Monday, November 21, 2016

Joy of Giving

India’s biggest philanthropic festival Daan Utsav, also known as Joy of Giving, is a week-long event where many individuals step forward to help the needy by ‘Acts of Giving’ – noble acts that will remain cherished in the hearts of all. This festival of philanthropy, celebrated across the country since its launch in 2009, inculcates happiness and kindness among mankind through simple deeds. A giving event could be as simple as a family taking out their maid’s children for an ice-cream party, or as large as a ‘Gift Compassion’. 

Kartavya –CSR club of IIM Raipur didn’t stay back. Two events- Career counselling for government school kids and donate a dabeli were conducted during this week. It was immense pleasure sharing a part of your joy with others.  It gave a sense of solace and satisfaction to everyone participated.

Teach- Career counselling to school children

Choosing a career is not a serious affair until 12th grade. However, once  done with 12th, it is necessary to choose a definite career and decide a career goal. Choosing the right career option keeping the market in mind is necessary. In addition to this, selecting the right education institution is equally important. Unfortunately, not many students are able to discover their potentials and interests at the stage and this is when pressure starts building.

Keeping this in mind Kartavya decided to help students of government schools because of the fact that teachers aren't able to focus more attention on individual students. Students of IIM Raipur from various educational backgrounds volunteered to speak about their stream and share the various options available, the various best colleges that could be approached and affordable by the students.

At the end of the session’s students felt happy as this counselling had helped them in several ways. At a young age, students are naturally interested in a number of disciplines. Their minds are too immature to determine what discipline they will prefer from others. This session helped students to have a serious glance over their future and let them understand their preferences. It also helped the students in co-relating between their current studies and the careers they have planned for their future. Through the results of career counselling,teachers also understood the interests of the students and direct them in their studies and customize them to suit the talents. In all the session effectively helped students to identify and pursue careers which they find suited to their talents and interests.

Donate a Dabeli
Around the world, 842 million people do not have enough of the food they need to live an active, healthy life. People suffering from chronic hunger are plagued with recurring illness, developmental disabilities and low productivity. They are often forced to use all their limited physical and financial resources just to put food on the table.

The largest area of concern is childhood hunger. Feeding children today is feeding our future and creating a better place for everyone. Everyone deserves to enjoy full nutritious meals with their families. Focussing this Kartavya club decide to donate a dabeli to the people of slum area.  The project appealed to the students of IIM Raipur to contribute their bit in making this mission a successfully one. Students willingly made contributions and from the same donations the required ingredients were bought to prepare the dabeli. The best part of the event was that the students themselves prepared the dabeli in the kitchens of IIM Raipur and distributed them. Many students volunteered to make this event a grand success, the result of which was feeding a day’s meal to the person in need.

Thus in the entire week it was realised to Wrap a box of kindness and help an old man smile. Share a piece of love and let a child jump with joy. Believed change begins with us. The Joy of Giving week is a platform for all of us to contribute to a cause and to make a difference in society! Let’s pledge to step out, find opportunities to give to a cause and return with lasting pride. Happiness is, after all, an act of giving!

Sunday, November 20, 2016


In the two weeks starting from the birth anniversary of our nation’s founder Mahatma Gandhi, Kartavya, the CSR club of IIM Raipur, under the banner of MHRD’s Swachhta Pakhwada, conducted three events to foster the spirit of cleanliness of mind and body for the students and staff of IIM Raipur. With the encouragement of our director Dr. B.S.Sahay, a blood donation camp was organized. This was followed by an documentary viewing for our sanitation staff on Saturday, 10th October. The highlight of the week was when all students and staff came together to take the pledge of cleanliness. 

Event: Blood Donation Camp

Kartavya, the CSR Club of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur organised a blood donation camp in coordination with Red Cross Society in the campus on Wednesday, 7th September. The event saw enthusiastic participation from more than 130 donors including students and faculty from colleges like IIM Raipur, IIT Bhilai, GEC Raipur and from various other colleges in Raipur.
By donating blood, a person can save up to three lives. This was the main reason which propelled donors to come forward and donate. In the week preceding the camp, Kartavya actively dispelled many myths and fears about blood donation and spread awareness about the health benefits of cleansing one’s blood through blood donation. It was not widely known that blood donation decreases cholesterol levels and lowers the risk of heart disease and cancer. Through this event we started our ‘Swachhta Pakhwada’ encouraging everyone to cleanse themselves and also save the lives of up to three other people.
The event was a huge success in raising awareness and giving an opportunity to many first-time donors who let go of their fear and promised to not just be regular donors themselves, but also spread awareness among friends and relatives.  

Event: Documentary on Sanitation

“Where there is both inner and outer cleanliness, it approaches godliness” - MAHATMA GANDHI
Following these words of our nation’s father, Team Kartavya organized a ‘Sanitary Good Practices and Awareness’ session for the cleaning staff of IIM Raipur on 10th September, 2016. This was done in conjunction with Swachhta Pakhwada organized by the MHRD, Government of India. These staff, who are our first line of defense against all the diseases originating from unhygienic environment, were made aware of the various risks they face and how to tackle them with some simple but efficient practices to protect themselves and their family. This was done via the means of two inspiring videos and a open discussion led by Kartavya team members.

