Sparssh- currently known as ‘My Social Responsibility’ (MSR), is a social initiative that was started by the NLDIMSR students of 2011 batch, to provide an opportunity to students of the Institute to help the needy and the underprivileged sections of the society; so that they too can have a better tomorrow. Every year through a Special Committee of dedicated volunteers, the Institute used to conduct many programmes which included activities like blood donation camps, ‘raddi drive’ to raise funds for the social causes, New Year get-togethers for the children of orphanages in Mumbai, distribution of educational kits to the needy school going children, cleanliness drive in the surrounding areas, thanksgiving day to the cleaning staff, celebration of women’s day etc.
In September 2016, the students of Sparssh (MSR) Committee with the funds collected from the faculty and students organized a get-together for the needy students of ‘Prayas’ NGO at Goregaon and spent the full day with them. At the end of the memorable day they distributed educational kits to all the students so as to provide them the much needed support in their quest for excellence. Similarly the ‘Joy of Giving’ week was celebrated in October 2016 by all the Faculty, staff and students and the proceeds were donated to ‘Child Help Foundation’ in Mira Road
However in November 2016 a need was felt to work on a larger canvass and work for the holistic development of a tribal village. Therefore December 2016, NLDIMSR adopted Kondgaon Village in Vikramgadh Taluka of Palghar District, a 100% tribal village of over 3500 people, for its empowerment and development. Many interventions in the areas of health and sanitation, education, environment, skill development and, women and child welfare have been planned by the students under the guidance of a senior faculty member and will be implemented by them as a part of their experiential learning.
This initiative is the brainchild of N. L. Dalmia Education Trust, which is keen that every student who walks through the portals of NLDIMSR should imbibe the values of service and contribute to the society at every level. This collaboration is expected to serve the twin purposes of touching and enriching the lives of the people in this needy village as well as provide valuable rural exposure to the MBA students of NLDIMSR through its Social Responsibility Programme. It would enable the students to sensitize themselves to the lives of the needy and the vulnerable sections of the society and will help them to be responsive and responsible future corporate leaders.
In January 2017 the students visited the village and have been instrumental in creating the much needed awareness in the village to build and use toilets under Prime Ministers Programme on ‘Swatch Bharat Abhiyan’ by visiting every household in the village to and motivate the families to live healthy lives which they owe to themselves, their families and the future generations.
In April 2017 NLDIMSR students organized a medical camp which benefited over 250 needy people especially women and children who availed the services of General Physicians, Gynaecologists and Paediatricians. In the academic year 2017-18 there are plans to repair all the girl’s toilets and if need be build new ones in all the 6 Zilla Parishad and one Ashram Shala so that the girls do not discontinue their education for want of proper sanitation facilities. Each of the 5 Divisions of full time MBA students have been allotted a vertical (Income Generation/ Skill Development, Social Development, Health & Hygiene, Education and Environment) and they would be responsible for the planning, implementation and monitoring of the various planned interventions in the academic year 2017-18