Taking learning beyond the classroom, 40 students of the Welingkar Institute of Management, Matunga, recently launched a project to audit housing societies and identify the best in the city.
The project, Mumbai Bhushan, was launched on December 26 and will go on till January-end. Fifty four housing societies registered with the institute, to be rated on 10 parameters — security, disaster preparedness, hygiene, administration, management, congeniality, social and environmental awareness, water management and energy conservation. “Field work will help students understand problems, implement plans, come up with solutions,” said Uday Salunkhe, director of the institute. Non-profit organisation Yuvak Biradri and Mumbai Chamber of Housing and Industry (MCHI) assisted the students. “The project will give students hands-on experience on issues faced by housing societies,” said Kirti Panchal, director, Yuvak Biradari.
Five students from the auditing committee visit each society; meet the chairman and secretary, and give them a questionnaire. The students also interact with residents. “I visited eight societies. The audit helped me go beyond the course curriculum,” said Priyanka Tendulkar, a first year student. “We hope to come up with business solutions at the household level,” said Kamakshi Rai, a first-year student.
Society members said they had registered for the audit to know how their society ranked. “We have some of the best amenities. Being graded by young people is a good way to know where we stand,” said Pruthviraj Patil, secretary of Akruti Orchid Park Federal Society in Andheri.
The housing societies fall between Cuffe Parade and Colaba; and in the suburbs, between Dahisar and Mulund. Six winning societies will receive a cash prize of Rs1 lakh each.