Building bridges across boundaries - TATA-ISES meets SPJIMR-DOCC 2012, TATA

 | August 14,2012 11:10 am IST

Interns from TATA International Social Entrepreneurship Scheme (TATA ISES) interacted with the faculty and students of SP Jain Institute of Management & research (SPJIMR). This was the second rendezvous of the two institutes known for their extensive social contribution TATA, through their philanthropic initiatives, and SPJIMR, through their developmental programs for future managers.

This interaction was organized under SPJIMRs unique project initiative, Development of Corporate Citizenship (DOCC), which has been widely appreciated across b-schools of the world and recently received TeamMBA award by GMAC at their annual conference in Chicago.

The TATA ISES is a unique two month experiential corporate sustainability internship offered to undergraduate and post graduate students from the leading universities of the world, who come to India to intern in one of the TATA Companies ongoing Corporate Sustainability (CS) Projects. This is very much in line with SPJIMRs DOCC Project Initiative for PGDM students wherein they embark on a two month sojourn with NGOs thereby acting as agents for inclusive business development in the social sector.


The theme for this years internships revolved around three important issues prevalent today Affirmative Action, Water Management and Health. The context of the meeting was set by Ms. Shernavaz Colah from Group Corporate Affairs and Media office, TATA ISES. The six interns, for this round of internships, hailed from University of California, Berkeley. The event saw special guests making their way as panellists and moderators namely, Ms. Eva H DAmbrosio (Economic Vice-Consul, US Consulate), Ms. Pinakshi Khandelwal (from TATA Affirmative Action Program) and Mr. M. B. Ganapathy (General Manager Plantations, TATA Coffee Limited).


The guests were given an introduction about the various programs at SPJIMR. Prof. Nirja Mattoo (Chairperson, DOCC) provided a brief insight into their unique program. This was followed by presentations made by TATA interns, and also by SPJIMR students who presented the DOCC project that they had done in their respective fields during March April 2012. Overall, the event was a unique learning experience for everyone, where, by the end of day, it was established that along with economic growth, societal inclusion and development is a critical facet that should not be ignored.