Kozhikode: The 4th Edition of Book Donation programme, organised by The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) here today, donated over 22,000 books worth Rs 1.1 Crore (approximately) to 30 colleges belonging to Kasaragod, Kannur, Wayanad, Malappuram, Palakkad and Kozhikode Districts of Kerala in the Malabar Region. The event was attended by over 350 students and faculty members of the beneficiary colleges.
This Book Donation programme was organized by the Institute, as a part of IIMK’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. The event witnessed every beneficiary college being handed over close to 700 books each, worth Rs 3.5 Lakh (approximately) and covered a vast spectrum of academic subjects like Economics, Management, Accounting, Commerce, Marketing, Operations Research, Quantitative Methods, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resource Management, Business Ethics, Information Technology and Literature. Most importantly, these are books handpicked and recommended by the Faculty, for IIM Kozhikode students, and hence their significance.
The function was presided over by IIMK Director Prof. Debashis Chatterjee In his address to the invited guests, Professor Chatterjee said “IIMK’s Book Donation programme is part of our ‘social reputation’ creation by being socially relevant and sensitive to the communities to whom we are accountable to. Social reputation is the product of intellectual capital and the social capital the Organizations hold”. “I hope this small initiative will enthuse and inspire the young minds by the infinite knowledge that is embedded in those thousands of books being received by them and ignite a spark that will help knowledge transcend generations, so that the fruits of this shall come back as new and renewed energy to strengthen our society”, he added.
As a symbolic gesture of book donation, Prof. Debashis Chatterjee handed over one copy each of the book entitled “Let’s Learn” to all the beneficiary colleges, an edited work of Prof. Chatterjee and three other IIMK faculty members.
Earlier, Dr. M.G. Sreekumar, Chief Librarian and Information Officer, IIMK, welcomed the dignitaries, representatives from the beneficiary colleges and their students. Further, in his address to a packed auditorium Prof. C. Raju, Dean (Extension Programmes) IIMK, invoked the young minds to embrace knowledge with open arms and imbibe the values gained for the benefit of the society. Speaking on behalf of the beneficiary colleges, Prof. Biju Mathew, Malabar Christian College and Prof. Siraj of Sir Syed College, Thalipparamba expressed their gratitude to Director and Staff of IIMK for this noble gesture. Acknowledging that knowledge is true power, they invoked the participating students to pledge themselves to the message by Prof. Chatterjee of sharing the knowledge gained through books and passing them on to their peers as a true torchbearer.
The Vote of Thanks for the function was proposed by Lt. Col (Retd.) Julius George, Chief Administrative Officer, who expressed his gratitude to the Director and Staff of IIMK for their efforts to organise this event and also to the beneficiary colleges and students, for enthusiastically participating in this programme.