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.

Donate your blood and make a difference

Millions of people owe their lives to people whom they will never know or meet in their lifetime. They are none other than those people, who have donated their blood freely and without any reward – voluntary blood donors. Voluntary unpaid donors are the foundation of a safe blood supply which saves millions of human beings from the jaws of untimely death. We need to extend a hearty appreciation to these unsung heroes who give the precious gift of life to mankind.

Kartavya, the CSR Club of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur in association with Red Cross organised a blood donation camp in the campus on Wednesday, 7th September2016. The underlining objective of organizing the camp was to spread awareness among the people as they possess many preconceived notions and awry beliefs about blood donation. This event aimed to successfully transform these notions into interest, resulting into participation and hence initiating a change in people’s attitude and perception towards blood donation. The changes would go a long way percolating in the mindset of the people.

The event started with an awareness campaign run by Kartavya in the various colleges about the need for blood donation and the benefits of blood donation to the donor. For instance, it was not well known that every 2 seconds, someone in India needs blood and that blood is not readily available. Many donors were also inspired to attend due to the many health benefits for donors, including free basic check-up, lowered levels of cholesterol,reducing obesity and heart and cancer risk reduction. 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 because the gift of blood is the gift of life. Be someone special and be a blood donor.

Our heartfelt gratitude to all the 130 donors who came and made this noble cause a huge success because we know there is no substitute for donors. It only comes from generous donors.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Junkyard Wars

India’s garbage generation stands at 0.2 to 0.6 kilograms of garbage per head per day. According to last year’s data urban India was the world’s third-largest garbage generator. So what can be done with those items other than disposing them?
Even a fossil can be turned into diamond; hence nothing in this world can be categorized as waste if its true value is recognized. As an initiative to inculcate this notion in an interactive and fun filled way amongst the incoming batch of IIM Raipur, Kartavya organized ‘Junkyard Wars’ - converting trash to any display products - on 28th June 2016. 
It was a night which witnessed IIM Raipur having its miniature rocket launching station, Iron throne, movie theatre and much more. If it is thought that they were built with iron and steel, it is wrong! They were made of newspapers, cardboards, bottles and all other materials that are considered waste and are to be disposed into the dustbins the next day.

The entire IIM R fraternity stood in awe after witnessing what the creative minds of the incoming batch can visualize and accomplish. What resulted was nothing less than a marvel!

Students were divided into two sections to perform the activity. They were given a limited time within which they had to procure the waste materials around the campus and conceptualize and materialize the outcome and present it to the audience in a convincing manner which was truly appreciable.

 The event apart from tapping the creativity also managed to inculcate the spirit of team building into them. Ultimately what evolved as a result of this event was excitement and pure fun.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Health Camp on 26th March, 2016

The nostalgic image of the “good old days” is probably a fantasy when it comes to human health. Historical facts point to an era embodied by an endless struggle with devastating epidemics and unsanitary conditions leading to disease, particularly infant mortality and the early death of young adults. The so called “health revolution” brought about a change resulting in an era in which disease is no longer inevitable and early death no longer an accepted fate. Yet, many areas remain that are still plagued by epidemics and multiple diseases due to lack of proper awareness about health and hygiene.

Kartavya – the CSR club of IIM Raipur organized a free health camp at Purani Gram Panchayat in Aanganwadi area of Sejbahar, Raipur on the 26th of March 2016. Dr. Punit Gupta of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar Hospital provided his support in conducting this event. The primary objective of the event was to spread awareness among the people of Sejbahar area regarding the importance of regular checkups of their health and the grave importance of proper cleanliness measures. The event started at around 11 AM in the morning and went on till 3PM in the evening. Initially the locals were a bit reluctant but the Kartavya members put in remarkable efforts to make them realize how significant regular health checkups are. Finally a total count of 70 people turning up embodies the success of this great cause.

 It is a well known fact that a large segment of our population die because of lack of proper care of their health and lack of adoption of proper cleanliness measures. Hence it is hoped that such a measure by Kartavya go a long way in mitigating this disease that still leaves many parts of our country crippled. 

Socialis Procurator

‘Socialis Procurator’, a case study competition organized by Kartavya based on CSR activities of a company where each team was allocated a case on which they had to make a presentation and present it in front of the judges. Judges included the SPS Jaggi, General Manager (Business Excellence) SAIL-BSP, Mr. Rohit Jain of Rotary Club of Raipur Cosmopolitan and Prof. Pankaj Singh, faculty of IIM Raipur. The first round of the event was an online quiz based on which six teams were selected for the final round to be held on 31st January. The quiz was held on the 19th of January. Finalists included teams from NITIE Mumbai, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIFT Kolkata and XIMB. The judges were really impressed by the presentations of all the teams. The final round presentations started at 2PM and went on till 4PM. The competition was won by team Technotron IIFT Kolkata and the second position was secured by team Marcops, IIM Ranchi. 

Nukkad Natak

Street show organized by Kartavya-CSR club of IIM Raipur as a part of IIM Raipur’s annual Business and Cultural Fest ‘Equinox 6.0’ was held on 29th January 2016. The final phase of the event took place in an open space near Raipur Railway station to attract a large number of spectators. It started at 1.30PM and continued almost till 4PM with respected judges Mr. Ravindra Goyal, Actor,Director,Playwright,Producer,Short Film Maker and member of Sutanuka Society of Performing Arts and Prof. Mukesh Kumar, faculty of IIM Raipur present.

Five finalist teams from different colleges including NIT Raipur, BIT Durg, AIIMS Raipur, SSIPMT and IIM Raipur participated to showcase their talents. Performances were based on women harassment, rape and other social issues. The teams initially had to send a video of their performances on the basis of which five teams were shortlisted for the finals. The winner of the finals was NIT Raipur and runners-up Sri Sankaracharya Institute of Professional Management and Technology.

Street Theatre or the Nukkad Natak, as it is locally known, is perhaps India’s most ancient form of entertainment. Street theatre is perhaps the most effective way to combine live action before a live audience, and get instantaneous responses. The trend of street shows has been on the decline in our country and our primary objective is to revive the spirit of street shows as well as deliver a social message through the event.