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IIM Indore students set up libraries in adopted schools


Indore: As part of their social responsibility, students of Indian Institute of Management Indore have set up mini libraries in four government schools, which were adopted by the premier b-school a few years ago.

“IIM Indore has always tried to serve the underserved of the nation and the ‘School Adoption Programme’ is another such step towards achieving that aim. Under this programme, Pragat-i, the social sensitivity cell of the institute took the initiative of installing ‘mini libraries’ in each of the four adopted schools,” said IIM Indore public relation officer Ananya Mishra.

Books ranging from academic subjects to stories, general knowledge, fun and facts were provided to these libraries. Apart from this, stationery items such as pencil, eraser, sharpener, notebooks, crayons and chart papers were also distributed to around 510 students.
The Pragat-i team along with the iHelp Team also tried to create awareness among the students about the importance of Swachh Bharat.

“The volunteers of iHelp taught the children how to make the surroundings clean and the importance of a clean and healthy environment in keeping the diseases away,” Ananya said.

Some years ago, students of PGP course had adopted four government schools namely EG School (Pigdamber), Government Girls’ Primary School (Umaria), Government Primary and Middle School (Rau), and Government Primary School (Nawada) under its School Adoption Programme. A team of volunteers, led by senior faculty members, visits these schools and identifies the common problems plaguing these institutions.

The adoption of these schools means analysing and solving all the issues whether they be related to classroom lighting or the lack of pure drinking water.

During the first phase of the programme, over 710 pupils were provided with stationery items to facilitate their learning. The second phase witnessed installation of 21 glass panel black boards in these schools to further ensure an unbridled learning experience for these students.

This initiative of continued learning was further pursued in the third phase, which took place over the winter, wherein 394 students were provided with school bags, sweaters, shoes and socks to keep them warm and motivated.

Eight Tata Swachh water purifiers were also installed inside the school premises to address the absence of drinking water facilities. The institute gifted 303 desks with benches to the adopted schools. The primary intention of the same was to create an education friendly environment for the school students and motivate them to study rigorously.

IIM Indore purposes to make these institutions self-dependent and a source of good quality education.