Student Initiatives
IRMA Cycling Club
The IRMA Cycling Club was initiated to simulate a social not-for-profit venture within the campus. The rationale involved learning the basic tenets of running a social venture sustainably without having to depend on external agencies for support including grants or handouts. The core team consisted of four members supported by another team of 3-4 members who would play an active role at all crucial junctures.

Among the first things that strike the IRMA visitor is the sheer size of the institute’s sprawling 60-acre campus. Travelling by foot takes around 10-15 minutes to reach the main IRMA gate and another 15-20 minutes to reach Ganesh Chowkdi, the nearest junction. A three-wheeled auto rickshaw charges around Rs. 10 till the gate and another Rs. 15-20 till Ganesh Chowkdi. This dzay-to-day financial strain inspired the club’s launch apart from the heartfelt need to shift to the bicycle as the prime mode of transportation at IRMA.

Undoubtedly, renting out a bicycle for Rs. 5 -10 per hour is far more practical than having to part with more than twice that sum or walking distances with jam-packed schedules snapping at one’s heels. The origin of the IRMA Cycling Club, like most successful organizations, was stimulated by a crucial need that got tapped during the first PRM 33 term itself.

Within a short time since its inception the club came up with a steady cash inflow covering routine expenses including repairs, maintenance, and other expenses. The club has even invested in a brand new ladies’ cycle worth Rs. 3400 without having to rely on outside funding. Today it has not only managed to break even but also have a decent working capital and savings in its kitty for contingencies and new investments.
The first quiz under the Campus Quizzing League Shastrarth - 'The General Quiz' was successfully conducted on 16th January with huge participation of 23 teams.

The results of the quiz are as follows,
Winners : Bishakh Phukan & Siddhartha Bora
Runner Up : Mridul Kumar Dhaniwala & Santosh Kumar

Also there were some great performances in the audience by Mohit Sachan & Nisarg Dave.

Heartily congratulations and kudos to QMs Piyush Arya and Sankalp Jain for putting a lot of hard work in making an excellent quiz, and giving a perfect start to Shastrarth.

IRMA Organic Community Farm
The IRMA Community Organic Farm, floated in July 2012, was a modest pilot project to begin with. At the time of its inception nobody had envisaged it as an extensive project or undertaking. PRM33 handed over the flambeau to the next batch in June 2013 to take this project further. Around 30 members from the new batch joined the hands and decided to plant a variety of vegetables.

 Peak of the organic farming meetings were full of enthusiasm and passion. Learned minds shared their knowledge and experience, nascent minds were left ignited. The farm was extended and new plans were contrived to cross the breakeven. NADEP pit was filled before going for the VFS, with layers of kitchen waste, grass clippings, dead leaves, used paper and every farmer's nostrum - cow dung. became ready when we came back after 2 months. 800 kg of good quality smell free manure was collected from NADEP after returning from the fieldwork. The crops were selected on the basis of output per unit land to achieve optimum levels of benefits, after doing a feasibility study of viable options. Suitable seasonal vegetables like Chilli, brinjal, bottlegourd, ridgegourd, lady finger, pumpkin, tomato and karela were selected for this season. Realization of 'small bargaining power of a marginal farmer' was an experiential reality when an exorbitant amount was paid to get a small piece of land ploughed. Layouts were decided to minimize the future physical efforts. With collective actions, the seeds were sown and seedlings planted in alternate furrows.

Watching the bursting of a seedling, observing it grow, the small buds growing into flowers have tied the members to be watchful. Team members used to gather just before the twilight and water the plants and do intercultural operations. Weeds must be removed in the initial period when it is easier to enter the field. Weeding with hand and mechanical hoes within the first six weeks of planting helped us to control the growth of weeds.

Then dark phase came when pests (Mites, thrips, white flies, aphids) started attacking the crop and real challenge of controlling the attack in an 'organic manner' was faced by the team. Innovative ideas of successful farmers were collected and implemented to prevent and control pest attacks. Organic pesticides were prepared by the team using tobacco leaves, garlic and neem leaves. Tobacco was collected from Tobacco Department, AAU to make a decoction. The other ingredients were mixed with 5% nicotine and the mixture was sprayed over the plants after every 7-10 days. Chilli plants could not survive due to mites attack in the early phase of growth but other pests were successfully controlled using organic pesticides.

There were other battles along the way which affected the produce such as attack of apes and monkeys. Green tomatos were plucked from the plants, few brinjal plants were destroyed but chilli proved to be a safeguard against the attack. Now the plants are ready with the produce and harvesting is done after every 3-5 days. The produce is sold to the students in mess after value addition. ‘Organic Brinjal Bharta’, ‘Organic Bottlegourd kofte’ and ‘Bottlegourd halwa’ are some of the favourite cuisine of the students. The excess produce is marketed inside the campus to the faculty members and other residents. Even after all the difficulties we could achieve breakeven very easily. The farm is still producing and stands tall- a bucolic symbol of growth.

