Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi at SPJIMR

Friday, November 28, 2014

Nobel laureate Mr. Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday led a packed auditorium at the S P Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) to call out, “I am a hero”, during a 45 minute inspiring address that saw him highlight the burning problem of child abuse and the linkages to growth and sustainability.

Mr. Satyarthi visited SPJIMR located in the Bhavan’s campus for an interactive session organised by the Ecoforum Committee on the theme : ‘Social development and mass empowerment as the way to achieve sustainable growth’.

He shared his experiences about his journey as an activist and talked about bringing sustainability in the growth process and summed it up with the need for six ‘E’s: Education, Employability, Entrepreneurship, Efficiency, Equity and Ethics, which will ultimately lead to emergence of holistic and inclusive growth.

“Mere permutations of the 6Es won't work. What we need today is the combination of all the 6Es,” he said.

Through his inspiring words, he asked students to look inward for the hero within rather than heroes on celluloid. “We look for heroes outside but the real hero is within you,” he said and went on: “Break your silence, open up your hearts and minds, for no country can survive without freedom…The fire must be burning in each one of us forever.”

“People who are responsible for transforming society are the ones who think beyond the limits of the sky,” he said.

He also stressed on the need for having a vision for not just oneself but also the country and said that only through greater transparency and accountability can we bring about the change we wish to see.

His deep commitment for the cause of children shone right through the address and left a mark on the audience, which comprised participants of various management programmes at SPJIMR, faculty, staff, visitors and media representatives.

He said: “When I received the Nobel prize, the first thing I told my office was that whenever I’m called to speak, my first priority will always be the youth and children. The rest can wait.”

“The recognition of the Nobel prize doesn't belong to me but belongs to the youth of this nation”

Asking students to probe deeper into issues, he spoke of a “journey that should be about question marks and not full stops” as we evaluate, ask and relook at issues before us.“That is what will inspire creativity and innovation,” Mr. Satyarthi said.

SPJIMR, a top ranked B-School, which is a non-profit and a part of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, has been noted for its unique initiatives that expose management students to issues like poverty in rural and urban India through initiatives like the DOCC and Abhyudaya.

Under these initiatives, participants work with children in urban slums and issues concerning children and other social concerns through various NGOs in rural areas.

Mr. Satyarthi’s visit was particularly significant for SPJIMR because of the Institute’s consistent efforts at addressing societal issues through management education and through the development process of children, families and communities. The presence on campus of Mr. Satyarthi, who has championed the cause of children, therefore carried a lot of significance and relevance to SPJIMR’s philosophy, mandate and mission of promoting value-based growth and influencing practice.

SPJIMR Director Dr. Sesha Iyer introduced the school’s mission and later felicitated the Nobel laureate with a shawl and handed him and Mrs. Sumita Satyarthi, who is an activist in her own right, mementoes on behalf of the Institute.

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