The ISB Net Impact club also organiSes social activities, the flagship event being Bandhan.
Every year, the community at the Indian School of Business (ISB) celebrates Independence Day by sharing their freedom with those who need it the most. Bandhan, a student led annual initiative, brings together local underprivileged children to spend an entire day on the campus.
This year, over 300 children, between 7 to 14 years of age, came from 7 different NGO’s across Hyderabad. Some of the organisations were Denvar School for the Blind, Sweekar, Don Bosco Navjeevan, Akshay Akruti, Naandi Foundation, and Kare School.
Student volunteers have been working tirelessly for weeks to organise this annual tradition, in spite a very demanding academic schedule. “Bandhan enables us as a group to make a difference, to motivate and to gift smiles to those who need it the most. We hope to further develop the relationships with these organisations by contributing our knowledge and help,” said a student volunteer from the Class of 2010.
During the course of the day, students engaged with the little guests through various fun and creative activities and cultural events. The children were divided into four groups and each group was owned and managed by different student teams. The entire day was packed with games like three-legged race, dodge ball, dog-and-the-bone, tug-of-war and activities like finger painting, clay modelling, card making and food art. By the end of the day, one couldn’t make out who was enjoying more – the students or the guests!!
The day ended with the grand finale – a show-stopping cultural programme put up by the children and ISB students at the School’s Khemka Auditorium. The podium at Khemka, which has witnessed engrossing seminars and sombre conclaves, that evening resonated with a tabla recital, a skit on national integrity, a dance performance in perfect rhythm and more by a group of specially-abled kids.
Bandhan 2009 was supported by the Student Life Council (SLC) at the ISB and various social clubs like Sports Club, Arts and Creativity Club, Music Club, Dance Club, Theatre Club and the Photography Club along with the Spouse and Family Association (SFA).
The Photography Club held an exhibition ‘The Best of ISB’, which showcased the best of the photographs shot by the ISB community. The proceeds from the sale of the photographs would be used to support Bandhan in the future.
The day was summed up by a quote from Kare School: “Children enjoyed the event and are very inspired by the Bhaiyas and Didis they have become acquainted with. They have been inspired to study well and make their careers.”