Nirvana, a four-member team from Welingkar Institute of Management, Matunga, secured first place on Tuesday at the Mumbai University New Initiative Joint Action Now (MUNIJAN) finals.
Their idea of organising blood donation camps won them the prize at the function held at the university’s Fort campus.
Vice-chancellor Rajan Welukar said the varsity would help the winning team seek permission from colleges, blood banks and hospitals throughout the year.
“Every donor today may be a direct or indirect recipient tomorrow. We hope colleges can adopt these camps as part of their culture in the long run,” said Sushrut Nikalje, 22, team leader and a first year management student.
“Although a number of blood donation camps are held at railway stations, people are in too much of a hurry to stop and donate blood. It is more convenient for students to donate blood during college hours. The initiative does not require any monetary investment or special skill sets,” Nikalje added. Colleges participating in the three-year-old MUNIJAN were expected to come up with a sustainable idea by September 20. The aim of this annual festival is to engage students in a social cause.
Other teams that presented innovative ideas included Blue from Sydenham Institute of Management, Churchgate, which explained how large-scale water conservation could be achieved. The idea involved immersing a one-litre bottle filled with pebbles in a toilet flush to reduce the discharge of water per flush.
Winners in the previous years have successfully expanded their idea. “We have divided the city into 32 different zones to facilitate the process of segregation of waste. We have collected around Rs10,000 by selling waste paper and plastic to scrap dealers to help government schools,” said Sameer Bendale 24, a second year management student from Welingkar who was part of the winning team in 2011.