Sunday, December 1, 2013

Blood Donation Camp on World Aids Day

1st December, 2013
You don’t have to have a medical degree to save a life. Just a fair degree of humanity.

kartavya ,on behalf of IIM Raipur,  in association with Indian Red Cross Society, organized a Blood Donation camp at Magneto The Mall on 1st December, 2013. This was done on World Aids Day to create awareness among the people that donating blood costs nothing, but can save a life. 

The initiative received a huge response from the masses making the total number of volunteers donating blood to 103(more than 30 litres) . The event continued for 6 hours at a stretch from 2 p.m to 6 p.m with students from the college enthusiastically participating in it.

Few drops of blood, and you can help a life bloom!!!  
A few facts about blood donation:
  • Every year our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood are available.    
  •  More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.   
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood. 
  •  Every two seconds someone needs blood.
  Blood cannot be manufactured – it can only come from generous donors. 

So donate blood whenever you can. Give the gift that keeps on living!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

IIM RAIPUR - Earth Hour

“Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”- Malcolm X

Kartavya - brought the successful world-wide ‘Earth Hour’ campaign  to the IIM Raipur campus on 14th Nov, 2013. At 11pm, lights were switched off throughout the college campus. The event reflected a superb show of solidarity by 200+ plus students committed to sacrifice a precious hour of their rigorous academic lives for the cause of acute power shortages, climate changes caused by our thermal and gas based power plants, and the awareness to adopt clean renewable energy. The dark hour witnessed some bright moments as students gathered to some impromptu musical performances. The camaraderie witnessed was unprecedented.  
As per the estimates, the energy saved by turning off the lights for 60minutes will be sufficient to power 50 homes for 4hrs. This shows the power of collective contribution. If such an event can be replicated at a city or a state level successfully, states such as Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh that were crippled with acute power shortages this summer would be hugely benefited and so will be the environment. An obvious corollary would be an increased industrial output, i.e higher GDP, and a higher per capita which is a win-win situation for all.
We hope that the event encourages individuals to make conservation an intrinsic part of their everyday life so that the dream of building a greener planet is realized soon.  

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The real life story of sheer resilience- Amit Kumar, IIM Raipur

"If you don't design your own life plan, chances are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much."     - Jim Rohn

 On 23rd Dec’2000,  I met with a ghastly accident. This accident took in a rural place called Indapur (located on the Kokan, Mumbai Goa high way) during my family trip near Goa. I was crushed over & dragged by car around 20-25 feet’s (as per local News & the people who saw). I was lying on road unconscious. After 5-10 minutes when my father came to see me, he took me to the nearest district Hospital (Mangoan, 10-15 Km away from accident spot) where the doctors categorically asked my parents’ permission to amputate my leg to save my life as half of my ankle was crushed and a lot blood was wasted. My Parents brought me to Thane city private hospital same day where I had my 1st major operation. Further, I had many major & minor operations that included grafting, plastic surgery. I was not able to move a bit of my leg due to the interconnecting rods between my right & left legs that were screwed to my bone. X-ray clearly showed the threads of the rods on my bone. After around 30 days in various hospitals they removed the rods attached in my left leg, but not from the right leg.
On 31st Jan’2001, I was discharged from the hospital with supports steel structure on right leg so that I  should not move my right ankle and the foot remains joint to the leg. After 3 months all steel rods where removed. Most expenses for the hospitals and medicines where collected from charity from various NGO’s, while some where bored from relatives.
Doctors were of the the opinion that I won’t be able to walk without any support for my entire life.
"I have to walk on my own legs without any support to run", I decided. "I cannot lie on the bed" was the motto of my life. I started working very hard for it daily, started with crutches even with tremendous pain.
It didn’t shattered me or my aim. I had to walk on my own leg. I kept repeating it day in day out.
I had to repeat my course of 7th grade as my attendance due to hospitalization was not enough & further more they were not sure that I will be attending next year regularly. Which I continued on crutches, the feeling to go back to my regular school was not good. I was embarrassed to go on crutches, people were showing sympathy on me. But my will said that I had to continue and I cannot sit at home for life, I have to suffer this and I have to walk again on my own legs without supports. I lost all my so called friends (colleagues) as I could not play with them. This is the time I really came to know about my true friends & classmates. My hard work paid off as in Sept’2001 I left those crutches and started walking on Orthopedics shoe. Still my heart believed that I can even leave this support which I ultimately achieved.
Still right leg is disoriented 45% in damaged condition I suffer pain (sometimes) which I am used to it, but I can walk on my own legs without any supports.This is my biggest ever achievement, even bigger than my call from IIM because it taught me so many things which are impossible to put in words or can’t be shared. I believe God has given me a 2nd change for something which I hope I will figure out and will be focusing on it.

