The students of Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta (IIM-C) have adopted a backward village in South 24 Parganas and will prepare a blueprint for its development.
Rajarampur, a village located five kms away from IIM-C has no basic amenities or proper approach roads, even.
“We have adopted the village and started preparing a blue print for developing it from both economic and social aspects,” said Anurag Nair, a first year student of IIM-C. He went to the village on January 9. The students don't have an idea where they can get funds. They have have decided to start creating a pool with help from the villagers.
The village has about 10,000 residents but has no toilets. Very few households have electricity and there is no health care facility.
A year and a half ago IIM-Bangalore had mooted such a project.
"Education is more or less neglected as most members in a family are either engaged in agricultural work or in honey collecting," said Nair.
“We will be working with the villagers throughout the year and would help them in developing sustainable economic and administrative models,” said Samyukktha Thirumeni, another first year student.
On January 9 the students interacted with the locals to gather information about the economic conditions. They have decided to form a network of locals who will be interested to join hands. The panchayat, too, will be approached.
“Since the participants had never interacted with people in the lower rungs of society, this part of the event provided them with some perspective,” Nair added.
John Layley foundation, a UK-based charitable origination would help the IIM-C students to build an ecologically sustainable community centre in Rajarampur.
“A goal for us will be to increase the social standing of women,” said Nair.