Students of Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB), Bhubaneswar, have been making concerted efforts through their Corporate Social Responsibility Cell to bring about a postitive change in the society. Going to places, meeting people, taking up their issues and trying to bring about a change in the lives of the under privileged is what drives this bunch of youngsters.
“We normally carry out our service missions within the city. As a part of our work, we take up cleanliness drives, awareness drives and enact street theatre to make people understand the basic problems affecting them. We also organise the Joy of Giving week, Baal Mela, candle march, World Disability Day, World Humanitarian Day and World Aids Day when we go to slums and interact with people there, enact street theatre and help them get over the issues affecting them,” says Anand Vaswani, a second-year postgraduate student of XIMB.
Prior to taking up any drives, the students make it a point to do a recce of the place so that they understand the needs of the people there. “We went to an all-girls orphanage recently and gave them the things they needed. This is done through collection of voluntary donations from students in boxes kept in the hostels,” Anand added. At present, there are 16 students who’re tagging along to organise the event. The first-year students in the group are shadow members and the second-year students comprise the core members of the Cell.
The Cell had organised ‘Para Athlos’, a sports meet for differently-abled children at the XIMB grounds in 2012 to let their specially-abled friends spread their wings and take flight in the sports arena.