1) Be the One what you to be, accept the challenges as more bitter the experiences are the sweeter the success is. 

2) It on your Attitude & Dedication towards the problem which matters.

3) Create the target / Aim in Life & work for it.

Written by Amit Gandhi PGP2013-15, on his own life experience.

Monday, August 26, 2013

An Inspiring Tale-Yogesh Gupta

“I took the one less travelled by, and that has made all the difference”

Even though I started my life after my birth, actually I started living after losing my eyesight. I am Yogesh

Gupta, born and bought up in Pune. After an accident in 2001, I gradually lost my eyesight, completely

by 2008. Till 2005, I could only see sunlight, people standing close to me and sometimes dark colours,

not enough for studying. I went to Delhi in November 2005, for my eye-treatment and stayed there for

more than a year. Even after taking treatment from AIIMS, my eye condition wasn’t resolved. I came

back to Pune in February 2007 and decided to continue my studies.

At this stage, my first objective was to find a mentor to guide me how to go further with my education.

I visited some NGOs and received guidance about the courses and how to go about it. During this time

I met a teacher who decided to teach me for my 10

also taught me how to envision my dreams and how to achieve those dreams. As I moved further in my

life I started making new friends which are an important part of my life. Because of them the meaning

of my life changed and now I had a goal, an ambition to achieve. I wanted to get into IIMs and after

completing my education I wanted to be a leader in an organization. While dreaming of my ambition I

also came across many challenges which later on became learning experiences, not to forget the kind of

support I had of my family, teachers and friends. I never believed that I would be able to accomplish so

many things in my life.

In the first year of my graduation, I started a writers’ club which named as Eyes For Blind. The objective

of this group was to arrange and provide scribes to all the visually and physically challenged people

who were not able to write their paper on their own and needed assistant for this purpose. The group

consisted of 450 members and 200 of them working actively. This was the biggest achievement of my

life. This not only motivated people, but also encouraged many colleges to start a writers’ club in their

colleges. People still know me for my work and Eyes For Blind has become a part of my identity. I also

got an opportunity to become Secretary of Youth Red Cross Society of our college; another achievement

where I got the opportunity to become a leader.

These achievements gave a new meaning to my name. Now I am a part of IIM Raipur, again an

achievement for me. Here I will try to overcome my weaknesses and enhance my qualities to fulfill

expectations of all those people because of whom I am here. I will try to reach that summit, the one

they have always dreamt for me.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Pratigya-The Oath Taking Ceremony

A new rejuvenated Team Kartavya kick started its Annual Campaign with Pratigya-The Oath Taking Ceremony on 15th August, 2013.The theme of the event was to inculcate good work ethics in the future managers of the country.The event was attended with full fervor by the new PGP first year and the FPM program students Pratigya began with a short introduction speech that strived to sensitize the audience with the contemporary issues stymying the progress of the nation. Few excerpts from the speech:

“On this 67th Independence Day, we ought to ask ourselves some tough questions.Are we really heading towards the directions as envisaged by our nation’s founding fathers? Are we making real progress? Where are we headed towards as a nation? Is progress only about making Antillas’ and forgetting the slum-dwellers of Dharavi? Or is it only about us, the haves and not the have nots.
Real progress happens when the country grows not only economically, but also socially. These two are like the two horses drawing the same chariot. The chariot can’t move forward if the horses are moving differently. The onus ultimately lies with the charioteer i.e ‘us’ that has to ensure the two horses move in tandem.”

As future managers in the corporate world, our students shall be responsible for making decisions that will impact the lives of many. It’s here that the role of good values and ethics come into play. Ethics give us prudence to decide wrong from right. We finally need to take a call. Do we really want the chariot to move forward or not?

The speech was followed by the diya lighting that was performed by each of the 130 students present.

The Oath(as given below) was taken shortly and summed up the theme of Pratigya.

The soothing ambience of the diyas and the calmness of the night had a profound effect on the 130+ future managers and the evening was wrapped up with the following quote from the 1978 film "Saajan Bina Suhaagan":

"Madhuban sawaan deta hai,
Sagar jeevan deta hai,
Jeena uska jeena hai,
Jo auron ko jeewan deta hai"

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Say ‘NO’ to Tobacco..

