Inclusive India Forum 2014: A joint initiative by IIM Udaipur and HBS Club of India concludes on a highly successful note at IIMU!

Indian Institute of Management, Udaipur in association with the Harvard Business School Club of India successfully organized the first Inclusive India Forum 2014 at IIM Udaipur campus on 26th July, 2014.

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The event was attended by stalwarts from corporate and social sectors. Prominent delegates included 12 Harvard Business School Alumni, 23 Corporate Social Responsibility Heads from various companies and 44 Founders & Senior Functionaries from NGOs from across India. Inclusive India Forum is the first event of its kind organized in India, where different stakeholders from corporate organizations and NGOs shared one platform to discuss ways in which partnerships can be created in the development management space for the larger benefit of society.

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The event began with a welcome address by Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur. Dr. Shah mentioned the need to focus on the development in the region. He specified the deep commitment of IIM Udaipur to work towards this agenda citing many initiatives like the Center for Development Management, partnerships with local corporates and NGOs like Hindustan Zinc, Secure Meters, Seva Mandir, Arth and Aajeevika Bureau among others. His speech concluded with the purpose of the event to devise an action plan through the collaboration and discussions with the delegates and to make dependable friends who will join IIMU in working towards the inclusive growth of India.

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The keynote address for the event was delivered by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman & CEO, Zensar Technologies and Chairman of the 2000 member strong NASSCOM foundation. He talked about his initiative which aims at making at least one member of every Indian family digitally literate, so that the access to technology and the corresponding awareness can help them avail the development initiatives. He emphasized that the vision of HBS Club of India should be contributing in the field of social causes and not that of a mere business beneficiary body.

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The participation of the delegates for the day began with first panel discussion on “The Corporate World on the Social Sector” which was moderated by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. The panelists Prof. Janat Shah, Mr. S. Ravichandran – Cummins India, Ms. Neera Nundy – Dasra and Mr. Sanjaya Singhal – Secure Meters spoke largely on the topic and the audience participation brought in key pointers like lack of need-gap analysis of planning/scalability skills in NGOs, absence of CSR initiatives taken by companies in non-industrialized regions of India, strategic alignment with corporate organizations and executional challenges of incorporating CSR values in corporations.

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Second panel discussion on the theme “Development Management Sector in India: What works and what does not?” was moderated by Mr. Anshul Arora, CEO – Edvance Group and saw Mr. Aditya Nataraj – Piramal Foundation, Mr. Ajay Mehta – Seva Mandir, Ms. Rita Soni – NASSCOM, Mr. Anoop Kaul – Basix, Ms. Uma Ganesh and Mr. Jayant Sahastrabuddhe discussing on existing as well as future possible partnerships between civil society, NGOs and corporates. The challenges like experimental flexibility in schemes such as NREGA by the government, importance of knowledge creation and knowledge asymmetry were discussed. The common opinion which emerged was that educational institutions should focus on making social leaders, and bring about capacity and capabilities building along with partnering with local industries to work towards nation building. The message of ‘CSR as a fundamental duty of everyone’ was emphasized by the panel.

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The panel discussions were followed with brainstorming sessions wherein delegates segregated into three focus groups to discuss on current and possible future initiatives in Livelihood, Healthcare and Education sectors. The mutual discussions between corporate, CSR representatives and social sector heads in common teams brought perspectives on formulating roadmaps to give directions for future collaboration on social projects. The implementation challenges at the grass root level and the deep understanding of the bottom of the pyramid brought in by the NGOs helped in developing of a complete functional roadmap.

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The event saw enthusiastic response and the participants were enthralled with a cultural program in the evening with highlights of traditions of Rajasthan. The delegates also had interactions with the student community of IIMU and partake a Heritage walk and NGO visit on 27th July, 2014.

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Indian Institute of Management Udaipur strives to build a workforce of student managers imbibed with the beliefs of social responsibility, inclusiveness and the potential of collective growth, who can go on to create social and economic values for the society. This initiative organized by PrayatnaThe Social Responsibility Club of IIM Udaipur represents the true pride and insignia of IIMU and is a key milestone achieved in this direction. IRIS – The Photography Club of IIM Udaipur helped in clicking the pictures of the event.

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Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Values!

Treading the path of management career empowers one with a responsibility to create social and economic values for the society. A large part of the managers’ careers involves real time complex decision making in testing and demanding situations and the decisions affect organizations, citizens, communities and the environment.

The pedagogy at IIMU is designed keeping the ideaor in mind to develop sensitized and responsible managers instilled with values which will help them in every stage of their lives. Convened by the visionary leader, Prof. Janat ShahDirector, IIM Udaipur, who is known for his humbleness and modesty in the academic & corporate world and the Board of Governors, the initiatives operational at IIMU foster values in all the actions and commitments of students, faculty and staff. The programmes are specially designed to hone the values of integrity, honesty, respect, ownership, trust and excellence in all the deeds of student managers. The institute administration working round the clock in running the activities of the institute surpass excellence and exemplify a culture of always being approachable, dedicated and helping. The faculty and students work in teams in a multi-cultural and academically diverse setting to develop authorship, respect, understanding, reliability and appreciation of the values of team work.

Provision of Global and Rural Immersion programmes coupled with socially oriented courses like Business Ethics in the curriculum help in the all-round development of students. IIM Udaipur is the only institute in India to have a Code of Conduct and Constitution in place within just two years of its foundation. Each and every word in the constitution has been debated in open house sessions between the students and the administration to ensure there is upright integrity in academic and non-academic pursuits of the students. A Council of Student Affairs is elected by the students, which works towards protecting the rights and duties of the students and to ensure there is openness and fairness in the access of growth opportunities and learning resources of the institute by all.

The institute has adopted practices and standards like IPRS audited placement reports, sharing of institute events’ reports with the community and timely communication of admission process which reflect transparency and accountability. The events of the institute are organized and implemented by the students and the student clubs and committees are given full autonomy to design and control their governance. A number of activities are designed in collaboration with external agencies and organizations like NGOs and government bodies wherein the students strive towards learning social responsibility, inclusiveness and the potential of collective growth.

The endeavor of the institute and its affairs remain a testimony to the sincerity, leadership, uniqueness, creativity, mutual prosperity, equality, sustainability and decorum in communication aligned with the student activities to help them stand out at the helm of their careers and achieve their goals of success with élan in the competitive business world.