Safety is the key priority at IIM Indore and the Institute is constantly focusing on improving conditions and culture with respect to health and safety of the students, faculties, staff and campus residents. To promote the safety culture and awareness, the Institute has started a Guest Lecture Series by experts and professionals in the field of health, safety and environment.
The first lecture of the series on ‘Safety and Health Issues in a Residential Educational Institute Campus’ was held on March 11, 2016. The lecture was delivered by Professor Neelima S. Naik, Professor, Environmental Engineering & Management Group, NITIE, Mumbai.
Ms. Naik appreciated IIM Indore’s effort to organize the lecture on such an important topic which serves to be an initial part of our life. She mentioned that this week is celebrated as the National Safety Week in our county and March 4th is celebrated as the National Safety Day, as marked by National Safety Council.
We as parents always worry about our child’s safety, about where he/she is going or where he or she would work’, she said addressing the gathering. Discussing about a survey, she noted that 86% of parents consider safety of the campus as one of the most important factor in any educational institute; hence security factors and equipment like CCTV, electronic ID registration system, entry registers, etc. play a very important role in any student taking admission in a particular institute.She said that students must be taught about keeping doors locked, even if they are leaving their room for a short period of time; and keep the windows closed, even if they are allotted a room at a higher floor. ‘Also, never leave any valuable item near the window, which may attract a would-be-burglar or opportunist’, she advised. ‘For students, anti-ragging policy should be kept in mind and they should have a facility of emergency calling services, which would make them feel safer even when it’s late night’, she mentioned while discussing specifically about student safety. She also said that students must be taught about safety during sports and seasonal safety measures.Ms. Naik also talked about women safety and ways to create awareness about sexual assault and rape investigations in the campus. She advised to organize ‘Women’s Campus Safety Programme’ to create awareness.
Mentioning the causes of Bhopal Gas Leak Tragedy, she said that every organization should have power and UPS facilities, none of which are damaged and make sure that they are well maintained. She discussed about the importance of alert system and institute transport as well. Appreciating the safety maintained by IIM Indore, she mentioned that many times students may visit the city by their own vehicles; hence they should be trained for vehicle safety too.
She also discussed about how to have a healthy life style and keep your body fit with regular exercise, and nutrition counseling. The talk also included discussions about safety measures at workplace causing injuries and illness, both physical and psychological.
The talk was an interactive session which provided insights to all the employees of the Institute to the safety measures.