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Web Committee is the technology club of MDI which brings technology to several aspects of a student's life at MDI – be it academic or extra-curricular. It maintains and updates the student's portal mandevian.com., Alumni Portal and Placement Portal and make the latest content available to them. It engages with the coordinators of all the activities and events on campus to ensure that the site is updated with the latest content. It also works on creating & managing online forums for next batch of students to ensure they are well updated about MDI before coming to MDI. Web Committee also ensures that the official MDI website is updated periodically.
A major initiative which Web Committee has undertaken last year was to integrate websites/blogs of various clubs under one domain - mandevian.com making it one stop solution to all club related information. Another achievement of Web Committee was the creation of 'VidyaSagar' – an online academic system to manage & archive all course and study material for students. Web committee is looking forward to conducting sessions by experts on how technology can be leveraged to improve efficiency in various aspects of management.
Samaritans is the social initiatives club of the Management Development Institute (MDI). It aims at inculcating a culture of social responsibility among aspiring managers of today through various events within MDI as well as by working with NGOs and corporate on significant projects. The objective is to harness the management acumen of ManDevIans in making a difference to the society.
Though the members of the club play an important role in every activity the Samaritans conduct, they act only as facilitators in the whole process. Samaritans is driven by the volunteerism of MDI students, without who not a single activity could be made possible.
Following is a summary of on-going activities which Samaritans conducts at MDI:
• The Literacy Drive
The drive is an ongoing activity aimed at teaching the mess workers aimed at getting them to a basic level of literacy and general awareness that will make their work easier for them and provide them the opportunity to grow in their careers.
• The Newspaper Drive
The drive is a fortnightly activity that raises funds for the club’s activities through the sale of used paper, at the same time, encouraging the practice of recycling and reuse.
• Blood Donation Camps
Samaritans, in association with organizations like the National Thalassemia Welfare Society organizes periodic blood donation camps where the entire campus comes forward to enthusiastically ‘donate blood to save lives’.
• Awareness Drives and Cause of the FortnightM
The drives are undertaken from time to time to create awareness among the batch. They are aimed at reducing wastage of food, electricity and water on campus. The club has initiated another initiative called the ‘’Cause of the Fortnight’’ which creates awareness about a cause every fortnight through information distribution, activities and competitions generating awareness amongst the batch about important issues.
• Tree Plantation Drives
The club also organizes tree plantation drives. Saplings are planted in certain identified areas close to MDI and arrangements are made to ensure that they are taken due care of so that they go on to become flourishing trees. Thus, Samaritans creates a direct impact on the environment and ensures a better world to live in.
• Old Reusable Materials Donation
The club also encourages people on the campus to donate old clothes that are then distributed through NGOs. These organizations make use of these clothes for relief work, and for providing clothing to underprivileged sections. The drive also takes place specifically for collection of winter clothes. The drive is separately conducted when a batch of students leave campus such as when the senior batch graduates or exchange students leave so that all reusable materials like books, buckets, utensils, mattresses, etc. can be collected for donation
• Visit to Deepalaya
Volunteers take out time on various occasions like Childrens’ day to visit Deepalaya School, nearby MDI. They teach children through games, computers etc. They employ the method of experiential learning to make studying fun for children. Further, they organize dance workshops and counseling sessions for them. Their efforts have already begun to bear fruit so that the children look forward for their next ‘class’.
• Collaborations through Live Projects and Tie Ups
Samaritans goes beyond being a social initiative club by working with the Government, NGOs and CSR departments of corporate to identify opportunities where students can utilize their management prowess to make a difference to the society. The Bal UrjaRakshak Mission (http://www.burmission.org/) and Disha (http://2010disha.wordpress.com/about/) are sterling examples of productive collaboration in the past. There are many more projects in the pipeline for MDI students.
Besides the ongoing activities mentioned above, the club also conducts some events:
• Sanskriti Samaritans Week
Samaritans in collaboration with the cultural club of MDI, Sanskriti, conducts a week filled with activities that combine fine arts and cultural events with the mission of creating awareness. The week includes performances by artists, street plays by students and blood donation camp for the MDI fraternity, among many other activities.
• Samaritans in Festivals
New on Samaritans’ agenda, the club plans to collaborate with MDI’s flagship festivals Imperium, Illumina and Delphique to be able to leverage them as a platform for pushing its cause further.
• Fun @ Work for the mess and housekeeping staff
They serve us food throughout the year, clean our rooms and keep our toilets tidy! It is only right that we make them a part of our celebrations at least once in a year. Samaritans conducts Diwali celebrations, sports tournaments and gifts distribution for the mess and housekeeping staff of MDI, to make them feel at home and feel wanted!
As is reflected from the activities above, Samaritans stays true to its motto "Empowering people. Changing lives."
