Student-Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel (SMILE)
While the academics and practices at IIMA are driven towards advocating and promoting responsible business practices, the IIMA community has undertaken several initiatives that stem from this very concept. From providing free lessons to children from economically weaker sections to ensuring the safety and well-being of animals in and around the campus, these initiatives are drives backed by a sensitive and passionate community comprising students, faculty and staff members.
Facilitating Education for Underprivileged Children
As a part of its community outreach programme, IIMA alongwith the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, has set up a supplementary education/resource centre called Student-Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel or SMILE for the benefit of underprivileged students living in and around Vastrapur, where the Institute is located. Through this initiative, classes are conducted for students from Class IX to Class XII by a volunteer team from IIMA, under the guidance of the Dean (Alumni & External Relations).
As a part of its community outreach programme, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, in association with Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, has set up a supplementary education/resource centre called SMILE (Student-Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel) under the Gyan Shakti Marg flyover opposite the Heritage Campus of IIMA, for the benefit of underprivileged students living in and around Vastrapur, where the Institute is located. The centre is open to any student who wishes to use its resources. Classes are conducted for students belonging to standards 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th (Science, Arts and Commerce). IIMA students make up the volunteer team which coordinates the activities of SMILE. They interact regularly with the families to which the SMILE students belong. The Dean (Alumni & External Relations) provides the overall leadership for this initiative.
- Free medical camp
- Art and Craft Workshops
- Makeover event
- Dental treatment
- Computer classes
- Navratri Celebration
- Children's day celebration
- Mahila Patchwork Co-op Society
- Other Events
- New Year Celebration
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SMILE Core Committee
Prayaas is a social initiative through which the IIMA community helps underprivileged children take their first step towards a meaningful education, a joyous childhood and a better future. Since 2003, the IIMA community has worked tirelessly to help these children get admissions in nearby public schools, provide supplementary evening classes on the Institute campus and more importantly, get the opportunity to enjoy a wholesome and happy childhood.
Safeguarding Our Furry Companions in and Around the Campus
Pawsible is a students’ special interest group for the animals of IIM Ahmedabad. A quality about the IIMA community that will strike anyone is the love and compassion that the community shares for the animals of IIMA. Pawsible is an initiative driven by compassion and love to provide animals basic facilities and some caretaking to make them a part of the community of IIMA.
IIMA's scope is much wider than that of a traditional business school. Its research and training activities extend to broader areas of concern to society. Some of the centres which work specifically on such concerns include: