IIMB’s Prayaas theme this year ‘Celebrating Abilities’

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on January 18, 2016

The annual Prayaas Day at IIM Bangalore will be held on January 24.

Prayaas, a social initiative of IIMB’s Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) students, was set up in 2009 to make a meaningful difference to society.

This year Prayaas is ‘Celebrating Abilities’ and providing a platform for the differently abled to share their talent, spirit and achievements.

The day will feature events for raising awareness on spinal cord injury while promoting social inclusiveness for the differently abled.

The Prayaas team conducts various activities through the year to touch the lives of many. Prayaas Day, a day to commemorate the year that was and dedicate a whole day for service, is being celebrated this year on Sunday, January 24.

Komal Kamra, Director (Development), The Spinal Foundation, said “We at The Spinal Foundation are very excited to be associated with Prayaas Day and IIMB-EPGP. We are sure that institutes of repute such as IIM Bangalore taking a lead in championing this cause will bring in a renewed vigour in promoting inclusiveness. We hope that through this event, we will be able to showcase the immense potential that differently-abled persons have and celebrate some of the success stories.”

Traditionally, the Prayaas team has held Jaipur Foot Camp and Eyecare camps on Prayaas Day in the IIMB campus. Building on these successes, the team has decided to fund such activities round the year and re-engineer Prayaas Day as a platform for promoting social inclusiveness.

This year, on campus, the day will dawn with an Awareness Run (10KM, 5KM), team events and indoor games for the differently abled and the students.

Cultural performances and art exhibitions will also be conducted. Para athlete, Padma Shri and Arjuna awardee Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla will deliver a talk on the day.

In the afternoon, a panel, moderated by Justin Jesudas, an international para-swimmer and currently Associate Director, Cognizant, will deliberate on the topic, ‘Breaking down Societal Barriers’. The panellists are Nasreen S Wadia, Founder, Unlimited Freedom; Dr. Anand Viswanathan, Sr. Research Scientist, Cochrane, South Asia; and Pranesh Nagri, Director, Enable India.

Published on January 18, 2016
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