Institutional Social Responsibility
For the educated youth to become the flag bearers of important societal changes, it’s necessary that they grow in an environment witnessing social responsibility at the core of individual and organizational development. Keeping that same tone of faith, Institutional Social Responsibility (ISR) in Sri Sri University is of topmost priority. The University believes that key changes occur through community participation and societal transformation. This is why the authority has been on its toes to provide a platform to the students and its faculty members to participate in various social outreach projects. The University has tied-up with various renowned institutions and organizations of the public and private sector and has organized a large number of projects towards inclusive development of underprivileged sections of the society. Here’s a brief outlook of some of the eminent steps of ISR as undertaken by the University :
Sri Sri Gurukul :
Resonating with a symbiosis of the ancient Indian tradition of Vedic wisdom, Sri Sri Gurukul has been established in the premises of the Sri Sri University.
It accommodates 39 students coming from all over the country, particularly from the states of Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, and the North-East.
The Gurukul students are taught Samveda, Atharveda, and Yajurveda. The students hail from economically marginalized Brahmin families.
For a true symbiosis of ancient teaching with modern tools, they are also taught the general curriculum. The students of SSU play an active role in teaching general subjects to the students of Gurukul.
Gurukul presents a beautiful amalgamation of the values and cultures of the east and the west.
The University provides accommodation, meals, educational expenses, stationery, clothes, and other basic requirements for the students of the Gurukul.
It is a training and skill development center established under the name of VIDYA (Construction and Skill Training Centre). Formed under the PMKVY (Project of the Government of India) and SSRDP.
, VIDYA aims to up-skilling the school drop-out youths. This program trains them in vocational skills like masonry, bar bending, steel fixing etc.
It is directed to the underprivileged youths, to aid them with employability in market-relevant skills.
In due course, an MOU has been signed between SSU and Larsen & Toubro Limited wherein over 1000 youths received training and have gotten placed under this project.
Sri Sri Koushal Vikas Kendra:
Sri Sri Koushal Vikas Kendra (SSKVK) has been established in association with Schneider Electrics on the 21st of December 2015.
Under this program, over 900 trainees have been imparted skill development training in solar electrification, security guard training, hospitality, housekeeping etc.
This scheme in addition to providing vocational training also provided learnings of Art of Living techniques, which ultimately assisted them in character building, mental development, and maintaining a healthy body.
Community Development :
In June 2019, the University tied up with NALCO Foundation, the CSR wing of National Aluminium Company (NALCO) to provide training in Leadership, Women Empowerment, Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Environment Protection among others.
This program aims to channelize the energy of youth and women in a series of social engagements for the purpose of strengthening the efforts of Rural Development.
Home for Homeless Project
Under the many initiatives taken, this project involves the construction of 15 houses in two adjacent villages and one Community Centre in the Arilo village, for wholesome community development.
Awareness and Training Camps on Health and Hygiene
Under this scheme, a number of programs were carried out in the year 2018.
Some of them were, Nav Chetana Shivir, Bal Chetana Shivir, and Swachhata Chetana Shivir in the Ramdaspur Gram Panchayat in Cuttack, in collaboration with the International Women’s Conference (IWC), and Youth Leadership Training Programme (YLTP) to make the Panchayat, open defecation free.
These awareness camps were in line to make 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 toilet penetration from 24% to 94% in the panchayat of a net population of 5000.
Nav Chetna Shivirs (NCS)
This is a dynamic program that consists of Yoga & meditation techniques that are 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 underprivileged children of society to unlock their full potential.
Processes under this program include interactive games, group discussions, creative assignments, and stress elimination techniques like breathing and pranayama.
Vastradan was a cloth donation drive, organized in collaboration with the NGO – Zindagi.
The students of the University were very pro-active in donating their old and new clothes to the poor nearby villagers of Godisahi, Arilo, Sandhapur, Bidyadharpur, and many more.
Over 100 kgs of clothes were gathered and distributed to each of the villages before the winter season.
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 initiative with YLTP as its patron integrated the objective of an open defecation free country as proposed under the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM)’ of the Government of India.
In this program, a door to door survey was conducted, wherein a detailed questionnaire was designed to assess the selected 11 villages of Ramdaspur.
The survey captured the status of toilet facilities and sanitation in the community as well as the socio-economic background of the respondents.