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared May 31st as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in an effort to promote at least 24 Hrs of abstinence from Tobacco amongst the people of this world. It is hoped that this will help those people who are trying to quit smoking. And maybe to encourage those that are not even trying.  Quitting is a step which requires a lot of courage, because first and foremost you need to realize the need to stop and admit that you were wrong. Once you do that, then only you can actually go ahead and quit. On this World No Tobacco Day, Kartavya wants to play its part in helping people make this decision.
Perhaps the most baffling thing about smokers is that there is probably not a single one who thinks that smoking is good for health. The statistics we are going to present are nothing they haven’t heard before. For instance, I’m sure everyone knows that tobacco kills one out of every 10 people. Or that approximately 5.5 million people die around the world every year due to tobacco use. And that India accounts for nearly one-fifth of those deaths. Over one million Indians dying every year due to that small cigarette you hold in your hand. 2500 dead every day. Maybe you will just shrug and say it doesn’t concern you because one cigarette is not going to make you drop dead on the spot. No it probably won’t, it’s not cyanide after all. But when you do become one of those 5.5 million people, a few years down the line, and your loved ones are desolate, it might be a small consolation to them to know that you chose this path. You decided you didn’t want to spend more time in this beautiful world. You in fact signed your own death certificate. If that is what you want, sure, go ahead and smoke that cigarette. Nobody can force you to live when you want to die. But for those of you, who just might want to live a bit longer, do read on.
One of the recent trends in this world has been the increase in the number of female smokers. In fact, it is estimated that there may be more female smokers than male smokers today. Who said that women care about looking good? These women obviously don’t. For they must be knowing that smoking is the easiest way to look older. Here is how:
·         The nicotine in cigarettes makes the blood vessels in the skin smaller and thinner, thereby reducing blood flow. This reduces the amount of nutrition and oxygen that your skin can get. So, you are essentially starving your skin. 
·         Harmful ingredients in cigarette smoke (more than 4000 of them) end up damaging your skin’s elastin and collagen – the fibers which make your skin more supple and elastic. Ultimately, this causes your skin to sag more and adds to the early appearance of wrinkles.
·         The heat that you are exposed to from burning cigarettes can also add to the formation of wrinkles by causing repeated trauma to the skin.
·         The skin becomes discolored or uneven, resulting in a patchy or paler appearance.
·         Sagging also occurs on the face and the body, making you look older than your years. Smoking is in fact the number one cause of sagging breasts.
·         Hair loss is another common side effect and significantly contributes to baldness, particularly in Asian men.
Still want to puff away at that cigarette, girls? Well maybe it’s not so bad. Maybe other smokers will find you just as attractive with wrinkles, sagging skin and hair loss. After all, they are likely to be the same way. You’ll be a matching pair. All the best for your future.
We haven’t even started on the diseases it causes. But that is easy enough. Just think about the worst diseases in this world, and you can be sure that tobacco plays a part in causing it. All types of cancer, bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, tuberculosis, heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, cataracts, and ulcers – all due to that one small cigarette. And you know the worst part? It’s not just yourself you are killing! Around 42000 non-smokers in the US die every year due to the smoke they unwillingly inhale. And around 900 of those are babies, who don’t even have a choice. How would you feel if your child was one of them, and you were the cause of its death, simply because you couldn’t give up that one cigarette? Sounds harsh, but it could happen.
After reading all this, you are probably wondering what is the point of having a World No Tobacco Day, if it’s already too late. But there is some good news. It is never too late. There are a few things you can do to make it easier to quit:
·         Firstly, you need to drink lots of cool water (not ice cold), preferably water stored in a copper container. This will help to cleanse the body of toxins.
·         Drink milk or eat carrots before smoking. It creates a bitter taste which might discourage you.
·         Fruits rich in Vitamin C, like lemons, oranges and amla reduce the urge to smoke.
·         Ayurvedic herbs like Shatavari, Gotu Kola (Brahmi ), Ginseng and Ashwagandha and products such as Triphala and Sudarshana Choorna can also help detoxify tissues.
·         Substitute herbal cigarettes for nicotine containing ones. These are available at Ayurvedic shops and contain medicinal herbs.
·         Get sufficient exercise. Endorphins produced by exercising will help you deal with melancholy feelings that occur when you quit.
·         Breathing exercises also help
·         Most importantly, get help from your friends and family members. Their support and encouragement will motivate you to stick to your decision
It is a very, very brave step that you will be taking. Maybe it will be successful, maybe it will not. But it can’t hurt to try. If you have the courage, nothing can stop you. Just say ‘No’ to tobacco.

