JOY OF GIVING!

“JOY OF GIVING”

– Making a difference

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

This was quoted by Ralph Waldo Emerson, an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.ARANYAK

The students of Aditya Institute of Management Studies and Research have portrayed the teaching of Ralph Waldo Emerson to celebrate the JOY OF GIVING WEEK, which is held every year from 2nd October to 8th October worldwide. By giving an amazing opportunity for the students to make a change, AIMSR’s Aranyak Club initiated, conceptualized and organized many activities and events to celebrate this ‘Festival of Philanthropy’.

The preparations started two weeks prior by the core team members finding different ways in which students could help the underprivileged and do something that would not only make an impact on the society, but also within ourselves. Students of AIMSR decided to do something different by collecting clothes, money to buy necessities and giving them to people who are actually in need of them. Few NGOs were shortlisted and visited by the Aranyak’s Core Team to know the needs of these NGOs and whether the donation will be put to good use. With the support and guidance of faculty members three NGOs were shortlisted.

The team started collecting clothes and money given voluntarily by students of MMS and PGDM not only of the first year, but second year students as well. The response was overwhelming. Volunteers from MMS first year did the sorting and packing of the clothes. The money received was utilized for buying medicines and stationary.IMG_4768

The joy of giving week began with zest and a heartening seminar conducted by Shri. Shubh Vilas Ji, author, The Rise of Sun Prince and spiritual seeker and mentor, on 2nd of October 2015. Shri. Shubha Vilas Ji not only made us aware of our internal peace, but how much happiness would- ‘GIVING’ give us. He also quoted that, ‘The highest giving that any man on Earth could give away, would be the giving of VALUES’, touched every heart. He also gave iconic examples of Men who have done something great for the society. One such example was of Mr. Narayan Krishnan, who quit his job at TAJ hotel to feed the homeless and mentally disabled people in his hometown. It takes a Lion’s heart to do what he has done, inspiring the youth of AIMSR to work towards the betterment of the Indian Society.

The female clothing collected was donated to Rescue Foundation, involved in multifarious activities for rescuing, rehabilitating, reintegrating and repatriating the unfortunate, underprivileged girls and children from hell to human society. The male clothing along with medicines was donated to Shanti Daan, a home for terminally ill, home for the old people who are left alone by their children and it is also a home for the sick and dying destitute which is run by the missionaries of charity. Students also got the opportunity to spend time at Shanti Daan, awakening a sense of humanity and gestures of kindness.

Stationary brought was donated to Desire Society, an NGO functioning with an objective of health development and well-being of orphan children affected with HIV. The students of AIMSR were given a warm welcome by these kids who dedicated a special welcome song, making everyone shed tears of joy. Students celebrated the birthday of Shraddha, a 7 year old girl at Desire Society by bringing cake and distributing Chocolates. The children were excited to receive coloring books and various other stationary. They were enjoying the company of AIMSR students who were happy playing with them without any glimpse of hesitation.IMG_4921

It is very uncommon to see such acts of kindness and humility, the urge to make a difference, the willingness to help and make somebody else’s day memorable, which students of A.I.M.S.R. Aranyak Club did without any second thoughts.

As rightly said by Mother Teresa, “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving”, students of AIMSR Aranyak Club did everything with a sole purpose of spreading joy and love, which was reciprocated with equal love and blessings.

The students of AIMSR being highly motivated by the success of the ‘JOY OF GIVING’, intend to work more towards various other important initiatives and sustainability- For it is in giving to the society,that we receive.

-By Prachi Desai (MMS 2015-17)

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Examathon

Examathon

“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. And now he is an engineer & I am the owner of Microsoft”- quoted Bill gates. But nevertheless each student has to take numerous exams during the entire academia- hate it or love it; but none can avoid it. IMG-20150522-WA0000

The span of those 10-15 days are always as doomed as the end of the universe itself – for anyone a ranker, a failure or a rebel it is the same.

The tormenting days began from April the 13th, each day took an eternity to end- yet the 3 hours of writing exams passed as quick as current flowing through a circuit. Day in and day out, hours of group discussions (these are always fun), getting notes photocopied; trust me no one reads those, but we spend money on it anyway just to reassure ourselves that we are putting in our best. And someone once quoted an interesting thought – “80% of the paper is always based on that one topic you didn’t prepare & that lecture you missed”, this is so true that it hurts right in the guts.

