Prayatna, the social responsibility club of the Indian Institute of Management Udaipur strives to sensitize the future business leaders of the institute towards social responsibilities. Team Prayatna attempts to bring about meaningful changes in society through interactions at the grassroots level with regards to different sectors, including education, healthcare, and environmental care. Prayatna shares social responsibility with the IIM Udaipur community and further invites everyone to participate actively in all its events and activities. It works hard to empower underprivileged society and simultaneously adds strength to the IIM Udaipur community by involving them in decision making.
On World Soil Day 5th December 2021, team Prayatna carried out its plant adoption drive – Plant it up 2.0. The primary objective of the event was to generate awareness among the fellow members of the community about the conservation of the environment, the benefits of having plants around, and also to generate a sense of responsibility by not only planting them but also by nurturing and becoming a part of their growth.
The plants can help the students reduce stress, purify the air, and make them more environmentally conscious. The motive here was to create awareness through ownership as we care the most when we own it.
Cloth Donation Drive, the recurring event of Prayatna, facilitates the donation of clothes that have outgrown their usefulness from the passing batch and donates them to the NGO that works for the less fortunate. Each year, we hope to bring a smile to someone's face and help those in need. This year, thanks to the collective efforts of the Prayatna and the Moti Foundation, we were able to complete the cloth donation drive successfully despite the COVID pandemic with all protocols in place.
A cloth distribution drive was conducted, wherein the team distributed winter clothes to the construction workers residing on the campus. This was possible because of the generous contributions of the IIMU community members.
Prayatna, the Social Responsibility Club of IIMU, addressed the batch of ICICI RSETI on May 21, 2022. The team, with the support of Professor Kirti Mishra, did an online workshop on the Office Administration course emphasising basic computer and communication skills. The focus was also on career growth and growth in sales, marketing, and retail sectors to make them industry-ready.
Team Prayatna collaborated with GBH American Hospital to conduct this session. The session was conducted by Dr. Yatin Talwar (CEO and Director at GBH American Hospital). Attendees showed great participation and came up with very genuine and curious questions regarding the subject. Dr Yatin ensured that all their queries were resolved, and they did not have any doubts regarding COVID vaccination and its benefits for them and their families.
Team Prayatna came up with a mental health awareness week, where we collected thoughts and opinions about problems the members of the community go through every day. This was to spread awareness and normalize the sharing views and your thoughts on mental health. The team came up with several issues that students, staff, workers face daily and conducted a digital engagement on Prayatna’s digital media platforms.
In line with Environmental Sustainability, Prayatna, in collaboration with Alumni Affairs Association for the very first time, organized a tree plantation initiative for the Milestone V batch on January 24 2020. Our respected director sir Dr. Janat Shah and Milestone V batch Alumni together flagged off this new tradition. From now onwards, every Milestone V batch visiting the campus every year will plant a tree. With this, the Alumni Affairs committee aims to build a legacy that gives our Alumni a thing to come back to whenever they visit our beautiful campus in the future.
The members of the Prayatna club, with the help of the IIMU community, helped create audiobooks for students of “Rajkiya Pragyachakshu Madhyamik Andh Vidyalaya, Udaipur” Blind school. We helped convert two complete books and several chapters from other texts to help students prepare for their exams.
The event was organized to help the visually impaired students of the blind school. The recorded audiobooks included “Samajik Vigyaan” and “Hindi,” among others, for the class 10th students.
Through SWAR, we wish to achieve the objective of making education readily available to all visually impaired students.
The members of the Prayatna club visited Waisenheim orphanage, Udaipur, on 14th November 2021 to celebrate Children’s Day. There were 70 kids in the orphanage. Sweets, fruits, masks, books, and other stationery items were distributed among them. We also spoke with the officials there to know more about the needs of the children.
Team Prayatna conducted ELOCUTION, an extempore competition in collaboration with Team Silvertongues, on March 12, 2022, during the cultural fest of IIM Udaipur – Audacity. The topics per the competition category were given on the spot and were all related to the current social and environmental news and issues. Overall, the event was successful.
India has always been known for its culture and heritage. Our country holds an understanding of mind, body & soul and has been preserving & enhancing it by walking on various paths. One such way is practising Yoga. We at IIM Udaipur thrive for better well-being and academic excellence. To achieve the objective, the Student Community, Faculty, and Administrative Staff celebrated the 8th edition of International Day of Yoga on June 21, 2022, at the IIM Udaipur campus. The event witnessed over a hundred children assisted by Robinhood Army.
Also, regular yoga sessions are organized on campus for students to make their lifestyles healthy.
Blood Donation, one of the prestigious annual events of Prayatna, was held on November 6, 2019, at IIM Udaipur campus. The drive was conducted in collaboration with Saral Blood Bank, Udaipur. The drive saw massive participation from the whole IIM Udaipur community as there were a total of 91 donors, which made the event a huge success. One unit of blood (i.e., 350 ml) was taken from every donor, bringing the total blood count to 31.85 L.
For Christmas 2019, the members of the IIMU community donated the hat of Santa Claus for the children of NGO Impetus. Prayatna, keeping with their tradition of giving back to the society, organized a Christmas winter clothes donation drive under which contributions were collected from the community members. These were used to buy new winter clothes and later distributed to the children by the community on December 24. Sixty children were gifted sweaters and earmuffs.
To empower and to strengthen weaker sections of the society is indeed a significant contribution to society. Prayatna, in collaboration with Alumni and Allies Association, organized the Handicraft exhibition by Sadhana, thus taking small steps towards community empowerment. Handicrafts in Sadhana are manufactured by rural tribal women. Women not only get financially independent, but it also instils confidence in them.
The Handicraft exhibition consisted of various clothes (men and women), bags, anklets, etc. The clothes bear traditional artwork like tanka and patchwork. Through purchasing these items, the IIM Udaipur community made a small attempt towards the social empowerment of strong tribal women.
Team Prayatna organized a movie screening on September 9, 2021, for the children of construction workers living within the campus. The team went to the children’s camp and brought them to the campus for a movie screening. The movie screened was Shershaah, which all children greatly liked, and they were highly enthusiastic. Children were also provided snacks, and the overall event was a great success
To connect with the local community, Prayatna organized ‘Paricharcha’, an inter-school elocution competition, in collaboration with Silvertongues – The Toastmasters’ Club in January 2020, as a part of the cultural fest - Audacity. This event aimed to encourage the participants to hone their public speaking skills.
On February 16, 2020, Prayatna, in collaboration with the “Spinning Wheels” NGO, was successful in installing a sanitary napkin incinerator in the Government school of Pai. The idea was to reduce the number of girl students dropping out of class during their menstruation cycle. Team Prayatna helped raise funds through community donations for the installation of sanitary napkin incinerators.
The celebration of women’s day was undertaken in collaboration with the administrative team as an initiative to celebrate and empower women. Various activities took place which included a physical activity session which was attended by students, staff as well as professors, post that the women wellness centre was inaugurated. In the end, female workers joined in the celebration and distributed jute bags to them.
Sachin Porwal, a student of Pragya Chakshu Sansthan Andha Vidyalaya, performed in the Annual General Body Meeting scheduled during the Milestone V and Flashback VII events in collaboration with A4. He entertained the audience with his on-the-spot jokes. This was the second time he performed at IIM Udaipur. The audience thoroughly enjoyed his presence, and Sachin loved the vibe and support he got from IIM Udaipur.
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