Contributed By: Neha Khapre, PGP 2012-14, she can be reached at

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

International Day for Biological Diversity

"Biodiversity is the totality of all inherited variation in the life forms of Earth, of which we are one species. We study and save it to our great benefit. We ignore and degrade it to our great peril." --E.O. Wilson ('Father of Sociobiology')
Today, May 22nd, is celebrated worldwide as International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB). This day was declared by the United Nations to commemorate the implementation of the Convention of Biological Diversity in 1993. Earlier, it used to be celebrated on December 29th but in 2000 the date was changed to May 22nd in order to make it easier for the various nations to plan events around it, since there are many other holidays in December.
Conservation of biodiversity is important for many ecological, economical and spiritual reasons. A diverse ecosystem is a productive ecosystem in which each small part plays a vital and important role in keeping the system functioning. The millions of species in the world form our biggest economic resources for medicine, food and natural materials. Not to mention the various flora that help in absorbing greenhouse gases and maintaining the natural beauty of the environment. With so many species still undiscovered, biodiversity could very well provide the cures for the many illnesses and diseases we suffer. A healthy and diverse ecosystem is also a lot more likely to withstand and recover quickly from natural disasters.

However, the natural biodiversity of the world is facing a serious threat from human activities. Many of the world’s species are on the brink of extinction. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has determined that the threat of extinction faced by various species is as follows:
  • 1 out of 8 birds
  • 1 out of 4 mammals
  • 1 out of 4 conifers
  • 1 out of 3 amphibians
  • 6 out of 7 marine turtles
Here are some statistics which give insight about the gravity of the situation.
If the extinction continues at the same rate, very soon we will not be able to enjoy the beauty of the Earth, which lies in its varied species and ecosystems. Some examples are given below, as captured by Greenpeace:
The theme for this year’s IDB is ‘Water’. UN has designated 2013 as the International Year for Water Cooperation, and it hopes that the various countries around the world will raise awareness about this vital issue and will take positive action towards implementing water conservation.

Water is essential for life. No living being on planet Earth can survive without it. It is a prerequisite for human health and well-being as well as for the preservation of the environment. Despite its importance, all of us are so casual about conserving water. We don’t even pause for a second before turning on the tap and using it at will. So many times we leave the tap on while brushing our teeth, simply because we are in a hurry and cannot waste 2 seconds to turn it off and on again later. We stand for hours under the shower, not caring if we are emptying the entire tank. All of us are aware that using a shower results in more water wastage than using a bucket, but it simply does not matter to us because we don’t think about the people in other parts of the world, where there isn't enough water to drink, let alone bathe in. Maybe for now it doesn't matter, but what will happen when there isn't sufficient freshwater to support the world’s population? Where will we turn to then? Maybe, it’s time that we gave it a thought.

On this day, let us play our part in helping conserve water. Let us pledge to use only as much water as required. Let us also spread the message to our friends and acquaintances. We can make a difference. Remember, a small stone is enough to start an avalanche.
Contributed By: Neha Khapre, PGP 2012-14, she can be reached at

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Students of IIM Raipur turn up in droves to donate blood

Kartavya organized a blood donation camp at their campus on 27th February, 2013 in collaboration with the Indian Red Cross Society. The students and staff of IIM Raipur as well as the neighboring GEC College participated wholeheartedly in the event, with more than 120 of them turning up to donate their blood. 

Every year, our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 40 Lakh units of blood are available. The gift of blood is the gift of life. It is astounding to think that every two seconds someone needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. There is no substitute for human blood, it cannot be artificially manufactured. Hence it is extremely important that all of us donate our blood whenever we get the opportunity. The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. One day that someone may be a close relative, a friend, a loved one—or even you. 


Dr. Baghel of the Indian Red Cross Society appreciated the spirit shown by the students and encouraged them to continue with the good work. A lot of girls participated in the event as well, and showed that they do not lag behind their male counterparts when it comes to blood donation. The students showed that they truly understand their responsibility towards society by not hesitating in volunteering for donation. They didn’t mind waiting in queue for their turn, and many of them encouraged their friends to participate as well. If every person in our country showed the same kind of spirit and determination to help others, we would never have any shortage of blood. Such initiatives display the good that a person can do when he is motivated to help society.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Trash 2 Treasure

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Hostel dorms at IIM Raipur see the cartons placed outside with the label 'Trash 2 Treasure'. Story unfolds as below
Newspapers being thrown in the trash are a huge waste of precious resources, because the manufacture of paper requires a number of trees to be cut down, which in turn leads to deforestation and other environmental issues such as global warming. If we recycle the newspapers, we will play a big part in saving our forests.

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The word 'Treasure' was particularly chosen because we at Kartavya are going to use use the proceeds from the recycling of the paper for a good cause. The revenue generated is used to fund the various CSR activities that we undertake. The trash will be a treasure for someone else....