Sadbhavna is the flagship event conducted by the Social Responsibility Forum, SBM, NMIMS. This social festival takes place in March every year and features a number of events each with multiple rounds that are conducted over the course of two weeks. The final rounds of all the events happen in a span of around 5 days and are characterized by enthusiastic participation and frenetic activity.
Sadbhavna ’19 featured six events – Samadhaan, Vagyuddha, WeInnovate, WeCare Photostory, WeCare Documentary, and Anugoonj (NGO Skit and Dance). The details of each event were as follows: The event commenced on 27th Feb and ended on 3rd Mar’ 2019. There were Cash Prizes worth more than Rs. 2 Lakhs.
Samadhaan 2019 was a Social Case Study competition organized in association with Brillio Technologies Pvt Ltd. There were 199 registrations for the event this year. The Case study was launched on 18th February, 2019 and the registered teams were given 7 days to submit their solution. The submitted solutions were evaluated by the team from Brillio and top 10 National teams were called for the final campus round on 3rd March, 2019. The event was judged by Mr. Abhishek Ranjan, Head of CSR and Sustainability from Brillio Technologies; Ms. Smruti Das, Ex NASSCOM Foundation and Mr. Srinivas Ainavolu, Researcher and Faculty at NMIMS-Mumbai.
Vagyuddha was a social parliamentary debate competition. It was launched across India and participants were invited from all B-Schools. As a part of first round of this competition, the registered teams had to submit an essay constituting of both, for and against the motion on the topic ‘Farm loan waivers – Populist scheme or addressing the problem with agriculture in India?’. We got responses from 27 teams out of which we shortlisted 8 teams for the campus round. Prof. Santana Pathak and Prof. Srinivas Ainavolu helped us with the evaluation of these entries. The campus round was on 3rd March’ 19 in the NMIMS Mumbai campus. It consisted of a preliminary round in which pairs of shortlisted teams debated on random topics assuming the roles of government and opposition. The final round was a case based round in which the teams debated their stances as per the case. The judge for the event were Mr. Saurabh Srivastava Project Manager, British Telecom) and Mr. Vivek Pareek (Managing Associate, Luthra and Luthra Law Firm). The judges followed the nuances of the debate and were impressed with the thought process of each participating member.
WeInnovate was a Social B-plan competition, in which students were asked to present innovative and feasible solutions to social problems they might have observed during their WeCare internship. The preliminary round of the event was on 27th February while the final campus round was held on 3rd March. The judges for the campus round of the event were Ms Mini Kaimal, Assistant Manager, JSW and Mr. Himanshu Chanda, Founder, Projectheena.com
The presentation made by the teams included the gap or problem they identified, the business idea, marketing and financial plan, growth strategy, risks involved and mitigation methodology etc. The teams with their B-plans best out of all the entries in terms of feasibility, social sensitivity, and innovative nature of the idea were considered to be the winners.
The We Care Photo Story Competition was a platform for students to showcase the experience and knowledge gained during their We Care internship through their photography skills. The first round, conducted between 1st February and 27th February encouraged students to share all the photographs clicked during their course of work as individuals or in teams. The second and final round, took place on 3rd March. An exhibition of all the entries of the finalists was organised so that the entire institute could have a look into their enriching We Care Experience. The entire competition was judged by Prof Srinivas Ainavolu and Prof Sujata Mukherjee, with Mr Aditya Tambe, the President of Xplore, the photography club, joining in with his valuable inputs and keen sense of photography.
WeCare Documentary competition was a documentary showcase where in the participants took part in teams or as individuals and shared their respective WeCare experiences at their NGOs in the form of a short video. The competition was held on the 3rd of March at the NMIMS campus. 11 teams/individuals represented their respective NGOs and out of them, 3 winners were chosen. The judges for the competition were Mr. Anna Charly – Associate Director- International Volunteer Programs, Habitat for Humanity India, and Ms. Swaroopa Sanap who is known for her direction & post production work in TV series like Love Per Square Foot, and in movies like Tumbbad.
Each team was given 2 minutes to talk and give the judges a little backstory behind the documentary. The next 3-5 minutes were spent in watching the documentary. The judges then asked the respective teams questions regarding their documentary and their work at the NGO. The teams put in amazing effort to be creative and inventive in presenting their work.
The participants very articulately presented their documentaries and the judges were highly impressed by the effort and the level of detail put in by each team.
Anugoonj was an NGO Skit and Dance competition wherein children from four NGOs namely – Helping Hands, Trishul, Spark a Change and We For You participated. Through this event, the children of participating NGOs got a platform to showcase their talent and skills. The event was held on 28th February at NMIMS, Mumbai and the judges were Ms Jayshree (Vivenkanand Youth Foundation) and Hemalee Punatar (Natraj Dance Classes).
The winners in the Dance category were children from Spark a change and the runners-up were those from Trishul. The first position for the Skit category was bagged by the children of We For You. Through this event, SRF gave underprivileged children an opportunity to showcase their skills as well as win cash prizes and have a great day at a fun-filled event.
“We Care”: Civic Engagement Internship
NMIMS believes to imbibe the values of social sensitivity in its students. We Care: Civic Engagement Internship was initiated in the year 2010 for the same.
In the academic year 2018-19, 628 students were placed in 254 organizations across twenty-one states and three union territories. The 254 organizations included 245 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and social enterprises, 6 public sector and 3 private sector organizations. The students contributed total 88,680 man-hours during the internship period. This year saw an increase of 11.21% year-on-year in the total man-hours contributed by students.
Students were allocated internship projects in various social spheres like advocacy and empowerment, child welfare, community development, corporate social responsibility (CSR), differently abled, environment and animal welfare, livelihood support and skill development, business development of NGO/social enterprise, financial management and resource mobilization, health and women empowerment.
To ensure continuous guidance and mentorship, every student was allotted an organizational mentor (nominated by the NGO/organization) and a faculty mentor from NMIMS. To add to the guidance of the students, regional heads were allotted for the students in various regions of the country. This helped them in completing their internship projects successfully. It thus helped them to enhance their knowledge of the social sector.
In order to improve the program structure for upcoming years, the We Care Team sought feedback from students and internship organizations. Out of the organizations that provided feedback, 71 percent rated their students’ conduct as excellent and 25 percent rated it as good. On the other hand, out of the students who gave their feedback, 66 percent rated their organizations as excellent and 26 percent rated it as good.
To provide an opportunity to the students to showcase their learning and contribution during their internship, Poster Presentation was organized on March 2nd, 2019 at B. J. Hall in Vile Parle, Mumbai. The event was inaugurated by Ms. Neha Asthana, Associate Director TA, Media.net; Mr. Pankaj Phatarphod, MD and Country Head, RBS (Part time alumnus) and Mr. Tushar Rastogi, National Manager, TATA AIG (Alumnus 2006).
The competition was evaluated by 57 distinguished judges from the industry, academia, government organizations and social sector. Based on the judge’s evaluation, the top 21 teams were felicitated with cash prizes worth INR 2.10 lakh.
To augment the learnings from the We Care internship, the Student Responsibility Forum (SRF) organized various competitions like We Care Photo-Story and Documentary making and B-Plan Competition (We Innovate) through their annual flagship event Sadbhavna organized from February 28, 2019 to March 3rd, 2019.
All in all, the WeCare Civic Engagement Internship was an enriching and rewarding experience for all the students, who made the most of the marvellous learning experience afforded by it.