Event: Swachhta Pledge

The members of Kartavya invited all students and staff to come together on the evening of 12th October. Students and staff took time out to come and take the pledge of cleanliness. Kartavya team members administered the pledge to ‘not indulge in littering and to not allow it to happen’. Further, all present pledged to devote 2 hours per week towards voluntary work for cleanliness and to further propagate the same pledge among friends and family. 

 Swachhta Pledge 
I take this pledge that I will remain committed towards cleanliness and devote time for this. 
I will devote 100 hours per year - that is 2 hours per week - towards voluntary work for cleanliness.
I will neither litter nor let others litter. 
I will initiate the quest for cleanliness with myself, my family, my locality, my village and my workplace.  
I believe that the countries of the world that appear clean are so because their citizens don't indulge in littering nor do they allow it to happen.
With this firm belief, I will propagate the message of Swachh Bharat Mission in villages and towns. 
I will encourage 100 other persons to take this pledge which I am taking today.
I will endeavour to make them devote their 100 hours of cleanliness
I am confident that every step I take towards cleanlines will help make my country clean.

With the above three events during the Swachhta Pakhwada, Kartavvya –CSR club of IIM Raipur tried to spread the message of Cleanliness. Cleanliness of the body brings about the purity of mind. A neat and clean body with a clean mind is the abode of god. We should get into the habit of being clean. Let’s work together. Let’s make swachh bharat a reality.

Students of IIM Raipur Visit Sanjeevani Old Age Home

The elderly population is large are faced with numerous physical, psychological and social role changes that challenge their sense of self and capacity to live happily. Many people experience loneliness and depression in old age, either as a result of living alone or due to lack of close family ties and reduced connections with their culture of origin, which results in an inability to actively participate in the community activities. With advancing age, it is inevitable that people lose connection with their friendship networks and that they find it more difficult to initiate new friendships and to belong to new networks. 

To bring a change in the lives of these old people and bring them moments of happiness students of the Indian Institute of Management Raipur, under the aegis of Kartavya, the CSR Club, visited Sanjeevani Vriddhashram (old age home). This was in continuation to a series of events conducted in October including a career awareness drive in Sejbahar HSS and food donation drive called ‘Donate a Dabeli’ project in the first week of October.

The old age home visit took place on Saturday, 22nd October at Sanjeevani, the old age home run by the Chhattisgarh Yadav Samaj, Raipur. 20 students from IIM Raipur reached Sanjeevani at 4 pm on Saturday to talk to and spend time with the 30 inmates at Sanjeevani. The visit coincided with the birthdays of three inmates who were celebrating their birthdays on the same day. The oldest, Gauri amma, was aged 80 and celebrating her birthday for the first time. Student volunteers turned up with cake and the visit started off with birthday songs and songs sung by the birthday ladies.

Fun and love was all around as inmates and volunteers then proceeded to play a game of ‘Passing the Parcel’. Evergreen songs such as ‘Zindagi Ek Safar Hai Suhana’ and ‘Gaata Rahe Mera Dil’ were played to great memories. Inmates and students took turns to sing, dance, recite poetry and even film dialogues from Mughal-E-Azam. As the visit proceeded, dear memories were awakened as students and inmates bonded over stories and wisdom passed on through the ages. Everyone present came back better than before, having a better perspective on life and on the miracles of a few hours of listening and being there could do.

Volunteers and inmates finally said their goodbyes after sunset around 6:30 pm with fond memories and promises to return. The visit was a grand success with both inmates and volunteers having refreshed themselves with stories, blessings and bonding.

The visit is part of IIM Raipur’s efforts to enhance its social impact.IIM Raipur plans to conduct a series of social impact and awareness events leading up to its grand Prayaas - Raipur Marathon 2017 with the theme of ‘Run for Swacchh Bharat’ (Clean India Mission). The event which is to be held on 12th February is expected to be the largest ever in Raipur with a footfall of 2000 participants from various parts of Chattisgarh and from across India.

In all, the visit left all the members volunteered with a message of-Elderly should be allowed to enjoy their twilight years in comfort, surrounded by their own people, enjoying their independence. Those with elderly parents have a duty towards them and not upholding this duty should be regarded as a failure.

Swachh Bharat: Government or Civic Responsibility?

Sanitation is more important than independence, says father of our nation Mahatma Gandhi. He always emphasized on swachhta as swachhta leads to healthy and prosperous life and today I hold a strong opinion that is not just the Indian state that has never invested in the complete sanitation chain but it’s also the people of nation who have contributed less to the overall health and hygiene. I will be supporting this throughout on how both the sectors have failed and how we as a nation are responsible for making the mission Swachh Bharat a successful one.

