IMT Ghaziabad Launches Mandatory Course on Sustainability and Social Responsibility IMTG’s flagship Two-year PGDM Programme ; Working towards a better future.
Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad (IMTG) is India’s premier AACSB accredited management school with a distinct focus on grooming leadership through Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility. It is an autonomous, non-profit organization, offering highly sought–after postgraduate programmes for more than three decades. IMTG currently offers four programmes – Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) Full Time, PGDM Executive, PGDM Part Time, and PGDM Dual Country Programme (DCP).
“I AM THE CHANGE!”
Drawing inspiration from our Father of Nation, IMT Ghaziabad on the eve of Mahatma Gandhi’s Birthday announced a mandatory three-credit course titled as “Sustainability and Social Responsibility (SSR)”. The SSR course is mandatory for first year students of the institute’s flagship course i.e. 2-year Post Graduation Diploma in Management (PGDM) program. The course is offered for students in 2016-18 batch and onwards. Major focus of the program will be on spreading awareness among the youth. This course aims to inculcate within the students, the ethos of sustainability, social responsibility and distributive justice and discern ‘contribution’ as an ethic through hands-on implementation of live social projects in and around Ghaziabad and Delhi NCR. The first steps taken under the initiative are a course on SSR and a Talk Series.
The initiative was launched in the presence of eminent Gandhian Shri Ramesh Bhaiya of Vinoba Sewa Ashram and dignitaries from Ghaziabad local administration at the institute’s campus located in Ghaziabad, Delhi NCR. The launch also witnessed Ghaziabad Mayor Shri Ashu Verma, ADM City Smt. Priti Jayaswal and SP City Shri Salman Taj also graced the dais. Shri Satish Kaura, Padma Shri awardee and CMD, Samtel Group represented IMT Ghaziabad Governing Council, and Ghaziabad local administration and public representatives.
The Director of IMT, Ghaziabad said “Today, we’re embarking on a new journey. In life, we are either a consumer or a contributor. The whole objective of this initiative is how we have the joy of giving, how we become sensitive to distributive justice, and to understand and appreciate how different strata of society live.”
The Chief Guest of the event, Mayor of Ghaziabad Shri Ashu Verma said, “I congratulate IMT Ghaziabad for taking up the cause of SSR and making the course a compulsory part of the PGDM curriculum. Today, business graduates have options to serve the society while earning well in the social sector as well as to pursue the social entrepreneurship track. SSR is a positive step in the direction of the young people making an impact to their own society, their own country.” He also emphasised on the course correction in the way the corporates spend their CSR funds and said, “It is time the corporates must begin utilising their CSR funds in the on-ground social projects in addition to running awareness campaigns on media.” “Ghaziabad Nagar Nigam has already partnered with IMTG for social projects and the students played an active part during the Swachh Bharat Week on the 2nd anniversary of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Many more projects are lined-up.”, he added.
In his address, Ramesh Bhaiya covered several facets on the relevance of SSR while quoting from his experiences with Acharya Vinoba Bhave, great freedom fighter and the protagonist of Bhudan Andolan (The Land Donation Movement) and his own work amongst the underprivileged. Speaking of why social responsibility is a necessity, he said, “SSR was always a part of lifestyle of Bharat but was forgotten/left behind once it became India. Mankind, animals, birds, trees and insects are the five living beings on this planet. Mankind has always made up excuses to not being able to take care of the other four, as well as his own, only to realize that a man lives in extreme selfishness and intends to take care of himself alone. We have to work towards changing this, and serve the entire ecosphere. When you study a bit, you should give back to your family, when you study further you should give back to your village, and when you study higher you should give back to the nation.”
The institute focuses on implementation of ideas rather than discussing it. SSR is the university’s way of saying “Be the change you want to see in the world”.Last Updated - 07 Oct 2016