IIM Udaipur and Harvard Business School Club of India to host Inclusive India Forum 2014 at IIMU campus!

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

Inclusive India Forum will be attended by stalwarts from corporate and social sectors. Confirmed delegates include 25 Harvard Business School Alumni, 25 Corporate Social Responsibility Heads from various companies and Founders & Senior Functionaries of 40 NGOs from across India. Inclusive India Forum would be the first event of its kind organized in India, where different stakeholders from corporate organizations and NGOs would gather on one platform and discuss ways in which partnerships can be created in the development management space for the larger benefit of society.

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Janat Shah, DirectorIIM Udaipur, faculty and students of IIMU will welcome all the delegates in the event. The event will flag off by a Keynote address to be delivered by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan, Vice Chairman & CEO, Zensar Technologies.

Indicative list of the prominent corporate personalities who will be attending the event comprises:

  • Adil Zainulbhai, Senior Advisor & former Chairman – McKinsey India
  • Padmashree Rajinder Gupta, Founder & Chairman – Trident Group
  • Vikram Mehta, Chairman – Brookings India
  • Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Head CSR – British Petroleum India
  • Mohini Daljeet Singh, CEO – Max India Foundation

C-Suite Executives from some of the big firms across the country including Brookings India, Dr. Reddy Foundation, BP India, DLF, Vodafone, Piramal Foundation, Forbes Marshall, Genpact, Vedanta, Hindustan Zinc, Max India Foundation, ITC, MacArthur Foundation, NASSCOM Foundation, Secure, Shell Foundation and Harvard Business School alumni would unite together to deliberate on how the skills and resources from Corporate world can align with the Social services sector to develop synergies across various projects in the social space in the coming years.

Indicative list of prominent personalities from NGO space who would be participating in the forum comprises:

  • Ashwin A. Shah, Founder – Gram Sewa Trust
  • Rajiv Khandelwal, Founder & Chairperson – Aajeevika Bureau
  • Binoy Acharya, Founder & Director – UNNATI
  • Girish Sohoni, President & Managing Trustee, BAIF Development Research Foundation
  • Mini Bedi, Asia Director of International Association for Community Development – Director Development Support Team (DST)
  • Pankaj Shah, Director Community Health – SEWA Rural

The forum brings together personalities and leaders from NGOs like ACCESS Development  Services, Akshaya Patra Foundation, Ananya Finance, Arth, Astha Sansthan, BASIX, British Council, Cecoedecon, Centre for Science and Environment, Concern India, Drishtee, EDVANCE Group, Food Security Foundation India, IBTADA, IIMPACT, Jatan, Lok Panchayat, Marie Stopes International, Pan Himalaya Grassroot, Piramal Foundation, Secure Giving, Seva Mandir, Shaishav, Smile Foundation, Uthan, VAAGDHARA, VANI and Vidya Bhavan Society.

The first panel discussion on “The Corporate World on the Social Sector” would be moderated by Dr. Ganesh Natarajan. This would be followed by second panel discussion on the theme “Development Management Sector in India: What works and what does not?” moderated by Mr. Anshul Arora, CEO – Edvance Group. The panel discussions will be followed by brainstorming sessions wherein delegates would be segregated into three focus groups and would discuss on current and possible future initiatives in Livelihood, Healthcare and Education sectors. One of the key anticipated outcomes of the forum is a roadmap which will give directions and indicators for working in a collaborative way on social projects in future, which would lead to inclusive growth in India in the long run.

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The Udaipur community has shown keen enthusiasm and interest in this event. A Press Conference was conducted on 23rd July in IIM Udaipur campus as a pre-cursor for this event in which around 30 local press and media partners came to cover the event. Zucchini Italian Cuisine Restaurant of Udaipur has associated with the forum as the Food Partner.

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IIM Udaipur through various initiatives in the past has shown a deep commitment towards developing socially responsible managers and actively contributes in societal development. This programme in collaboration with the HBS Club of India is another major step taken by the institute in the same direction.

Things which differentiate IIM Udaipur – Rural Immersion!

Immersion lies at the heart of pedagogy of teaching and delivery at IIM Udaipur. The idea behind immersion is to get students dive into real life environment and explore the learning perspectives themselves. A special feature of the first year of the PGP Programme is the course on Indian Social and Political Environment which attempts to provide insights to students about the inherent social and political issues in a developing country like India. The course strives to make students think on their feet about the role which managers need to play in the 21st century and how out of the box solutions can be derived by lessons of management education for the social problems prevalent in economies.

Rural Immersion Programme is a part of the course wherein the students have to visit the tribal villages of Southern Rajasthan in their respective study groups and stay there for a week. The motive of the programme is to provide the students insights about the nature of the challenges in the rural life of India and the efficacy of existing efforts to address them. Students collaborate with NGOs functioning in the areas from a significant period of time. During the course of the programme, students interact with inhabitants of the villages and the local administration, fill in surveys and try to understand the social life and Human Development Indices in these areas. The outcomes which the students are expected to deliver are recommendations of better solutions for realization of optimal health, education and livelihood drives.

The learning is complemented by a change in outlook towards government initiatives like NREGA with better understanding and appreciation for the bureaucratic services functions and the difficulties in design and implementation of development programmes at the grass-root level. The solutions and means of employment generated in the villages also teach about the perspectives of consumers and producers from the bottom of the pyramid. The untapped potential of the Rural Market can be well utilized by the socio-entrepreneurial ventures in which a lot of big and reputed organizations are faring into.

The programme becomes a life changing experience for the students with takeaways of socio-economic problems still prevalent in the society like illiteracy, poor healthcare infrastructure, malnutrition, unemployment, dowry, child marriages, corruption, nepotism et al. The awareness comes from living with the hamlets of families in the villages about the aspects of life like natural environment, mutual sharing of resources, agents of change serving selflessly in NGOs, compassion and power of communication.

The long term vision behind the transformational initiative is to sensitize the students and develop socially conscious managers who can work in future towards collective and inclusive growth of the society.