IMT Hyderabad to conduct joint ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ 

The Social Entrepreneurship Program was inaugurated on January 1, 2014 at IMT Hyderabad

January 03, 2014 9:09 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Institute Of Management Technology, Hyderabad announced that the Institute is conducting one-of-a-kind joint ‘Social Entrepreneurship’ program with Columbia University’s School of International And Public Affairs (SIPA). The Social Entrepreneurship Program was inaugurated on January 1 and will commence from January 2 and go on until January 18, 2014.

The Social Entrepreneurship Program was inaugurated on January 1, 2014 at IMT Hyderabad by welcoming the students and faculty of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs for a Social Enterprise Practicum in India 2014. IMT Hyderabad is hosting this illustrious venture for the second consecutive year. 

The inaugural ceremony started with a thought-provoking session by Dr.G.Vani Mohan, Commissioner & Director of School Education, Government of India. With insights on women empowerment, gender equality, social issues she struck a chord with students who were passionate about social issues. She mentioned about her powerful Social Action Committees which promoted the growth of gender equality thus forming woman warriors. A short film on the developmental activities like Indira KranthiPatham by the Government of India made the students curious about such causes.

Dr.V. PandurangaRao, the director of IMT Hyderabad, shared a few insights of social enterprise aspects in rural India. He opined that such activities play a significant role in influencing policy amendments and structural changes. He believes that such endeavors provide an excellent opportunity for the students of both IMT Hyderabad as well as Colombia University for entrepreneurial development.

Post the inauguration the IMT Campus the students have left to go to Bhimavaram and will stay there till 8th January 2014 evening.

On their return, the students will engage in a Social Media Marketing exercise in the neighboring villages, Urban Consulting projects, a lunch and roundtable with Professors from Cardinal Stritch University on Gandhian Philosophy and Bhoodan movement and a Mac Von Debate between Columbia University and IMT Hyderabad students. The joint program will also comprise of shopping and cultural trips toShilparamam, Golconda and Charminar, an evening with the institute’s cultural club Antragna, pongal, sankranti and lohri celebrations, and client presentations and a session by Dr. Vani Mohan, Commissioner and Director of School Education, Government of AP.

Students from SIPA will work as part of joint teams with students from the Entrepreneurship Development Class of IMT Hyderabad on mini-consulting projects, social media marketing exercises and in joint class activities. There are 13 students and two faculty members in the program.The 13 students participating in the program are all Master in International Affairs or Master in Public Policy students at Columbia University in New York.

The course is designed as a hands-on service learning Social Enterprise Practicum led by Dr. Sara Minard at SIPA, and Kim Alter, former Oxford University professor, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship Fellow and Founder and Managing Director of Virtue Ventures LLC and Dr ArchanaPillai Associate Professor and Area Chairperson (Economics & Strategy) at IMT Hyderabad.

The course is a design-thinking experiential education curriculum developed to meet graduate student needs and interests in social entrepreneurship and sustainable development in the 21st Century. In addition to multi-media lectures, labs, field work, and site visits, the course curriculum includes a series of applied consulting projects, in which students will conduct short management consulting projects for an Indian social enterprise or organization focused on social entrepreneurship and innovation in social service delivery in a range of sectors.

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