through which he takes up several activities for protection of environment.
Born to Mohammed Ahmed Hussain and Khaleda Begum on August 5, 1991, at Cheerlavancha village of Siricilla mandal in erstwhile Karimnagar district, Mohammed Azam’s family moved to Karimnagar in search of livelihood. Azam completed his schooling at Government High School at Padmanagar.
Since he is passionate about social service, he was actively involved in Lead India 2020, NCC and NGC programmes. Though he was active in social service activities, he never neglected his academics. He secured top rank in Intermediate in 2008 and was awarded ‘Pratibha Puraskar’ by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
After joining the NSS, along with his team members, took up several development works in the villages adopted by the NSS and also played a vital role in construction of check-dams, plantation, maintaining nurseries, AIDS control programmes, pulse polio, environmental protection and propagation of government social welfare programmes.
He has been actively involved in government sponsored prorammes such as Voters’ Day, World Health Day programmes. He has won several awards such as Ambedkar National Award 2019, Moulana Azad National Award, Rashtriya Gaurav Samman Award, State Best NSS Volunteer Award and Indira Gandhi NSS National Award.
“I received the best NSS volunteer award from the then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2013,” Azam told ‘Telangana Today’. He is now doing Ph D in English at Kakatiya University (KU), Warangal, and taking up social activities through his NGO.
He is also an active member of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) and Red Ribbon Club. Azam is also educating the people about the Right to Information (RTI) and a strong supporter of the Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement.
“Through ‘Dharthi Bachao’, we are conducting many environmental awareness programmes in schools and colleges and released pamphlets on environmental issues. We have been creating awareness among people at several villages about need of construction of soak-pits and encouraging people to avoid use of plastic carry bags and use cloth carry bags.
“I also visited the ideal village Ralegaonsiddhi and studied water conservation system and propagated the same in Karimnagar and Warangal districts,” Azam said appreciating the State government for taking up Haritha Haram programme.
He participated in an environmental tour from Karimnagar to New Delhi from November 18 to 22, 2019, as part of this programme he visited JNU, New Delhi, and Jamia Islamia University, and addressed the students on environmental cleanliness and its protection.