Sunday, September 5, 2010

SRC's attempt at bettering the lives of our mess bhainas

It is said the best social work begins back home. The Social Responsibility Cell (SRC) of Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar has definitely affirmed its belief in the saying. SRC has implemented projects and organized events to significantly improve the lives of the hard working staff that play a crucial part in our lives here in the XIMB campus.

One noteworthy project that was undertaken by the SRC was the construction of a retiring room for the mess bhainas (or brothers in Oriya). On a normal day, the XIMB mess starts functioning at 8 in the morning and closes at 3 the next morning. Around fifty bhainas work day in and day out to prepare food for close to 500 students. However earlier on, the bhainas did not have a proper place to sleep as they prepared makeshift beds out of the dining tables in the mess. Also, the fact that a lot of student activities stretched way into the night did not help matters.

In the face of such hardship, the SRC took it upon itself to help them attain at least a basic necessity of life; sound sleep. Hence the construction of a retiring hall in the open area behind the mess was proposed. However an issue faced was a severe shortage of funds. But the students of the 2008 as well as 2009 batches (both BM & RM) came to the rescue by contributing liberally towards this noble cause. Finally the Administration helped us with a major portion of the financing. 

And after a couple of months of effort, the retiring hall was finally inaugurated on 10th June, 2010.


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