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.