Padma Shri Geeta Dharmarajan Enthrals IMT Ghaziabad – Delivers 4th I’M The Change Talk ‘Elephant in the Room’
GHAZIABAD, India and NEW DELHI, December 26, 2017/PRNewswire/ — IMT Ghaziabad (IMTG), India’s premier management school with a distinct focus on grooming leadership through Innovation, Execution, and Social Responsibility, marked the 4th edition of the I’M The Change Talk, an integral part of its Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR) initiative ‘I’M The Change’, on December 23, 2017 with an inspiring session by Padma Shri Geeta Dharmarajan, founder of ‘Katha’, an inspirational storyteller, writer, publisher, educationalist, and community organiser.
The Talk was conducted alongside the ongoing 2nd Chapter of the 3-Credit experiential learning course – SSR – under the aegis of internationally acclaimed I’M The Change Initiative, unveiled in October 2016, on the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi. Inspired by the eternal teaching of Mahatma Gandhi Ji, “Be the change you want to see in the world,” the primary objectives of the SSR course is to expose students to situations that allow them to observe how people live, especially the underprivileged, and enable students to experience the ‘joy of contribution’ through hands-on execution of live social projects with underprivileged communities.
Setting the tone of the event, Dr. Kasturi Das, Faculty-in -Charge, Sustainability and Social Responsibility at IMTG took the audience through the journey of the SSR course which in its first year has been able to touch, even if in a modest way, the lives of an estimated 5,231 people belonging to the bottom strata of the population all across Delhi-NCR. She added the current chapter of SSR is working on a total of 91 social projects spread all across Delhi-NCR in partnership with 13 NGO partners and the Ghaziabad District Magistrate’s Office. Each of the 91 social projects is aligned with one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, and covered a whole range of areas including education; soft skills development; Life Skills Education through games and play; women empowerment; sustainable livelihood generation; generating awareness about child sexual abuse, disaster risk reduction; waste management; welfare of old and destitute; welfare of special people, environmental sustainability, social entrepreneurship, among others, she added. A few projects are also aligned to some of the flagship initiatives of the Government of India such as Swachh Bharat Mission; Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU- GKY); Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana; Skill India etc., said
On the sidelines of the event, Director, IMT Ghaziabad,
I’M The Change within a year of its commencement has brought laurels to the Institute by winning accolades and awards across various forums. In August 2017, IMTG bagged the Gold Award at ‘IMC Award for Excellence in Management Education 2017’ held at IIM Lucknow for its SSR initiative under the category ‘Developing a Future-ready Curriculum’. Earlier in July 2017, I’M The Change received accolades at the United Nations’ 2017 Global Forum for Responsible Management Education, which was held in conjunction with the UN Political Forum on Sustainable Development, in New York City, USA. A compilation of short narratives on ten most impactful social projects undertaken by the IMTG students has also been launched recently by IMTG, titled ‘I’M The Change…Parables from a Developing World’, compiled, narrated and edited by