Ever since the first batch of students passed out of IIM Lucknow in 1986, they have been renowned for being not just fine managers, but also socially conscious ones. Bhavishya, is a student-run social initiative of IIM Lucknow, aimed at inculcating this social awareness amongst the budding managers. It is the united voice of students against the strains in our society. It aims at leveraging the managerial competencies to monitor projects targeted at the underprivileged strata of the social pyramid and channelizing funds to the appropriate sections of the society.
Harmony Cup, started in 2007, is an annual cricket tournament organized by Bhavishya to raise funds for various social causes. Harmony Cup 2011 was held from 12-15 November. Over the years Bhavishya and IIM Lucknow has been associated with various causes including sponsoring education of the underprivileged, helping orphanages, supporting women empowerment and successfully working towards creating an impact in society. Funds raised last year were utilized to build a library in Prakash Bal Vidya Mandir, a Government school in Gomtinagar and construct the building for a school run by the NGO, Bachchon ki Duniya in Gannapurwa.
This year the event saw heavy participation from campus committees and non-committee teams along with generous contributions from the entire student community of IIM Lucknow. The event was presented in association with State Bank of India, who were the title sponsors of the event. The entire fund raised from the event will be utilized to support a free medical and operation camp, organized every year in Barabanki, UP; support the education of under-privileged girl children through the NGO, Prerna; and also set up an Employee Welfare Fund for Contractual Workers of IIM-Lucknow.
The tournament saw some intense competition from the teams and finally, the coveted Winners trophy was won by the Placement Controls Team who defeated Rolling Enterprises in a closely contested final. The traditional IIML Faculty versus Students Council match added glamour to the event and was won by the Council team in the final over. With over 250 students participating in the entire event, the campus was abuzz with loud cheers and excitement during the tournament.
Though it is a cricket tournament, the objectives and outcomes are far-reaching in nature. All funds raised through the event directly go towards the identified causes. The entire IIM Lucknow community strongly believes in the power of collective action to tackle society's problems. The Harmony Cup is a movement to bring together everyone who wants to contribute to a cause, so that together, we can make a powerful impact.
Vishal Kumar Jain grew up in Bellary a small town in Karnataka. Due to his steadily deteriorating eyesight he was forced to abandon his studies after class nine. It was another three years before he resumed his education and that because he made a shift to Bangalore to explore new opportunities. He .....read more