Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) is one of the key pillars of Sri Sri University. As an Institution, Sri Sri University (SSU) fosters the values of social consciousness amongst the students. The university also imparts the necessary skills to become the flag bearers and bring in the much required social change in the country. Based upon the core values of Learn-Lead-Serve, the University provides a platform for the students and its faculty members to participate in various social outreach projects initiated for the benefit of the community at large. The University has tied-up with various renowned institutions and organizations of public and private sector in the past and has organized large number of projects towards inclusive development of underprivileged sections of the society.
Sri Sri Gurukul:
With the vision and mission of reviving & sustaining the ancient Indian tradition of Vedic wisdom, Sri Sri Gurukul has been established in the premises of Sri Sri University wherein, 39 students from Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and North East are learning Samveda, Atharveda, and Yajurveda. The students are mainly from the economically lower Brahmin families. Alongside the Vedas they are also imparted education from the general curriculum. (students of SSU play a great role in teaching general subjects to the students of Gurukul) It’s a beautiful amalgamation of the values and cultures of the east and the west). The University aids in providing for the accommodation, meals, education, stationary, clothes, and other basic requirements for the students of Gurukul.
VIDYA: A training and skill development centre under the name VIDYA (Construction and Skill Training Centre) was formed under PMKVY Project of Government of India and SSRDP. It focuses on providing vocational skill development trainings like Masonry and Bar bending and Steel fixing for the underprivileged and school drop-out youths. In due course, an Mou was signed between SSU and Larsen & Toubro Limited wherein over 1000 youths received training and got placed under this project.
Sri Sri Koushal Vikas Kendra: Schneider Solar Electrician Training Center was set up under the Sri Sri Koushal Vikas Kendra (SSKVK) at the premises of Sri Sri University in association with Schneider Electrics on the 21st Dec 2015. Over 900 trainees have been imparted skill development training in different sectors like solar electrification, security guard training, hospitality, housekeeping, to name a few. It not only provides vocational skills, but also provides the life skills techniques of, Art of Living to help in their character building, mental development, and good health along with the domain expertise on the construction trade, and further shaping them as respectable citizens.
Community Development: On June 2019, the University tied up with NALCO Foundation, the CSR wing of National Aluminium Company (NALCO) to provide a number of trainings in Leadership, Women Empowerment, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Environment Protection among others. This aims at channelizing the energy of youth and women in a series of social engagements for the purpose of strengthening the efforts of Rural Development by focusing on the socio-cultural-economic activities for the benefit of the tribal community.
Home for Homeless Project – Under the many initiatives taken, this project involves building of 15 homes in two adjacent villages and one Community Centre in Arilo village for developmental activities therein.
Awareness and Training Camps on Health and Hygiene: Number of programs were carried out in the year 2018 , namely, Nav Chetana Shivir, Bal Chetana Shivir and Swachhata Chetana Shivir in the Ramdaspur Gram Panchayat in Cuttack, in collaboration with International Women’s Conference (IWC), and Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) to make the Panchayat, open defecation free. These awareness camps made people realize the importance of using a toilet and catalyzed the construction of IHHL (Indian House Hold Latrine). Subsequently, toilets were constructed by the villagers with the help of the Government. This has increased the toilet penetration from 24% to 94% in the panchayat having a population of 5000. This brought in an increased form of sanitary sense and hygiene awareness amongst the villagers.
Nav Chetna Shivirs (NCS): This is a dynamic program that consists of Yoga & meditation techniques which is specially designed for socially, economically, physically or emotionally challenged sections of the society.
* Bal Chetna Shivirs (BCS): This is a dynamic program that aims to empower under privileged children of the society and helps them rise to their full potential. Processes like interactive games, group discussions, creative assignments and stress elimination techniques like breathing, pranayama ensures nurturing and focuses on their strengths and works on it.
Vastradan: The initiative of cloth donation was organized in collaboration with NGO – Zindagi, where the students teamed up to donate their old and new clothes to the poor villagers in the nearby villages of Godisahi, Arilo, Sandhapur, Bidyadharpur and many more. Over 100 kgs of clothes were gathered and the volunteers went to each of the villages to distribute warm clothes during winter.
Light a Home – Under this project, electrification of up to 90 homes in the Bhalunka village was provided, with solar photovoltaic cells. This was concluded under the project of the Art of Living.
Livelihood Training- To provide employment for women, training camps for sewing were organized by Sri Sri University in 19 villages. This went a long way in benefitting more than 700 rural women.
Swach Bharat Shreshta Bharat: This program is an initiative taken by the Government of India, targeting an Open Defecation Free, in a mission mode by starting ‘Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)’ on the 2nd October 2014. It has International Women’s Conference as its patron and YLTP, National Cell as the implementation partner, the Open Defecation Free Project witnessed a wide range of participation from the students of Sri Sri University as well.
A door to door survey was also conducted as a part of the program. Wherein a detailed questionnaire was designed to conduct the need assessment survey in the selected 11 villages of Ramdaspur. The questionnaire was designed to capture the need for toilet facilities and sanitation in the community as well as to understand the socio–economic background of the respondents.