For more recent updates, keep visiting the Samaritans blog: http://samaritans.mandevian.com
IRC – The International Relations Committee, a student run body, coordinates student exchange programmes with partner universities abroad. Student exchange programmes provide a unique opportunity for the students to enrich their international academic experience and widen their career horizons. It also provides them with an opportunity to work on international consulting projects, cultural exchange and combined trips. Amongst Indian Schools, MDI is a leader in establishing International Relationships and boasts of having established the most comprehensive student exchange program. IRC's aim is to utilize it for the benefit of the student community in the best manner possible.
Each Year our institute hosts exchange students from various countries like Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Pakistan and Poland. Apart from them, we also host MEB (Master in European Business) students from ESCP-EAP studying with PGPIM students from who in turn spend half of their course at ESCP-EAP campuses in Europe.
Not only does an exchange program add value academically but experiencing a different culture leaves the student with invaluable learning. Incoming exchange students bring with them certain elements from their culture and in return take away from MDI a glimpse of the diverse Indian culture. The committee also runs a "Buddy program" wherein the Buddies help the foreign students settle down at MDI and act as contact points for any problems/clarifications. While we host international exchange students, around one fourth of PGPM/PGPHR students also visiting out partner schools across the globe.
While students at MDI have some of the best Institutes worldwide to choose from , IRC constantly looks for potential partner schools and works to build a relationship with the schools such that it strengthen our international exchange program portfolio. Recently MDI added Grenoble Ecole De Management, France an institute known for Technology management as one of our partner schools.
Prayas - The Student Run Cooperative Store of MDI
Prayas is a Hindi word, derived from Sanskrit, meaning "Endeavour". True to its meaning, Prayas at MDI is an effort by the students of MDI to ameliorate the life of the student community by providing a general store on campus.
The Vision of Prayas is:
To be a source of convenience for the MDI Community by providing them the daily necessities at a place closer to them.
The Mission Statement for Prayas is:
To be a revenue model for various Social Initiatives taken up by the students of MDI.
Prayas, which started with a small corpus fund, has gradually developed into a self-sustaining organization based on the values of self-help and social responsibility. It provides a platform for the future leaders to gain real-time experience of running a business and provides an ideal opportunity to apply the acquired skills in different functions of management. The profits generated by Prayas are contributed to Samaritans, a Corporate Social Initiative taken up by the students of MDI, and other social causes. Some of the socially responsible activities carried out by Prayas in the past have been:
- Funding of educational material for underprivileged children.
- Provision of clothes and sweets on festivals to the disadvantaged and Mess Workers.
- Donations to various independent groups working for causes of social concern.
- Facilitating the ‘Clean and Green’ campus drives
Besides all this serious stuff Prayas is one of the most well known spots on Campus. Every night for two hours the whole of Change Masters seem to descend on Prayas to get their daily dose of Chips, Biscuits, Juices and more importantly the latest gossip floating on the Campus grapevine. :)
In the words of Barbara Ward, “There is no human failure greater than to launch a profoundly important endeavour and then leave it half-done."
SEED-MDI, Centre for Entrepreneurship
~~Building India one start up at a time
MDI’s Centre for Entrepreneurship aims to be a hub of entrepreneurship in the rapidly growing NCR with teaching, training, consulting, research and incubation activities geared toward churning out the next generation of India’s wealth creators.
The Centre includes a Technology Business Incubator set up in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. The incubator provides a platform to MDI alumni, part time students, and MDP participants who dream of starting their own venture to convert their innovative ideas into commercially viable products.
The CFE works closely with the student body of MDI to foster an entrepreneurial spirit within MDI through workshops, business plan competitions, and mentoring sessions. The emphasis is to provide more and more practical knowledge to the student in order to enable them to get started.
By virtue of being situated in a Gurgaon, the millennium city of India, it is easy for centre to get support from the industry for mentoring and finding out business and funding opportunities for our start-ups. Our vision is to create an eco-system that fosters entrepreneurship and innovation in MDI and beyond. For any queries please contact the Chairperson Entrepreneurship at following Address:
Prof. Rohit Prasad
Management development institute,
Tel. - 91-0124-4560122
VAGMI – MDI’s Debating and Discussion Forum
Have a voice, speak out. From political to social, from economics to technology-if there is a brewing issue, we will take it up. Vagmi is MDI's special interest group that is committed towards developing the art of public speaking in students. There is a leader in each of us, and at Vagmi we help you explore it.
W5H – The Quizzing Club
Ever wondered Where, What, When, Why, Where or How about anything?
We at W5H – MDI’s Quiz Club sure have, as have you, we’ll bet!
Over the past year, we’ve partnered with Avinash Mudaliar, one of India’s renowned Quizmasters, to take quizzing mainstream with the Haryana Quizzers Forum. Representing MDI, we won quizzes at IIFT, NSIT, FMS, reached the quarterfinals of NDTV's national Tech Grandmasters quiz, were in the finals of every open business quiz in NCR and just missed out on the buzzer at Tata Crucible.
With mini quizzes on fun topics like “Ads” and “Comics” to the more ‘normal’ Business quizzes, W5H aims to entertain ManDevIans and spread the joys of being curious and learning something new.