– Sunil Kala and SL Ganapathi
NCR chapter has two major social events every year apart from knowledge events hosted from time to time.
During the year starting January 2020 till now, the activities have slowed down because of COVID and lockdowns. Pan IIMA Masters Golf Tournament of which was started as IIMA Golf now made open to all IIMS but still attracts maximum participation from IIMA Golfers was held on 29th February at ITC Classic Golf Course at Manesar Gurgaon. IIMA Team won the trophy for overall performance.
One of the two major social annual events being Synchrony which is driven by the Alumni Office of the Institute was held virtually as e-synchrony on 5th July and well attended, the seniors were able to pass on their wisdom and knowledge to Fachhas and the current student made a presentation on the Institute.
The pandemic created havoc amongst the poor and needy, especially the migrant workers, a lot of whom were passing through Delhi on the way to UP and Bihar. Though there was no Association initiative, many of the alumni were helping the needy with financial and material contributions (individually and collectively) through their own groups. One group of alumni who have been doing yeomen work in Delhi over many years in distributing blankets to shelterless people in winter, this year also took up the task of giving dry rations, etc. to poor, needy, and migrant workers in substantial quantities. They ran a ration drive during Covid wherein they were able to collect INR 3.2 crore and provide 700 tonnes of rations equivalent to 4.2 Mn meals to more than 45,000 families across 10 states. They collected Rs 32 Lakhs for blankets and they had created another record for their annual Blanket drive distributed almost 10,000 Blankets and sweaters this season. This initiative is by – Vipul Kedia (PGP 2005), Kaushlendra (PGP 2007), Ankit Gulati (PGP 2007), and Atul Mehta (PGP2007). It would be evident that IIMA NCR alumni supported these initiatives in substantial measure.
It would be good to mention that Saajha, an NGO founded and run by Prashast Srivastava of PGP 2012 has been doing a great job in Delhi Government/Municipal Schools in activating School Management Committees and making the parents of low strata of society to take an active interest in the education of their children. The initiative is getting active support from Delhi/NCR Alumni.