Social Responsbility in IIMA’s curriculum?

Its about time the country’s top business school started incorporating social responsibility into its a curriculum (I would think its probably running late by a few years). But, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) is going through a once in a decade syllabus revision process and one of changes include a asking students to take up a two-week internship with social organizations [via ET]:

In order to highlight the need for coporates’ social responsibility, the committee feels that students be given an option to join a social organisation for internship in their first year. However, students not interested in joining social organisations may opt for writing a case study as an option.

IIMA should learn from other leading business schools in India and abroad which have done a lot more to integrate social responsibility into their curriculum. For instance, SPJIMR, the Mumbai based business school has mainstreamed a fairly well recieved internship program where students work with NGOs and social ventures during a part of thier summer. The key is to make social responsibility a core part of the discourse, not just an additional requirement forced upon the students.


Sristi: Nuturing Grassroots Innovations

Vinay just posted an interesting video made, produced by Discovery Channel on grassroots innovators in India. The organization behind identifying and nurturing such innovators is Sristi:

SRISTI is a non-governmental organisation setup to strengthen the creativity of grassroots inventors, innovators and ecopreneurs engaged in conserving biodiversity and developing eco-friendly solutions to local problems

Sristi was founded by Prof. Anil Gupta, Kasturbhai Lalbhai Chair in Entrepreneurship at IIMA. He is a prolific social entrepreneur and a passionate activist. Prof. Gupta teaches a interesting SE course at IIMA, titled ‘Shodh Yatra’. As a part of this course, students walk through a particular region within India for a period of fifteen days, where they explore social and economic conditions, and discuss innovations that can lead to grassroots change.

Prof. Gupta’s blog and published work can be accessed here. Sristi has also has online database of grassroots innovations which can be found here.