Then you have some faculty members – they are the “Albert Einstein” of the institute; cracking the paper they set is almost equivalent to disproving the “Theory of relativity” or as most of you know it as E=MC2. But these are the most innovative type of question papers anyone would ever come across in their entire lives.Coming out alive (theoretically speaking of course) from this paper is a feat in itself.

There are two types of students, one who finish the exam & head home straightaway and then there are some who like to discuss the question paper right after the exam. The latter are worst ones. AsI belong to the former category, I have some rules. Rule number one – finish your paper, go home & take a nap; that’s pretty much it.

On 29th April, perseverance of the students paid off& they saw an end of exams. One would want a couple days of relaxation time to recharge their batteries- but vacations are a luxury that no post graduate student can afford.Summer came calling, and no I am not talking about one of the seasons. It was the season of “Internships”, interviews, interviews & some more interviews. Most of the students were already placed even before the examathon started.

Now was the time, to apply the knowledge gained n the comfort of classrooms to the unforgiving real world situations, understanding the ways of business & the everyday chaos. The internship gives us a chance to learn something that is not usually taught at the business school. With several big names on board for the summers, it is going to be a brilliant yet a crucial part of development for the students. And off they go, to make real time contributions to the world and may these contributions create an impact in the industry. Adios!& “May the force be with you!”

– By Aakash Jani, (PGDM 2014-16) Akash Jani

Nostalgic Impressions

SON_3218You meet people who forget you. You forget people you meet. But sometimes there are people whom you meet & never forget them for all eternity. Such are the relationships fostered by the students of AIMSR, past & present. February the 7th, a splendid occasion for AIMSR – it was the convocation ceremony of the Institute’s first batch of graduates (2012-14). The seeds that were sown two years back by the ever helpful faculty members have reaped enormous benefits for the students – as well as for the Institute. With effulgent faces the 2012-14 batch sat impatiently in the seminar hall waiting to get their hands on their degree certificates, listening to our Director Madam Dr. Swati Lodha address the institute – tagging along were the current crop of AIMSR.

Dr. Swati Lodha was followed by Mr. Rakesh Mehta & then by Shri Kapila Deva Das who shared their lot of the wisdom with the students on various critical aspects of life, personal & professional. With a stellar career path ahead of them, there are certain virtues of life that will always remain the same- the likes of work ethic, wisdom & being a hard worker, qualities embedded in these students here at AISMR- as knowledge is the wing with which we can fly to the heaven. But this day was more than just a day of celebration of these brilliant achievements of our marvellous students, Dr. Swati Lodha inaugurated AIMSR’s “ALUMNI ASSOCIATION”. The Alumni Association has been established with a vision for enriching the future of the Institute & the students, former & current. Collaboration with each other in the common areas of interest, forging lifelong connect & building relationships that benefit in the development of careers. There are three faculty members who are also a part of the Alumni Association.

The end of the ceremony was marked by the traditional mortarboard hats being hurled up in the air. They are out there, making real time contribution to the world &giving us a reason to be proud every moment of time. Let us meet each other always with a smile, for the smile is the beginning of a new dawn.

 Akash Jani

– By Aakash Jani (PGDM 2014-16)

Govardhan Eco Village – A Blissful Paradise

ARANYAKBetween the mystical lands in the realms of the mountain lies an ever serene place – where sustainability is the prime goal, known to the world yet it seems like a heaven out of the planet, GOVARDHAN ECO VILLAGE (GEV). Located on the out skirts of Mumbai, an astonishingly beautiful place that is striving to achieve the next step in the evolution of mankind. GEV is an award winning Eco-community spread over 70 acres at the foothills of the legendary Sahyadri Mountains. Coupled with the spirit of the mountain and the implementation of Vedic & Modern ways of life, GEV has successfully achieved the level of sustainability that the corporate organization can’t even think of in their CSR initiatives. The village is self-dependent in terms of food, shelter, energy & water. A marvelous place for nature lovers, GEV is an example in itself to the whole world seeking solutions for the survival of our mother earth.

SC_welcomeAn amazing opportunity sprang up for the students of Adtiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (AIMSR), when a trip to GEV was announced for the sustainability club, YES AIMSR does have their own sustainability club- contributing their think tanks for the betterment of the planet & the inhabitants. November 16 was the date, everyone was super stoked for the visit – intrigued & excited, we sat in the foyer of the institute awaiting our bus. The journey to GEV was joyous, people signing along the morning bird melodies & soon we were about to witness the Lord’s own paradise. We were greeted by the fragrance of fresh flowers and mineral rich soil. GEV was a treat to the eyes, an announcement each of us was waiting for, finally fell on to the ears “Get in the line for breakfast” – just the smell of the food was sufficient enough to imagine the taste let alone the sight of it. In about 20 minutes or so, everyone had fuelled up their engines for the day full of learning & frolic activities.

SC_Animal Care First thing on the list was an hour long seminar about the GEV’s Symbiotic Development Model which featured- Organic Farming, Animal Care, Green Building, Water Conservation, Alternative Energy, Soil Biotechnology, Waste Management, Rural Education, Rural Empowerment & Global Outreach. Next up was a visit to the cattle shed where numerous cows & bulls glared upon us as we entered their shed, the kindness in their eyes could melt even the cruelest of hearts. The highlight of this visit was the cute little calves and watching their urge to embrace the warmth of their mothers. AIMSR’s students also witnessed a 900 kg humongous bull who was responsible for the population of the entire shed. At the exit of the shed some of the students voluntarily picked up cow dung and started shaping it in a circular manner which would later be used as fertilizers & fuel.

SC_water conservationGEV’s water conservation spot was up in the line now, a magnificent pond hid between the lush green bushes and trees as high as sky, we were asked to guess the water holding capacity of the pond – some said ten thousand liters, some said fifty. But the actual number is a rather jaw dropping figure – 10 million liters. Following the pond was a mechanical device which helps in providing the water to the entire village and the farms from the pond. An extension of the self-reliability of GEV was up on display, a huge field of rice cultivation; it held 12 different varieties of rice. Lunch time approached & the members of the club headed back to refuel their engines. They serve Satvik food at GEV – which literally means having or showing high moral standards. The fuel used for cooking this food is organic, for instance they have their own biogas plants which provides sufficient energy required for the whole community. GEV’s waste disposal plant was located just a little away from where lunch was served, a perfect application of modern tools for a better living was showcased here- a waste management system so unique in nature; what they do is, they first collect all the waste from the village- separates the solid & the liquid waste, the liquid is freed from its impurities and the clean water is used to water the plants and for the consumption of the farm animals. The leftover solid waste is later processed into two different categories. The best available waste, content wise is used as fertilizer, the remaining residual substance is put to good use at the biogas plant.

SC_Brick BuildingApproaching the end of our trip, the students headed towards the brick building station. The process of brick making at GEV is uncommon, the moist soil is molded in a rectangular shape as normally done but instead of drying the water content in the blasting heat of the furnace – the bricks are left at the mercy of the sun. By doing so they save a lot of fuel required in the furnace, also the bricks that are dried off in the scorching heat and these bricks acts like a natural thermostat. AIMSR’s club members took an active part in making some of the bricks. A knee deep squared shaped hole was dug into the ground and the students started mixing the layers of soil like a mother mixes dough & water for making the bread.With soil all over the clothes we headed towards the last activity for the day, in theSC_team building games enclosed room of the dome shaped structure – the students had to make a tower as high as possible using duct tape & newspaper. They were divided in small groups of 6, and the battle of tower building began. After a session that involved team building & co-ordination in making the paper towers we were left with zero energy in our systems.

We packed our little luggage that we had carried with us and on we moved to click many photographs of the colorful landscape around. Walking down the road we were amazed to see so many different types of butterflies flying parallel to path of the cool breeze. At the entrance of the village there a beautifully stone carved temple of Lord Krishna, all of us offered a pray and bid a farewell to GEV.

To summarize the events of the day in single word would be difficult, it could be described as transformative. The thought process of every club member for sure has been influenced by GEV and the principles it stands for, “Simple living & High Thinking”. We the students of AIMSR have a lot to look up to as the members of sustainability club & learn as well as implement what GEV does every day- Rise from the life of consumerism & live life to its true potential. Make this planet grow, not just economically but organically. A memorable day in the lives of the students, but a day that has had a huge impact in achieving the next step in the evolution of mankind.

Akash Jani

By – Akash Jani (PGDM 2014-16)