Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Alliance University has evolved to include the participation of all stakeholders: students, faculty, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the local community. Students and faculty at the University have actively participated in outreach program initiatives where they contribute knowledge, skills and technical expertise to the community. At the same time, the University has enthusiastically supported the program activities of several NGOs active in health, education, environment, livelihood, natural resources management and the preservation of traditional arts and culture. These programs are developed bearing in mind the local cultural context and the needs of beneficiaries. Alliance University strives to develop and initiate collaborations with stakeholders for strategic interventions in the community in the broader areas of community development, and strongly supports CSR as an effective tool to synergize the efforts of social sector organizations towards sustainable growth.
Orientation visits of students to NGOs In this context, the Department of Corporate Social Responsibility, Alliance University recently organized orientation visits of the students of the University to non-governmental organizations located in the rural and urban areas in the vicinity of Bangalore. These visits were useful in sensitizing students to the work and activities of the social and voluntary sector and they were given an opportunity to interact with professionals engaged in community development in areas such as composting, waste recycling and afforestation. The students of the University also interacted with groups that work selflessly with the visually impaired and underprivileged children. The non-governmental organizations visited by students as part of the orientation program included: Shri Ramanna Maharishi Academy for the Blind; NELE—Orphanage; Centre for Social Action, Christ University; and Shri Ramkrishna Mission, Shivanahalli. Students who participated in these exposure visits were exhilarated by their experiences and were particularly appreciative of the efforts of the University to facilitate their understanding of rural and community development as well as the needs of the underprivileged communities in society.
Department of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Alliance University organizes vision care camps
The Department of Corporate Social Responsibility, Alliance University recently organized a vision care camp on March 13, 2013 for 237 school children studying at several Government Lower and Higher Primary Schools located in the vicinity. As part of this social outreach initiative to promote vision care among underprivileged school children, Alliance University invited a team comprising an ophthalmologist and other staff from Narayana Nethralaya—an eye hospital located in Bangalore, who conducted vision screening and eye testing procedures for these school children.
Orientation visits of students to NGOs The team from the eye hospital also issued prescription eye wear to school children with weak eyesight at subsidized rates. As a follow up to this camp, school children with vision defects were referred to Narayana Nethralaya for further corrective treatment. A similar vision care camp was organized for the University community on March 14 & 15, 2013, where a total of 397 students, faculty and staff were tested for vision health and correction by the same team from Narayana Nethralaya.
Report on exposure visit for School Children from four Government Lower Primary Schools from Anekal
Teachers and Children from STD I to STD V of Government Lower Primary Schools, Anekal were invited to the Central Campus for an exposure visit, where school children interacted with faculty and students of Alliance University on Thursday, January 17, 2013 between 10.00 AM and 2.00 PM. The schools were GLPS Chikkahagade, GLPS Janatha Colony , GLPS Kammasandra and GLPS Avardenahalli.
Honorable Chancellor Dr. Madhukar Angur , Dr. Anubha Singh, Dean Alliance School of Business and other senior faculty interacted with the children and motivated them to study hard to pursue higher education.
The objective of the visit was to orient the children to higher education and motivate them to achieve excellence in their field of study and to avoid being a school dropout.
Student volunteers from Alliance School of Business participated as VOLUNTEERS to provide assistance to the children during the visit.
Orientation visits of students to NGOs The programme comprised Campus Tour, Cultural Performance by the children, a small film show , a small demonstration from Chemistry lab by Dr. Chitrakara Hegde of Alliance College of Engineering and Design, Talk by Prof Sudhindra H.N, faculty from Alliance College of Engineering and Design and Prof Premanand Shetty from Alliance School of Business, , etc.
Buses were provided by the University to transport the children from their schools to the Central Campus and back. After lunch, the children were given gifts and a snack box as a carry away gift.
Feedback from the teachers from schools was good and they expressed the need to involve the children in such activities and were praise for the senior management from Alliance University. Students from Alliance were appreciative of this initiative and said they would participate in such activities as it also help them to understand grass root realities.
Alliance University reaches out to needy primary school students in Anekal
As part of its community and social outreach initiative, Alliance University recently facilitated the distribution of school kits: uniforms, bags, shoes, notebooks and stationery—to a group of underprivileged primary school students enrolled in the Chikkahagade Government Primary School, which is located close to its Central Campus in Anekal. This community initiative was organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility department of Alliance University, which ensured that along with the beneficiaries, the larger group of stakeholders: parents, teachers and even elected members of the local gram panchayat were also engaged in this initiative aimed at the betterment of the primary school students.
With the adoption of this primary school, Alliance University took a further step towards its mission to help and serve the community and make a positive impact on the local ecosystem.
Alliance University encourages student participation in social initiatives
Alliance University recently hosted an interactive session between student-volunteers and Youth for Seva—a Bangalore-based NGO that facilitates opportunities for youth who seek to take an active part in community development and social initiatives. The event, held at Alliance Ascent College, Alliance University, was organized by the CSR Department of Alliance University, where experts from the social sector were invited to interact with students on the significance of developing into exemplary social citizens by building on their passion for volunteering talents and skills towards community development. The event also encouraged students to involve themselves in social empowerment by engaging with educational schools, government hospitals and other voluntary organizations in the social sector.
Alliance University’s CSR hosts cricket match for the visually impaired
To further its engagement with less-privileged and challenged sections of society and to show solidarity with their cause, Alliance University’s CSR Department recently organized a cricket match between visually impaired players from the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Bangalore—an NGO dedicated to empowering visually impaired, disabled and underprivileged people through developmental initiatives and the host’s University’s cricketing team. The objectives of this exhibition cricket match, which was inaugurated by the Honorable Chancellor, Alliance University, Dr. Madhukar Angur, were noble: kindling team spirit among those gifted with sight and the visually impaired; understanding the challenges involved in playing with the visually impaired in sports events; and supporting the event to promote awareness about the skills of the differently disabled in visible ways.
The team from the Trust demonstrated great improvisation and skill in playing the cricket match, regaled the players with their mastery over game and overcame all odds to win the match by a good margin of runs.
Alliance University organizes a blood donation drive at Central Campus
Alliance University recently conducted a blood donation drive at its Central Campus to support and promote the cause of reaching out to Thalassemia patients. The blood donation drive, which was organized by the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of the University collected blood units from a large number of volunteers—students, faculty and staff, under the medical supervision of doctors and in response to an appeal made by the Thalassemia unit of the Indira Gandhi Institute of Child Health, Bangalore. The objective of organizing this drive was to create awareness about safe voluntary blood donation and transfusion that can save lives.