Poor sanitation and lack of hygiene are causing one in every 10 deaths in the country; about 1,000 children die every day. Nearly 600 million Indians, almost twice the size of the US population, indulge in open defecation. Diarrhea, a consequence of lack of sanitation and clean drinking water, is the largest killer and accounts for every twentieth death. Under-nutrition among children aged less than five years is almost 50%.Littering, open drains, spitting in public, potholes that become receptacles for stagnant water are just a few examples about how we as a society have enhanced the capability of such diseases to spread with such devastating consequences. Fixing this can’t be the responsibility of only one important stakeholder-the government. It becomes responsibility of every individual to help mitigate these problems.

Personal hygiene is a way of life for most Indians; the same is not true with respect to social hygiene. In other words, while keeping one’s home and surroundings clean is a daily priority, the same is not true when it comes to using community assets-such as streets, public transport and so on. People somehow perceive that this is the responsibility of the government. You travel to the US, Europe or East Asia and one would be struck by the cleanliness around. Yes, the concerned civic authorities are doing a good job, but it is as good as what the local people will allow it to be. If everyone in our country behaved the same then our nation would be no better in every aspect that we are falling behind .If not for the sake of the country, it becomes the responsibility of every individual to live in a clean and healthy environment to have a better living.

With 4260 crore rupees getting annually spent on rural sanitation, a little of it is seen to come for the rescue. Even in the case of Delhi, where NDMC spends a lot of money in the upkeep of toilets, open defecation hasn’t been put to a halt. Interestingly, in many places around the capital, local people have teamed up by placing images of a religious deity on walls. However, one finds a person urinating at some considerable distance from those divine images. Having grown up in an era of ‘yojanas’ and ‘abhiayans’, it is important for us to see Swach Bharat Ahiyan as not getting flushed away in mere tokenism. Do you feel it’s the responsibility of the government to make you defecate in the bathrooms even after building the necessary infrastructure? The answer is clearly no, it’s again the balance between people and government help make it a clean India better India.
With gender-segregated toilets, inclusive and accessible facilities, students will be assured of privacy and dignity and children with special needs can attend school. When girls have access to safe and clean toilets and water at school, they are less likely to miss school while menstruating. Also unfortunately in India, if the toilet situation is bad, the status of excreta treatment and disposal – a domain that is entirely the responsibility of the government – is abysmal. Just about 34% of the population’s latrines are connected either to septic tanks or underground sewerage; the rest have pit latrines where the waste decomposes, usually in unhealthy conditions. Local bodies provide little or no services for septic tank cleaning. Now this is somewhere government stands sole responsible for setting up the right things for the people and facilitate them lead a clean life.

To conclude, there lies an urgent need to make people realize that their public space should also be treated as private, as it needs equal attention. Unlike other campaigns, this most hyped ‘swachh bharat campaign’ bears the burden of expectations as it caters to all sections of society moving beyond caste, creed and religion, focusing more on personal hygiene and sanitation. Also, it’s time for us to introspect and try to engage with it in some way or the other. Since blaming the government every time will not clean our mess. Remember, the next time you litter, the garbage will be cleaned by someone working under inhospitable conditions, in potholes as a manual scavenger, or as a rag picker in their attempt to maintain a breathing space for us. Let’s work together. Let’s make swachh bharat a reality. Let’s dream of green nation clean nation and make this dream turn to reality.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

SHINE 2016-Cosmo Youth Festival

Competitions play a role in motivating students to perform and excel and offer a lot more reward than just the winning prize. Competitions offer a chance for participants to gain substantial experience, showcase skills, analyze and evaluate outcomes and uncover personal aptitude. Competitions also encourage students to adopt innovative techniques and develop their ideas and skills.

It was a silent Sunday all over Raipur but certainly not at Maharaja Agrasen International College, where Kartavya – the CSR club of IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan once again tied together to organize ‘SHINE 2016-Cosmo Youth Festival’, an inter-school competition on 28thAugust at MAIC. A mega platform was provided to the students of various city schools to exhibit their talent and show that learning is more than paper, pencils and books.

Over 100 students from 50 schools participated in various events like Group Discussion- which provided the opportunity for sharing of ideas and concerns, Extempore -checking the strong oratory skills of students, Short Story Writing-bringing in the creative thought, Quiz-which helped improve transfer of knowledge to new contexts, Waste to Wealth-to give a message to keep our earth clean and neat, Open your Mind -to bring in the perspective of intensive study, Mathematical aptitude and many more which were conducted in 2 rounds from 9 am to 6 pm. Throughout the year pupils in their schools have been building on their skills and this culminated in pupils building on their key skills ready for the various competition in the penultimate term.

Very few opportunities in the average student life provide such exposure and realistic outlook towards the competitive nature of real life in such a short span of time as competitions provide. This was a great platform where students recurrently went through a series of brainstorming sessions, rapid problem solving sequences and experiences totally diverse form of learning, which they usually don’t practice in their schools or colleges. Achievements through competitions left great imprints on their resume.It provided proof of their outstanding skills and distinguished them from your classmates. This platform also offered students a chance to meet new people and make friends from other disciplines and locations.In this way, SHINE proved to be a great source of self-evaluation for students and helped them nurture their experience and skills further.

It was a very successful day with great feedback from the children and parents. ‘Shine’, as per its name brought out the best out of the participants and was a grand success by IIM Raipur and Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan.