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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) today inaugurated its community outreach project ‘SMILE Centre’ wherein students and faculty members of the premiere institute would impart formal as well as informal education to children of underprivileged families.
The SMILE (Student Mediated Initiative for Learning to Excel) Centre operates from an empty space under a flyover in front of the institute. City-based Wagh Bakri group has provided financial support while Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has alloted the space to start the Centre.
Thirty eight students of IIM-A along with seven faculty members and three research associates have agreed to give their time for this project, he added. “This Centre is more than a tuition class, as our students and faculty members would also provide them guidance about career opportunities, personality development and other skills which would prove beneficial for their overall development. We do not charge any thing from the families of these kids,” the professor said.
As of now, 89 students of Classes 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 (Commerce and Arts) from urban slums of Ranujanagar, Ramdevnagar, Jodhpur Gam, Thaltej, and Vastrapur Gam are enrolled for the academic year 2016-17. The class strength consists of 54 boys and 35 girls, who engage in academic learning for three sessions in a day. The initiative expects significantly larger of students at the center as enrolments pick up.
— with inputs from PTI