Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Save Electricity & Water Campaign.

The Save Electricity and Water Campaign was launched by the Social Responsibility Cell(SRC) of XIMB in June this year. It basically aims at creating awareness among the students of XIMB on the importance of judiciously using these resources and saving them.

Several posters on water conservation were put up at various places. This included putting up posters near the wash-basins, in the hostel bathrooms, in the college washrooms and near the water coolers. The posters contained the message that water being a scarce resource should be saved for the future. The other posters on saving electricity were put up in the classrooms, the hostel corridors, near the switch boards, near the elevators and several other places in the college. Each poster had the message of saving as much electricity as one could. These posters designed by the SRC members were very attractive and contained eye catching slogans on conservation.

Also the SRC volunteers conducted some awareness sessions amongst the students and the staff where the importance and scarcity of electricity and water was told. We also told the ways in which one could minimize their usage.

It has been 2 months now after the launch of the Save Electricity & Water Campaign, and we have found a lot of difference in the campus. People have become more conscious about saving electricity and water. There are lesser number of fans and lights running in empty rooms and class rooms, less number of people are using the lifts, the water wastage has also significantly reduced. So, the campaign has been pretty successful.

We at SRC are not only concerned about the socially backward but are concerned about planet as a whole. We are committed to create a happier world!

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Teaching Oriya to mess Bhainas through TCS software- an SRC initiative.

The Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of XIMB has always been aiming at removing illiteracy and educating the masses.
Most of our mess workers and cooks here at XIMB('Bhainas', as they are called here in the local language) couldn't read/write. So we decided to start off with them. SRC volunteers taught 10 mess Bhainas, aged between 18-35 years, to read and write Oriya with the help of a software developed by TCS.

Computer Based Functional Literacy (CBFL) solution is an innovative teaching method conceptualised, designed and developed by TCS, based on the theory of Cognition and Laws of Perception. It is acclaimed as pioneering the third generation approach to Corporate Social Responsibility. It has been successfully deployed in India and abroad, as part of the Corporate Sustainability initiative of TCS. CBFL metaphors in the multimedia presentation making it interesting and attractive for learners. Material from National Literacy Mission (NLM) is adopted for use in the program. It takes about one-third the time required by conventional methods and there is flexibility to adjust to the learning pace of individuals. Adding to it's advantage, the multimedia format ensures the pronunciation of the words/letters is taught accurately through the system, rather than being left to individual teachers.

The mess Bhainas are relatively free after 10PM everyday. We had installed the TCS CBFL software in one of our laptops and we taught them daily at night, for about 2 hours. This continued for about a month. At the end of 1 month the Bhainas could read and write Oriya effortlessly!
This small step taken by us has brought a significant difference in their lives. Now they are more informed, will take better decisions and are definitely more confident. Our goal of giving them a better tomorrow has been realized.

This is what one of our Bhainas has said at the end of the course,
“I can now read newspapers, board the right bus, sign my name, help my children with their homework… It is a new life.” - CBFL Student, Sanjay Bhaina (35), Mess worker, XIMB.

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Friday, August 27, 2010

Humanitarian Day @ XIMB

The social responsibility cell of XIMB observed the second World Humanitarian Day on August 19th with great vigour and enthusiasm. The event was to commemorate the work of humanitarian workers and to keep burning the lamp of humanity alive.
Esteemed dignitaries like chief guest Shri. Surya Narayan Patra (Honorable Minister, Revenue and Disaster Management), Mr.Dipankar Datta (Director, Concern Worldwide), Mr. Nikunja Kumar Sundaray (MD, Orissa State of Disaster Management), Mr. Mihir Bhatt (All India Institute of Disaster Mitigation) and our beloved director Fr.P.T.Joseph were present in the dais. There were several highlights of the event - The talk by the eminent dignitaries, the flash video presentation by the SRC volunteers, the candle light march, to name a few.
The event started off with the dignitaries lighting the lamp which was followed by a prayer song by the SRC volunteers. Then the director Fr.P.T.Joseph gave a welcome address. After that, the director of Concern Worldwide, gave an enlightening speech about the activities of the organisation.
Next was the touching flash video by the SRC volunteers. It conveyed a great motivational message that each one of us can make a difference if we do our little bit for the humanitarian cause. It attracted the attention and praise of the esteemed guests present in the dais.
In his keynote address, Mihir Bhat spoke of inclusion and investment in skill, knowledge, experience and exposure among aid workers. We also had an enlightening talk by Mr. Nikunja Kumar Sundaray.
SRC had conducted a national level essay writing competition with the theme “humanitarianism & climate change”. It had got an overwhelming response with participation of students from India’s reputed b-Schools like IIM-A, SIBM-Pune, IIFT-kolkata and Wellingkar. The prizes for the winners were distributed during the event.
Dr.Ambika Nanda from UNDP shared his thoughts from his volunteering experiences and also recited an Odia poem in remembrance of humanitarian expert late Shri. Shiv Narayan Mishra. He was posthumously felicitated by the dignitaries.
Then we had the lighting of the candles by the SRC Volunteers. They marched into the dais and observed 1 minute silence in remembrance of the heroes who lost their breath in order to keep somebody alive.
Then the development Atlas was released by the Chief Guest Shri.Surya Narayan Patra, Hon’ble Minister, Revenue & Disaster Management. A brief description of the Atlas was given by an expert from FES, Ahmedabad. Chief Guest then addressed the gathering.
Finally our beloved Dean (Academics) Mr Subhajyoti Ray gave the vote of thanks. The event ended with a national anthem by the SRC Volunteers. The event had the participation of all the students, faculty and other invited guests. The spirit of the humanitarian day was rightly conveyed through the event.

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Results of the Essay Writing Competition

The results of the Essay Writing Competition on the topic 'Humanitarianism and Climate Change' conducted and facilitated by Concern Worldwide and the Social Responsibility Cell of XIMB were finally declared on the occasion of the World Humanitarian Day observed here in the XIMB campus on 19th August, 2010. There were several entries from across the nation for this competition and the final three that emerged out of them have been mentioned below.
First Position: Shreya Sen (XIMB)
1st Prize- Rs 4000 Cash + Trophy + Certificate
Second Position: Soumitra Subinaya (National Law School Cuttack )
2nd Prize- Rs 2500 Cash + Trophy+Certificate
Third Position : Nitya Sundar Sahu (ASBM, Bhubaneswar)
3rd Prize- Rs. 1500 Cash +Trophy+Certificate
We convey our hearty congratulations to all the winners.
Team SRC

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