All business schools strive to develop successful and competent managers who can occupy the topmost echelons of the corporate ladder but they often forget to inculcate a sense moral responsibility in their students towards their society and environment.
IIM Indore, however, has always been cognizant of an institute’s role in shaping the thought processes of its students and has, therefore, made social sensitivity a mainstay of its residential programmes. From the Rural Immersion Programme to the Indore Marathon, from school adoption to computer literacy programmes, the Institute has a lot to offer through its ambit of social sensitivity.
The Marathon, held each year on the 2nd of October, is organized with the sole purpose of raising awareness about a poignant social issue. Similarly, the Rural Immersion Programme aims not only at exposing students to the rural population but also at apprising them about a society that exists beyond the familiar urban limits.
The Institute’s creed is to not only focus on creating entrepreneurs but to also stress on the importance of developing social entrepreneurs.
School Adoption Programme (SAP)
School Adoption Programme (SAP), is an initiative by PRAGATI, social sensitivity cell of IIM Indore. The aim of the body is to improve education, and provide infrastructure facilities to selected government primary schools. Under this Programme, IIM Indore has adopted the following schools:
- EG School Pigdamber
- Government Primary School, Umaria
- Government Primary School, Rangwasa
- Government Primary & Middle School, Shramik Colony, Rau
- Government Primary School, Nawada.
The main concerns of PRAGATI revolves around enhancing the facilities and infrastructure of the government schools to improve the quality of conditions in which students learn. Another major function of the team is to conduct donation drives which not only provides materials to the underprivileged ones, but bundles of happiness too. Unlike other donations wherein people give away discarded or only necessary items, we at PRAGATI have taken an initiative to provide the kids with one thing that they would value the most. In the past, the IIM Indore Community has contributed to gift Teddy bears, Crayon set, Volleyball and Sports kit to name a few which were received by the students.
PRAGATI conducts various distribution drives throughout the year, wherein sweaters, bags, shoes, stationery items were distributed in the past years. Apart from this, the program undertook construction of washrooms for girls and boys in the EG School, Pigdamber. In addition to this, a water tank was installed to facilitate convenient water storage at the school.
Jagriti, conducted during IRIS is one of the many events conducted by Pragati, the social sensitivity cell of IIM Indore. Held every year as a sensitivity drive, the event is aimed to increase the feeling of inclusion among the underprivileged children belonging to the villages nearby. By visiting rural schools in and around Indore, one of them is selected after being evaluated on several parameters. Students from that school are encouraged to write or draw their wish from a given list of gifts they would prefer to be given to them. These gifts included items like teddy bear, school bag, cricket bat, umbrella and ball etc. which are procured with the help of whole IIM Indore community.
This year on the second day of IRIS’19 i.e. on 22 November 2019, they were all invited on the IIM campus for a workshop where they were taught to broaden their creativity, patience, coordination, mathematical knowledge, etc. through various activities like painting, origami and counting games. After that they were taken to a lawn where a Wish Tree was decorated for them, all surrounded by their gifts wrapped up beautifully. Pragati tries to fulfill their wish with those gifts. The feeling of getting something new as a gift and not as a charity is a whole different emotion into itself. Pragati tries to upheld that nurtured value every year during IRIS by conducting this event of Jagriti.
Pragati, the IIM Indore social sensitivity cell, is an initiative of students at IIM Indore. It works on social development projects and tries to spread awareness about various social causes. It aims to provide sustainability in society and serve the underserved. Pragati provides the participants a platform to use their ideas for the benefit of the society. The idea of the cell is to learn and experience various social issues and take steps to help in any way possible, which also involves a lot of managerial activities. Pragati also actively supports students in their social initiatives.
Activities/Events of Pragati
Career Counselling for school students: Team Pragati started a career counseling initiative in 2018. The objective is to help the school going children of villages to understand the career opportunities available to them after Std. X. The team is presently working with school at Pigdamber guiding the students of X standard to plan their higher education rather than discontinuing their studies for work. Pragati has plans to expand this to other schools in villages and is working towards the goal in a slow but steady manner.
Human Library: An event organized by Pragati in association with the Human Library Organization. The aim of this event is to let people become the books and share their stories and experiences with others. Every year the event witness active participation from the students and the staff members as they are enthusiastic to know the stories of people on the other side of the judgement bias. In the past people/ the “Human books” have shared their experiences of motocross racing, recovering alcoholism, HIV Positive and bisexual, child abuse, cancer recovery and depression recovery.
Book Donation Drive: Team Pragati organizes a book donation drive for MBA students of other colleges. In the past, the event witnessed a huge turnout with nearly 800 students from various MBA colleges in Indore turning up to collect the books. We were able to distribute nearly 1000 books of various subjects ranging from finance, accounting, communication, economics, etc. (worth Rs. 5 lakhs) to the students.
Supporting EGS School: EGS School, which is situated next to the institute is supported by the institute. Participants spend time with the students on various days and provide them with necessary items. The team celebrates all-important national festivals like Republic Day, Independence Day, Gandhi Jayanti, Children’s Day with the kids of EGS school. And every year, a drawing competition takes place at school, as a part of celebrations, which brings out the creativity of kids. Prizes are awarded to the best 10 drawings which encourages the children to be an interactive and active participant. Individual performances like songs and dance also showcase their talent. Sweets and chocolates are distributed during these events.
Team Pragati also organized a health check-up camp at the school in Dec’10. The event was organized with the help of doctors and volunteers from the PGP-2 batch. Medicines were provided along with the general health check-up for the benefit of 70 students.
Cleanliness Drive and Tree Plantation Drive: Pragati aims to provide a sustainable life to people. In October 2019, Pragati started a cleanliness drive in Indore to make the society clean. The team along with the administrative staff went to nearby schools and took charge of the cleanliness drive. Apart from this team Pragati conducts tree plantation drive every year which adds to the greenery of the campus.
Blood Donation Camps: Pragati also organizes blood donation camps within and outside the institute in association with blood banks. The last camp was organized on 10th Nov’19 on the campus where students and staff members donated their blood.
iHelp, is a social sensitivity initiative by IPM Participants, which aims at fostering social change by nurturing talent of underprivileged children. It is a community which wishes to educate, encourage, motivate, inspire and lead the underprivileged children of Madhya Pradesh to pursue higher education which will stabilise their economic well-being to a large extent. Among all the duties of a good student, we are here to be a good citizen. To become a teacher and friend to those who need guidance to come out of the dark windows, to show them the light and give them opportunity to fly.
We do this by visiting schools every Thursday, with new activities and study modules for the students to encourage them learn. Every year we organize Annual Visit on Children’s Day and students are brought to campus for a tour and games.
To know more about us visit – http://www.ihelpiimi.org/