With an objective to connect and engage with the local community, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad organised an ‘Open Day’ for high school children on November 20, 2016. Around 550 students of class 9 to 12 accompanied by more than 30 teachers took part in the programme.
Prof. Ashish Nanda, Director of IIM-A, explained that the objective of organising ‘Open Day’ was to encourage school students to consider higher education opportunities and possibilities. The programme enabled the students to explore the campus of IIM-A and know its heritage. The main intention was to understand dreams and aspirations of younger minds and finding out ways to fulfill them.
He further added that IIM-A gives more emphasis to encourage the students to explore their passion which in turn leads to societal development.
As a part of ‘Open Day’, interactive sessions were conducted at IIM-A to familiarise the students on how the hobbies could be pursued along with academics which could result in exploring avenues for new and exciting careers. The students moved around the campus and visited the newly created recreational walkway and conversation spot near the heritage marvels of Louis Kahn Plaza.
Teachers also participated in open forum discussion along with students. Prof.Rakesh Basant, Dean of Alumni as well as members of IIM-A’s Student Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel (SMILE) Centre interacted with the students and teachers. The programme received a positive response from all.