Experience @ Sphoorti

The time spent at Sphoorti as part of our NGO project was a whole new experience of fun mixed with satisfaction and happiness.  Sphoorti, a cradle for happiness for 112 underprivileged children, is an NGO based in Hyderabad which believes in and works towards providing opportunities to disadvantaged children to transform their lives through comprehensive care. It provides them with security of food and shelter, empowers them with education which otherwise would have been a far-cry and thus fills their future with hope and aspiration.  Mr. Srivyal Vuyyuri, the founder of Sphoorti Foundation, gives personalized attention to each of these children. Talk to him and you will realize how much passionate he is about creating a difference in the life of these children and how much serious he is to professionalize such social initiatives and make them as one of the career options which the current generation can take up full-time as he has done.

Sphoorti , Hyderabad

Children are the heart and soul of Sphoorti. They are a very happy bunch of kids- studying, playing and enjoying with their fellow mates. Sphoorti has helped them come out of their troubled past and shared this happiness and joy. The main characteristic of these children are that at such a tender age they are so responsible, so selfless, so respectful, so sharing and so caring. The elder children takes care of the younger ones, be it studies or others.  Each one of them knows about the other so much. They know who sings well, who dances well, who has secured the first rank in examination, who wants to be a doctor, and what not. It was amazing to see such bonding among children coming from different places across the state of Andhra Pradesh. They don’t hesitate to give up their shares of fun for the other. Not a single occasion of conflict resulted in fights or infringement, they handle such situations with “sacrifice”.  For the girls kho-kho and kabbadi are the main sports and for the boys it is cricket. How many times you have prayed before having your meal? But they do. Thanks to Sphoorti, they can all study in an English medium school. The most senior of the children is currently doing his engineering and live along with the rest of the boys.  They will all be supported till the time they complete graduation and get into jobs and be independent in life.

We wish Sphoorti all the best in its endeavors and hope that these children will emerge with renewed strengths and drive as ‘Sphoorti’ the name suggests.

– Subhashis Biswas (Batch 2009-11)

TAPMI students undertake CSR and NGO projects

I believe the distinction between a good company and a great one is this: A good company delivers excellent products and services, a great one delivers excellent products and services and strives to make the world a better place.” said William Clay Ford, Jr. addressing stockholders of the Ford Motor Company in its 1998 Annual Report.

With more and more companies striving to achieve this, their involvement and contribution to the society is also increasing. The students of TAPMI have been involving themselves in such social responsibilities every year, thanks to the CSR/NGO project which is a part of the curriculum. The PGP-2 (2nd year) students of TAPMI are engaged in either CSR projects of the leading companies or Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) for about 8-10 days in various parts of the country.

Some major companies’ in which the students will do their CSR projects include – Mahindra & Mahindra, Tata Motors, DRL Foundation, Orchid Pharma Trust, Berger paints, Mindtree Foundation, MphasiS, Tech Mahindra Foundation, Dabur, Suzlon, Thermax, ING Vysya, Biocon foundation, ITC and the list goes on.

The CSR projects that the students of TAPMI are upto are diverse and some of the interesting ones that have to be mentioned here are:

  • To prepare software for integrating ICT (Information & Communication Technology) in to Project Edde Arrogya activities, specifically for improving treatment adherence in TB using interactive SMS alerts for SUZLON foundation.
  • To empower children from the lower socio-economic strata of society, through education for Thermax.
  • To develop a Marketing Strategy for Arogya Raksha Yojana Micro Insurance.
  • To create a framework for gauging performance and track allocated funds  to various NGOs supported by Tech Mahindra Foundation.

Corporate social responsibility is not just about managing, reducing and avoiding risk, it is about creating opportunities, generating improved performance, and leaving the risks far behind and certainly, these projects have given the future managers, an opportunity to create opportunities, to become socially responsible and serve the society by applying their skills to their best.