“ANKUR” signifies the Blossom…
Blossoming of ingenuous minds to cultured cognizance.
“ANKUR” – An Experiential Learning Initiative (ELI) by K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, Mumbai (SIMSR) aims at developing a robust learning environment that amalgamates all aspects of learning and provides holistic development of a management student. It is aligned with the institute’s vision and mission and its emphasis is on social and ethical responsibility. It emphasizes on development of emotional competencies along with managerial skills.
The Experiential Learning Cell of SIMSR gives a platform to management students to work towards social responsibility by mentoring kids of Vinay Mandir, a vernacular medium school from standard 5th to 8th to teach Basic English and Communication skills. The primary objective of this initiative by SIMSR is to teach the children of a Gujarati medium school, to speak, read, write and understand basic vocal English. It tries to accomplish the objective by roping in the greatest personnel at work: Students of SIMSR.
Ankur, for the year 2016, sowed its seeds on 12th of August. The eight month mentorship Initiative kicked off by four volunteer faculty members committee comprising of Prof. Gita Sashidharan, Dr. Poonam Chauhan, Dr. Prema Basargekar and Dr. Radha Iyer. After the ideation and development of the ELI program, the execution is done along with the SIMSR students. 50 students from SIMSR have been selected this year to facilitate this noble cause of teaching Basic English language & communication skills. Ankur truly resonates with its tagline ‘Nurturing Lives’ by giving a euphoric experience to students through a 4-step process of Active Listening, Active Speaking, Active Writing and Active Learning. Activities like ‘Home Visit’ to understand the socio-economic conditions of students and ‘Movie Screening’ for kids are carried out by the faculty and volunteers of SIMSR to enhance student engagement in the process of learning.
Ankur has certainly given a gamut of experiences to Student Volunteers who are called as “Mentors”. They are enriched with a unique and rich experience, a sense of pride and the joy of giving back the society what they can.
TEACHERS are not “just” teachers; they are the MANAGERS who manage the greatest resource: CHILDREN
-Robert John Meehan
Every Friday Students of SIMSR gather at Somaiya Vinay Mandir School between 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. with a modest agenda of spreading knowledge and joy to little kids. The smiles of those kids keep the spirit alive. Hope “ANKUR” soon blossoms into a sweet fruit and spreads the fresh air of goodness to the imminent society of India. With this Management endeavour SIMSR certainly strengthens Somaiya Trust vision of “Knowledge Alone Liberates”.