The SAYEN (South Asia Youth Environment Network) Hand Print challenge was organised by SAYEN and CEE (Centre for Environmental Education) and supported by UNEP (United Nation Environment Programme) in August 2014. This challenge aims at promoting sustainability in college students across Asia and the Pacific by asking them to form teams, identify sustainability issues on their campus and propose an action plan to be implemented by them in the upcoming months. Top teams were offered a seed funding of up to USD 1000 each (up to USD 750 for preliminary qualifiers and an extra USD 500 for final winners), to implement their action plans and carry out sustainability activities on campus.

The Organic Farming enthusiasts at IRMA, who have successfully cultivated organic crops previously, formulated a project on the lines of the said competition and submitted the same. Among all the projects submitted by students belonging to different college of numerous South Asian countries, SAYEN selected 20 projects and the project from IRMA is one of them.

Now, the Organic Farming club formed by IRMA participants will need to execute its organic farming project to get the seed funding of $750 (or actuals).For the same, CEE will sign one MoU with IRMA to insure that the amount spent will only be on the Organic Farming project. The deadline for the second round is in December 2014. This marks another milestone for the ever-growing diverse IRMA family.

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Ektanagar Initiative
Reflexion – The Student Photography Cell
"photograph can be an instant of life captured for eternity that will never cease looking back at you."
― Brigitte Bardot

...presenting 'Reflexion - The Student Photography Cell of IRMA' - founded by a group of photographers of batch 34 on 26th Nov, 2013, Dr Kurien's Birth Anniversary.

The purpose of the club, besides to cover the events happening at IRMA, is to enhance the photography skills of the members through mutual learning and experience sharing.

Reflexion's works can be seen by liking their page, the link is:
Anamaya- The Health Care Cell of IRMA
    • To develop an understanding about health care sector.
    • Promote various health care initiatives both inside and outside the campus.
    • Club will promote various health related programs like blood donation camp, campaign for eye donation, medical camps, yoga sessions, etc . Platform to apply concepts of marketing, operations, finance etc in real life health care projects.

We plan to undertake the following activities under the cell:
    •Lectures and interactive sessions :
        • topics on: challenges in rural health care, health care managements, models, health policy & economics, etc.
        • by : Professors, IRMANs , Health Policy Makers, Professionals.

    • Weekend volunteering programs: tie up with community health care organisations and participate in medical camps.
    • To enhance our knowledge in operation management, Field visits can be organised to understand how low cost health models operates.
    • Campaigns and awareness project on Blood donation, Eye donation, etc.
    • Sessions on first aid and emergency care. Online awareness programs: through e mails, Facebook updates, etc.
    • Work on projects related to health care.

Yoga Camp

Anamaya (Students Healthcare Cell ) organized Yoga workshop in 2 slots on April 30th and May 2nd, 2014 to create awareness among the IRMA family about the benefits of Yoga exercises. The first slot trained the participants on different meditation exercises and the second slot focused on Power Yoga. Both the slots attracted good participation from the health seekers.


Yoga Camp

IRMA Book Reading Cell
Books have always been an important part of mankind, it has enriched our lifestyles, stayed as good companions and as a source of wisdom. Through our lives we have stumbled upon books that have changed the way we thought, few books put us to sleep while at few we laughed and cried. In this era of super-fast lifestyles one can easily miss the best of books available to mankind. It is to bridge this need we at IRMA have come up with a book reading cell. This cell aims to share the insights with the batch on the books read. This is done through a discussion on the book by the reader for a duration of 30-45 min followed by general 'floor open to all' discussions. The discussions are usually presided over by a faculty appropriate to the genre of the book being discussed. The club meets once every week and explores the aspects of a book – which suits the ethos of IRMA and management education.
Food Fest for a Cause
On May 4th, 2014, the students organised a food fest for a cause which was to raise money to support the post retirement phase of Michael Bhai and Chiman Bhai ,the staff members of the mess, who have been serving for the past 30 years. The event was well publicised both inside and outside and attracted good number of people. The visitors included employees from Amul and NDDB ,alumni, faculty and students. The whole process right from designing the menu to selling the coupons and then preparing and serving the food was undertaken by the students themselves with the support of the mess staff. The menu was quite varied and had food items from all the four corners of the country.

The response to the food fest reflected everyone's concern for the humanity and their sense of responsibility towards the society.

Food Festival

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