Contributed By: Dhruti Desai
Edited By: Ashay Sinha
Daan Utsav is celebrated every year as the Joy of Giving Week in the first week of October. The event covers Gandhi Jayanti, the birthday of Mahatma, and highlights the ethos of the Indian culture by engaging people across all walks of life in the acts of giving – money, time, resources and skills.
Vikasana, the social impact club of Indian Institute of Management Bangalore celebrated Daan Utsav with all flare and glare from October 2nd to October 8th 2018. As a part of the celebrations, several events were organized which saw participation from various stakeholders of the institute; students, faculty members, and alumni.
The celebrations were kicked off by Prof. G. Raghuram, the Director of the institute with the inauguration of the run-for-a-cause event, Twaran. Twaran, organized in association with the Alumni Committee and Sports Council, marked the momentous beginning of Daan Utsav celebrations. This year, Twaran was aimed at raising money for the NGO named Bosco which has successfully rescued over 2700 kids from streets and is taking initiatives in providing full care and support to 400 kids in its shelters.
As a part of the Joy of Giving Week, Vikasana organized Dhanyavadagalu, a thanksgiving event to appreciate the contribution of the worker community at IIMB right from security workers to the housekeeping staff.
The students of IIM Bangalore benevolently donated the artworks created by them for the fund-raising event, Creativity For A Cause. The event which was organized on 6th October aimed at raising funds for the Brindavan Education Trust which is working towards providing education to children with specific learning difficulties. Also, through the event Live Beyond Your Life, Vikasana associated with Gift Your Organ Foundation to organize an organ donation drive on campus. This was one of a kind event and was organized for the first time at IIMB. As a part of this initiative, 34 students pledged the donation of their organs.
The week-long celebrations concluded with Sarthak, an event organized specially for support staffs’ children and the children of Ashwini Charitable Trust, an NGO working towards the education and empowerment of underprivileged children of urban slums of Bangalore. Students of IIM Bangalore took out time from their busy schedule to engage with these children by organizing several events for them. The daylong event started with an art and craft workshop organized in association with Canvas. This was followed by a career counseling session by the second year MBA students. The day concluded with a workshop by Dhwani, the music club of IIM Bangalore. Through Sarthak, the children got an opportunity to play, learn and enjoy by spending one whole day at the IIMB campus.
Daan Utsav celebration brought the entire IIMB community together and witnessed an active involvement of not only students but also the staff members, faculty and alumni.
Dhruti Desai is a PGP 2017-2019 student and secretary of Vikasana, the social impact club of IIM Bangalore.