Cambridge Institute of Technology provides various opportunities to students to get an exposure to industry and community. There is a strong focus to develop critical professional skills by providing opportunities to apply classroom learning in practical setting.
One such programme, aptly named ‘Lokahita’, is a yearlong programme in which students work on various social impact projects with social organizations working to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. This programme is run under the umbrella of Community for Social Impact (CSI), a larger initiative for community service across Cambridge Group of Institutions.
The programme is offered in partnership with LetsTagOn, a platform which provides social impact experiences to youth through sensitization, social immersions, internships and volunteering.
The programme is mapped to MBA programme outcomes and course outcomes of key courses such as managerial communication, marketing management & organizational behaviour. The program is aligned to development of critical management skills such as empathy, critical thinking, team work, problem solving, leadership & communication skills.
Lokahita programme engages students on all Saturdays during the 1st and 2nd semester in accordance with the academic calendar.
How is CSI programme beneficial for your MBA?
Cambridge Institute of technology, itself a great example of a Zero-Waste campus. Every student on campus takes small steps towards saving the earth from global climate change with other concern as well. Not only does the “Lokahita” concentrate on developing socially responsible personal skills, but also on building good analytical and administrative skills. For MBA students, the ‘Lokahita’ brings
major advantages for learning the skill of management. Here are some primary lessons for MBA students which are mainly focusing on enhancing the skills through the ‘Lokahita’ program, Although “Lokahita” is primarily structured to concentrate on the improvement of the skills of MBA students, CSI is the bigger approach that our Cambridge Community encompasses.
How did our "Lokahitha" curriculum motivate our students
These projects made a major impact on students’ lives. Through our services, we collected data. More than 76% of students rate the program greater than 4 out of 5. More than 85% of students would explore volunteering opportunities beyond this program. Here are some data:
- More than 85% of students would explore volunteering opportunities beyond this program
- Close to 85% of the students recommend this program for the upcoming batch
How has Coronavirus Epidemic and Lockdown been influenced by CSI projects?
We believe social work should not have any time limit or and boundaries. Even lockdown didn’t stop us. With the help of the virtual platforms, we continued our social work. It was impossible to conduct any field project due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, we took advantage of the virtual medium and pursued our social projects through virtual connections.
- Social entrepreneurship sessions focused on social entrepreneurial tales, the lean canvas module on cost and income models, the ID Foods concept review and all the lean canvas modules through listening to Mr Mustafa’s voice.
- Students worked on preparing worksheets for the 7th std Government schools kids.
- Students participated in an awareness drive on the outbreak of the coronavirus. They came up with awareness videos which were posted on social media to raise awareness on Covid 19
- Students took up this task of interacting with the senior members of Dignity Foundation, an NGO working for the welfare of the elderly and created a memory book for them
Feedback on CSI
“Communication skills, Confidence level, Team work, Understanding strangers, Time skills, Social skills I think I liked it all… There is no such I liked the most, because each and every thing is very different in each part so”
“I used to think social service is all about giving something to poor, but CSI taught me that without financial aid also, I can serve them with potentiality”
“This program changed my personality in many ways. Money is not only the thing which people expect they expect only the happiness, time which we spend with them”