Institutional Social Responsibility
The Indian Academy Education Trust is ardently committed to social responsibility and accordingly, the Indian Academy Group of Institutions (IAGI) is increasingly responsive to community-based development initiatives. Being active agents of social change is not only considered a strategic priority at Indian Academy but is also seen as a much needed responsibility. Sensitization of students and staff is the key agenda behind any of our social initiatives and we are committed to being a socially responsible group of educational institutions.
Our commitment towards social responsibility is being achieved through the following means:
- Adoption of Schools
- Community Service
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Adoption of Schools
Extending help to schools that are less privileged has been one of the prerogatives of Indian Academy’s social responsibility initiative. Being educational institutions offering courses in higher education, we believe that change must begin at an early stage, and thus we have associated with primary schools.
Providing assistance with meeting the needs of schools was initially achieved through a close involvement with NGOs, and this led to the development of a full-fledged and independent adoption model of a Government Model Primary School in Madiwala – Chokkandahalli Malur Taluk, Kolar District, Karnataka. The school was formally adopted with the approval of the Department of Primary Education, Government of Karnataka in the year 2008.
Indian Academy has donated liberally to the school thereafter and assisted with infrastructural aid besides providing facilities like:
- Construction of a compound wall with a main gate, to safeguard the premises-executed and completed in the year 2009
- Construction of a kitchen and storeroom with RCC roofing, within the school premises- completed in the year 2010
- Construction of separate toilets for boys and girls
- Drinking water facilities & water connections
- Books, stationery and uniforms
- Periodical camps by NSS students of Indian Academy Degree College to promote awareness on social issues, and as a part of community service
BBMP schools adopted by Indian Academy Degree College - AutonomousFive other schools have been adopted in the year 2014, through a formal Memorandum of Understanding with Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) under the ‘Namma Bengaluru, Nanna Kodige’ scheme. The college plans to support these schools in the areas of infrastructural development, provision of educational and learning resources, stationery etc. incrementally, on a yearly basis; and has also budgeted funds for the same. The list of schools is as follows:
- Corporation Primary School, Cock Burne Road, Near Shivajinagar Police Station, Broadway, Bangalore – 53
- Corporation Primary School, Thimmaiah Road, Near Corporation Maternity Home, Narayana Pillai Street, Bangalore – 51
- Corporation Primary School, Neelasandra, Neelsaandra Main Road, Bangalore – 47
- Corporation Boys High School, Cock Burne Road, Near Shivaji Nagar, Police Station, Broadway, Bangalore – 53
- Corporation Girls High School, Jayamahal, Thimmaiah Road, Near Corporation Maternity Home, Nararyana Pillai Street, Bangalore – 51
Community ServiceSapling Plantation
Indian Academy has planted about 500 saplings in the Banasawadi-Hennur areas in the recent years. The saplings, being majorly biofuel and avenue plants, are planted, fenced and maintained by the Indian Academy Group of Institutions in association with the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP). Continuous engagement in sapling plantation is part of the institutional agenda.Partnering with the Bangalore Traffic Police
Indian Academy has actively partnered with the traffic police in Bangalore in its various initiatives meant to spread awareness on traffic rules. The college has donated traffic barricades, signboards, jackets for policemen, traffic police booths etc. on a regular basis. Traffic rules awareness campaigns and activities for students and staff on the premises, have been organised and conducted in partnership with the local traffic police.Blood Donation and Health Camps
Each year, the NSS and Red Cross Associations organise blood donation camps when blood is donated to non-profit organisations/blood banks like TTK blood bank etc. Annual health camps are also conducted for the benefit of the community besides the students and staff.
The students of NSS wings and B. Sc. Nursing courses also participate in pulse polio drives by offering their voluntary services. Indian Academy also partners with NGOs like Freedom Foundation, Rotary Club(s) and Lions Club(s) to conduct such awareness programmes and campaigns.Awareness Promotion Campaigns
The students regularly participate and conduct awareness promotion rallies, campaigns and activities on the following themes: Evils of Drunken Driving, AIDS Awareness, Non-compliance with Traffic Rules, Anti-sexual Abuse, Female Infanticide, Gandhian Values etc.
Some of these rallies are conducted on days of national importance such as Gandhi Jayanti, Independence Day, Ambedkar Jayanti, Republic Day etc. to sensitise students, staff and neighbouring communities.Promotion of Arts and Culture
IAGI actively supports initiatives that are directed toward the promotion of arts and culture, in compliance with its objectives. The trust has generously contributed towards various book launch ceremonies, publication of music albums of literary works- Sri Aurobindo’s ‘Savitri’, and other cultural trusts and foundations. Noted artists and poets are invited and felicitated habitually.Assistance to Government Agencies
The premises of IAGI are offered to government agencies such as Karnataka Public Services Commission, and various other nodal agencies to conduct state recruitment examinations. In addition to providing infrastructural facilities, teaching and non-teaching staff are also made available for the smooth relay of these activities.
Infrastructural facilities and human resources have also been made available to the Election Commission of India during elections.
Besides these initiatives, the institutions also fulfill their social responsibility through the following change-making practices:
- Solar energy generation for heating and lighting purposes.
- Rainwater harvesting.
- E-waste and hazardous waste management.
- An active Green Audit Committee that monitors and takes initiatives to support energy conservation, carbon neutrality etc.
- Observing Energy Conservation Day on the 2nd Saturday of every month.