The IPM Social Committee’s 13 students organized a visit to the Astha Gram Trust, an NGO in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh. The NGO works for the upliftment of the people living in the villages nearby and also of the nomad tribal living in the nearby lands. It runs over 55 projects ranging from education to daily know how necessities.
Dr. (Major) Anuradha, who joined the trust in 1998, welcomed the committee and appreciated their efforts. She elucidated the current picture of the village; their people, Astha Gram Trust, their projects and objectives. Mentioning how the NGO came into being and its journey from the beginning till present, Dr. Anuradha discussed NGO’s success story and how it reached to a level that it can boast strength of 161 students and applications for many more. She noted that the organisation has a very inspiring inclusive education system and their self reliant, humble and environmentally sustainable campus served as a huge inspiration.
The Social Committee Team also interacted with the specially-abled children which are taken care by the NGO. The experience was very touching and served as a life-time memory for the IIM Indore students.
The members of the Social Committee are committed to organizing various projects with the Astha Gram Trust for the welfare of the children as well as for the development of MP’s backward Chambal Belt. Social Committee and Astha Gram Trust are also jointly working on Project Jigyaasa, a skill and knowledge development programme where the committee’s members would help in educating underprivileged children of government school’s of Khargone.