The students of Jagdish Sheth School of Management (JAGSOM, formerly known as IFIM Business School), IFIM College and IFIM Law School donated 18 lacs to provide nourishment and support to women whose livelihoods were put to risk by the pandemic, to the institute “Kanyathon Shiksha Kendra” in one of the adopted villages near Kolar and to continue supporting the “Save a Girl Child” initiative with CRY.
This year the students of JAGSOM and IFIM Institutions have decided to invest Rs 5 lacs from the corpus to institute a “Kanyathon Shiksha Kendra (KSS)” along with CRY in one of the villages near Kolar. The KSS will be a digitally enabled classroom and a computer cum language lab to educate girl children in Spoken and Written English, Effective Use of Information Technology and to deliver lessons in hygiene, cleanliness and etiquettes. The Curriculum for this is being developed by the students and the faculty of JAGSOM and IFIM Institutions. The vision of the students is to expand the number of KSS across the length and breadth of the country to empower the women of this nation. Through education these Kanyathon Shiksha Kendra’s are expected to contribute significantly to the Swachh Bharat, Beti Bachao and Beti Padao and Digital India initiatives.
Speaking about the cause, Mr. Sanjay Padode, Chairman, Center for Development and Education, said, “Kanyathon, over the last decade has evolved into an exemplary pedagogy for experiential learning. The students are immersed into the full life cycle of creating awareness, raising funds, delivering a fun filled experience whilst managing an event of significant scale and finally delivering on their promise of contributing to five sustainable development goals (SDG) of the UN. This is surely making the students of JAGSOM and IFIM Institutions socially responsible. This year, we aim to deploy the donation for the ongoing project and for Kanyathon Shiksha Kendra.”
Previous edition of Kanyathon has participation of more than 10,000 supporters demonstrating their penchant towards the cause of women empowerment. The student led inititiative has managed to garner 46 lacs and develop a net corpus of 21 lacs for promoting “Save a Girl Child” cause. Additionally they also managed to run and operate a fun filled environment of this scale without any untoward incident.
The outbreak of the pandemic led to a loss of livelihood, disproportionately affecting migrant workers, daily wage-earners, the urban poor and other vulnerable groups particularly women and girl children in Kolar where the institution has adopted five villages under the government’s Unnat Bharat Abhiyan Scheme. The students behind Kanyathon deemed it fit to deploy Rs. 9 lacs from their corpus to provide nourishment, and livelihood support to women and children who were directly impacted by the pandemic.
The funds collected through Kanyathon in the past were deployed through its NGO partner, CRY, for immunization over 2543 children in the areas from Kolar, Malur and KGF. Additionally, 22 Anganwadi centers have been receiving timely ration supply and 862 children receiving midday meal take home ration. Through advocacy with the labour department, 200 families received financial aid of Rs. 5000/- for 40 pregnant and lactating mothers were given regular awareness and counselling on wellbeing and following nutritional diet. Furthermore, over 1000 families were given awareness on health and nutrition.
IFIM and JAGSOM have been consistently supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with its host of year-round social initiatives. The students, faculty, staff, and management are deeply invested in impacting society, right from raising funds for the underprivileged and the needy through Kanyathon, to deploying and ensuring the funds reach the needy.
While the Experiential Program for Social Impact helped the students in becoming aware of the social sensitivity and social responsibilities, it also enhanced their managerial skills. IFIM and JGASOM encourages students to participate in such initiatives as a part of their curriculum. This helps them to deal with real world problems and find reasonable solutions for the same. In the coming year Kanyathon aims to reinforce its cause to get a better understanding of an important cause of educating girl children that will be felt far and wide.