Student Affairs and Welfare Council
The Student Affairs and Welfare Council (SAWC) represents the students of IMT Ghaziabad. The council works to make student life better at IMT on both professional and social fronts, by conducting an array of activities from holding personality development sessions to organising a large scale fest – Passion. SAWC is responsible to facilitate the Organisation Based Project (OBP) Initiative of IMT Ghaziabad. For this reason, SAWC is also called the OBP Council.
SAWC facilitates the working of the administration by getting involved in activities such as student registration, creation and maintenance of databases, looking after the utilization of infrastructure at IMT and many other things. SAWC represents the student point of view in key matters such as designing course curriculum, updating academic calendar, organising workshops, etc. The council acts as a liaison for the students to voice their opinions concerning new procedures and policies designed by the administration. SAWC played a vital role in getting the AACSB accreditation for IMT Ghaziabad. It led the presentation regarding the student activities to the international PR team of AACSB.
The council plays a key role in the Organisation Based Project (OBP) initiative of IMT Ghaziabad. OBP is a medium through which IMT tries to put students into a working-organisation environment where students can learn corporate culture, leadership qualities and team skills. This simulation of working organisations is brought into existence by the 30 plus clubs and committees at IMT Ghaziabad. SAWC as the OBP Council, facilitates this process by recruiting, mentoring and appraising the members of some committees and coordinating and facilitating the working amongst other committees. This makes SAWC the torch-bearer of OBP at IMT.
Some of the events that the council organises are:
1. Passion: Passion is the flagship management festival of IMT Ghaziabad. It is a three-day fest held every year at IMT Ghaziabad itself, and sees footfall of about 1500 attendants, from all over India, over the three-day period. It is the biggest management fest in Delhi NCR.
2. IMT Business Conclave: In 2016, the council organised the first business conclave of IMT where eminent speakers like Ms. Sudha Pillai, Ms. Ruchira Jaitly, Mr. Mohit Kapoor and Mr. Rohit Gandhi bestowed their knowledge amongst the attendees of the conclave.
3. Cyclothon: It is a CSR initiative of IMT Ghaziabad where 300+ cyclists raise awareness on causes such as environmental sustainability & women empowerment. The theme for Cyclothon 2016 was “Standing up for Indian Army” and that for Cyclothon 2015 was “Clean Air”.
4. Tatva: This event has so far happened just before Passion. This is where seniors present their internship projects to eminent people from the industry and academic community, to grab the first prize. This is a great learning experience for juniors attending this event, as they learn what is expected of them in their internships.
The council also organises quality guest lectures and workshops. It has organized guest lectures by eminent corporate personalities like Mr. Pankaj Dubey (CEO, Polaris India), Mr Amit Gupta (CEO and President, Hero Motors), illustrious speakers from GroupOn, etc. The council has also organised significant workshops like Benchmark Six Sigma and CMO Workshop (where renowned CMOs came to address the students). The council actively associates with corporates and start ups and facilitates floating of quality short-term projects (STPs) for students, and their selection for the same.
The council organises Personality Development Programmes (PDP) at the beginning of the PGDM course, to help students smoothly transition into the MBA-life at IMT Ghaziabad. All that is expected of the students over the two years is made clear during PDP.
SAWC promotes and ensures student welfare by warranting security, scheduling bus transportation, building infrastructure, attending to emergency crisis situations and maintaining decorum on campus. The council endeavours to better its efforts every year to ensure maximum value addition to student life at IMT Ghaziabad and strives to achieve excellence in all aspects to further IMT’s heavyweight brand value across the industry and the entire B-School fraternity.
All said and done, SAWC does not forget about the social life of the students. The pressure of MBA, the disappointments faced, the highs and lows at IMT, the freezing winter, the new arrivals and the final departures – all are celebrated. SAWC organises Fresher’s, Farewell, New Year Eve, Convocation and many other social gatherings.
1st Row (Left to Right): Pankaj Khannade, Vatsalya Dixit, Utkarsh Wadhwa, Aman Kejriwal, Akhil Sundar
2nd Row (Left to Right): Avni Duggal, Rashi Gupta, Sonal Kulkarni, Aditi Varshney, Shweta Khurana