IIM Rohtak's Marathon 'India for Girl Child' draws huge crowd

 | February 20,2012 02:56 pm IST

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak successfully organized the marathon themed India for Girl Child on February 19th. The event elicited a great response, with more than 2000 participants.


Vikash Malik and Rajiv Kumar emerged as the winners in the mens 10 Km and 5 km categories respectively. Vikash Kumar and Devender Singh ended at the second spot in these races. Amita and Jyoti were respectively the winner and the runner-up of the womens 5 km race. Dr. Saket and Dr. Navdeep, who have represented India at the Commonwealth games graced the occasion and spurred the participants on.


Action started early on the Sunday morning with people coming as early as 7o clock to register. By the time the registration was closed, the event had fetched a huge and exuberant crowd. Their zeal and enthusiasm were infectious. Chirac, a senior student council member of IIM Rohtak, talked about the genesis of the India for Girl Child campaign in his inaugural speech. Right from the inception of our institute in 2010, we have felt that we have a strong responsibility towards the society. That is why we created the Social Development Projects Cell, which has taken several social initiatives in the fields of environment and education. We felt that a society can truly flourish only when it treats its women with dignity, recognizes their rights and allows them to make their own choices. To translate this thought into action, we launched the ongoing campaign a few months back.


Prof. P Rameshan, the director of IIM Rohtak, stressed the need for equal opportunities for girls and indicated that there was much more to the event than the races. Chief Guest of the event, Miss. Isha Bhandari, COO, Sun Foundation, applauded the effort of IIM Rohtak in making the campaign a success. On behalf of Sun Foundation, she announced educational scholarships for underprivileged girls studying in classes 1 to 12.

The 10km run took off at 10 'o'clock and the 5km run took off a few minutes after that. To sustain the enthusiasm shown by the children present at the flag off point, a new race was floated. For all the planned races, prize money worth around Rs. 40,000 was at stake. T-shirts and goodies were also distributed to the participants. Apollo Tyres and Biowell Pharmaceuticals were the official running and health partners for the event respectively. Rotary Club of Rohtak City, Herbalife, Jenburkt Pharmaceuticals ltd., Hindusthan National Glass and Industries Ltd., Star Vision Network, LPS Bossard Pvt. Ltd., Somany Ceramics Ltd., Dosa Plaza , Siti Cable and Platinum Cable were the associate sponsors.

In the months leading up to the event, IIM Rohtak students took several initiatives to promote girl education in Haryana. Recently they brokered an arrangement between auto drivers and business houses in Rohtak that will benefit both parties. The business houses will fund the education of the gild children of the drivers, in return for using the autos as a medium of promotion. Also, Pan-India poetry writing and poster making competitions were conducted to generate nation-wide awareness.

The India for Girl Child campaign has been able to garner support from individuals and organizations across several cities including New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow, Ranchi and Manali. Active support from people across India has kindled the fire within us and has encouraged us to strive harder in future in our quest for women empowerment. We hope to inspire many more people to join us in our endeavor. , said Dishari Halder, a student of IIM Rohtak. To acknowledge the support for the marathon, IIM Rohtak will distribute certificates of participation from the Everest hostel premises on 26th February.