In a sterling display of the ‘power of one’, FORE School of Management, New Delhi turned the entire Qutub Institutional Area into a Green Zone, in just one day. Students of FORE School of Management transformed the landscape of nearly 18 institutes in this area on the 3rd of December 2011.
Kick-starting the campaign by planting the first sapling within the FORE School of Management, New Delhi campus, Dr Prachi Bhatt, Faculty Mentor, urged the members of Team ‘ANTAR’ – the CSR wing of FORE School of Management – along with a group of volunteers to ‘go forth and turn the town green.
Realizing that planting saplings alone was not enough, Team ‘ANTAR’ took upon itself to sensitize and motivate children of the next generation, studying in nearby schools, to contribute as well. “We eagerly await this annual event of your college”, observed the Principal of the nearby MCD Boys Primary School. “Since this event focuses on the importance of planting trees, the children of my school are positively influenced by observing and working with you all’.
This year also saw the Vastrasamman initiative of team ‘ANTAR’ breach the magic figure of 600 kilograms of clothes donated to the needy. Two years back, under project Vastrasamman, team ANTAR of the FORE School of Management, Delhi had begun collecting and distributing clothes from students and faculty of FORE School of Management. For the 2011-12 session, ANTAR collaborated with GOONJ, on its Vastrasamman campaign. The response was overwhelming, the FOREians and faculty donating not just their old and new wearable clothes, but all kinds of usable goods for the needy, especially stationery for school going kids.
FORE School of Management gained immensely by its association with GOONJ. The commitment and innovativeness of the volunteers at Goonj was impressive, especially their fantastic ability to recycle and add value to even the most mundane and wasted commodities. The cassette purses made out of cassette tapes, conversion of cotton suits and bed-sheets into stationery and napkins, deserve a special mention along with a whole range of waste paper products.
Finally, in what turned out to be the most touching event of the year for FORE School of Management, TEAM ANTAR organized ‘Abhivaadan’ on the 30th January, 2012 within the FORE School of Management, New Delhi campus.
Having received accolades over the past two years, ‘Abhivaadan’ which is organized in association with Helpage India, honours senior citizens from old age homes like ‘Gharonda’ and ‘Home for aged’ enjoy a fun filled day at the FORE School of Management.
While it was encouraging to see Dr Jitendra K. Das, Director, FORE School of Management and Prof. Vinay Dutta- Chairman, Student Affairs, among the volunteers who made the day memorable for this ‘grandparently’ gathering, it was even more heart-warming to see a lot of youngsters sharing a hearty laugh with the senior citizens. In the words of Sukriti Babbar, one of the volunteers from PGDM (IB), “We gave them a little regard and they showered tons of blessings on us.”
The welcome song, sung by Shirshendu Pandey- one of the volunteers – opened the dancing and singing extravaganza. Very soon, the ‘grandparents’ also joined in the revelry with utmost zeal and enthusiasm. They sang, tapped their feet and shared their experiences with all the students of FORE School of Management.
Tandon Deep from PGDM-20, feels, “It gave me a chance to share happiness with them and learn important lessons of life from them. It was full of fun activities and it was great feeling to see them sing and dance.”
The event was best described in the words of Nitin Gandhi, one of the volunteers from PGDM-20, FORE School of Management “Abhivaadan was a great success as it gave joy and happiness to many, which not only includes people from old age homes, but volunteers like me too.”