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IIM-Shillong emerges as Wipro Earthian national winners

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on February 09, 2014 Published on February 09, 2014


One of the two teams from IIM-Shillong has won Wipro’s Earthian sustainability programme awards, winning a sum of Rs 1.5 lakh. Out of 600 teams who participated in the programme, 25 were shortlisted in the first round and finally the top nine entries were declared national winners.

The winning team consisting of four second-year students Rutwik Phatak, Vijendra Kumar, Shupriya Singh and Himanshu Singh, and guided by Sanjeeb Kakoty, an IIM-Shillong professor, worked on the issue of ‘Alternative Systems for Development’.

In a paper titled ‘A study on societal transformation through efficient management of commons’, the team explored how communities can be empowered by encouraging community-based resource management. For analysis the team had visited two villages, one in Meghalaya and the other in Maharashtra.

IIM-Shillong also won the T. N. Khoshoo Trophy this year. The trophy recognises one school and one college among the shortlisted submissions for higher degree of feasibility, practicality and contextual understanding.

Wipro Earthian is a sustainability programme for schools and colleges aimed at fostering better approaches to sustainability among young people. Under the programme, a team of maximum five members, guided by a faculty member, is expected to study a particular issue related to sustainability. Wipro outlines basic themes from which the teams can choose one or more of their choice. The students plan to invest the prize money in societal development activities. IIM-Shillong has won the competition for two consecutive years now.

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Published on February 09, 2014
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